Wednesday, 1 June 2016 - 6:30pm
Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndwr University
With the whole of Wales eagerly anticipating the Euro 2016 finals in France, sports journalist and presenter, John Hardy wants to pay a personal tribute to a group of forgotten football heroes. Read more for public ticket link information.
Dispelling the widely-held myth that Wales haven’t qualified for a major football tournament since the likes of John Charles and Ivor Allchurch reached the last eight of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden (where they lost 1-0 to a goal from a 17 year old called Pele), John is determined that Wales should recognise the exploits of a team that has flown under the radar for so long.
That team is Mike Smith’s football side which, 40 years ago, reached the last eight of the 1976 European Championships.
John’s voyage of discovery has taken him throughout Wales and beyond as he bears witness to the personal memories of fans who ventured beyond the Iron Curtain as well as ex-internationals such as Terry Yorath, Leighton James, John Mahoney, Leighton Phillips, Dai Davies and Arfon Griffiths.
The campaign under an unproven, inexperienced English manager saw Wales become the first team ever to beat Hungary at their famous Nep Stadion fortress and included Cold War skulduggery, world-class wingers reading dossiers on banking right-backs, pints poured over heads due to a cockney sing-song and the Little Prince of Wrexham lifting the Sports Personality of the Year award.
Add in an infamous East German referee, dodgy pens, missed pens, disallowed goals, flying corner flags and a mini riot at the gates of hell, and you’ll soon agree that it’s a story that needed to be told as John strives to redress the failure of the Welsh public to recognise the achievements of the heroes of 76.
This preview screening (60 minutes) in Welsh with subtitles will be followed by a Q&A with ex-Wales Captain and Manager Terry Yorath
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