For our first official Youtube show we were hoping to serve you up a glorious celebration of Wales’s march to the World Cup in Russia, even without Gareth Bale.
Sadly of course that didn’t happen. What we have then is a glorious adventure in the fantastic city of Tbilisi followed by the heartbreak of watching an Ireland side inflict the first qualifying defeat of the campaign, right at the death.
The pain on the faces of the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Joe Ledley, Ashley Williams and of course the gaffer, Chris Coleman, was plain to see. Joe Allen had that pain coupled with concussion of course after a particularly brutal challenge. One that he apparently can’t even remember.
The fans we spoke to were gutted but philosophical. We weren’t unlucky, there was no higher power at play, no floodlight failure or missed penalty. We didn’t deserve it because we didn’t capitalise on the pressure we had in the first half and Ireland took the one real chance that fell to them.
The big question of course is whether or not Chris Coleman will stay on as manager. Earlier in the campaign he said this was his last. At the end he said he would take some time to think about it.
Wales needs him. The players want him to stay, the fans want him to stay and the FAW wants him to stay.
The one thing we at EatSleepFootyRepeat are sure of though is that there has still never been a better time to be part of Welsh football. There are bright new talents like Ben Woodburn, Ethan Ampadu, Harry Wilson and David Brooks breaking through.
The women’s game is also looking stronger and stronger, and we will be following their own World Cup qualifying campaign which continues with a home game against Russia on 24 October.
And every week we are still meeting fantastic clubs, fans and volunteers in Welsh football’s grassroots giving up their time and money to support this glorious game. We’ll be featuring more of you guys throughout the season.
A huge thank you to everyone we spoke throughout the World Cup campaign. Wales Away is a true privilege to be a part of and the welcome we have had has been fantastic. It doesn’t stop for us. Once you’ve tried it you can’t go back. We look forward to the next great journey. Together Stronger.