FC Cymru is a programme at the very heart of Welsh football. From Gareth Bale to Bala Town, Aaron Ramsey to Ruthin FC, we’ll be covering more Welsh football than you can shake a goalie glove at.
Season 2 – Episode 7
No idea how we managed to pack so much into this episode but we did and it’s awesome. We’ve got international action as Wales U19s took on San Marino with the elite round of qualification for the European Championships up for grabs. We travel to Albania Wonky Sheep style and discover one of Europe’s most surprising cities. We put on a suit and go to the glitzy FAW Community Football Awards to meet the unsung heroes that make that game happen. Oh, and we were there for one of the biggest cup upsets in recent Welsh football memory as Cambrian and Clydach slayed The New Saints to reach the final of the Nathaniel MG Cup.
Season 2 – Episode 6
In this episode someone thought it would be a great idea to let us loose as the pre-match entertainment ahead of Wales’ friendly against Spain at the Principality Stadium. We go behind the scenes to see how we put it all together.
We also travel to the game with a group of Syrian refugees. They were so excited to see Spain but we thought we’d try and convert them to be members of the Red Wall. See how we got on.
And we also find out how a women’s football team in Port Talbot, a local charity and Hollywood actor Michael Sheen have come to together to tackle domestic abuse.
Season 2 – Episode 5
We check out some match action in the Welsh League Youth Division as Taffs Well take on Aberbargoed Buds. We profile a teenager who is pulling up trees at international level for Wales – Ethan Ampadu. Laurence goes along to the Wales Under 16s training camp to see the pathway to the Wales senior side in action. And we were there as the Welsh Premier League came together, along with some other familiar faces, to honour a great servant to Welsh football, Gary Lloyd.
Season 2 – Episode 4
We hotfoot it from A to B, Aarhus to Bangor (geddit). After the Nations League double-header for the senior side Laurence went to see how the U21s were getting on at chatted with manager Simon Page as well as one or two players hoping to follow in the steps of Messrs Ampadu, Roberts, Brooks and Mepham into the elite side.
We also cover the work of Cardiff Met’s skipper on the issue of mental health in football.
We pay tribute to the glorious, passionate Welshmen Hal Robson-Kanu by aksing you guys to share your favourite memories of the now-internationally retired striker.
And if you’ve ever wondered how the FAW arranges overseas trips and makes sure everyone is in the right place at the right time to represent Wales. We speak to the man who has to sort all that out!
Season 2 -Episode 3
We were there to watch Wales women just miss out on qualifying for the Women’s World Cup with defeat to England in their final group game. Their first defeat and first goals conceded in an epic campaign.
We look at what this means for the women’s game and how far it has come in two short years.
We also chat with former Wales international Simon Davies and the good people at Baglan Boys and Girls Club about how they are growing rapidly at grassroot level.
And we watched some MG Cup action when Haverfordwest entertained west Wales rivals Llanelli – a game we billed as the Lee Trundle derby – but with one crucial missing element!
Season 2 – Episode 2
This week is a women’s football special as we spend a day with Wales international Kayleigh Green at her new club Brighton and Hove Albion Women.
We also take Wales international Natasha Harding to meet grassroots club Villa Dino in Newport to find out why they’ve been awarded McDonald’s Gold Accreditation by the FAW Trust.
The National Eisteddfod was in Cardiff so we sent Laurence to immerse himself in Welsh culture with Welsh language indie band Adwaith at the women’s international squad announcement.
We didn’t forget about the boys either though and we introduce to some of the characters from the Wales Under 18s team during their time in Gibraltar towards the end of last season. These guys are drawn from the Welsh Premier League academy system so it’s a great opportunity for them to showcase their talent and perhaps move into the pro ranks and continue their international journey – just like Wales defender Ryan Hedges.
Season 2 – Episode 1
Yes, we’re back for another season and, you’re right, we can’t believe it either!
We’re at The New Saints for their Champions League qualifier against a side we can neither pronounce nor spell so we didn’t bother. We find out what it takes to be the most hated person on a football pitch as we visit a referees conference. We meet a women who won many caps for Wales and is now an international referee cos she’s a sucker for punishment. And we catch up with the award winners from the Welsh Premier Women’s League end of season bash.
Season 1 – Episode 9
The Wales women’s side is on the verge of something amazing in their World Cup qualifying group. We went to see their games against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Russia, and chatted to Rachel Rowe, Kayleigh Green and Hayley Ladd. We were also invited to FC Clydach’s 20th anniversary celebrations to find out more about what makes a grassroots club tick. And we’ve got a new recruit called Dan Jardine so we thought we’d ease him in at the under 50s walking football national team trials. SPOILER ALERT – It definitely wasn’t easy!
Season 1 – Episode 8
As a complete monoglot English speaker we thought Laurence needed to broaden his horizons so we sent him to the Urdd Eisteddfod for a Welsh language coaching session. Alex toughed it out in a warm and sunny Gibraltar and met the Wales Under 18s side where players are drawn from the Welsh Premier League academies. And we have a profile of a player who’s pulling up trees for club and country – Chris Mepham.
Season 1 – Episode 7
Belgium manager and assistant coach Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry both went through the FAW’s coaching system and they turned out alright! But Alex wasn’t convinced and did some digging at the annual coaches conference. We meet a tremendous club called Denbigh who have big plans for the future. We go to Swansea for the Wales women’s world cup qualifier announcement, and we have a love letter for legendary midfielder Jess Fishlock.
Season 1 – Episode 6
We’re at the JD Welsh Cup final between Connah’s Quay Nomads and Aberystwyth Town. Guest presenter Abigail Davies introduces us to varsity football between Swansea and Cardiff universities. Laurence loses his s**t over some beautiful retro Wales shirts. And we meet a team on Anglesey called Llangefni.
Season 1 – Episode 5
We’re a wonderful old club with a great history to meet the people behind Abergavenny Town. Laurence found out what the difference is between a physio and a soft tissue therapist while with the Wales Under 21s in Bosnia. Alex goes to see Mumbles Rangers – founded by one man and now one of the largest grassroots clubs in the country. And we pen a video love letter to our favourite Wales defender called Ben Davies.
Season 1 – Episode 4
It’s another packed edition featuring the best of Welsh football, including a road trip to watch Wales women take on England’s Lionesses in their World Cup qualifier at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton. We go behind the scenes with the Wales Under 21s kit men who make sure our next generation look their best and are ready for anything. We’ve got JD Welsh Cup action between Bangor City and Connah’s Quay Nomads. And, we meet the mini mods of Seven Sisters AFC who’re sponsored by electro-punk band the Sleaford Mods.
Season 1 – Episode 3
In this edition we meet catch some Wales C International action as they take on England at Jenner Park in Barry. We’re also in a freezing cold Bosnia to watch Wales’ Under 21s in their European Championship qualifiers. We catch up with the Wales women’s Under 19s side ahead of their UEFA Euro Elite Round. And, we round up the action and the experiences from the far east as Wales make an historic trip to play in the China Cup.
Season 1 – Episode 2
We chat to Ben Davies and Chris Gunter about their new international manager Ryan Giggs. We’re also at Llanelli for a table-topping clash with Penybont in Welsh League One. And, we catch up with the Wales women’s team after their Cyprus Cup tournament and ahead of their crucial world cup qualifier against England.
Season 1 – Episode 1
We visit Ynyshir Albion for their South Wales Alliance League game against Penydarren Boys and Girls Club. We visited the club where Joe Allen first made his name – Tenby AFC. We’ve got a love letter for Aaron Ramsey. And we chat football fashion with the icon that is Spirit of ’58.