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 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.