When Stuart Williams was confronted by the emerging genius of Pele in a quarter-final of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the classy and constructive Welsh full-back responded with the performance of his life. That day in Gothenburg, the teenager who would soon be hailed as the greatest footballer of all time, scored the only goal of the game to eliminate valiant opponents who had upset the odds by reaching the last eight. Though deprived of their own star, John Charles, through injury, the scarlet-shirted heroes held out for more than 70 minutes against a sumptuously talented Brazilian attack, in which the prodigy combined to compelling effect with the likes of Garrincha, Didi and Zagalo.
Like this page on Facebook for updates
Thursday 05 May 2011
The troubled Welsh club face Luton this evening needing a return to League football more than most
Thursday 03 March 2011
Sunday 27 February 2011
After pioneering goalline technology with a twist in his first Carling Cup final, Ben Foster will do it again if Birmingham City's tussle with Arsenal today ends in a shoot-out. But the image of a goalkeeping geek is at odds with a laid-back approach to his trade and an aversion to the "win-at-all-costs" regime he experienced at Manchester United.
Sunday 27 February 2011
Twenty years ago, Manchester United sent on a young winger formerly known as Ryan Wilson for his first-team debut as a substitute at home to Everton. They lost 2-0 but things improved, and a remarkable two decades of life at the top are completed shortly after the modest Welshman was named by supporters as United's greatest ever player.
Friday 25 February 2011
Andy Mangan, who served FA ban, says envy of Premier League lifestyle drives corrupt practices in lower divisions
Friday 25 February 2011
Andy Mangan feared his career was over when he was banned, but fought back to win England C honours
Wednesday 15 September 2010
Wales caretaker manager Brian Flynn insists he will have no concerns about blooding some of the country's young players when he names his squad for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Tuesday 14 September 2010
Brian Flynn is far from being the front-runner for the Wales job on a permanent basis, few caretaker managers ever are. But after being appointed interim manager yesterday for the next two Euro 2012 qualifiers, the former youth team coach indicated he would like to take the job on, and hinted at trying to coax out of international retirement some of the stars who quit the Wales set-up under his predecessor, John Toshack.
Saturday 11 September 2010
It looked as if the Football Association of Wales had decided to buy itself time last night as reports emerged that it had asked Brian Flynn to take charge of the national team for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Friday 10 September 2010
John Toshack stood down as Wales manager reluctantly yesterday after telling his bosses he was willing to continue in the post. The official line is that the 61-year-old has had his employment with the Football Association of Wales terminated by mutual consent but Toshack wanted to remain in the job for the next two Euro 2012 qualification matches before reviewing the situation.
Friday 27 August 2010
Rangers will be flying the flag for Scotland in Europe after Celtic, Motherwell and Dundee United all crashed out of the Europa League last night.
Wednesday 18 August 2010
Stoke have announced the signing of Jon Walters from Ipswich for an initial £2.75million.
Tuesday 27 July 2010
Anderlecht's players admit they know nothing about their opponents, but the Belgian champions would be well advised not to underestimate The New Saints when the two teams meet tonight at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham for the first leg of their Champions' League third qualifying round tie.
Sunday 18 July 2010
Those who have not been paying attention to the small print on the results pages may be unaware that not only is a new Champions' League campaign under way, but that this week England will have a new venue for the world's grandest club competition. Joining Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and the Emirates – and beating White Hart Lane to the punch – is The Venue at Park Hall in the Shropshire town of Oswestry (population 15,613). It's the home of Welsh Premier League champions TNS, which now stands for The New Saints (of Llansantffraid and Oswestry) rather than the name immortalised by Jeff Stelling on Sky's 'Soccer Saturday' in his catchphrase: "They'll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions." TNS is a result of the merger of Llansantffraid and Oswestry Town, one of the world's oldest clubs, in 2003. They became The New Saints in 2006 and moved over the border to the new ground in 2007. The year before, in a Champions' League appearance, they had been drawn against the holders Liverpool and put up two commendable performances before losing each leg 3-0, the home game being played at Wrexham. On Tuesday, TNS meet Bohemians of Dublin in the second leg of their second qualifying round tie, having lost the away leg 1-0 last Wednesday.
Friday 26 February 2010
Chester have been expelled from the Football Conference.
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
- 2 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 4 Yes, the iPhone 6 is a miracle, but it's Apple's tax affairs that deserve a double take