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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.

Wales 1 Georgia 2: Georgia too skilful for Toshack's weakened Wales

Wales slumped to a humiliating defeat here in Swansea last night with a warm-up performance that hardly bodes well for their forthcoming World Cup qualifying campaign. But any disappointment felt on the home side's behalf was dwarfed, immeasurably, by the pride garnered by Georgia. They vowed to highlight their nation's courage and duly lived up to their promise.

Roberto Martinez: The Spanish swan

Roberto Martinez's instinct for analysis was first seen on TV. Now Swansea are reaping the benefits of this bright coach By Chris McGrath

FA charge Portsmouth over Benjani transfers

Portsmouth and agent Willie McKay have been charged by the Football Association with breaches of rules in relation to the transfer of Benjani Mwaruwari to and from the club.

Flynn calls on Wales's leading men for Under-21 centenary

Wales will play their 100th Under-21 international against England next month with a squad including an unprecedented six senior internationals.

Wrexham's date with non-league destiny

After Swansea's promotion and Cardiff City's run to the FA Cup final, the quiet tragedy of Welsh sport may reach its sorry end today, writes Ian Herbert

Miles remembered: An editor's dream dies

The last time I spoke to Miles Kington was three days before he died. It was 6pm, the Comment pages were due off in an hour, and he still hadn’t filed. For Miles, this was unheard of. His stuff was usually in by early afternoon. Day in, day out, for more than 20 years, he was 100 per cent reliable, and 100 per cent brilliant. An editor’s dream, in other words.

Wales 3 Norway 0: Koumas strikes twice to fuel Welsh optimism

John Toshack's young side gave Wales massive cause for optimism at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham last night as a convincing friendly victory over Norway extended their unbeaten run to four.

Judge us on results, says Davies

Simon Davies, the Wales stand-in captain, accepts there will be no excuses this time around if the Welsh fail to make a serious challenge to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa.

Fishing Lines: The foul side of professionalism

The year I won the national sea-fishing championships, I walked away from the three-day competition with a carload of whisky, rum, gin and beer (the event was sponsored by Double Diamond) and a colour television.

Gerrard produces classic cameo as Liverpool end TNS adventure

TNS 0 - Liverpool 3 (Liverpool win 6-0 on agg)

Wrexham hit with 10-point penalty

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