Here’s the perfect prezzie for any self-respecting fan of Welsh football. Following on from the highly successful and critically acclaimed The Dragon Roars, Jamie Thomas has continued where he left off, charting the amazing progress of the Welsh football team through the Euro 2016 finals.
Firstly, a recap. The Dragon Roars explored in detail the trials, tribulations and ultimate glory of Wales’ path to Euro 16 qualification. Thoroughly researched and brilliantly written it was the definitive account of Wales most successful period for fifty years. Few, including Jamie dared hope that it could get better. But, boy, did it.
The follow-up brilliantly captures the excitement of the tournament and ecstacy that descended on fans and players alike as Wales overcame the odds to become the standout team of Euro 16, culminating with the performance of the tournament as they mullered pre-tournament favourites Belgium.
The book includes in-depth analysis of and insight into the journey taken during the summer of 2016, including an exclusive interview with Mark Evans of the FAW which offers a glimpse into the preparations for and events in the team base during the tournament. Players and team staff also offer their exclusive comments, including Joe Ledley and Chris Gunter.
But perhaps the best praise comes from the players themselves.
‘Qualification for Euro 2016 meant absolutely everything to us, as a team, as a nation of people who have waited our whole lives to see Wales competing at a major tournament,’ said Joe Ledley.
‘We players had the time of our lives – every single day was a pleasure, and I like to think the fans enjoyed it just as much as we did; we just didn’t want it to end!’ said Joe, ‘To try and tell our nation’s incredible story over the summer is no easy task, but Jamie’s done a brilliant job of it with this new book. It’s a must-read for any football fan!’ he added.
‘I’m very pleased to say that this is another very good book that tells Wales’ incredible story from the perspective of so many people who were involved: players, coaches, fans, journalists, everyone!’ said Chris Gunter.
When Dragons Dare to Dream
by Jamie Thomas (£9.99, Y Lolfa)