Ton Pentre AFC is pleased to announce that Wales National Team Manager Chris Coleman will be coming to the Clubhouse on Saturday, 25 February for an evening of EURO 2016 stories that will include a question and answer session with the now legendary Welshman.
That’s not it, the Bulldogs will also welcome Wales Coach Kit Symons and the event will be compared by Ian Gwyn Hughes, Head of Communications at the Football Association of Wales, who is also a former Match of the Day commentator.
There will also be musical entertainment on the night from Lee Gilbert, along with a raffle and sports memorabilia auction.
Tickets for the event are priced just £30, which will also include food.
Ticket sale details will be announced very soon and will be published on tonpentreafc.com, Facebook and Twitter.
A spokesperson for Ton Pentre said: “It’s fantastic that we will get to welcome Chris Coleman, Kit Symons and Ian Gwyn Hughes to Ton Pentre for what will be a very special event.
“We all watched on as Wales marched historically and heroically to the Semi-Finals of EURO 2016 and this is a brilliant opportunity for people to hear the inside story and question Chris Coleman and Kit Symons on their careers.”
Coleman was born in Swansea and enjoyed a career as a professional footballer before becoming Wales Manager in January 2012.
Without doubt, the highlight of his career has been leading Wales to a first major tournament since 1958. Whilst on the way to qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016, Chris also steered Wales to their highest ever FIFA World Ranking position of 8th.
During EURO 2016, Chris was famously quoted as saying: “Dream – don’t be afraid to have dreams. Because four years ago I was as far away from this as you can imagine and look what’s happened.
“If you work hard enough and you’re not afraid to dream and you’re not afraid to fail. Everybody fails. Don’t be afraid to fail. I’ve had more failures than successes, but I’m not afraid to fail.”
With this mantra, Chris reached the pinnacle of his football career at EURO 2016, as he guided Wales to the Semi-Finals of a major tournament for the very first time. It was an incredible achievement that inspired a nation. An achievement that went beyond football and beyond sport. It was of cultural importance.
During his playing career, Chris ran out for Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham. He was capped 32 times for Wales and scored 4 goals.
After injury ended his playing career at the age of 32, he became the youngest ever manager in the English Premier League at Fulham, guiding them to 9th position following his first full season in charge.
His managerial career also took him to Real Sociedad, Coventry City and Greek outfit Larissa, before taking on his dream job as Wales manager.
Chris enjoys a special relationship with Welsh fans as he regularly travels around the country, outside of the media spotlight, to hold intimate Q&A sessions in the heart of Welsh communities, just as he will do at Ton Pentre on 25 February.
Chris was recently given the Freedom of the City of Swansea honour, received an honorary degree from Swansea University and awarded an OBE by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours List.
It is, therefore, no wonder the country has shown him and his team such incredible support. The kind of support that led Chris to say: “As a nation geographically we’re small, but I think if you’re judging us on passion then we could be described as a continent.”
Kit Symons returned to the Wales fold as a Coach with the National Team following a managerial stint at Championship club Fulham.
As a player, Symons turned out for Portsmouth, Manchester City, Fulham and Crystal Palace. He played 36 times for Wales and scored two goals, after making his debut against Belarus in February 1992.
Symons is a vital member of Chris Coleman’s backroom staff and during EURO 2016 he scouted Wales’ opposition at the tournament.
IAN GWYN HUGHES
Ian Gwyn Hughes is a former Match of the Day commentator and television presenter who is now Head of Communications at the Football Association of Wales.
Hughes commentated on Wales international matches, the English Premier League and Welsh Premier League. His distinctive voice has also commentated on the Bulldogs many times over the years.
At the FAW, Hughes has played a major role in helping to bring the association and its stakeholders closer together.
Lee Gilbert was born in the Rhondda and is an experienced singer, whose first recorded album ‘Just One Voice’ received regular airplay on BBC Radio Wales.
He is also a regular on the stage, having appeared in many musicals across the country.