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Football’s coming home - to Wrexham!

November 7th 2022, 4:19 pm by Arran Hodges

Ian Rush, Neville Southall, Adrian Chiles, Gruff Rhys, Brian Flynn and Robert Earnshaw are just a few of the star names who will be at the Wal Goch Festival for Football Lovers this November in Wrexham.

There’ll be film premieres, gigs and panels spanning three days, November 11th-13th, celebrating all things footie and connecting communities through the game we all love. Adrian Chiles will interview David Conn from the Guardian about his book The Fall of the House of FIFA and his reporting of the Hillsborough scandal. Brian Flynn will be joining us and Ian Rush will take questions after the screening of Jonny Owen’s new film World Cup Giants/Cewri Cwpan Y Byd.

The media will be there in force with all three major broadcasters in Wales, BBC, ITV and S4C sharing new material, shows and reports directly from the festival hub at Wrexham Glyndwr University. There will also be a live stream from squad Cymru HQ with the Wales manager, Rob Page.

Festival organiser, Tim Hartley said,

‘Our aim is to create a showcase for all that is best about football and its fan culture and demonstrate how it can be a force for social good. With football being embedded in the history and culture of the city, bringing the festival to Wrexham was an easy decision. We aim to make this festival the Hay of football. If you can’t get to Qatar, then get yourself to Wrexham!’

The festival has partnered with FOCUS Wales who are organising exciting music events at local venues. Gruff Rhys will play an intimate gig to an audience of just 80 people to raise money for the Wales supporters’ charity Gôl Cymru! Ani Glass, Seazoo, Sage Todz, Adwaith and Chroma are among a host of talent that will be playing The Rocking Chair on the Friday and Saturday nights.

Charity partners MIND Cymru will be attending over the three days with their yellow bus, leading workshops and panels on the way that football can be used to engage with individuals to prompt conversations on issues often seen as taboo.