At the World Cup, Gareth Bale and Wales Embrace the Games of a Lifetime
It was a different kind of feeling when I was standing on the terraces during the 2010 World Cup Final. I knew very little about the tournament, but still something inside me knew just how close we were to a big breakthrough. Then disaster struck. The ball hit a young man in the face, I thought he was going to die, and all I could think was, “Oh my God, I hope nobody gets hurt.”
It’s not as if I wanted to make an impression. I don’t want to be the guy who gets in the way of things. If I’m a negative person, just remember: it’s not a good way to go out. But I remember one woman in the crowd, a German woman, who said, “If you were me, what would you do?”
I had no answer. I just remember being in shock. I sat down on the ground with my head in my hands, and all I could think about was England and Wales, and the players they have in front of them. I was in shock.
Fast forward six years, and the Welsh team has gone from strength to strength, winning the European Championship and reaching the finals of the World Cup, so there’s nothing I can do about the past. I can’t even be bitter about the past. I’m here fighting for us now, and making up for those times.
Liam Brady, Wrexham
Being a full-time manager will be hard on you, the schedule and travel. You could end up not having enough time to spend with your family. I have no idea about the job security because I have never stepped into that position. I am a fan of the game and if there is any criticism of the job I have done for the club, then that is the right thing to say. People need to let me be who I am.