The world’s first festival of football culture in Wrexham

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The world’s first festival of football culture is launched in Wrexham, Cymru with support from the Football Association of Wales (FAW).

The three-day celebration will take place on November 11-13 on the eve of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where Cymru will be one of the 32 participating nations.

Big names from the world of football and film will converge on Wrexham, the ‘spiritual home’ of Welsh football, to celebrate and explore football culture from the perspective of everyone’s most important figures – the fans.

Wal Goch: Celebration for football fans | Gŵyl i Gariadon Pêl-droed will be proudly Welsh, yet internationalist, with the game’s personalities and influencers from around the world taking part in film screenings, workshops, lectures and comedy.


Noel Mooney, CEO of FAW said: “Cymru is a movement that spans football, music, language, fashion and culture. The Wal Goch Festival for Football Lovers embodies our movement – built by our fans for our fans – to represent Cymru in the world. Our partnership with social enterprise Expo’r Wal Goch and creative agency bak will allow us to tap into a special land full of creativity and positive energy. At this festival we can discuss our fan culture and our future as a leading footballing nation.

Noel added: “Wrexham and North East Wales is the spiritual home of Welsh football and North Wales are a huge part of our Wal Goch. The FAW was founded there in 1876; the first clubs emerged in the region; nowhere in the world has international football been hosted for longer than at The Racecourse.

“It has also been the breeding ground for many iconic Welsh players from Chirk’s Billy Meredith, Ruabon’s Mark Hughes, Flint’s Ian Rush through to Cefn Mawr’s current international Neco Williams.

“With Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney acquiring Wrexham AFC last year, the newly crowned city now has global interest and hopefully a stadium to host Cymru in the future. It is the perfect home for Wal Goch: Festival for Football Lovers, which FAW proudly supports and partners with.”

Organizer Russell Todd said: “With Cymru qualifying for Qatar, 2022 will go down in history as one of the iconic years for Welsh football and it makes perfect sense to host Wal Goch: Festival for Football Lovers in Wrexham, one of Britain’s newest cities. align is the cradle of the game in Cymru.

“Our aim is to embed the festival in and with the community and make it an annual event that draws visitors and positive attention to Wrexham, building on its recent bid to be the UK Capital of Culture. Our aim is to be football’s answer to the Hay Festival.”

● The festival takes place in the first week of 11/12/13. November at various locations around the city of Wrexham. Sign up HERE for regular updates

● For more information, email Expo: [email protected]

● Follow the festival on:
○ Instagram: @walgochfest
○ Twitter: @gwylwalgoch

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