FANS are being given the chance to celebrate Welsh football while rubbing shoulders – virtually – with experts sharing knowledge of the game’s social, cultural and political impact on the country.

A bumper line-up of talks, discussions and literature, all centred on football in Wales, is in store during the four-day Expo’r Wal Goch (Red Wall Expo).

The pre-Euro 2020 event, the brainchild of diehard Wales supporters Russell Todd and Tim Hartley, takes place online from June 1-4 and is free to attend.

Martin Johnes kicks off proceedings as the expo’s keynote speaker, the Swansea University professor giving his take on what football tells us about Wales’ history and identity.

Andy Walsh of the Football Supporters’ Association is supported by Bangor 1876, Merthyr Town and Newport County to discuss community ownership of clubs.

There is a chat with author Jamie Grundy, whose book 90 Minutes of Freedom tells the story of HMP Prescoed FC, the only prisoner football team in Wales.

Fans of several clubs will come together to talk about the renaissance of football fanzines, with advice on offer to those looking to put their writing skills to good use.

RTS (Royal Television Society) Cymru’s ‘Kicking On: The changing face of football reporting’ session, which has contributors from Sky, BBC and ITV, while more broadcasters are on hand for the Welsh language session that follows.

The final day focuses on Welsh football’s heritage, including the new National Football Museum of Wales, and football poetry, with readings from Wrexham-based poet Evrah Rose.

“Tim thought of doing a football film festival and I had an idea of doing something that could incorporate his vision, so we met in the middle and came up with the expo,” said Todd.


“My background is in community development and football is one of the staples of that. It’s about how we engage people and how we can make meaningful contributions with youngsters.

“I’ve seen some terrific work done with people who have come to Wales as refugees and asylum seekers, and it’s clear football is a game that can be a force for good.

“For the expo, we’re using the slogan ‘By the fans for the fans’, and it’s going to be a great platform for fans to connect and engage.

“We’ve got lots of different people talking about the social, cultural and political impact football has on our country, and we’ll be celebrating football’s heritage in Wales.”

He added: “There are a lot of positive things about Welsh football right now and we want to show how it can be progressive and inclusive.

“We need to celebrate that and look at how we can further that, and that’s something we hope to do through this expo.

“We’ve got people like Professor Martin Johnes, Andy Walsh and Steve Grenter from the National Football Museum of Wales in Wrexham.

“There is also a session with RTS Cymru which will be good for those people looking to get into football reporting.

“We would like this expo to be an annual event, maybe at a conference venue or in an urban setting if we weren’t in the times we are.

“There are some big plans for the future but we’ll see how the first one goes.”

Tickets available here are free, however, those attending have the option to pay what they want.

Attendees will be able to take advantage of special offers from the likes of artist Liam Massey, Alternative Wales magazine, Cymru Collectibles, Shwldimwl T-shirts, author Jamie Grundy and Welsh Football Magazine.