As was surely inevitable at some stage, Wales’ phantasmagorical waltz through to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 is getting the big screen treatment.
‘Don’t Take Me Home’ – named after *that* sodding chant – will document the astounding run Chris Coleman’s side enjoyed at the tournament in France: Gareth Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu, all that…
The tale is in safe hands too, as it’s being made by Jonny Owen – the man responsible for the rather good ‘I Believe In Miracles’ film about Nottingham Forest’s all-conquering, double-European Cup-winning sides of 1979 and 1980.
According to Wales Online, Owen’s film will receive special preview screenings across Wales and select UK locations to mark St David’s Day on 1st March.
Speaking to Wales Online, Owen outlined his concept for the documentary:
It’s not just about the Euros, it’s a story of a team and a country recovering from the tragedy of Gary Speed’s passing. And it’s Chris Coleman’s story of having to cope with that and with a team still grieving.
But what is so great and so remarkable about the story is that I’m very aware that we didn’t win it. So it’s not in any way triumphal.
This film is not going to end with ‘We Are The Champions’ by Queen.
But what you can’t deny is that when Wales finally got on to the big stage we revelled in it.
The smallest country in history to get to a semi-final. An astonishing achievement!
Pies aren’t remotely partisan, but after being exposed first-hand to the joyful, effervescent, slightly pissed atmosphere that Wales (both the team and the fans) created out in France last summer, we can hardly wait!