English translation of a blog post by Glyn Griffiths, a contributor to BBC Cymru’s Ar y Marc website:
I apologise for any errors in this translation. I am a Welsh learner myself and have attempted to portray Glyn’s sentiments to the best of my ability. I thought it was important that this blogpost reaches a wide an audience as possible as its criticisms are aimed at a lot of people, including many who don’t speak Welsh.
Original available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/arymarc/2010/11/cefnogi_cymru.shtml
There was an official announcement by the Football Association last week confirming that the Millennium Stadium would host the game, but this only brought complaints by a group of fans who believe that, in their opinion, the game should take place at Cardiff City Stadium. Why on earth should we need play the game in a limited-sized stadium, when so many Welsh people are looking forward for an opportunity to support their country in a match which could indicate the start of a bright new future for Wales?
It is true that the Welsh hopes of finishing second, (not to mention that on top of the group) are unrealistic now, but by next March, a new manager will lead us, and if every player is fit, there should be a pretty strong squad and the game would provide an indication of what can be expected under the care of the successor to John Toshack.
Unfortunately, it appears that there is a group of some Wales fans who consider themselves elite – the kind of person who has been portrayed as one of Harry Enfield sketch long time ago – ‘I can not help realizing that Iseem to be much more important than you! ‘, yes, some privileged few who have had their self-anointed (or possibly by St. David’s) right to support Wales, and consequently, appear as if they were looking down their noses at the rest of us, who are not so fortunate to have the opportunity to follow Wales across the World to watch each game.
The elite are fortunate to be in a position of being able to do this! I like many others, would also like to do the same thing, if my situation was different! “Best Welshman, Welshman away from home” (a translated idiom) perhaps, especially those families who are willing to travel to Azerbajan, Albania or even Abu Dhabi it were necessary!
It is high time we realize that fans come from different social backgrounds and different cultures – including those who are lucky enough to be able to travel, and those who can see Wales at home, but can not travel to Cardiff Friday night or mid-week either.
The most important thing is to ensure that supporters will turn up to games, wherever they are playing and show unity as Welsh people, and put an end to the stupidity and selfishness by doing the same thing that we have learnt to do over the years – living in hope!