‘Still here’: a Welsh World Cup odyssey sets seal on emotional awakening | Wales

“Dafydd Iwan!” a man with a big belly shouts at the bottom of a hill which overlooks Caernarfon Castle and offers views of the Menai Strait, Anglesey and the mountains of Snowdonia. Iwan, the 79-year-old composer, turns and smiles. There is a long pause as he is also a politician, a preacher and now the unofficial leader of the Red Wall of football supporters who will follow Wales at their first World Cup in 64 years.

Eventually the man just lifts his hand and, in dazed surprise, says: “Yma o Hyd.”

Iwan waves back and repeats the title of a song he wrote almost 40 years ago, a paean…

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