Before before Sgorio kicks off the Welsh Premier League with a live match on August 24, there’s a week-long pre-season flow of football programmes to enjoy on S4C.
The highlight of the week’s schedule is a new documentary about the Swansea City star Ben Davies
The youngster from Tonna near Neath had a remarkable 2012/13 season, when at 19 years old he made his debut for the Swans in the Premier League, before making his international debut for Wales.
The documentary Ben Davies (August 21) is a true insight into the footballer’s life and career to date, as he prepares for the new season.
The week of shows also includes two classic international games, shown again in full (August 23 and 24).
Together, the games reflect the highs and lows of life as a Wales supporter.
The first classic match was played in 1993 when Wales met Romania in the 1994 USA World Cup qualifiers.
But it’s a game that Paul Bodin and the Welsh fans, would rather forget as his game changing penalty hit the bar, and Wales lost the match 2-1, putting an end to their hopes of playing in the ’94 World Cup.
But to lift your spirits we’ll see Wales at their best when they faced Italy in the Euro 2004 qualifiers (August 24), and won.
The Millennium Stadium victory on October 16 back in 2002 is one of the most historic Welsh triumphs – with goals from Simon Davies and Craig Bellamy claiming the 2-1 victory.
The rollercoaster of emotions that comes with supporting Wales is the subject of the documentary C’Mon Cymru (August 22).
The 2003 programme followed a group of dedicated supporters as they followed the national side all over Europe during the 2004 European qualifiers – including that famous victory against the Italians.
The saga of Bryncoch FC in the classic comedy series C’Mon Midffild will be played out in an episode each night from Monday to Saturday (August 26-31).
But it’s the ups and downs of a real club committee which come under the spotlight in Gobaith Caneri (August 26-28).
The three part series followed Caernarfon Football Club – the Canaries – during the final games of the 2009/10 season.
The Welsh have played their role in football history over the years, and some of this week’s programmes will focus on the talents of individual players.
As well as the new documentary about Ben Davies, there will also be an archive portrait of John Hartson (August 26) called Hartson: Portread o Arwr.
On Thursday (August 29), the programme Wyn Davis yn 60 is on.
The series Pêl-droed y Celt, broadcast in 2001, celebrates the influence of the Celtic nations on football. One of the programmes focuses on the story of Welshman Jimmy Murphy, assistant to the legendary Scottish Manchester United manager Matt Busby.
Also featured in the series is a programme about the Sixties’ legends John Charles, Denis Law and George Best; Scotsman Bill Shankly, legendary Liverpool manager; and an episode on the role of Celts during Tottenham Hotspurs double win in 1961, and Celtic’s Euro 1967 championship success.
Watch this series again from Monday to Thursday night (August 26-29).
But for many, there is only one man who can be called ‘the King of football’ and that man is Pelé.
In the 2008 programme Pelé 1-0, shown on Tuesday night, Gary Slaymaker met the Brazilian legend to reminisce about the 1958 World Cup – the only World Cup tournament that Wales have played in… so far.
All this should warm us up nicely for the start of the Welsh Premier League season, and the first live match between The New Saints and Port Talbot live on Sgorio (August 24).
To start the season with a bang there will be a second live match on S4C on Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) between Bangor and Rhyl.
Also, Sgorio’s Monday night programme will return for a new series bringing highlights from the Welsh Premier League and La Liga, and keeping a close eye on Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Wrexham too.
Go to s4c.co.uk
for the full schedule