Don't Take Me Home - On Tour With The Red Wall at Euro 2016

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'Zombie Nation Awakes was the story of  the journey to France. 'Don't Take Me Home' is a record of the culmination of that epic journey. It tells of the indomitable spirit of the long-suffering football fan, the bond between       supporters and the unbridled joy of seeing your team not just winning but surpassing all expectations.  Nobody could be better placed or better informed to document and tell the wonderful story.'

Barry Horne, from his Preface

 

I've had some great experiences as a player, for club and country, but I'll be a lucky man indeed if anything I ever experience in the future matches the summer of 2016. It was just the most unbelievable and enjoyable few weeks of my life! I'm pretty sure we managed to give Bryn a few good memories, as  seen in his story of the greatest summer of all of our lives, enjoy!

Chris Gunter, from his Foreword

Euro 2016 will forever have a special place in the hearts and memories of Wales football supporters, especially the tens of thousands who  travelled to France and filled the stadiums with song, joy and colour as they proudly took their place in the spectacular ‘Red Wall’.

Bryn Law, author of the acclaimed Zombie Nation Awakes, was one of those passionate fans who fulfilled a life-long dream of following the Wales national team to a major tournament and ‘Don’t Take Me Home’ is his diary of that magical month that gripped the whole nation.

From arranging time off work to organising travel, accommodation and the all-important match tickets - as well as trying to explain to his patient and long-suffering family that he couldn’t be sure exactly when he’d be back - Bryn perfectly describes the steep, tricky and expensive learning-curve faced by thousands of Welsh fans as he criss-crossed France by plane, car, camper van, tram and bus, desperate not to miss a match whilst enjoying the company of his friends and fellow fans.

In ‘Don’t Take Me Home’ Welsh fans can relive every game of the  Euro 2016 experience from a supporter’s perspective. Everyone has their own favourite memory of the tournament and Bryn lovingly recalls every game on that joyful journey: from the amazing scenes in Bordeaux to the ‘chin up’ disappointment of Lens; the perfect performance in Toulouse to the Celtic party in Paris; and from the sheer euphoria of Lille to the pride and au revoir in Lyon.

Bryn Law’s emotional, humorous yet insightful diary explains why Welsh fans - whenever they are asked about their experiences at Euro 2016 - smile, wipe away a tear and say ‘It was the best month of my life’: ‘Don’t Take Me Home’.