Sport Wales: The TV Programme

Justin Edinburgh and Andy Morrell

Can this season get any better from a Welsh football point of view?

Swansea City will be playing in Europe next season after winning the Capital One Cup; Cardiff City will be joining the Swans in the Premier League after winning the Championship; Wrexham won the FA Trophy; while Chris Coleman's national side have turned things around with three wins from their last five games.

And now, to top off what has to be the greatest season for Welsh football, Newport County and Wrexham will face each other in the Conference Play-Off Final for the prize ticket of a return to the football league - unbelievable!

It is easily to be blasé about a trip to Wembley - Sunday's final will be the 10th time a Welsh football team has played there in the last five years.

But for non-League sides like Wrexham and Newport, both of whom have endured their fair share of trials and tribulations, winding up orders and administrations, the opportunity to get back into the 92-team Football League pyramid is vital.

On this week's Sport Wales, we will be following both sides as they prepare for their date with destiny and presenter Dot Davies will be joined by former Wales striker Iwan Roberts at Wembley

Ian Hunt will be our man with Newport: he will be speaking to manager Justin Edinburgh and their leading players, plus he will be winding back the clock and trying to track down a man who scored 66 goals in 183 games for Newport - two of which were against German side Carl Zeiss Jena in the European Cup Winners' Cup - Tommy Tynan.

James Pontin is with Wrexham: he will be chatting with manager Andy Morrell and their key men, plus he will be catching up with a man who both played and managed them during their glory days - Brian Flynn.

It is going to be a massive game with Welsh football in the spotlight once again.

Talking of spotlights, the eyes of the world will be on Cardiff in June when the Welsh capital hosts some of cricket's ICC Champions Trophy games.

The likes of India, South Africa, West Indies, England and Sri Lanka will all be on show in Wales as limited-overs cricket is broadcast to the world.

The Swalec Stadium's future as an international ground could depend on the success of hosting these matches.

The next four-year cycle of international match allocations in England - including the World Cup and Ashes in 2019 - are up for grabs, so an impressive Champions Trophy showing will help state Cardiff's case as an international venue.

Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton
Lions coach Warren Gatland and Lions Captain Sam Warburton

While the Australian cricketers are taking part in the ICC trophy, their rugby stars will be locking horns with the British and Irish Lions on their shores.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is the man charged with leading the tourists. He has selected 15 Wales players in his 37-man squad and named Sam Warburton as the captain.

Sport Wales will be analysing the squad, looking at the players who made the plane and those who did not. Ospreys duo Ryan Jones and Dan Biggar failed to get the call from Gatland - do you think they should have gone? We will discuss all things Lions plus much, much more.

So join Dot Davies for Sport Wales this Friday at 22:00 BST on BBC Two Wales.

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