From the end of the Second World War to 2016, Wales had only ever qualified for one major football tournament. But in the early part of this decade a charismatic young manager, Gary Speed, took over the reins of a brilliant, youthful side and gave the nation hope. Tragically, he took his own life just as they seemed on the cusp of finally looking to qualify. Speed’s best friend Chris Coleman took his place but struggled badly as he, the team and the country tried to come to terms with the enormity of their grief.
Two years later and they had done it. In a group containing some of Europe’s heavyweights they finally qualified for the 2016 European Championship Finals. But what would happen when they got there? In what became the global sporting story of the summer, little Wales shook the footballing world to its very foundations.
Don’t Take Me Home isn’t just the story of the smallest country in the history of the game getting to the final rounds of a major tournament, it’s the story of a whole country and it’s people, for so long left in the shadows, finally finding their place in the sun.
WELSH CONNECTION/PRODUCTION DETAILS
Director/Producer: Jonny Owen
Producer: Grant Best
Editor: Owen Davies
Cast: Gareth Bale, Chris Coleman, Aaron Ramsey
Length: 90 min
Format: Cinema, DVD
Date: March 1 2017