Friday 4 December, 11.15am–12.30pm

Join personalities from the world of Welsh sport in this live event. We will be announcing guests in the run-up, so do keep an eye on this page and on our Wales social media pages!

This event follows the "Great Wales Get Together". To register for your FREE place for either or both events, visit our Wales Weekend event-booking page.

Our guests

Dr Andrew Hignell, host of "Sporting Memories Featuring..."

Andrew Hignell

Dr Andrew Hignell is a cricket historian and archivist. Andrew has a PhD in Geography from Cardiff University and is currently the Heritage and Education Co-ordinator for Glamorgan County Cricket, as well as acting as Curator of the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket at the Club's ground in Cardiff.

Born in 1959, Andrew taught for over 25 in various schools in the West Country and South Wales. He is the author of over 40 books and has worked for BBC Radio Wales on their coverage of cricket. 

Gary Bell

Gary Bell

Gary Bell made over 350 appearances in The Football League, most notably with Cardiff City where he spent eight years (1966–1974), helping the side to seven Welsh Cup victories.

He was part of the Cardiff side that defeated Real Madrid 1–0 at Ninian Park in the 1970–71 European Cup Winners' Cup. During the game, Bell was tasked with marking Spanish international winger Amancio Amaro and swapped shirts with Pirri after the match.

He later played for Hereford United, Newport County (1974–78) and Gloucester City. Later in life Bell worked alongside other former Cardiff players, such as Roger Gibbins and Brian Clark, in the club's hospitality lounges on matchdays. Fifty-two years after signing for Cardiff, he is still employed by the club in this role. 

John Relish

John Relish

John Relish began his playing career as a schoolboy with Liverpool before joining Chester City as an apprentice. He left in 1974 to spend the next thirteen years of his career playing for Newport County, mostly during the most successful period in the club's long history. Relish was part of the team that won promotion and the Welsh Cup and in the subsequent season reached the quarter-final of the 1981 European Cup Winners' Cup.  

In 1986, with Newport in the midst of a financial crisis that would see the club eventually forced out of existence, Relish took over as manager until Jimmy Mullen took over the role. He continued to play for Newport until 1987 when he left to join Forest Green Rovers. In 1989, he returned to Newport, this time as player-manager of the reformed team and remained in post until 1993, having led Newport to promotion from the Hellenic League. 

He became Merthyr's manager in 2003, but resigned in May 2005 after the playing budget had been cut for the following season. He was appointed as manager of Bath City the following month, and the following season guided Bath to the Southern League title, and with it promotion to the Conference South. 

Stuart Manley

Stuart Manley was born in Mountain Ash, Aberdare, South Wales in 1979. He began playing at the age of ten at Mountain Ash Golf Club in South Wales with his dad, David. He was a talented footballer and had trials at 16 with Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Luton, but chose a career in golf, starting a four-year scholarship at West Florida University in 1998. He was part of the Walker Cup-winning side in 2003. 

Five years after becoming a Challenge Tour winner for the first time, Manley secured his second title at the 2018 Hauts de France Open, defeating Grant Forrest on the third extra hole. That helped secure a return to the European Tour as he finished ninth in the Rankings to graduate from the second tier.  

He won his first European Challenge Tour title at the 2013 Finnish Challenge, and he has qualified for the European Tour through Qualifying School on six occasions. His other achievements include the World Cup in 2016 and 2018 and 250 European Tour starts. He also achieved European Tour card eight times, six at the School and two times through the Challenge Tour. 

Stuart represented Wales in the 2014 World Cup of Golf, where in his final round he had one of the most bizarre level par 72s ever recorded. After starting with two birdies at Royal Melbourne, he had a hole-in-one on the short third before carding an 11 on the following hole en route to finishing tied eighth.  

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