Great to see Ian Rush, probably Wales' greatest ever finisher (expect perhaps for John Charles who was of a different age) looking so lean and fit yesterday. Ian was in the Assembly presenting a £500 cheque from McDonalds to Cancer Research UK. The cash was the Welsh 'Parliamentary' team's winnings in last August's McDonalds-sponsered UK Parliamentary Shied, played in Cardiff. I can't work out how we won anything - since we lost to N. Ireland and England - and didn't make it to the final which was won by the Scots with a team stuffed full of ringers.
Great to see Minister for Sport, Alun Pugh at the event as well. Now Alun is a creative midfielder, who was a key member of our team until all the hoo-hah about McDonalds erupted. He turned tail in the face of fire from the food police. Alun made a nice little speech and I hope there's a nice little photo of him with a McDonalds backdrop. Its clear, that as well as being a fabulous footballer, Ian Rush has a talent for persuading politicians to set aside childish principles. Perhaps it was just the chance to get a photo in the papers. Perish the thought.
At least Health Minister, Brian Gibbons didn't turn up. Brian also played in our team at one stage - but pulled out after the ' McDonalds burgers makes you fat' issue blew up. Brian had a good excuse though. I'm told that he thought the 'Golden Arches' M on the front of our shirts was actually a W for Wales. Apparently, when he looked down at the logo when wearing the shirt, it looked like a W. It must be something to do with the education system in Ireland, where Brian was brought up.
Anyway, with Ian Rush joining Eric Harrison as the Wales coaches in August, I fully expect us to get the better of Geoff Hurst's England team and Kenny Dalgleish's Scots.