Why are Wales fans wearing bucket hats at the 2022 World Cup?

    WALES fans will be getting ready to cheer on their nation at a World Cup for the first time in 64 years – and they’ll be doing it in style.

    The Dragons’ campaign gets underway against USA with plenty of supporters expected to wear their eye-catching bucket hats.

    The bucket hats have become a symbol of Welsh pride

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    The bucket hats have become a symbol of Welsh prideCredit: Darren Fletcher – The Sun
    Wales beat Ukraine 1-0 to qualify for the World Cup

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    Wales beat Ukraine 1-0 to qualify for the World CupCredit: Reuters

    Despite success at the Euros, reaching the semi-finals in 2016, Qatar marks a new territory for many Welsh fans, having never seen their country compete at the World Cup.

    Those fortunate enough to have been in Sweden during 1958, will recall their last appearance in the competition.

    The match saw them fall short against five-time winners Brazil in the quarter finals. A certain teenager named Pele got the winner that day.

    Fast forward to 2022, Wales are back and fans won’t go unnoticed in Qatar.

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    Why do Wales fans wear bucket hats?

    The vibrant yellow, green and red bucket hat has become an iconic symbol of Welsh football, worn by thousands of fans across the country.

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    The hat was originally created by Tim Williams, a small shop owner from Bala, Gwynedd.

    His company, named Spirit of 58′, referencing Wales’ last appearance at the tournament was created in order “to bring a bit of colour and fun” to matches.

    Following Wales’ qualification for Euro 2016, sales sky-rocketed and Williams had to quit his day job, donating all of his time to the hats’ production.

    A giant bucket hat has been put on display in Cardiff ahead of the World Cup

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    A giant bucket hat has been put on display in Cardiff ahead of the World CupCredit: Getty

    Today, the company sells all sorts of clobber, including socks depicting cult-hero Hal Robson-Kanu.

    The hats can be spotted at every Wales game, and represent the teams’ bold and defiant attitude.

    They are particularly useful for fans to recognise fellow Welsh supporters from a mile off.

    In addition to their striking appearance, the headgear will also provide some valuable protection from the Qatar heat.

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