A man from Treboeth has assumed control of the the day to day running of his kid’s Panini World Cup sticker album.

38 year old ex-Swansea league stalwart Pete Bowen, bought the popular sticker book for his children Frankie and Summer-Mae, despite them not showing any interest in the expensive paper based hobby.

Bowen said: “Having my Panini album for Italia ‘90 made me fall in love with the game, even though I once had five Peter Beardsley stickers in one pack!

“Swapping stickers with the boys up Mynydd Newydd before some older, harder boys robbed them off us brought back some emotive memories. So it was only right that I forced this on my children despite them being more interested in the iPad.”

Summer-Mae said: “Daddy came home and said he had a surprise for us, which was misleading because it was a massive disappointment. I’d have settled for a bag of Skittles, but no.”

Frankie continued: “I’m not interested in football but thought I’d try and have a go at this so we could bond.

“I accidentally tore a Jordan Henderson sticker and he wasn’t happy, but he really lost it when I doodled a picture of a ballerina on the Nigeria page. So now we’re all banned from being in the same room as it.”

Pete added: “I’ve already spent our holiday savings on packs of stickers, but I’m confident I’ll get a good return on it.

“I’m really enjoying this quality time on my own thinking about how this could’ve been me if Wales ever reached a World Cup and if I’d been successful in that trial at Torquay.”

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