AS THE Welsh football team march with confidence towards the World Cup qualifiers after this week's 2-0 victory away to Latvia, a plan is under way to lift supporters' spirits even further.
TV presenter and Western Mail film critic Gary Slaymaker will be setting Welsh football fans a challenge when he launches his new series on S4C on Thursday night.
He is looking for someone to compose a new Welsh-language song or chant to help the national team reach the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
He dreams that thousands of fans might pick up on the chant and use it in future years, as has happened in England with the rare football-pop crossover success, Three Lions.
The new series of Slaymaker, which starts on Thursday, August 26, has a change of emphasis this time.
There will be less focus on film and computer game reviews, giving the presenter more time to visit more locations and events in Wales, Britain and America.
But, with the Wales football team about to kick off their World Cup campaign in the Group 6 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland, Slaymaker's main task is to find an inspirational new chant.
Slaymaker, who is a fervent supporter of the Wales team, said, "In the first programme of the series, I'll be setting Welsh fans the challenge of composing something catchy to be sung all over Europe as Mark Hughes's boys attempt to secure a place in the World Cup finals.
"It would be fantastic if Wales play in one of Germany's big stadia in two years' time and the thousands of fans show their support by singing a Welsh song composed by a Slaymaker viewer.
"Above all, we want something original which will inspire the players and supporters."
Budding composers would do well to listen to the advice of football-mad academic Dr Rogan Taylor, who has even come up with a formula for the perfect chant.
Based at the University of Liverpool, he claims terrace songs are "a new art form".
He said, "Their speed of development is awesome. They can be simple or complex, but the heart of the perfect chant is humour, spontaneity and topicality."
Fans delivering the perfect chant on match day must also multiply contribution (C) by intensity (I) and divide it by aggression (A), according to his formula.
Fans will be carrying on where the Manic Street Preachers left off if they manage to pen a new tune. The band promised to release a new single for the Wales team if they reached the finals of Euro 2004 this summer, before defeat against Russia at the Millennium Stadium dashed the hopes of a nation.