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Latest news - March 2000.
 Finland friendly - sell-out.
The friendly against Finland next Wednesday has been confirmed as a 66,000 sell-out.

What John Robinson said:
"It's fantastic, it's great for the Wales team and great for the Welsh public.”

What an FAW spokesman said:

"Sales have gone through the roof.”


"It's absolutely superb."


Friday, March 24th 2000.


 Finland friendly - Live on S4C.
The Wales v Finland friendly is being show live on S4C. Dylan Llewelyn, Dylan Ebenezer and Dai Davies will be in the studio. The programme starts at 6.40pm.

Friday, March 24th 2000.



 Finland friendly - large crowd expected.
The FAW have announced that 36,000 tickets have already been sold for the friendly against Finland. With still another week to go it is possible that
around 60,000 supporters could be watching the first football international at the Millennium Stadium.
Mark Hughes was also encouraged by the news of ticket sales as he visted the Stadium today.

What Alan Davey of Ticketline said:

"Demand has been so great that we have decided to extend our opening hours this week to 8pm.”


"We have had a very busy time with people queuing all day. We have been snowed under. I have had to bring in extra staff to cope. And it has now been decided to open the front section of the upper tier."

What Mark Hughes said:
"That’s great news - everybody is excited about the venue and I hope we can be equally exciting in our play. The ticket prices are spot-on.”

Wednesday, March 22nd 2000.


 Large crowd is hoped for.
The squad has been announced for the forthcoming friendly against Finland. Mark Hughes is hoping for a large crowd at the Millennium Stadium for the game.

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What Mark Hughes said:

"I am really looking forward to it, It is a magnificent arena and hopefully we will have as many people as possible shouting us on."

What Mark Hughes said about Ryan Giggs:
"If he's fit and available to come, I'm sure he'll be there."

Thursday, March 16th 2000.


 John Hartson injury blow.
John Hartson has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hernia problem. It's a major blow to the Swansea born striker, after his 7m move to Spurs broke down last week after he failed a medical.

Monday, March 13th 2000.


 Giggs committed to Wales.
Mark Hughes has no doubts about Ryan Giggs' commitment to the national side - even though the winger has never played a friendly international.

Hughes says calls for him to be dropped are "silly".

What Mark Hughes said:

"I know Ryan is committed to Wales. When the World Cup games come around Ryan will be there with us."

Monday, March 6th 2000.


 Love to play at the Millennium Stadium.
Wales' captain Gary Speed believes the team would love the opportunity to play against Finland at the Millennium Stadium on the 29th March.

What Gary Speed said:

"All the lads would relish playing at such a magnificent arena.”

"Playing Finland at the Millennium Stadium would give us an early opportunity to examine a pitch."


Wednesday, March 1st 2000.



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