football news - June 2001.
| Craig Bellamy is on the
verge of joining Newcastle United in a £6m transfer deal. At the moment there are
conflicting reports from different sources regarding the transfer.
Newcastle have declined to comment but Craig has said that he was now a Newcastle player
after completing a medical over the weekend. If the signing goes through it can only be
good news for Mark Hughes and Wales with another player playing at Premiership level. He
will sign a four-year contract.
Wednesday, June 27th 2001.
Newcastle have confirmed that Craig Bellamy has signed for them.
"It's the best thing to happen to me in football to date. The move to
Newcastle will make me a better all-round player and linking up with Gary Speed can only
improve our understanding on international duty as well." - Craig Bellamy.
Monday, June 25th 2001. the sun.
| The FAW have decided to stage the two remaining World Cup
qualifiers against Armenia and Belarus at the Millennium Stadium.
It has also been reported that to attract a large crowd for the group five matches they
hope to bring a top pop group to perform before the kick-off.
The intention is to keep ticket prices at the same level as for previous matches.
"The council want to make the next World Cup tie an event as well as a
football match and we will explore various opportunities, such as a pop concert, to do
that." - FAW
secretary general David Collins.
Thursday, June 14th 2001. the sun.
| Mark Hughes has thanked the paying Welsh public for their
support during the World Cup campaign so far.
Hughes has also stressed he wants to improve the performances and the fortunes of the
"I think our progress has been appreciated in Wales. They can see we are
edging in the right direction and have been very supportive." - Mark Hughes.
Monday, June 11th 2001. the sun.
| An excellent and a positive
performance especially in the second half earned Wales a 1-1 drawn in Kiev. The youngsters
shone and Hartson was a rock up-front.
Wales were dealt a severe first-half blow as Mark Delaney limped off with a recurrence of
his hamstring injury, but the players fought back and kept their shape and got a well
deserved equaliser without mentioning they could have go on to win.
Thursday, June 7th 2001. the sun.