football news - October 2001.
| With over a week since the Belarus victory and the 2002 World
Cup campaign now over, manager Mark Hughes has had time to sit and reflect how Wales are
progressing and what the future holds.
Hughes has stated how pleased he is that the players are now at last getting their reward
for their hard work. With a few months until the next game he cannot wait to get the squad
back together again.
"We've got a gap for a few months before we meet up again. In that time we
will still be looking at areas were we can improve." - Mark Hughes.
Sunday, October 14th 2001.
| UEFA have confirmed the date for the Euro 2004 draw, it will
take place in Porto on the 25th January 2002 at 11am.
There will ten groups of five teams in the qualifying stages with the winners of each
group qualifying directly for the finals. The ten runners-up will play-off against each
Friday, October 12th 2001.
| Mark Hughes is in positive
mood ahead of the game on Saturday.
He has slammed suggestions that his current side is the worst in history. If Wales fail to
beat Belarus at the Millennium Stadium it will be 13 games without a win, and that
statistic will be the worst in Wales' 125-year history.
"Such a label is unkind and unhelpful. I have been part of Welsh teams worse
than this one. I can't fault the players' effort and commitment to what we doing. For me
personally the World Cup qualifying campaign has been a great experience. At the start of
these qualifying fixtures I was new to it. I have learned from each game." -
Friday, October 5th 2001.
| John Hartson has been
named Welsh Footballer of the Year for the second time. Hartson also won the award in
1998, having twice won the young player of the year award in 1995 and 1996.
He received it at a presentation at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel last night.
Robert Earnshaw was named as the Welsh Young player of the year. Welsh legend Cliff Jones,
capped 59 times and part of the 1958 World Cup squad won the FAW merit award.
Wednesday, October 3rd 2001.