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NATIONS CUP: McFadden to miss game

updated:  Mon, 25 April, 2011 19:30 UK.

 

Rio Ferdinand: photo linked from premiershipnews.org 

 

McFadden to miss game -25 Apr 11 19:30
James McFadden is set to miss next month's Carling Nations Cup game against Wales.

 

 

 

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Monday 25th April 2011

FANS: New FAW crest

Wales t-shirt:NEW FAW CREST
JJB Sports has started selling FAW merchandise with the new FAW crest

for more click here


updated: Thu, April 21, 2011 23:05 UK.

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Thursday 21st April 2011

SCHOOLBOY: Switzerland v Wales

Under 16s Draw against the Swiss:
The Wales Under 16 Boys National Development produced an excellent perfomance this evening.

Match was played at the Tivoli Stadium, La Louviere in Belgium. Cardiff City's Abdi Noor scored for Wales after Switzerland had taken the lead.
 [info from welshfootballtrust]

Wales Team:
1:-Gareth Owen (Llanelli), 2:- Joseph Jones (Cardiff City), 3:- Fraser Sturgess (Unattached), 4:- Thomas Atyeo (Swansea City), 5- Tomos Clarke (Oldham), 6:- Liam Walsh (Swansea City), 7:- Abdifatah Noor (Cardiff City), 8: Corey Francis (Swansea City), 9:- Owain Jones (Swansea City), 10:- Kyle Copp (Swansea City), 11:- Jake Charles (Huddersfield Town).

Subs: 12:- Cameron Clarke (Cardiff City), 13:- Alex Penny, 14:- Samuel Jones (Cardiff City), 15:- Ross White (Wrexham), 16:- Sam Molyneux (Shrewsbury Town), 17:- Connor Shackleton (Tranmere Rovers), 18:- Joe Williams (Wrexham).

posted: Wed, 20 April, 2011 22:51 UK.



 

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Wednesday 20th April 2011

FAW: North Wales Roadhshows

FAW

FAW ROADSHOW
FAW Roadshows - Come and listen to the Strategic Plan for the FAW.

North East Wales Brymbo Sports & Social Club on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011.
North Wales Coast Llandudno FC Clubhouse on Wednesday, 4th May 2011.

All welcome, doors open from 7pm.

info from FAW.ORG.UK

posted:
Wed, 20 April, 2011 19:56 UK.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 20th April 2011

SCHOOLBOY: Welsh Schools FA Centenary

FAW poster: photo linked from faw.org.uk
RESULT: FAW Under 18 1 WSFA Under 18  4

FAW report - faw.org.uk

Brian Flynn has named the side play the Welsh Schools Under 18's.

Wales line up:
1. Christian Dibble (Bury Town),   2. Declan Weeks (Wolves),   3. Jordan Cranston (Wolves),  4. Tom O’Sullivan (Cardiff City),   5. Declan Dalley (Manchester United),  6. Aaron Oakley (Swindon Town), 7. Rob Parry (Wolves), 8. Gethin Jones (Everton) ©, 9. Gethyn Hill (Cardiff City), 10. Rhys James (Cardiff City), 11. Declan John (Cardiff City).

Subs:
12. Liam Matthews (Cardiff City), 13. Jonathan Evans (Accrington Stanley), 14. Max Penk (Wrexham), 15. Josh Yorwerth (Cardiff City), 16. Kyle McCarthy (Hereford United),  17. Theo Wharton (Cardiff City).

updated: Wed, 20 April, 2011 17:10 UK.



FAW Under 18 Youth squad versus WSFA Under 18 side at the GenQuip Stadium, Port Talbot on Tuesday 19th April at 3pm.

FAW Wales Under 18 squad:

Liam Matthews (Cardiff City), Christian Dibble (Bury Town), Jordan Smith (Swansea City), Aaron Oakley (Swindon Town), Max Penk (Wrexham), Jordan Cranston (Wolves), Josh Yorwerth (Cardiff City), Kyle McCarthy (Hereford United), Elliot Hewitt (Macclesfield Town), Emyr Huws (Manchester City), Tom O’Sullivan (Cardiff City), Theo Wharton (Cardiff City), Gethin Jones (Everton), Gwion Edwards (Swansea City), Declan John (Cardiff City), Rob Parry (Wolves), Gethyn Hill (Cardiff City), Rhys James (Cardiff City).

 

DOWNLOAD: Match poster -PDF FORMAT [905 KB]


updated: Mon, 11 April, 2011 13:11 UK.


There will be two events during April - a match between the FAW Under 18 Youth squad and the WSFA Under 18 side at the GenQuip Stadium, Port Talbot on Tuesday 19th April at 3pm. Admission is FREE.

Then, in the evening there is a celebration dinner to award the current season's Under 18 schools players their caps and to mark the centenary. This will be at Blancos Hotel in Port Talbot. A few tables are still available.

The centenary book 'As Good As It Gets' - written by
Ceri Stennett, will also be published on the same day and will be available at the match and at the dinner, priced at £9.99. It is 200 pages and tells the story of the matches and events over the hundred years, plus articles written by former Wales schools managers such as Chris Whitley, Adrian Jones, Lyn James, Dai Davies, Iolo Owen, Roger Skyrme and Martin Evans. Also current Under 16 manager, Osian Roberts. All the results and appearances are in it, plus many, never before published pictures of teams and players.
The book will be available direct from
Ceri Stennett


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Wednesday 20th April 2011

FANS: FSF Cymru meeting with the FAW

Wales t-shirt:
Summary of Football supporters Federation Wales (FSF Cymru) meeting with FAW

The meeting took place at the FAW offices in Cardiff at 4 pm Wednesday April 13th in attendance from the FSF were Paul Corkrey, Vince Alm and Neil Dymock and from the FAW. Mark Evans, Lynsey Owens (Ticketing), also present was Wayne Palmer from the south Wales police.

This was a routine meeting with questions generally been asked that were sent in from members and people who expressed a view, the following is a summary of the meeting.

Team GB has raised its head again and many Welsh fans are concerned about the possible consequences, once again Mark Evans emphasized the position of the FAW, They do not support this, they will not help with it and they will not insure players to play in it, that is an important point, insurance, many clubs will be very reluctant to release players for this, never mind the FA'S due to the insurance costs. On another point it was asked if someone like Bale or Ramsey chose to play would the FA take sanctions out against them in the future. A firm no was the answer but the players will be asked to consider seriously before agreeing taking part.

Ticket issues surrounding the England game took up a lot of time and Lucy said that she had replied to all e mails that had been sent to her from both Welsh and English fans…there were issues with fans not getting tickets through the kickback scheme, including Porth and Newport who had been particularly unhappy about what had happened…Lucy said that all applications were dealt with in a pro rata basis and the huge take up for the scheme had caught everyone out, many thousands benefited but it was accepted that due to this huge demand some clubs missed out and the FAW regret this and apologise to those clubs but it was down in a non-malicious fashion.

Anyone may e mail the ticketing department if they still feel that they have not had a satisfactory reply.

The fact that fans missed out on tickets and there was a massive segregation area also riled fans and Wayne Palmer explained that this was decided well in advance of the game and the SAG(Safety advisory groups) were more concerned about fans safety and security than adding extra seats, there had been problems with away fans in the past near to the North stand. The other area that appeared empty was a middle section near the corner flag; this was due to 150 supporters not attending who had tickets.

England away tickets were discussed and it is expected that we will get around 7,000 tickets which will ensure all Gold and Silver members will get a ticket (there are over 5,000 members) we mentioned the FA councillors tickets being returned at the Old Trafford game but Mark said this happens now and then and you are talking about only a few tickets and they are always put back on sale.

In the unlikely event of there being spare tickets the FAW may consider offering Gold members the chance of another ticket on their name but that is only one possible option and this will be looked at closer to the time, but they will try to make it as fair as possible whatever is decided.

On a security note for the England game, there is a huge coach park outside the stadium that can accommodate hundreds of coaches; there are good rail links too with a nearby tube station.

Welsh fans were prevented from hanging flags whilst English fans were allowed, Mark Evans put his hands up to this and admitted it was their fault, the stewards were not briefed properly beforehand and this led to them trying to stop fans placing their flags, Mark has promised that this will not happen again and that he personally will be at future pre match meetings with stewards and police at all future home venues.

Welsh Assembly government funding issues were raised and fans have asked why the WRU seem to get far more financial support than the national football team, Mark explained that this is not as big a difference as what it appears and Welsh football gets a lot of support in community initiatives and especially the Welsh football trust, but it was agreed that the FAW need to match the WRU in the work they put in to acquire grant funding. This is something that they are looking at and will be more proactive in the future.

We asked them to explain the benefits of the new centre at Newport and why that City was chosen over other venues especially those in north or mid Wales? It was explained that tenders were put out and the Newport city council pulled all the stops out to get the centre located in the city, the advantages of the M4 corridor will obviously be a plus point and it is hoped the centre will benefit Welsh football for many years to come. It will be a joint venture and the Football Association of Wales, Welsh Football Trust and Newport City Council aim to build the venue. The centre would develop the under-21, women's and younger age-group squads.

Membership issues and costs have been a constant irritation to the fans and we asked what the plans are for future membership schemes. Lucy suggested that they were looking at a lower price for renewals next year and fans can upgrade to Gold or Silver, the membership price will stay the same for new members and will always remain open until it reaches a level where the member benefits cannot be operated.

The data gathered from the membership scheme and from ticket sales to new customers in the kickback scheme must be put to good use and the FSF have put forward an expert in that field to meet with the marketing department later this month, hopefully progress can be made and marketing opportunities for the FAW can be improved.

One question asked by the fans is the terrible ranking position we find ourselves in and what is being done to improve this, it seems a silly question but Mark said that they were very concerned and plans were in place to get better quality friendly matches in the future, playing teams ranked below us was pointless and the other obvious answer was to help develop new Welsh talent and the Newport centre was part of that plan.

Concerns were raised amongst fans of the club rivalries raising their head at the England match and the fact three coach loads of fans were absent from the game after some problems in the city centre pre match…the FSF had received a letter via the human rights organisation "Liberty" from one of those fans that said he was refused the opportunity to see the game. Wayne said that the police were well aware of possible risk supporters entering the city and were well on top of everything…the fans mentioned were allowed access to a pub and were told that if they split up in to small groups they could continue on to the game but they decided against this and left the city.

Wayne also informed us that despite pre match concerns everyone was very pleased with the event day, over 100,000 fans had come into the capital and there were only 13 arrests in total and 8 of those was for ticket touting (part of an Olympic games police preparation initiative). There were minor scuffles in parts of the stadium but in general it was a good, safe event.

Neil Dymock brought up the Gol initiatives and explained about the fans' teams and the success they had been in bringing fans together. We have another fans tournament in Dublin next month and once again Carling has been outstanding in sponsoring the event.

Neil mentioned that the charity work had enabled them to arrange trips for 4 Montenegran Orphans to attend the Wales game against Montenegro and he also had plans for more orphans to attend the Welsh cup final, this is not a Gol initiative however but work done in conjunction with Llanelli FC. The FAW said that they would continue to support these ventures and supply signed shirts and raffle prizes to help fund raising.

The Bulgaria match is almost definitely in Sofia but still not confirmed, the last two home games will be played at the Liberty stadium and Cardiff City stadium (details available soon) there are thousands of vouchers sent out to clubs in the kickback scheme offering half price tickets for one of these games. Dublin prices have been confirmed..

The prices for the remaining Carling Nations Cup games have been confirmed today, 20 Euro each for our fans so we will sell at £18.00 each. We'd hoped there would be a concession for juniors for the May games but unfortunately there isn't. It's only for the ROI fans buying via general sale.

The FAW will get application forms sent out to Gold and Silver members in the next week or so, may take longer with the bank holidays

Road shows will continue with Jonathan Ford visiting many areas over the next few months.

We handed in some correspondence to Lucy, some good and some bad regarding the England tickets and the feedback will be taken into consideration…we then ended the meeting in agreement that it would be a good idea if more fans attended these regular meetings maybe from the other areas of Wales, anyone is welcome to come along but please e mail Mark Evans in advance.

information taken from Wales Away Yahoo group.

updated: Mon, April 18, 2011 22:15 UK.

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Monday 18th April 2011

FANS: Competition

Wales t-shirt:Spirit of '58
dragonsoccer has a Spirit of '58 T-shirt to give away. (Size - Small)

to enter competition click here


updated: Fri, April 15, 2011 11:45 UK.

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Friday 15th April 2011

WOMEN: Wales v Luxembourg

Wales women: photo linked from faw.org.ukWednesday 20th March 2011 at 6pm, Women's Friendly International. WALES v LUXEMBOURG, Marston Stadium, Afan Lido. Admission is free.

Women's squad: Rhian Nokes (Cardiff City), Sophie Dando (Cardiff City), Jasmin Dutton (Tranmere Rovers), Nia Jones (Cardiff City), Sally Wade (Barnet), Erin Vaughan (Aston Villa), Tija Richardson (Swansea City), Kerrie Manley (Nottingham Forest), Natalie Ashford (Swansea City), Milly Durrant (Coventry City), Ellen King (Caernarfon Town), Sophie Ingle (Cardiff City), Laura May Walkley (Swansea City), Gwennan Harries (Everton), Alisa Orlik (Caernarfon Town), Shan Jones (Mid-Tennessee State Univ), Sharla Passariello (South Florida Univ), Zoe Atkins (Cardiff City).

 

DOWNLOAD: Match poster -PDF FORMAT [419 KB]


updated: Mon, 11 April, 2011 13:21UK.


 


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Monday 11th April 2011

FAW: Roadshow, Merthyr and Neath

FAW

FAW ROADSHOW
The FAW has developed a Strategic Plan with the purpose of moving Welsh football forward over the next decade. As an Association, we are seeking the views and thoughts of our Members, those who play football and the public in general. To achieve this, the FAW will host a roadshow in each of the six Area Associations giving everyone the opportunity to see the current details of the plan and to raise any questions or queries.  This is your opportunity to attend a roadshow in your area to hear the details of the plan, provide input or comments and to raise any questions you have. The event is open to the Association’s Member clubs and leagues, the members of the Area Associations, players(senior or junior) and anyone with an interest in Welsh football.

Why?
A strategic plan cannot be written in isolation and it is essential that we consult with all stakeholders across the entire country. We also need to ensure that what we are proposing is both understandable and finalised in collaboration with our stakeholders because this will be the operating manual for our Association for the years ahead.

Who?
The roadshow will be hosted by Ian Gwyn Hughes, Head of Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement. Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive, will outline the current thinking and alongside Ian, will take questions from the audience in relation to the Strategic Plan. This is an opportunity for all stakeholders to learn about the Association’s plans and to raise any questions in relation to those plans or
Welsh football in general.


The South Wales Roadshow will be held on Wednesday, 13th April 2011 at:

Merthyr Town FC Clubhouse, Penydarren Park, Merthyr Tydfil,  Doors will open at 7.00pm and the main presentation will start at 7.30pm.


The West Wales Roadshow will be held on Monday, 18th April 2011 at:

Neath AFC Clubhouse, The Gnoll, Gnoll Park Road, Neath.

Doors will open at 7.00pm and the main presentation will start at 7.30pm.

info from FAW.ORG.UK

posted:
Fri, 8 April, 2011 15:30 UK.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday 8th April 2011

UNDER 19: Training camp, update

U19 TRAINING CAMP:
The Under 19s played a practice match against the Real Sociedad youth side in San Sebastian. The game, played behind closed doors was drawn 0-0. The Wales squad are out in the Basque Region for a spell of warm-weather training before competing in the Elite Round of the UEFA Under 19 qualifiers in Norway later this month.

updated:
Thu, 7 April, 2011 21:02 UK.



Revised Wales squad:
Daniel Ward (Wrexham), Connor Roberts (Everton), Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers), Daniel Alfei (Swansea City), Joe Walsh (Swansea City), Tom Bender (Colchester United), Kieron Freeman (Nottingham Forest), Kyle McCarthy (Hereford United), Lee Lucas (Swansea City), Michael Doughty (Queens Park Rangers), Elliot Hewitt (Macclesfield Town), Ibrahim Farah (Cardiff City), Reece Jones (AFC Wimbledon), Josh Dawkin (Norwich City), Billy Bodin (Swindon Town), Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester City), Robert Ogleby (Hearts), Jake Cassidy (Wolves).

Withdrawn from the original squad are Jonathan Bond, Adam Matthews, Jonathan Williams and Tom Bradshaw.



The Under 19 squad will travel to San Sebastian in Northern Spain for a warm-weather training camp in early April.
 (3rd April 8th April).

Wales squad:
Daniel WARD Wrexham
Jonathan BOND Watford
Daniel ALFEI Swansea City
Joe WALSH Swansea City
Tom BENDER Colchester United
Kieron FREEMAN Nottingham Forest
Adam MATTHEWS Cardiff City
Lee LUCAS Swansea City
Michael DOUGHTY Queens Park Rangers
Elliot HEWITT Macclesfield Town
Ibrahim FARAH Cardiff City
Reece JONES AFC Wimbledon
Jonathan WILLIAMS Crystal Palace
Billy BODIN Swindon Town
Elliott CHAMBERLAIN Leicester City
Robert OGLEBY Heart Of Midlothian
Jake CASSIDY Wolverhampton Wanderers
Tom BRADSHAW Shrewsbury Town

Stand by Players:

Connor ROBERTS Everton
Adam HENLEY Blackburn Rovers
Alex EVANS Cardiff City
Kyle McCARTHY Hereford United
Matthew HARRIOTT Sheffield United
Max PENK Wrexham
Aaron HOLLOWAY Bristol City
Sean GEDDES Walsall
Kayelden BROWN West Bromwich Albion
Richard PENIKET Fulham
Josh DAWKIN Norwich City


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Thursday 7th April 2011

FANS: As Good As It Gets

Welsh Schools: photo linked from welshsfa.co.ukThe Centenary History of the Welsh Schools Football Association. Written and compiled by Ceri Stennett

"As Good As It Gets" is a 200 page soft-back book (235x135mm) that traces the history of the Welsh Schools Football Association (WSFA) from the early years of the 20th Century to the current day.

 

Football Association of Wales Press Officer and Historian, Ceri Stennett, has spent the last three years researching the association that has provided international football at Under 15 and 18 levels for more than 2,500 players. Of these, more than 100 have gone-on to represent Wales at senior international level. These include such well-known names as Fred Keenor, Cliff Jones, John Toshack, Terry Yorath, Brian Flynn, Mark Hughes, Robbie Savage, Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley and current Wales international captain, Aaron Ramsey.

 

The WSFA is the body that has been charged with the responsibility for discovering and nurturing young football talent in Wales through the schools system. The association runs countless competitions for schools at various age levels to compete in and then organises international matches against the other home countries, plus many more across Europe, for the age-group teams. All has this has been done by legions of teachers across the Principality who have given their time freely to advance the cause of football in Wales.

 

As well as focusing on the players and teams, Ceri also includes chapters written by many of the former Welsh Schools team managers. There are contributions from Chris Whitley, Lyn Jones, Dai Davies, Adrian Jones, Dafydd Owen, Roger Skyrme and Iolo Owen. In addition the current Under 16 and 18 managers, Osian Roberts and Martin Evans have also written chapters. Contributions have also been made by team administrators from the last forty years, including Derek Flye, Wyn Davies, Cledwyn Ashford, Keith James and David Nickless.

 

There is a full listing of all matches played with dates, results and goal-scorers, plus player appearances. All that is listed in book form for the first time ever. In addition, there are more than 250 pictures, many never before published of teams and players.

 

The publication will be of great interest to former players and administrators, as well as the many fans of Welsh football.

 

‘As Good As It Gets’ is published by Stennett Books, and will be available from April 2011 onwards, priced at £9.99. ISBN 978-09568420-0-8. Further information and orders can be placed via: Ceri Stennett


updated: Mon, April, 2011 20:34 UK.

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Monday 4th April 2011

WOMEN: Defeat for the under 19s vs Iceland

Wales v Germany : photo linked from faw.org.ukWALES 0 ICELAND 2
Wales suffered a surprise defeat in their 2010/2011 UEFA Women’s Under 19 championship qualifier against Iceland.

- more news from FAW.org.uk


updated: Sun, 3 April, 2011 17:10 UK.





WALES 1 GERMANY 1 
The under 19 side battled to a great 1-1 draw with Germany at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli in the opening UEFA Elite Round game.

The Germans took an early lead from a corner after eights minutes, defender Luisa Wensing rising at the far post to score from a bullet-header.

It could have been the signal for an all-out onslaught by the Germans, but instead, Jarmo Matikainen's young team fought for every ball and held the German attack at bay. Few chances came to either side for the rest of the opening 45 minutes, but Wales were beginning to grow in confidence as the half wore-on. Captain Nia Jones was very impressive in keeping the shape of the Wales defence under severe pressure.

In the second half, Wales came-out on a mission and denied Germany the time and space to build from midfield. The reward game with just ten minutes to go when captain Nia Jones scored the all-important goal for the girls in red.

It was the signal for an all-out attack from Germany but Wales held their ground and took the point from a famous 1-1 draw.

In the other game, Turkey beat Iceland 3-1 in the early kick off at Parc y Scarlets.

The next games are on Saturday at 3pm when Wales play Iceland at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli and Germany meet Turkey at Richmond Park, Carmarthen. Both games are free admission. - info from FAW.ORG.UK


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Sunday 3rd April 2011

UNDER 21: Andorra 0 Wales 1

Andorra v Wales: photo linked from fedandfut.comANDORRA 0 WALES 1 

Goals: Fajardo (21 OG)

An overhit back pass proved to be Andorra's undoing as Brian Flynn's side kicked off 2013 qualifying Group 3 with a victory. - Highlights on Sgorio this Saturday.

info from UEFA.com

Wales line up:

1. Rhys Taylor (Crewe Athletic (Loan), 2. Adam Matthews (Cardiff City),3. Ashley Richards (Swansea City) (Capt), 4. Lee Lucas (Swansea City), 5. Daniel Alfei (Swansea City), 6. Troy Brown (Ipswich Town), 7. Jake Taylor (Reading), 8. Joe Partington (Bournemouth), 9. Ryan Doble (Oxford United loan), 10. Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester City), 11. Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace).

Subs: 12. David Cornell (Port Talbot Town-  Loan), 13. Tom Bender (Colchester United), 14. Joe Walsh (Swansea City), 15. Billy Bodin (Crystal Palace), 16. Nathan Craig (Everton), 17. Robert Ogleby (Hearts), 18. Jake Cassidy (Wolves)



Nathan Craig
has been called up. Joe Allen has withdrawn from the squad with a shoulder injury.


Other information:
Friendly:
 Andorra v Wales.
Venue: Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella
Date: Tuesday 29th March 2011.
Kick off: 3pm UK.

updated: Tue, 29 March, 2011 17:31 UK.


Wales' first 2013 Under 21 qualifer is away to Andorra at the end of month. Brian Flynn has named his squad:

Wales squad:
Rhys Taylor (Chelsea (loan Crewe Alexandra)), David Cornell (Swansea City (loan Port Talbot Town)), Daniel Alfei (Swansea City), Tom Bender (Colchester United), Troy Brown (Ipswich Town), Paul Dummett (Newcastle United), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Adam Matthews (Cardiff City), Joe Allen (Swansea City), Billy Bodin (Swindon Town), Lee Lucas (Swansea City), Joe Partington (Bournemouth), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), Ryan Doble (Southampton (loan Oxford)), Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester City), Robert Ogleby (Hearts), Jake Taylor (Reading), Jake Cassidy (Wolves).

Stand by players:
Jonathan Bond (Watford), Kieron Freeman (Nottingham Forest), Adam Henley (Blackburn), David Stephens - (Hibernian), Joe Walsh (Swansea City), Nathan Craig (Everton), Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town), Kayelden Brown (West Bromwich Albion) (loan Port Vale), Matthew Harriott (Sheffield United), Jonathan Meades (Cardiff City), Casey Thomas (Swansea City (Port Talbot Town))


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Tuesday 29th March 2011

EURO 2012: Wales 0 England 2

Wales v England: photo linked from bbc.co.ukWALES 0 ENGLAND 2
Defeat for Wales against England at the Millennium Stadium. It was a comfortable victory for England has two goals in the first 14 minutes earned England the three points. It was Wales’ fourth defeat on the bounce in Euro 2012, which leaves Gary Speed’s team bottom firmly, rooted to the bottom of Group G.

Wales starting line up:
1. Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), 2. Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), 3. Danny Collins (Stoke City), 4. Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), 5. James Collins (Aston Villa), 6. Ashley Williams (Swansea City), 7. Joe Ledley (Celtic), 8. Craig Bellamy (loan Cardiff City), 9. Steve Morison (Millwall), 10. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) (Capt), 11. Andy KIng (Leicester City).

Subs: 12. Boaz Myhill (WBA), 13.Neal Eardley (Blackpool), 14. Danny Gabbidon (West Ham United), 15. David Vaughan (Blackpool), 16. Joe Allen (Swansea City), 17. Simon Church (Reading), 18. Ched Evans (Sheffield United).

Olegario Benquerenca from Portugal is the match referee.

updated: Sun, 27 March, 2011 11:40 UK.



Due to a hamstring injury, Gareth Bale has had to withdraw.

After training last week and playing 90 minutes on Saturday for his club, Bale felt some muscle tightness. Initially, this was expected to be muscle soreness after playing his first game. On joining-up with the squad he was kept off his feet in training for two days to recover. As he still felt tight in the warm-up on Tuesday, Gareth was pulled-out of the session. He did not train at all on Wednesday and was sent for a scan, with the scan revealing that he has picked-up his injury last week.

Aaron Ramsey will captain the side. "There were two or three candidates. I thought about what is best for the team going forward. I spoke to Aaron before making the decision and told him there were certain responsibilities and duties that would go with it, and to see if he was happy with it." - Gary Speed. 

There maybe some doubts this evening Friday (25/03) about the quality of Millennium Stadium pitch. "When playing football & rugby in the same stadium the pitch will always be a concern. The groundsmen did a great job. Earlier this week the pitch was shocking." - assistant coach Raymond Verheije.



There appear to be no fresh injury worries for manager Gary Speed as the squad trained fully for the first time this morning (22/03) ahead of the clash against England.


earlier:
James Collins
has been passed fit to face England and could captain Wales on Saturday. The central defender took part in a full training session with his club today (Mon 21/03), before meeting up with the Wales squad in Cardiff. [source telegraph.co.uk]


updated: Mon, 21 March, 2011 22:16 UK.


earlier:
James Collins
has delayed joining up with the squad, the defender is still suffering from a calf injury and will remain at his club Aston Villa for treatment. He is set to  join the squad on Monday afternoon (21/03) after a fitness test.

Called up is Sam Vokes (Wolves) as a hamstring injury has forced Robert Earnshaw to withdraw. Joe Ledley is also set to join the squad on Monday after playing for his club on Sunday.


earlier:
Gary Speed has named the Wales squad for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against England on Saturday 26th March. There are injury doubts over James Collins (calf) and Robert Earnshaw (hamstring). 


Wales squad:  

Wayne Hennessey

Wolves

Boaz Myhill

West Bromwich Albion

Lewis Price

Crystal Palace

Danny Collins

Stoke City

James Collins

Aston Villa

Neal Eardley

Blackpool

Danny Gabbidon

West Ham United

Chris Gunter

Nottingham Forest

Lewin Nyatanga

Bristol City

Neil Taylor

Swansea City

Ashley Williams

Swansea City

Joe Allen

Swansea City

Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur

Andrew Crofts

Norwich City

Andy King

Leicester City

Joe Ledley

Celtic

Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal

David Vaughan

Blackpool

Craig Bellamy

Manchester City (Loan Cardiff City)

Simon Church

Reading

Robert Earnshaw

Nottingham Forest

Ched Evans

Sheffield United

Freddie Eastwood

Coventry City

Steve Morison

Millwall

Hal Robson-Kanu

Reading

Stand by players:
Jason Brown (Blackburn Rovers -loan Cardiff City), Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City), Andy Dorman (Crystal Palace), Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers), David Cotterill (Swansea City -loan Portsmouth), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace). Sam Vokes (Wolves -loan Sheffield United)




Gary Speed will announce the squad for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against England on Friday 18th March 2011 at around mid-day.

EARLY TEAM NEWS:
Robert Earnshaw is out, Earnshaw limped off at half-time with a hamstring problem during his club's game on Saturday (12/03). Gary Speed will be without Sam Ricketts (Achilles), David Edwards (back) and Jack Collison (knee).



earlier:
The Euro 2012 qualifer against England will be played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday 26th March 2011, kick-off 3pm.

"The FAW is delighted to be taking the match to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as it is a world-class venue. The capacity means that all of the Wales fans should be able to purchase a ticket and it also allows for the travelling England fans to have a decent quota in their part of the ground, as is agreed in the rules of the competition. The knowledge and expertise that the Millennium Stadium has for staging such high-profile events means that we can all look forward to a great afternoon of football, played and supported in the best traditions of fairplay. The fact that this is also the 100th meeting between the two countries adds spice to the occasion. The first match was back in 1879 there is an awful lot of history between us!" - FAW Chief Executive, Jonathan Ford.

Tickets news published by the FAW on Friday 10th December 2010.

posted: 
Fri 11, December , 2010 22:45 UK.


 

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other information:
Euro 2012:
 Wales v England.
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
Date: Saturday 26th March 2011.
Kick off: 3pm
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Referee:
Olegario Benquerence.
Other: Wales in all red.
LIVE: Live on Sky Sports 1.

 

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Saturday 26th March 2011

FAW: Wales v England family zone

FAW

FAMILY ZONE
Wales Fans are invited to bring the kids along to the Cardiff Arms Cafe Bar this Saturday as the Millennium Stadium’s sports cafe launches its family zone ahead of the Wales’ Euro 2012 qualifying clash with England.

The Cardiff Arms cafe bar, set in front of the Millennium Stadium on Westgate Street, is the closest place to the action, and will be serving a wide selection of food and drink from 10am until kick off - including the special offer of a large 12” pizza and a large bowl of chips for £12.50 for all the family!

The free-to-enter venue, originally known as Jackson's racket club in the 1800s, has become a focal point for thousands of visitors at the home of Welsh sport with its ever changing array of Stadium memorabilia to celebrate over a decade of rock concerts, motorsports, football, rugby and boxing and much more at the iconic venue.

This weekend the Cardiff Arms Cafe Bar will be opening at 10am for fans heading in to the city centre early and will remain open to show all the coverage from the Millennium Stadium clash for supporters without a ticket. The official Welsh Rugby Union store, also on site, will be open from 9.30am.

For further information on the Cardiff Arms Store and Cafe Bar, please visit the official website www.millenniumstadium.com

info from FAW.org.uk

posted: Fri, 25 March, 2011 20:56 UK.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday 25th March 2011

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