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FAW: Press conference
The Football Association of Wales will be holding a press conference in the European Suite at the Velodrome in Newport on Monday, March 12th, 2012 at mid-day.

The conference will celebrate the success of the UEFA Grass Roots Charter and an announcement regarding the new National Development Centre in Newport.

Present at the press conference will be the Chief Executive of the FAW, Jonathan Ford, the Wales manager Chris Coleman, the Welsh Football Trust Chief Executive, Neil Ward and the Technical Director Osian Roberts.

info from the FAW
posted: Fri 9, Mar 2012, 13:06 UK

FAW: Wales v Costa Rica - Ticket update
Gary Speed: photo linked from v COSTA RICA
One last push for the Gary Speed Memorial Match tomorrow night at Cardiff City Stadium. Kick off at 7.45pm, entertainment from 6.30pm.


19.3k tickets have been sold as of Tuesday morning (28th), Capacity is just over 26k.

Tickets £10 adults and £5 juniors/seniors - on sale tomorrow night subject to availability.

Book early to avoid disappointment. Tel. 0845 345 1400


Tickets will be on sale at the ticket office and at cash booths outside the ticket office tomorrow evening.

Tel. 0845 345 1400
The FAW is advising fans to either phone up to book tickets and collect in the evening, or call into the ticket office at stadium earlier in the day to avoid queues later on.

info from FAW Ticket office.
posted: Tue 28, Feb 2012, 18:42 UK

FAW: Gary Speed memorial international - Charities
Gary Speed: photo linked from THAT WILL BENEFIT
Several charities will benefit from the Wales v Costa Rica Gary Speed Memorial International on Wednesday 29th February 2012 at Cardiff City Stadium.

List of charities are as follows:

MacMillan (Cancer support charity)

C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably - a charity involved with helping to reduce suicides amongst men under 35)

The Craig Bellamy Foundation (Receiving kit and equipment for Craig's Foundation in Sierra Leone)

The Daisy Garland (A charity involved with lives touched by epilepsy)

Wrexham FC Under 15 Boys Academy (Gary's son, Ed, is a member of this academy)

All the above have been nominated by Gary's family and will receive a financial benefit from the match, other than the Craig Bellamy Foundation who have asked for a donation of playing kit and equipment.

In addition, former Wales international, Matthew Jones, will be completing a half marathon at the stadium and collection funds for the Spinal Injuries Association. He will be competing in full marathons in the future having originally been encouraged to do so by Gary Speed.

posted: Mon 27, Feb 2012, 22:58 UK

FAW: Statment - Raymond Verheijen
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) wishes to announce that it has today received the resignation of Raymond Verheijen.

Raymond was the assistant manager to Gary Speed with the Wales national team.

The FAW accepts the resignation with regret, as Raymond was due to assist the Wales squad this week with the match against Costa Rica, a game being staged in honour of the Wales manager who tragically left us in November of last year.

In light of the forthcoming match, and the sensitivities of it, the FAW has no further comment to make at this time.

The FAW would like to take the opportunity to thank Raymond for his work over the last twelve months and wishes him well for the future.

info from the FAW
posted: Fri 24, Feb 2012, 20:35 UK

FAW: Assistant manager Kit Symons
The FAW has confirmed that former international Kit Symons will become the assistant manager to Chris Coleman.

Kit is currently working with Fulham.

The Club can confirm that Fulham FC Academy Manager, Kit Symons, will be joining the backroom staff of the Wales national team on a part-time basis. Symons’ role with Wales will not impact upon his duties at Fulham FC.

Kit will not be officially involved with the team for the Gary Speed Memorial match against Costa Rica, and will link up with Wales’ for their friendly against Mexico in May.

“The Club has been fantastic and given me their blessing to go,” Symons told “It was very important to me that the Chairman and Chief Executive, Alistair Mackintosh, were happy with the situation. It’s a tremendous opportunity for me and one that I can’t wait to take on and I’m delighted that I can continue my role at Fulham.”

info from the FAW
posted: Fri 24, Feb 2012, 20:35 UK

FAW: Stars come out for Speed
Gary Speed: photo linked from


Wednesday 29th February 2012 will be a very special night at the Cardiff City Stadium as the whole of Wales will pay tribute to the memory of one of its most famous sons: Gary Speed MBE.

Former Wales international footballer and manager Gary left us in tragic circumstances last November. The match with Costa Rica will be part of a larger tribute to a man who was part of Welsh Football for more than twenty years and was guiding his young team to greater things.

However, the football match is only part of the celebrations. The Football Association of Wales is delighted to be able to announce a star-studded line-up of Welsh musical talent who will be performing before the game and at half time.

All areas of Welsh music are coming-together for the occasion.

From the world of rock and pop, needing no introduction, we welcome ‘Super Furry Animals’.

Mike Peters, formerly of ‘The Alarm’, now with ‘Big Country’, will be playing a set.

The incomparable Bryn Terfel will be singing, accompanied by the Risca Male Voice Choir.

Former Miss Wales, Courtenay Hamilton, will once again sing the anthem.

‘Only Men Aloud’ will be featured before the match and at half time, performing in their unique style that has won them a legion of fans.

The footballing greats of Wales have not been forgotten either. Invitations have been sent to some eighty former internationals that played alongside Gary during his career and many of them will be at the ground to pay their tribute at half time. Former clubs of Gary’s are also sending representatives, plus some of his former club team-mates and managers will be in attendance, including Alan Shearer and Howard Wilkinson. All of Gary’s family will be present.

Fans are urged to be at the stadium from 6.15pm onwards as the entertainment will start straight away with presentations on the big screen. The live entertainment will start towards 7pm. Full refreshments will be available at the concourse bars and snack bars, so why not get-in early, enjoy a drink and listen to the top-line artists who will be helping to make it a special night for all concerned.

Tickets can be purchased from Cardiff City FC. Tel: 0845 345 1400.

Further information from:

Prices are: £10 adults, £5 juniors and senior citizens.


FAW: Coleman new Manager
Chris Coleman has been confirmed as new Wales manager.

"Whilst on one hand it's probably the proudest moment of my career to be given the opportunity to lead my country, but then to be given that opportunity because of the circumstances nobody could foresee, so it's bittersweet for me, of course it is, I was very close friends with Gary, 30 years, so it's a difficult experience for me. It's probably the most difficult press conference I've ever done or ever had to do I imagine. But I'm very proud to be the new manager and I'm also very sad because of the situation we find ourselves in." - Chris Coleman. 

“This has been a very difficult process .We have explored every avenue, every scenario possible. We have taken on board the thoughts and views of the backroom staff, the players and the supporters."
"All along we believe that we have been respectful and dignified and had no wish to be involved in a public debate on the appointment of Gary’s successor."
"Gary was the manager of Welsh football and of course we want to continue his legacy. He was not a figurehead, he was the manager and that is why we have decided on the appointment of Chris Coleman to build on the excellent foundations put in place by Gary”. - FAW Chief Executive Jonathan Ford.

- Chris Coleman "understands" Aaron Ramsey's concerns.
Mark Hughes backs Chris Coleman to succeed as new Wales manager.
Chris Coleman yet to decide on backroom team.

The Football Association of Wales will be holding a press conference at the St Davids Hotel in Cardiff Bay. The conference will take place on Thursday, January 19th,2012 at 12 noon.

FAW: New training facilities
Plans for a multi-million pound new home for Welsh football in Newport are recommended for approval by planners.

for more click here

FAW: Carling Nations Cup news
FAWThe Football Association of Ireland, the Irish Football Association and the Football Association of Wales today responded to media claims about the Carling Nations Cup.

The tournament was established by the FAI, IFA, FAW and SFA in 2010 with costs and revenues to be shared and the Scottish FA getting a minimum fee requested for participation.
The competition took place in Dublin in February and May this year and returned a profit derived from television rights, sponsorship and ticket sales.

Following the tournament the FAI, the IFA and the FAW have been in negotiations with the Scottish FA seeking a downward adjustment of their fee to give a more equitable share of the profits to each of the competing associations based on the economic climate and ticket sales generated at the tournament.

It is disappointing that this matter has come into the public arena while the four associations are still trying to reach agreement. The FAI, IFA and FAW will not be making any further comment to give proper space for those discussions to take place.

FAW: The Voice
The third edition of the FAW's magazine 'The Voice' is now available.

It is available from various outlets around Wales and also as a digital book on the FAW website.

It was due to go to print just as we received the tragic news of Gary Speed's death - therefore it was not possible to fully rewrite the edition - so we took the decision to pay an initial tribute to him at the start of the magazine and left most of the rest of the issue as was.

In the next edition we will look further at the legacy left by Gary and include many more tributes to him. This should be available in February / March 2012.

In this issue we look at:
Recent Matches & Reviews.
A tribute to former Chief Executive, Alun Evans.
The season so far for the youngsters and the ladies.
Bangor City's New Stadium.
A tale from the vaults of Welsh Football History.
Interviews with Aaron Ramsey and Jayne Ludlow.
Craig Bellamy's 'Club 39'.

Plus all the news from the FAW team as they get 'out and about'.
info from

FAW: Alun Evans (1942-2011)
The FAW was sad to announce yesterday the passing of former secretary, Alun Evans.

Porth-born Alun had been in poor health for some time and passed-away last night (Saturday 12th November) He succeeded Trevor Morris as secretary of the association in 1982 and continued until 1995 when he left the association and was succeeded by David Collins.
He also sat on many UEFA and FIFA regulatory bodies. Later he returned as the LoW representative on the FAW Council.
For many years he was also involved with the Universities Athletics Union and was the secretary of Welsh League side UWIC.

A forthright individual, Alun was instrumental in the formation of the League of Wales and was a strong leader of the FAW policies.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time

info from

updated: Sun, 13 Nov, 2011 17:40 UK.
Wales kit on offer at JJB Sports.


updated: Thu, 10 Nov, 2011 21:32 UK.
FAW: Matches from 2014 onwards
UEFA has announced that international qualifiers are set to be played across six days between Thursdays and Tuesdays from 2014.

The move is set to maximise TV coverage and broadcast income. Matches will see Wales having just a two-day break between matches in European Championship and World Cup qualifying double-headers, it's being dubbed "The Week of Football".

Wales will play either Thursdays and Sundays, Fridays and Mondays, or Saturdays and Tuesdays.

- UEFA plans on International double-headers

updated: Mon, 10 Oct, 2011 21:15 UK.
FAW: Bale award
Gareth Bale: photo linked from AWARD
Gareth Bale has won the Football Association of Wales Player of the Year award for the second year running.

"Obviously I am very pleased to win the award again, it’s very special to me to be chosen twice like this. It is a great award to win, a real honour. There are some really great names on the list who have won this award before me, it is an honour to be bracketed with them. Things have started to go well for me, for my club as well as for Wales. My am is to keep that level of performance going in every game."

Ashley Williams won the Welsh Club Player of the Year for a third successive year, while club-mate Joe Allen won the young player prize. The awards, voted by journalist and broadcasters, cover the period from October 2010 to October 2011.

updated: Wed, 5 Oct, 2011 09:20 UK.
FAW: New Wales away kit
The New Wales Away Shirt is launched on Thursday, 6th October 2011.

To purchase Wales kit through goto -

updated: Mon, 3 Oct, 2011 15:18 UK.
FAW: Awards evening
On Tuesday 4th October, the annual FAW Awards Evening sponsored by Brains will be held at the National Museum in Cardiff.

The evening will start from 6.30pm with the arrival of VIP guests on the red carpet at the side entrance to the museum. The Wales squad and staff will arrive soon afterwards. Fans are very welcome to come along to see the arrivals.

During the evening, awards will be presented for Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Club Player of the Year for men and women's teams. There are also a series of other awards including the Fans Player of the Year and Long Service Awards.

It promises to be a star-studded evening.


posted: Tue, 27 Sep, 2011 12:52 UK.
FAW: New Wales shirt on sale
The new Wales home shirt is available to purchase from JJB Sports stores from Thursday, 1st September 2011.

Juniors £29.99, Adults £39.99 (short sleeve prices)

Wales Home Mens Football Shirt 2011/2012

The deep-red colour of traditional Wales football shirts has been updated with a tread-pattern print and high-definition Wales crest embroidery. Crafted from light and breathable fabric, the Wales Home Shirt 2011/12 features a y-neck collar for improved comfort and mesh panels for ventilation.

As worn by Wales football stars Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, the Wales Home Shirt 2011/12 is Tailored by Umbro to keep you at the top of your game!

  • Umbro diamond embroidered at right chest
  • Wales football crest embroidered at left chest
  • Ribbed elastic collar with y-neckline
  • Short sleeves with ribbed cuffs
  • Breathable mesh panels at sides underarm.

updated: Wed, 31 Aug, 2011 21:08 UK.
FAW: New Wales kit
The new Wales kit is set to be unveiled ahead of the friendly international against Australia on Wednesday.

The new kit will feature the new FAW crest. Get your hands on it from early September at your local JJB Sports store.

updated: Wed, 10 Aug, 2011 17:40 UK.
FAW: Summer roadshows



FAW: New website


The FAW has launched its new web site.

The FAW website is now up and running and the FAW will be making further improvements and modifications, there is still  huge amount of data that needs re-inputting.

 New FAW web site

posted: Wed, 1 Jun, 2011 12:32 UK.







FAW: New quarterly magazine


The FAW has launched its very first bilingual magazine called 'The Voice'.

The quarterly magazine features articles on the footballer Joe Ledley, the Womens U19 European Championship qualifier, pictures from the England v Wales match and a One on One with Gary Speed. 

 FAW launch 'The Voice'

posted: Wed, 1 Jun, 2011 11:50 UK.







FAW: Wales Host Under 19s


WALES HOST Under 19s
Wales will host the UEFA Women's Under 19 Tournament Finals in August 2013.

Matches will be held in Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Bridgend. Eight countries, including Wales, will play for the right to be crowned champions. Come and be part of the celebrations!

statement from

Thu, 12 May, 2011 13:35 UK.







FAW: Glyn Williams 1918-2011


Glyn Williams :1918-2011
It is with great sadness that the FAW marks the passing of former international player, Glyn Williams. He was 92.

Full-back Glyn, won one cap for Wales in the 1951 Festival of Britain International with Switzerland at the Racecourse, Wrexham. In so doing, he became the fifth oldest player to win a first cap for Wales as he was 32 years 194 days old on his debut. Wales won the match 3-2.

Maesteg - born Glyn was a Cardiff City regular after the war, playing some 144 league matches. Born in November 1918, he had earlier played for Caerau, helping them win the Welsh Amateur Cup in 1946. One of a legion of players who lost the best years of their careers to the Second World War. His cap came-about as regular right back, Walley Barnes, was needed by Arsenal for a tour of Brazil, so Glyn made his debut in the same match as the young John Charles. The Wales goals came from Trevor Ford (2) and Ron Burgess.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

statement from

Wed, 11 May, 2011 20:00 UK.







FAW: News from Roadshows


FAW NEWS in brief
The new FAW web site is set to be launched on Monday 30th May. The FAW 2009 strategic plan is being reviewed, the Development Centre in Newport is set to open in 18 months, with another centre possibly being planned in North Wales.

The FAW will be looking to repeat Kickback ticket scheme for future HOME matches.

info from ffwtbol on twitter.

Wed, 4 May, 2011 21:08 UK.







FAW: North Wales Roadhshows


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

Wed, 20 April, 2011 19:56 UK.







FAW: Roadshow, Merthyr and Neath


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.

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.

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

Fri, 8 April, 2011 15:30 UK.







FAW: Wales v England 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

info from

posted: Fri, 25 March, 2011 20:56 UK.







FAW: Wales mascot


The Football Association of Wales has announced that they have signed a new member of the Wales National team to face England on Saturday, 26th March.

The Dragon Mascot will be launched at the England match and one lucky winner will have the chance to name the Dragon.

The name will be selected by an internal panel and the winner will not only get a signed shirt from the team but also walk out with the Dragon at the Montenegro match on Friday, 2nd September.

The closing date for the competition is Thursday, 24th March... so be quick and get your entry in.

Please send an email to detailing your suggested name for the Dragon along with your name, address, age and a contact telephone number.

The winner will be notified on Friday, 25th March by telephone and email.

info from

posted: Fri, 18 March, 2011 18:21 UK.







FAW: Monthly briefing - March 2011


As part of their monthly briefing the Football Association of Wales will hold a press conference on Wednesday ,March 16th at one o clock in the Dyffryn Suite at the Vale Resort in Hensol. Mini football will be amongst the topics discussed with Craig Bellamy, Neil Ward and Osian Roberts of the Welsh Football Trust in attendance.

Mi fydd Cymdeithas Bel Droed Cymru yn cynnal eu cynhadledd misol gyda’r wasg a’r cyfryngau yn ystafell y Dyffryn yng ngwesty ‘r Fro yn Hensol am un o’r gloch Dydd Mercher. Y pwnc dan sylw fydd pel droed llai.Yn bresennol bydd Craig Bellamy, Neil Ward ac Osian Roberts o’r Ymddiriedolaeth.

posted: Tue, 15 March, 2011 08:10 UK.







FAW: Kick back scheme


Many football clubs around Wales are benefiting from the Football Association of Wales 'Kick Back' scheme, where they are able to receive commission from tickets sold.

Some 600 clubs around Wales have been involved and this week, Wales manager, Gary Speed presented a cheque to Karen Stevens and members of the Canton Cross Vaults Football team in Cardiff for their commission.

The monies raised (more than £250) will help to pay for ground fees for the rest of the season. Other clubs are using the funds for equipment and maintenance work at their clubhouses or grounds.

Karen said: "This really has been a great initiative as we have been able to buy tickets and help support our own club at the same time."

info from FAW.ORG.UK

Fri, 11 March, 2011 08:30 UK.







FAW: Wales v England ticketing statement

Wales v England tickets : photo linked from

Wales v England.

The Football Association of Wales would like to take the opportunity to clarify several misconceptions that have appeared in the media in regard to ticket sales for the Wales v England European Championship match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on 26th March 2011.

The original deadline for ticket applications for the match was 31st January 2011. All applications received by this date were processed and more than 600 football clubs in Wales took part in the sales through the ‘Kick-Back’ scheme, that has raised some £80,000 for the clubs, many at grass-roots level.

The deadline was then extended to 18th February 2011 on the understanding that this was a ‘first come, first served’ basis and subject to availability. The demand was such that the tickets did, in fact, sell-out by early February 2011. All orders received after this time were placed on a ‘stand-by’ list in the event that any further tickets could be released.

In the vast majority of cases, no money was taken from any of the individuals or clubs who were on ‘stand-by’, and certainly no tickets were issued to anyone that have subsequently been asked to be returned.

Some 7,000 fans have applied to the FAW for tickets for the match after the sell-out figure was reached. In many cases, individuals and clubs missed the second deadline all together, but still sent-in applications. As with any event, once the seating capacity has been reached then no further sales can be made, regardless of the public demand.

There was an administrative error made in one specific area of the ground that resulted in a number of applications having to be refused after having originally been told that the tickets had been secured. For this error, the FAW has already apologised and letters have been sent to all those affected. This numbers some 1,500 seats, split between Welsh and English fans.

The wildly inaccurate information that is currently circulating via the Internet in particular paints a very distorted picture. The ticketing process that the FAW has adhered to is with the full backing of the South Wales Police, Millennium Stadium and our own auditors.

We recognise people’s disappointment at not being able to attend the game and would urge them to join the FAW member’s scheme that will guarantee them a ticket for matches in the future.

posted:  Tue, 8 March, 2011 17:25 UK.


FAW: Keenor Collection




The appeal committee is delighted to announce that we raised £1,710.89 (subject to checking at the bank) from the bucket collection outside the Millennium Stadium before Wales v England.


This was great considering many of the fans were not Cardiff City supporters or even regular Wales fans. We were allocated three of the stadium’s Gates 5,6 and 7 to collect from.


Thanks to the volunteers who made the event such a success, to those that generously chipped in cash and to the Football Association of Wales for allowing us to hold the bucket collection.


You can still help the appeal by buying one of the 8in figurines of Fred Keenor or the pin badges. You can get further details on purchasing these items by contacting


The efforts of everyone mean the kitty stands at over £46,000, well over half-way.

We’re delighted to announce on St David’s Day that the Football Association of Wales has given the go-ahead for a bucket collection in aid of the Fred Keenor Statue Appeal at the sell-out Wales-England clash.

David Craig, project manager of the appeal, said: “Playing England is always the biggest game for Welsh football fans, so we’re thrilled the FAW has generously given us permission to hold a bucket collection before the Euro qualifier later this month. With a sell-out audience, we are very hopeful of raising a substantial sum for the appeal thanks to the support of fans at the game. Football supporters have been enormously generous already and the message we’re getting from them is that we want to see a statue erected in aid of Fred Keenor, who captained both Wales and Cardiff City to great success, and reached the top of the game despite being badly injured in the Battle of the Somme. We’re hoping that supporters, wherever they come from, will get behind the appeal by digging deep into their pockets while also cheering Wales on to a famous victory over the old enemy. That would be fantastic,” said David.

The appeal, which was launched 11 months ago, has raised more than £41,000 almost half-way to the £85,000 cost of the permanent tribute to Fred Keenor.

The international takes place at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, March 26th, kick off 3pm.

posted: Tue, 1 March, 2011 00:00 UK.







FAW: New assistant manager


Dutchman Raymond Verheijen has been confirmed as the new Wales assistant manager.

Verheijen (age 39) is well known for his expertise on tactics, planning and conditioning, and has worked with some of the best coaches in world football, having worked alongside Frank Rijkaard, Louis Van Gaal, Guus Hiddink and Dick Advocaat.

In the process he has worked towards and been involved in the last seven major tournaments with four different countries, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea and Australia, reaching 5 semi finals.

Wales will be hoping that the experience gained will be beneficial as under Speed they look to qualify for major finals for the first time since 1958.

”I am delighted to have Raymond on board as part of my team. His experience will prove invaluable and his credentials are first class. I look forward to working closely with him over the next few years starting of course with my first game in charge in Dublin on Tuesday”. - Gary Speed.

info from FAW.ORG.UK

posted: Sat, 5 February, 2011 18:16 UK.







FAW: Cardiff roadshow


The FAW will be continuing its programme of road shows with an event on Monday evening, 31st January 2011 at the Gol Centre, Lawrenny Avenue, Cardiff. Jonathan Ford and Gary Speed will be holding a questioning and answer session will start at 7.30 p.m

posted: Fri, 28 January, 2010 15:26 UK.







FAW: UEFA UNDER 21 2013 Bid, Israel to host

FAW: photo linked from

Israel will host the 2013 European under-21 soccer championships, UEFA announced on Thursday. The draw for the 2011/13 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying competition will take place on Thursday 3 February.

posted:Thu, 27 January, 2011 19:24 UK.

UEFA are set to announce who will host the 2013 Under 21 championship at the end of this week (Thursday 27th - Friday 28th).

posted: Sun, 23 January, 2011 20:40 UK.

The FAW today (Thursday 13/01/2011)launched their bid to host the 2013 UEFA Under 21 Finals Tournament.

The other countries also looking to stage the tournament are: England, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Israel.

UEFA has not determined the format of the U21 tournament in 2015. However, if the format remains the same and Wales is unsuccessful in their bid to host the 2013 U21 finals, it is the intention of the FAW to bid for the 2015 finals.

For more news on the bid click the link to the FAW web site.

posted: Thu, 13 January, 2011 19:23 UK.

 Israel to Host Under 21 Finals

 Israel to host 2013

 Under 21 bid - Story so far

 UEFA U21 2013 appointment


FAW: Aberystwyth roadshow


The Football Association of Wales will be holding a Roadshow at Aberystwyth Town Football Club on Thursday,January 20th at 7-30. A warm welcome for everyone.

posted: Sat, 15 January, 2010 08:56 UK.







FAW: New FAW sponsor Vauxhall


The FAW have confirmed Vauxhall as a new lead partner. Vauxhall, one of Britain's leading automotive brands with a history of car manufacturing cars in the UK for 107 years, has signed a three-and-a-half year agreement with the FAW.

updated: Wed, 12 January, 2011 14:16 UK.

The FAW are set to announce the Association’s new title sponsor.

A press conference will be at the Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday January 12. Manager Gary Speed, Chief Executive Jonathan Ford and other leading FAW executives will all be in attendance.

The new sponsor has many exciting new initiatives, and the FAW has said this is an extremely prestigious and exciting announcement. Vauxhall are rumoured to be the new FAW sponsor, part of the deal will see the return of the Home Internationals. Also involved with the FAW as a title sponsor are Macesport.

Thu, 6 January, 2010 21:55 UK.

 Vauxhall lead partner





FAW: Llanelli roadshow


The Football Association of Wales will be holding the first of 3 Roadshows this month at Stebonheath,the home of Llanelli Football Club on Thursday, January 13th at 7:30pm.

In attendance will be the newly appointed manager Gary Speed and the Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales, Jonathan Ford.

A warm welcome to everyone who wishes to attend.

posted: Mon, 10 January, 2010 18:47 UK.







FAW: Speed named as new boss

Gary Speed: photo linked from evans

The FAW have confirmed the appointment of Gary Speed as the new Wales National Team Manager. "It's something that's very difficult to turn down when your country comes calling, I am a very proud man at this moment to be asked to be manager of Wales." - said Speed.

Gary Speed becomes the eleventh manager of the Wales International football team.

Gary played eighty-five times for Wales a record for an outfield player. In addition, he captained the side on forty-four occasions.  In an illustrious league career, he made 677 club Appearances, scoring 103 goals, either as a midfielder or defender.

Born in Mancot, Flintshire on 8th September 1969, he started his career with Leeds United in 1988, making his debut as a 19 year old. In 1992 he helped them win the First Division Championship and he was to make almost 250 league appearances for the Elland Road club. He also appeared in the 1996 League Cup Final.

In 1996 he joined Everton for a fee of £3.5m. His next move was to Newcastle United in 1998 for £5.5m He appeared in the club’s two FA Cup Final defeats in 1998 and 1999, as well as playing Champion’s League football.

His fourth club was Bolton Wanderers, who he joined in 2004 for a fee of £750,000. During his time at the club, he notched his 500th Premiership appearance. He was to go-on to make a then record 535 Premiership appearances. In 2007, he became First Team Coach at Bolton Wanderers for a short while, before reverting to a player-only role.

His final move was to Sheffield United in 2008, initially on loan. After making the decision to finish his playing career at 41, he concentrated on coaching at the club and was then promoted to manager early in the 2010-2011 season. He was awarded the MBE in 2010 in recognition of his services to Football. - statement from

Speed has yet to appoint an assistant or a backroom team.

updated: Tue, 14 December, 2010 14:10 UK.

The Football Association of Wales will hold a Media Conference at the Vale of Glamorgan Resort, Hensol at 2pm on Tuesday December 14th
. Gary Speed is expected to be become the next Wales manager.

more news to follow.

The FAW are expected to announce further news from Tuesday (14/12) onwards when the FAW council meet to discuss the applicants for the Wales job.

According to reports Gary Speed will be named new Wales manager and will have his appointment confirmed imminently. [source dailymail 12/12/10]

Gary Speed will hold talks with the FAW within the next 24 hours. [source 13/12/10]

The FAW are set to appoint a new manager by mid-December. A committee, chaired by president Phil Pritchard, will begin interviewing with the aim of appointing a successor next month. According to reports the FAW have drawn up a shortlist.

Interviews for the job are set to take place over a two-day period over the next couple of weeks. The list includes four Welshmen in Brian Flynn, John Hartson, Dean Saunders and Chris Coleman, as well as Lars Lagerback, who has managed Sweden and Nigeria at international level, and Lawrie Sanchez, who impressed while in charge of Northern Ireland. With Ian Rush being ruled out. [source 22/11/10]

Reports are suggesting that Ian Rush is actually in the frame for the Wales job.  [source 23/11/10]

The bookies' favourite Lars Lagerback has said: "I had a chat with the CEO of Wales, Jonathan Ford. Now I am waiting for something concrete. I don't have the job yet. I don't know if I will get it, and I don't know if I will accept it if I get it. I think it's too early to start talking."   [source eurosport 02/12/10]

Football Association of Wales have made Gary Speed their No.1 choice in their search for a new manager. [source skysports 09/12/10]. Chris Coleman was interviewed on Tuesday. [source dailymail 09/12/10],
Chris Coleman looks like he has now agreed a deal to be the new boss of Greek side Larissa. [source coventry telegraph 10/12/10].

“We are down to a strong shortlist and I’m happy with the level of candidates because I believe they are all capable of doing the job. It has been important to keep the process tight, but we want the best possible person. We’re looking to schedule the next stage which will be a presentation interview and then make the decision. After that, hopefully we have a short negotiation stage as we want to appoint someone by mid-December.” - FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford. [source]

Over the next few weeks the Football Association of Wales will be looking to appoint a National Team manager. The process of looking for a manager will begin immediately and applications from Pro-Licence coaches are invited between now and the end f the first week of November.

This will be an ongoing process but the FAW would hope to have a new National Team manager in place by December 2010.

The priority obviously is to qualify for the major finals but the manager will be expected to play a significant role in the overall development of Welsh football.

The Football Association of Wales will hold a press conference on Friday, October 15th to answer media questions regarding the process.

posted: Thu, 14 October, 2010 16:05 UK.

 POLL: Gary Speed the right man?

 FAW - Appointing a new Manager - 15 Oct 2010




FAW: Flynn questions and answers

Brian Flynn: photo linked fromfootball365.comFLYNN Q&A
Brian Flynn, will hold a Q&A session at the Newport County FC Social Club - Bar Amber - On Tuesday 16th November at 7pm.

The evening will be an informal one and hosted by the FAW's Ian Gwyn Hughes. Brian Flynn will be on-hand to answer fans questions and tell a few stories too!

The evening will finish around 8.15pm to allow Brian to return to the team hotel to continue preparations for the Under 21 match with Austria that will be at the Newport Stadium the following evening at 7.45pm.

The admission is free of charge for the Q&A evening and there will be a chance to win a signed Wales football from the recent senior match with Bulgaria.

posted: Thu, 11 November, 2010 15:58 UK.







FAW: New Wales away kit

New Umbro kit : photo linked from

Wales captain, Ashley Williams and Joe Allen will be on hand to launch the new Wales away kit at the JJB stores in Union Street, Swansea, from 4.30pm on Thursday 28th October.

The new white kit was worn by Wales in Switzerland for the recent Euro Qualifier.

The players will be happy to sign autographs and chat to fans.

posted: Fri, 22 October, 2010 15:08 UK.
updated: Fri, 29 October, 2010 09:52 UK.






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