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Wales football news - October 2001.
 Looking to improve.
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.
 2004 hopes.
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 other.

Friday, October 12th 2001.
 Positive Sparky.
Hughes: In a positive mood. 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." -
Mark Hughes.

Friday, October 5th 2001.
 Hartson honour.
Hartson: Welsh player of the Year. 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.


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