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News announcement.
 Terrestrial Television Coverage of Wales Internationals
The Football Association of Wales is pleased to announce that S4C will be transmitting Welsh International Matches (on a delayed basis) for the next four years following an agreement made yesterday between Sky and S4C. 

In addition S4C will also be transmitting the Welsh Cup (Semi-Final & Final) “live” together with a weekly highlights programme of the Welsh Premier League and the earlier rounds of the Welsh Cup.

Wednesday, September 8th 2004.
 CAS appeal


Lausanne, 13 May 2004 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) against the decision of the UEFA’s Appeals Body of 19 March 2004 rejecting FAW’s application in relation to the play-off qualifying match for the Euro 2004 between Wales and Russia. Further to the positive doping test of the Russian player Egor Titov (who has been suspended by UEFA for one year), the FAW requested that the first and/or second legs of this play-off match be awarded to Wales 3-0 and/or that Russia be disqualified from Euro 2004 and be replaced by Wales.

On 10 April 2004, the FAW filed an appeal with the CAS in order to challenge the UEFA decision of 19 March 2004. Considering that this case could potentially affect the organisation of the Euro 2004 Final Round in Portugal, the CAS initiated an expedited procedure in order to have this case heard as early as possible.

This matter has been submitted to a CAS Panel composed of Prof Michael Geistlinger (Austria), President Mr. Peter Leaver QC (England) and Prof Massimo Coccia (Italy). A hearing took place on 12 May 2004 at The CAS Headquarters in Lausanne on the occasion of which the Counsels for both parties and two witnesses have been heard by the Panel. Although informed of the existence of this arbitration, the Football Union of Russia did not participate in the procedure.

After deliberation, the CAS Panel has decided to accept its jurisdiction to hear the FAW appeal but has dismissed the appeal on the merits. Contrary to the opinion of the FAW, the Panel has considered that the Football Union of Russia, could not be assimilated to an “accomplice or Abettor” of Egor Titov under the terms of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations and consequently could not be sanctioned.

The reasons for this decision will be communicated to the parties within the next days.

Thursday, May 13th 2004.

 FAW Gold Cap Presentation
Golden Cap Presentation will take place at 19.00 on the pitch at the Millennium Stadium? The presentations will be made by FAW President Mr Tegwyn Evans with the Chairman of the International Committee, Mr Ray Smiles. The following are being honoured:

Rod Thomas
Mickey Thomas
Dai Davies
Leighton Phillips
David Phillips
Kevin Ratcliffe
Gary Speed
Mark Pembridge
Andy Melville
Mark Hughes

The Football Association of Wales has decided to make a special presentation to the 22 players who have made more than 50 international appearances.

This will take the form of a presentation of a Gold Cap to each of the
players. The caps are unique in that they carry the player's name, number of appearances and the dates between which they were made. Hopefully the players and their families will look upon them as items to be cherished.

The presentation will be made over two games. Firstly, before the match with Serbia-Montenegro on Saturday 11th October and then prior to the home play-off match in November (Either Saturday 15th November of Wednesday 19th).

It is hoped that the four members of this exclusive club who are still
actively involved with the team: Mark Hughes, Gary Speed, Andy Melville and Mark Pembridge, will receive their caps prior to the match with Serbia - Montenegro. Also scheduled to receive their caps on that night are: Leighton Phillips, Mickey Thomas, Dai Davies, Kevin Ratcliffe, Rod Thomas, David Phillips and Leighton James.

Others who will be receiving the special caps are: Neville Southall, Dean Saunders, Ian Rush, Joey Jones, Peter Nicholas, Brian Flynn, Terry Yorath, Barry Horne, Cliff Jones, John Mahoney and Esme Allchurch on behalf of her late husband, Ivor.

The presentation will take place on the pitch at the Millennium Stadium around 40 minutes before kick-off and will be made by Mr. Ray Smiles, Chairman of the International Committee.

Thursday, September 24th 2003.


 Italy v Wales - FAW statement
Italy v Wales
San Siro, Milan
Saturday, 6 September 2003

The Football Association of Wales has written today to UEFA expressing it concerns about the stadium arrangements in Milan and the poor behaviour of the Italian fans in the tier above the Welsh supporters.

This was particularly disappointing as in a pre-match visit to Milan on 7 August 2003, the FAW together with representatives of South Wales Police asked the Italian authorities to place a sterile area in front of the second tier stand above the Welsh part of the ground (3/4 of rows of seats together with a police presence) and to sell tickets for this section of the stadium last of all in the case of the match being a sell-out, to prevent exactly what happened last Saturday. Unfortunately the advice given to the Italian authorities went unheeded and the Welsh fans were subjected to missiles and urine being thrown at them.

The FAW wish to praise the vast majority of Welsh fans who behaved very well in this hostile atmosphere.

D G Collins
Secretary General

Monday, September 8th 2003.
 FIFA appeal
The FAW has been informed late this afternoon (Wednesday) that their appeal has been dismissed relating to the call-up period for players prior to the match with Serbia - Montenegro on August 20th for the Euro 2004 Group 9 match.

The FAW had been hoping for a four day release for the players prior to the match, but FIFA has confirmed the period can only be 48 hours. They have agreed that the FAW may request individual clubs to release players earlier by agreement.

Wednesday, July 2nd 2003.
 Trevor Ford
Information courtesy of Ceri Stennett. FAW Match Press Officer (and friend of Trevor)

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Trevor Ford, one of Wales' greatest ever footballers. He died in Swansea today (29th May 2003) following a long illness.

Born in Swansea in 1923 he found fame in the last years of the Second World War with his home town club, before a move to Aston Villa in 1947. He was a centre forward in the classic style - hard and uncompromising but totally fair. His shoulder charging of goalkeepers - legal in football in those days was one of the highlights of any match that he played-in.

He became the most expensive forward in Britain in 1950 when Sunderland paid £30,000 for him and he went on to become an idol at Roker Park. In 1953 he came to Cardiff City and enjoyed a three year stay before a further move to Holland with PSV Eindhoven.

This move was caused by a ban by the Football League following investigations in to illegal payments that Trevor brought to light in his book 'I Lead the Attack'. Eventually he fought and won his case for reinstatement and finished his league career with Newport County in 1960 before a short spell with Romford.

In Britain scored some 174 league goals in 349 appearances, as well as a record 41goals for Swansea Town in the transitional 1945-46 season.

For Wales, he scored a then record of 23 goals in 38 internationals between 1946-56. Perhaps the best goal being a back heeled flick to score against England at Wembley in 1952. He had made his debut against Ireland in a Victory International at Cardiff in 1946.

After his playing career ended he went in to the car trade and was involved in various garages in Cardiff, Swansea and Sunderland. He continued to play in many charity football matches through the 1960's and was a keen follower of all his former clubs.

One of the true greats of Welsh Football, he is survived by his wife Louise, and sons David and Martyn..

Thursday, May 29th 2003.
 Italy tickets
The FAW has not guaranteed match tickets to any travel operators for the Italy match, the only exception being Red Arrow Travel. Supporters will be free to apply independently for tickets as per all previous matches.

Sunday, March 16th 2003.
 Fixture Confirmation
The friendly senior international match USA v Wales is confirmed today. The match will take place as follows:- 

Date: Monday, 26 May 2003, Venue: Spartan Stadium, San Jose CA, Kick-off: 7.00pm PT 

Serbia & Montenegro v Wales - Wed. 2 April 2003 Match stadia and kick-off times as confirmed by the FA of Serbia & Montenegro; 

01.04.2003 Under-21 
FC Obilic, Belgrade 1600 hours (local) 

02.04.2003 Euro 2004 
Red Star Stadium, Belgrade 2015 hours (local) 

Friday, February 28th 2003.
 Wales v Bosnia
Following the completion of negotiations, the FAW can confirm that Wales will play a friendly international against Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday 12th February 2003. The kick-off will be at 7.45pm.

Tickets will be at the usual prices as per the European Championship matches of £15, £10, £5. They will be available from the normal outlets.

The match will be ideal preparation for the Euro 2004 double-header internationals against Azerbaijan - home (29th March) and Yugoslavia - away (2nd April).

Details of the date of the squad announcement will follow shortly.

The tickets for the Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina match on February 12th will go on sale on Monday 27th January. These will be through the usual outlets.

Thursday, January 9th 2003.
 Bosnia in Cardiff
We are discussing a friendly match with Bosnia-Herzegovina for 12th February 2003 in Cardiff, we are a few days away from confirming the match contract and the match stadium so we were reluctant to make an announcement this early but it appears that the Bosnian FA have jumped the gun and confirmed it already. We're pretty confident that the match will go ahead.

Mark Hughes wanted to play a friendly match to prepare for Azerbaijan and Yugoslavia, the opposition had to fit a certain profile which brought us down to Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Macedonia decided to play Poland, so Bosnia-Herzegovina is now the preferred choice.

Ticket details will not be announced until the New Year..

Thursday, December 18th 2002.

 Azer response
Following the fantastic response to the Azerbaijan ticket sales today when virtually all the tickets have been sold we have had a number of calls from disappointed fans. To avoid disappointment in the future please make sure your name and address has been forwarded to the following for inclusion on our ticketing database.

Wednesday, December 17th 2002.
 Italy squad
The Wales 'A' & Under 21 squads for the matches with Italy on the 15th /16th October will be named on Monday 30th September 2002 at the Vale Hotel & Country Club by Wales manager, Mark Hughes.

Monday, September 16th 2002.
 Finland thank you
Can I on behalf of Mark Hughes, the Welsh Squad and the FAW thank all the wonderful Welsh spectators that travelled to Finland to give the team such magnificent support? It was a tremendous occasion in Helsinki, a great win to start our Euro 2004 campaign. 

The team needs all the support it can get from the Welsh fans as we face a very difficult match in the Millennium Stadium against Italy on 16 October. Please turn out in force to support Mark and the team. 

Thank you once again to all those fans that travelled to Finland. 
D G Collins Secretary General, FAW 

Wednesday, September 11th 2002.

 New third kit.
Kappa is delighted to announce the launch of the new Wales 3rd shirt. On sale to the public in all good sports retailers on the 15th March 2002. The FA of Wales will wear the new strip when they play the Czech Republic at the Millennium Stadium on 27th March.
Kappa proud technical sponsors to FA of Wales have designed the new 3rd strip so it may be used throughout the European Championships when a 3rd change strip is necessary.
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The Kombat 2000 fabric of the new kit is the most innovative in Soccer shirt technology; it is a Supplex fabric with a Lycra content. Designed to be worn as a second layer of skin, the functional 'Stop-stopping' fabric reduces the possibility of "shirt-pulling" during the game and allows the shirt to receive approximately 30 inches of pull without interfering with the player's game. It also makes it easier for the Referee to spot any 'pulling' by an opposite player during the game - more than the traditional polyester fabric.

The Kappa design team took their inspiration for the new yellow blue colour combination from the original Welsh soccer crest which incorporates yellow on the shield and blue in the claws and tongue of the dragon. This will be the first time Wales have used the crest blue to form a major part of the colouring of a Wales Senior International strip. Yellow was first used as a replacement for the traditional red shirt as far back as 1949 when Wales played in Portugal, Belgium & Switzerland. One of Wales most famous victories came when wearing yellow, beating Italy in Brescia 1 - 0 in 1988 !!!.

Friday, March 8th 2002.

 Supporters Guide.
The Football Association of Wales Yearbook and Supporters Guide 2001- 2002 is available by post from the FAW office price £5.99.

Wednesday, October 10th 2001.

 Belarus tickets on sale.
Tickets for the Belarus match will be available to purchase on the day of the game up until kick off at 2.30pm. Ticket prices are as follows: Family Enclosure (Lower Tier): £10.00 Adult and £5.00 Juvenile Middle and Upper Tiers: £10.00 (Ticket prices are subject to an additional 10% surcharge).

Tickets will be sold from two outlets situated on Westgate Street, opposite the Millennium Stadium. These outlets are: "Ticket Line UK Ltd". Tel: 08700 667799. "Cardiff Rugby Football Club" ticket office. Tel: 08705 582582. Supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets as early as possible on the day of the game so as to avoid potential queues

Friday, October 5th 2001.

 Friendly news.
Mark Hughes has requested no friendly matches as yet. We are interested in matches during 2002 but no-one is planning matches until the World Cup qualifying is over and the Euro 2004 draw is complete. - see news in brief for more

Friday, September 7th 2001.

 Singing Area. - Fanzone.
Will these fans be singing? Tickets for the new Fanzone area at the Millennium Stadium are now on sale. (week beginning 16/07/2001)

Supporters are encouraged to contact Ticket Line on either (029) 2023 0130 or 08700 667799 to request tickets in the "singing area" which will be housed in the North Upper Stand for the Wales v. Armenia match on 1st September 2001.

Please note the following:
  • Tickets will cost £10 each excluding the usual fees
  • Tickets will be restricted to a maximum order of 10 tickets per applicant
  • These tickets will not go on sale on matchday
  • This will be for the Armenia match only, a decision will be made on the Belarus match later.

Monday, July 16th 2001.


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