By Paul Jones Under-fire Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy will be hoping to halt an alarming run of six straight Championship defeats, when his side travel to Craven Cottage to face third place Fulham this evening (Wednesday). This is Cardiff’s worst league return since 1985 and the fans are stunned that the veteran boss is yet to receive his marching orders. Former Cardiff players, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harry Wilson now play their football at Fulham and could inflict further pain on their former club tonight.
Joel Piroe plans to add to his Welsh derby goal with another at home to West Brom on Wednesday night to provide more updates for his next chat with Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Swans’ young Dutch striker – who has already been compared to a rookie Van Nistelrooy – still has one of the greatest Premier League strikers of his generation on speed dial, even though they stopped working together directly when Piroe left PSV Eindhoven this summer. Former Manchester United star Van Nistelrooy is now a coach at the Dutch club where he made his name and took a hand in shaping Piroe’s progress.
By Alex Bywater Cardiff Rugby and Wales full-back Hallam Amos caused a shock last week when he announced he was retiring from professional rugby at the end of the season aged just 27. Amos has been studying to become a doctor alongside his career at the highest end of the sport but will call it quits on his on-the-field career come the summer. Amos won 25 caps for Wales scoring six tries and he featured in two Rugby World Cups in 2015 and 2019 after making his debut against Uruguay in Cardiff in the first of those two tournaments.
Newly appointed Newport County manager James Rowberry could end up working alongside current caretaker boss Wayne Hatswell. County’s dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Carlisle on Tuesday night was the last match in charge for Hatswell, who stepped up after the resignation of Michael Flynn at the start of the month. Flynn’s former assistant is in talks about whether to stay on as Rowberry’s assistant after the Cardiff City coach was confirmed as County’s new boss just before the game.
By Tom Prosser Welsh football star Jess Fishlock says “It’s Heart-breaking to see the abuse aimed at female footballers who are playing purely for their love of the game”- this has led to The Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Government joining forces to tackling online hate towards girls and women. “Trying to put someone down because of something they love, is not big, smart or funny,” explains Fishlock, who is Wales’ most capped footballer. “I always say that people should think about how the person receiving the abuse could be affected before sharing and I’m glad to have worked with my Cymru teammates and the FAW to further educate others on what is and isn’t acceptable online."
Meirion Evans had to admit that you can’t win them all, although it speaks volumes for his driving ability and competitive nature that he feels slightly disappointed to have finished second on a rally in Ireland – beaten only by a former Irish Tarmac rally champion.
Brandon Cooper has earned the praise of his manager and paid back his Newport County team-mates for his miss in the Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out against Newcastle United. The centre-back rose to head home the winner three minutes from time, earning a 2-1 victory at home against Harrogate Town. His... Read More
Former Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is backing his old club, Notts County, to play-off success at Wembley Stadium - where one former Bluebird and one current loanee are set to play their part. Warnock twice led County to promotion via the play-offs three decades ago and now they take... Read More
Manager Sam Ricketts expressed his delight after Wrexham’s 2-0 Emirates FA Cup replay win against Harrogate Town at the Racecourse. Akil Wright scored his first Wrexham goal, Luke Young added their second and ‘keeper Rob Lainton kept a 12th clean sheet of the season. The reward for Ricketts’ Dragons is a first... Read More
Sam Ricketts hailed one of Wrexham’s best away performances after their goalless Vanarama National League draw against Harrogate Town away. The Dragons were given a major lift when they won an appeal against Luke Summerfield’s three-match following his dismissal at Sutton United and he started, while captain Shaun Pearson was magnificent... Read More
Wales manager Ryan Giggs watched his Salford City team win a second successive title - and earned their third promotion in four seasons. Salford, owned by Manchester United’s Class of ’92 stars Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary and Phil Neville, will play Vanarama National League football in 2018-19. They look certain... Read More
Mark Beck, Harrogate Town’s 6ft 5ins striker, ended Wrexham AFC’s FA Trophy ambitions at the first hurdle. Sunderland-born Beck, 23, scored both Harrogate goals in a 2-0 win at The Racecourse. Wrexham manager Dean Keates would have loved a trophy run, but the priority for Wrexham is promotion to the Football League. They... Read More