Rob Page has paid tribute to Gary Speed on the 10th anniversary of his former teammate’s death – crediting him with sparking the revival in Welsh international football. As current caretaker manager Page now looks ahead to a World Cup play-off semi-final at home to Austria in March, but he has also spoken of his gratitude to Speed for planting the seeds of success during his time in charge of the national team. Saturday marks exactly 10 years since Speed was found dead at his home in Chester on November 27, 2011, aged 42.
Gemma Grainger praised her team for their professionalism in overcoming awful conditions to hammer Greece 5-0 and keep their World Cup qualification dream on track. The Wales manager was full of admiration for the way her players stuck to their task at Parc y Scarlets where a howling gale, rain, hail and snow failed to deflect them. Two goals for the impressive Ceri Holland and others for skipper Sophie Ingle, Kayleigh Green and Natasha Harding demonstrated Wales’ superiority and put them in good heart ahead of their clash with Group I leaders France on Tuesday.
It’s a big weekend for Welsh boxing as Jay Harris fights in Cardiff on Friday night, looking to get another world title shot, and Gavin Gwynne returns to the ring in Swansea. The “Merthyr Mexican” has undergone a significant career switch as he looks to defend his Commonwealth title, as he tells Tom Prosser. Welsh lightweight Gavin Gwynne has locked away his carpentry bag as he feels he still has all the tools to thrive as a professional boxer. Until the beginning of the year, the Merthyr Tydfil fighter was combing his sporting career with working on building sites as a carpenter.
Cardiff and the Scarlets are trying to return to Wales from South Africa after the country was added to the UK Government’s travel red list. The Scarlets were set to face the Sharks in Durban on Saturday, with Cardiff also due to feature in the United Rugby Championship against the Lions in Johannesburg on Sunday. Irish province Munster and Italian club Zebre Parma are also in South Africa ahead of fixtures against the Bulls and Stormers respectively, and all four sides are due to play a second round of matches in the country next weekend.
By Tom Prosser Swansea boxer Jay Harris is excited to start a new chapter in the light-flyweight division as he looks to get back into the world title mix by securing victory in Cardiff on Friday evening. Harris, who challenged for the WBC world flyweight title in 2020, will take on unbeaten Mexican Hector Gabriel Flores for a WBA ranking title at the Vale Sports Arena. "I'm really excited to be fighting back in Wales. I haven't fought there since 2019 and I'm looking forward to a home crowd,” said Harris, who is a former Commonwealth and European champion.
By Tom Prosser The Cardiff City fans still haven’t been able to cheer a first half goal so far this season and manager Steve Morison says he “doesn’t really understand” the fans negativity during their 1-0 defeat at home to Hull. The Cardiff fans voiced their frustration at the end of both halves and were disappointed that their side couldn’t kick on from their recent back-to-back victories. "I don't really understand it, if I'm honest," said Morison.
Russell Martin has praised his Swansea City players for their patience and dominance after a near 900-pass runaround of Barnsley at Oakwell. The Swans made 899 completed passes in their 2-0 victory on Wednesday night, even though they managed only three shots on target. Martin made no apologies for the lack of firepower in a dominant first-half where the home side chased the ball, but the visitors failed to have a strike at goal.
Airbus Broughton have won the Huws Gray Alliance championship and are heading back to the Welsh Premier League. It has been a magnificent season for Airbus and their 4-0 home win against Holywell Town ensured they will be back in the top flight next season. Asa Hamilton, who came through the Airbus... Read More
Bangor City and Rhyl are chasing hard behind Huws Gray Alliance leaders Airbus UK Broughton - and both still believe they can close the 10-point gap. Airbus fought out a goalless draw at Gresford Athletic in their latest match, while Bangor and Rhyl both won. Player-manager Gary-Taylor Fletcher and his Bangor team... Read More
More than 350 spectators watched Llandudno Junction earn their first ever Huws Gray Alliance win in their final fixture of the season. The big attendance at Stansty Park was because supporters were keen to show their respect for FC Queens Park manager Martin Ford, who passed away earlier in the week. The... Read More
Holywell Town hopes of closing to within one point of Huws Gray Alliance leaders Caernarfon Town were wrecked by the weather. They led 4-0 after only 22 minutes against Llandudno Junction at home when the match had to be abandoned. Leaders Caernarfon were without a fixture because their scheduled trip to Ruthin... Read More
Holywell Town battled to a 1-0 away win at Holyhead Hotspur thanks to a goal from club captain Steve Thomas. The second half strike proved to be the only goal of the Huws Gray Alliance match on Anglesey and the Wellmen are second in the table behind leaders Caernarfon Town. Holywell player... Read More
The beast is back. Steve Lewis fired a second successive hat-trick for Holywell Town in their 4-0 Huws Gray Alliance win against Holyhead Hotspur. Centre-forward Lewis, nicknamed ‘The Beast’, is a former Bangor City, Rhyl, Droylsden, Caernarfon Town, Bala Town, Marine and Nantwich striker. With other League teams in JD Welsh Cup... Read More