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Wales round-up: Connah's Quay announce United union

Published: Saturday 5 July 2003, 15.17CET
Connah's Quay Nomads FC have announced a partnership with Premiership side Manchester United FC.

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Published: Saturday 5 July 2003, 15.17CET

Wales round-up: Connah's Quay announce United union

Connah's Quay Nomads FC have announced a partnership with Premiership side Manchester United FC.

Connah's Quay Nomads FC have announced a partnership with Premiership side Manchester United FC.

Mutual benefit
The League of Wales side will send a number of their most promising young players to the English giants, and will benefit from United's well-established coaching organisation in return.

Annual friendly
The arrangement will also see United visiting the Deeside stadium once a season to play their new partners. "This is a great day for Welsh football," said Connah's Quay chairman Ron Morris. "By having access to the world's finest coaches and soccer facilities we aim to discover the very best talent available."

Millennium venue
Total Network Solutions FC will play the second leg of their UEFA Cup first-round tie with Manchester City FC at Cardiff's 75,000-capacity Millennium Stadium on 28 August.

'Bold venture'
"If the Welsh Premiership is to be taken seriously we've got to play at a fit and proper venue like the Millennium Stadium," said club owner Mike Harris. "It's a bold venture, but the stadium people put together a good deal and quantified all costs and risks. If there is a big turnout it'll be happy days. If the turnout is small we still won't make a loss."

Barry buys
Meanwhile, League of Wales champions Barry Town AFC have been active in the transfer market, resigning goalkeeper Mark Ovendale from Luton Town FC and also acquiring left wing-back Paul Byrne from Port Vale FC. Kingstonian FC's Danny Ocquaye has signed a 12-month contract, as have striker Ade Akinfenwa and Tom Ramasut. The club have released former Wales Under-21 international Leon Jeanne.

Llewellyn signs
Wrexham FC have completed the signing of Wales international Chris Llewellyn, who was released by Norwich City FC two months ago, while Newport County FC have been involved in the transfer market, with former Chinese international Fan Zhiyi and Swansea City's right-back Terry Evans both joining.

Welshpool survive
Welshpool Town will be involved in a 17-team Welsh top flight next season, after the Football Association of Wales cancelled their relegation on appeal. Porthmadog FC will replace Llanelli FC in the top division, but Welshpool remained in the top flight after the side who stood to replace them, Neath FC, failed to meet the required standard of ground facilities.

Last updated: 05/07/03 15.38CET
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