is Welsh hero
hero Dennis Lawrence will have a group of Welsh supporters
following him under specially designed T-shirts through the
World Cup, starring Soca Warrior Big Den, Wrexhams first
ever World Cup player.
As Wales failed to qualify, the group of fans falling under
the Wrexham Supporters Trust have decided to get behind
the Soca Warriors
is a big hero at the club and there are also two other former
Wrexham players in the T&T sideCarlos Edwards and
see these guys become the first Wrexham players to ever compete
at the World Cup is amazing, said Trust member Simon
Dennis T-shirts have been selling like hot cakes here. And
on the day of the first game (against Sweden) were erecting
a giant screen at the club and launching our own beer in honour
of Wrexham legendsones called Benno, after Gary
Bennett, and the other Tommy, after Tommy Banfordto
raise money here. It should be a great atmosphere.
Geraint Parry, Wrexham FC secretary, was also thrilled about
the support for Lawrence, who has been nicknamed Shaft at
loves this. He thinks the support hes been getting is
fantastic. Hes become a part of both communitiesWrexham
and Trinidad and his daughter is even learning Welsh.
to see this level of support from the people of Wales, and
especially Wrexham, has really touched him.
Trinidad played Iceland recently he saw several Welsh flags
in the crowd and it really buoyed him up, Parry said.
Latapy wants to focus on World Cup
Carded to play his final match in national colours today against
Peru, national midfielder Russell Latapy wants to focus entirely
on this country giving a good account of itself at the 2006
World Cup and prefers to revel in the success of qualification
rather than the emotional disappointments of the past.
When asked on the weekend to compare the Soca Warriors to
the Strike Squad team, Latapy said:
difficult. Two completely different teams, different coaches
and a different teams. We didnt have the experience
of international football back then.
the maturity of our players no... we play football every day,
its our job, its part of our lives and because
of that you learn the tricks of football and that has helped
this team immensely.
it was very disappointing in 1989, but now we have been able
to bury that ghost by qualifying for this World Cup and we
want to stick to that and look forward to this occasion.
is the light at the end of our tunnel and we want to focus
Latapy also confirmed that he is not carrying any kind of
injuries and is ready for the Peruvians and the rest of the
build up schedule to the World Cup.
And to any youngster wanting to follow in Latapys footsteps,
the advice he gave to them on the weekend before his final
outing on home soil:
hard, be professional and keep focused.
Carlos ready to take Luton up
With the World Cup being the number one priority over the
next few weeks, Carlos Edwards is backing Luton Town to make
a strong push for promotion to the Premiership next season
and is hoping his experience from this past season and help
him spur the Soca Warriors on to success.
was a hard season, but we got some good results and obviously
we are aiming to do much better next season. The club has
a chance to go up because we have a strong desire for success.
experience there has been a great one and Im hoping
to take everything out of it and use it when I have on the
national shirt. Its always an aim to play my best for
the Trinidad and Tobago team.
Luton finished tenth on the English Championship table.
Kenwyne Jones World Cup dream
Young national forward Kenwyne Jones is still remembering
his days following the 1990 World Cup Final, which was won
by Germany and now hes trying to get it all soaked in
that he is about to take a similar stage with the Soca Warriors.
Asked to recall his earlier World Cup memories, the Southampton
is still happening for me. Personally it goes back to 2001
when we played in the Under-17 World Championship. I know
Germany will be fifty times bigger, but I can really remember
how I felt back then.
a young boy watching the game I can remember Roger Milla,
Roberto Baggio and Romario. Now to have my name being called
in the same event is a great achievement I think.
And as to how he thinks being a national player has helped
him all round?
the two years I have matured a lot. When I first started out
it was rough, but it made me better all round. Even now, with
some of the players who have joined the team, I think I am
older than them in terms of experience and knowing that I
can help out goes a long way in my maturity level.
want to be someone who people can want to emulate. Jones
club finished 12th on the English Championship table.
Yorke thanks Sir Alex for support
During an address to the media on the weekend, national team
captain Dwight Yorke paid tribute to his former boss while
at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, for allowing him
to train with the Old Trafford club when his season with Sydney
FC closed a few weeks ago.
The 34-year-old player said he enjoyed the recent time there
with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, who has
been listed in the England provisional World Cup squad despite
has been great for me at this point in time. I feel very relaxed
and really excited ahead of the World Cup. I have been very
fortunate, Sir Alex Ferguson has been very generous and kind
to let me into the camp to train with the first team.
that has brought back memories of being at Manchester and
being part of the team which I was and the players no better
than Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville, who I hopefully
will be coming up against at the World Cup.
banter and the chit chat with the guys is great. I couldnt
thank Sir Alex Ferguson enough for allowing me to come back
into his club and training, Yorke said.
Fuentes is the media officer for CFU/TTFF. [email protected]