Swansea

  • Ospreys' Ground Could Be Sold To Swansea City FC

    The Liberty Stadium, home of the Ospreys, could be sold to Swansea City Football Club, the city council has confirmed. The council, which owns the ground, says it has held "positive, exploratory" talks with the football club over the sale but it is understood that the needs of the Ospreys would be protected under any such deal. Swansea City and the Ospreys have shared the stadium since it opened in 2005 and the proposed deal would help plug the gaping hole in council finances, with the authority...

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  • Stuart Davies Appointed Dragons CEO

    Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC have confirmed that former Wales number eight and rugby broadcaster and writer Stuart Davies has been appointed as chief executive at Rodney Parade. Swansea-born Davies began his duties as chief executive on February 1 and has replaced Gareth Davies, who has been elected chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union. Stuart Davies was capped 17 times for Wales and has previously worked for Swansea Council and most recently ended his tenure as executive director of Prope...

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  • Eteach take the East Stand at Liberty Stadium

    Education recruitment specialist Eteach has struck a deal that will see the company sponsor the East Stand at Swansea Council’s Liberty Stadium, the home of the Ospreys. Eteach was previously a shirt sponsor for the club, a deal which ended in 2007.   Financial details of the agreement have not been released however it is reported that Visit Wales would sponsor the stadium’s North Stand to the tune of UK£150,000 annually, Eteach’s commitment is thought to be of a similar value.Councillo...

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  • EU Demands Liberty Details

    Caught up in the European Commission's investigation into the public funding of professional sports clubs - especially top football clubs in Spain - Swansea Council has been asked to explain the funding arrangements at the Liberty Stadium.   South Wales Evening News has reported that officials have asked the council to supply details of a deal which has enabled Swansea City and the Ospreys to play there since 2005.   It was constructed by the council at a cost of £27 million.   Now both club...

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  • Eight-Year Doping Ban For Colclough

    The BBC has reported that a former Swansea RFC player has been suspended from all sport for eight years after being found guilty of using his company to distribute steroids. Dean Colclough, 34, stopped playing in 2007 after an injury but later ran a company in Swansea which produced and distributed muscle-building supplements. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), which brought the charges, said the eight-year ban was the largest to be handed down in the UK for a first offence.   The charges were considered...

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  • Liberty Stadium Set For Expansion

    Swansea City Football Club has revealed plans to increase the capacity of the ground it shares with the Ospreys, the Liberty Stadium, to more than 33,000. The stadium, which cost around £27 million to build and is owned by the council, currently holds approximately 20,750 people and is already being expanded to cater for a total of 22,500 fans in time for the start of next season. But the new proposals would see the capacity increased by a further 11,000 over the course of three to five years,...

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  • Rugby Faces Fight With Football In Wales

    ... the 2011 World Cup semi-finals and notched a third RBS Six Nations Grand Slam in eight seasons, football has never been stronger in the Principality; which has led to many thinking out loud whether rugby can continue to be considered the national sport.Swansea City are enjoying a second consecutive season in the Barclays Premier League and are pushing for a Europa League place through either their league position or, more likely, if they beat Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final at Wemble...

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  • Welsh Premiership Could Be Set For Expansion

    ... extra four places if they come to fruition. Multi-millionaire Sir Stan Thomas has recently helped to finance a £1.25m ground redevelopment at the club and is thought to be embarking on an ambitious recruitment drive. They could be joined by the likes of Swansea, RGC 1404 and Bargoed in the Welsh Premiership, although the latter was denied promotion from the Championship last season because of the ground criteria. Please click here to read more on Wales Online…...

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  • Neath Chairman Geraint Hawkes Arrested

    ... from the Wales Regional Asset Recovery Team, supported by officers from the National Crime Agency, have today executed warrants at a number of addresses in the South Wales area, including at Neath RFC. "Two men, a 47-year-old and a 44-year-old from the Swansea area, have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering. They remain in police custody at this time and are assisting officers with their inquiries. A 73-year old female is also assisting officers with their inquiries." Please...

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  • B&I Cup Shows Signs of Coming of Age

    ... that we had to go all the way to Dundee!” says Don Davies, secretary of Principality Premiership club Carmarthen Quins, one of the newcomers to the B&I Cup who have been drawn alongside Dundee HSFP, Cornish Pirates and their relative neighbours Swansea in Pool 3. Carmarthen will have to travel 1,500 miles simply to fulfil their pool games and have potentially three knockout games after that. Aside from the travel expenses there is the issue of time off work for the mostly semi-pro Quins,...

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