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Craig Bellamy
Bellamy playing for Wales
Personal information
Date of birth 13 July 1979 (1979-07-13) (age 30)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker, winger
Club information
Current club Manchester City
Number 39
Youth career
Bristol Rovers
1990–1996 Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Norwich City 84 (32)
2000–2001 Coventry City 34 (6)
2001–2005 Newcastle United 93 (28)
2005 Celtic (loan) 12 (7)
2005–2006 Blackburn Rovers 27 (13)
2006–2007 Liverpool 27 (7)
2007–2009 West Ham United 24 (7)
2009– Manchester City 30 (11)
National team
1997–1998 Wales U-21 10 (1)
1998– Wales 58 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:31, 7 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:46 26 November 2009 (UTC)

Craig Douglas Bellamy (born 13 July 1979) is a Welsh footballer who plays for Manchester City and the Welsh national team as a striker. He has previously played for a number of sides in England as well as a spell in Scotland since making his debut for Norwich City in 1997. He is captain of the Welsh national side. During his career he has been well known for his exceptional pace and skill which has seen him win the Scottish Cup and Community Shield. He has been criticised for his behaviour off the pitch but in contrast Bellamy has accumalated thousands of pounds for charity and has also established a football academy in Sierra Leone.


Personal life

Bellamy was raised in Menai Way, Trowbridge, Cardiff, where his family still live to this day. He attended Baden Powell Primary School, Trowbridge Junior School and Rumney High School. He played football at a junior level for Caer Castell FC, where his father was manager. He was said to have been a keen Liverpool supporter in his youth. Bellamy married Claire Jansen in June 2006.[1] and has three children, sons Ellis and Cameron and daughter Lexie who was born on 3 September 2007.

On the 14th of February, it was reported that a Man Utd fan brutally attacked Bellamy outside Panacea nightclub in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. Bellamy was attacked from behind and hit in the face 6 times, and was later seen with a black eye and cut face.[citation needed]

Club career


Norwich City

Bellamy began his footballing career as a nine-year-old at Bristol Rovers, and spent two years at the club before being brought into the youth system of Norwich City.[2]

His first team debut for the Canaries came at Crystal Palace on 15 March 1997. The 18 year-old Bellamy became a first team regular during the 1997-98 season, making 38 appearances with 13 goals. On 22nd August 1998, Bellamy scored Norwich's 5000th league goal in competitive football, scoring the second (a penalty) in the Canaries 4-2 win over Queens Park Rangers Despite this personal high, he missed two months of that season through injury after a clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Kevin Muscat, but still managed to have a successful season, amassing 17 goals in 38 appearances.

1999-2000 again saw Bellamy miss a substantial amount of the season after sustaining a knee injury during a pre-season game against Southend United. He only returned to action in April 2000, though still managed to find the net twice in the final four games of the season following his comeback. The summer of 2000 saw much transfer speculation surrounding Bellamy with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic and Wimbledon all reportedly interested. Bellamy eventually completed a move to Coventry City for a sum of £6.5 million, financed through the sale of Robbie Keane to Inter Milan for a fee of around £13 million in the same summer. In 2002, Norwich fans voted Bellamy into the Norwich City F.C. Hall of Fame.

Coventry City

He had an unsuccessful start to his career with the Sky Blues however, scoring only three league goals by the start of December, two of which were penalties, though on 10 December 2000 he scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Martin O'Neill's high-flying Leicester City to gain his side a crucial three points. This unspectacular start fuelled rumours of a return to Norwich, but it never materialised. Coventry stood by their man despite them facing relegation and Bellamy even stating that he would want to leave if they dropped down a division. This duly happened as the team finished 19th in the Premier League, ending 34 consecutive years in the English top flight, and despite notching up only six league goals, eight in total from 39 appearances, there was still demand for the player's services amongst bigger teams.

Newcastle United

Bellamy eventually moved to Newcastle United in July 2001. Sir Bobby Robson later wrote that he was "a great player wrapped round an unusual and volatile character."[3] His Newcastle career got off to a flying start as he scored on his home debut in their 1-0 win over Belgian side Lokeren in the Intertoto Cup in July and he famously nutmegged former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel in a match against Schmeichel's then club Aston Villa,on his way to two goals in a 3-0 win in November. Under manager Bobby Robson he formed a very productive striking partnership with Alan Shearer, Bellamy's pace complementing the former England captain's guile. At the end of his first season, Bellamy had scored 14 goals for the magpies, and was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award, ahead of players such as Steven Gerrard and Kieron Dyer.

During his second season at Newcastle United, came arguably his most important moment for the club as he scored two goals (including the winner) in a 3-2 win over Feyenoord, which took Newcastle through to the second group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately, in the next match in the group just two weeks later, (a 4-1 home defeat to Inter Milan), he was sent off for kicking out at Inter defender Marco Materazzi, which resulted in a three-match ban.

He had also scored the opening goal in the September derby match against Sunderland at St. James Park and finished the season with nine goals from thirty-six appearance.

In March 2004, he threw a chair at then first-team coach John Carver after a public falling out between the two.

Bellamy again managed nine goals as his team reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals, eventually losing out 2-0 on aggregate to Marseille, though he also played considerably fewer games from his two previous seasons at Newcastle United, a sign of things to come, as Bellamy's career was blighted by injury in the next few years. [4]

After Bobby Robson's controversial sacking in August 2004, Bellamy had a very public falling-out with his replacement as Newcastle manager,Graeme Souness. Despite the two claiming that the rift had been healed after Bellamy scored a last-minute winner in a 4-3 victory over Manchester City in late October, it was announced on 23 January 2005 that the player had been omitted from the team for a Premier League match with Arsenal at Highbury stadium, a game that ended 1-0 in the Gunners' favour. Before the match, Souness said that Bellamy had been left out due to a hamstring problem, but contradicted himself in a post-match interview, claiming that Bellamy was benched for being unwilling to play as a right-sided midfielder.

Minutes later, Bellamy gave an interview of his own saying that he was prepared to play in any position for his club. However, with his Newcastle United career hanging in the balance, he later admitted that he had threatened to fake injury ahead of the Arsenal match, though in a later interview accused Souness of lying about him and his commitment to the club. Souness responded by stating that Bellamy would never play in a Newcastle United shirt again whilst he was manager and consequently the club fined Bellamy two weeks' wages (about £80,000). Bellamy's last goal for the club came in a UEFA Cup group stage match against Sporting Lisbon in December, in a 1-1 draw at St. James Park, his 10th goal for Newcastle that season. Bellamy ended his Newcastle career with a total of 42 goals from 128 appearances.[5]

Bellamy made himself further unwelcome at St James' Park when some abusive text messages were allegedly sent from his phone to club captain Alan Shearer after Newcastle's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United in April 2005, while the player was still on-loan to Celtic for the remainder of that season.[6] At the time, Bellamy was with the Celtic squad in Ireland for Jackie McNamara's testimonial golf day. Bellamy's agent insisted his mobile had been lost at the time and that he was not responsible for the texts. Kenneth Shepherd, son of Newcastle chairman Freddy, also claimed he received gloating text messages. Shearer was alleged to have threatened to "knock his block off" should the player have returned to Newcastle United.[7]


On 31 January 2005 (transfer deadline day) Bellamy was sent out on loan to Celtic of the Scottish Premier League for the remainder of the season. It was later announced by the player that he had shunned a move to Birmingham City to move to the Scottish Club.

He scored nine goals for Celtic in the remainder of the 2004-05 season, getting his first in a 5-0 win against then Scottish First Division side Clyde in the Scottish Cup on 27 January 2005. He also put in notable performances away to Dundee United, a game in which he scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 victory for the Bhoys, and a 2-1 victory over fierce old-firm rivals Rangers at Ibrox, where he scored the opener in a crucial game for his club, though he ultimately lost out on winning the SPL as Celtic suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Motherwell on the final day of the season. He did end the season on a personal high though,as he won the Scottish Cup, his first ever major career trophy after his team again beat Dundee United, this time 1-0 at Hampden Park. The Glasgow club were keen to sign him permanently, but on 7 July 2005 it was announced that he was to return to the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers for a transfer fee believed to be to be around £5 million. It had been reported that Bellamy was keen on a return to Celtic after his departure from Newcastle United, however a move back north wasn't to be for the player.

Despite the controversy that blighted it, that 2004-05 season proved to be Bellamys most fruitful to date, as he won that Scottish Cup winners medal as well as scoring 22 goals altogether for Newcastle, Celtic and Wales.

Blackburn Rovers

Bellamy signed a four year contract with Blackburn Rovers, where he was reunited with former Wales manager and team-mate Mark Hughes. He scored 17 goals for Rovers in 2005-06 (including two terrific efforts against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on 8 April 2006) in all competitions, in a highly successful but injury-tempered season, where the club finished 6th place in the Premier League, marking a vast improvement on the previous seasons 15th position, qualifying for the 2006-07 Uefa Cup in the process. Bellamy provided a core part of the team, alongisde goalkeeper Brad Friedel, defender Ryan Nelsen and midfielders Robbie Savage, Brett Emerton, Steven Reid and Morten Gamst Pedersen. Bellamy's rejuvenation sparked renewed interest in him from a handful of top clubs including Liverpool and Arsenal.


On 20 June 2006 he was the subject of a transfer bid from Liverpool, rumoured to be in the region of £6.5 million. The offer triggered a clause in Bellamy's contract involving bids from clubs playing Champions League football, and Blackburn were obliged to allow him permission to talk to the club.

He officially became a Liverpool player on 1 July 2006, Bellamy got off to a slow start for Liverpool, despite scoring on his debut against Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League 3rd qualifying round first leg on 9 August 2006, Bellamy however struggled for Premier League goals, eventually scoring his first in mid October, against former club Blackburn Rovers. After the match against Haifa, Bellamy had set up the winner for Peter Crouch in the 81st minute of the 2006 FA Community Shield.

Bellamy finally made an impact against Wigan Athletic, inspiring Liverpool to a 4-0 victory with two goals and one assist on 2 December 2006. It was his first game after being cleared of supposedly assaulting a woman in a Cardiff bar. He scored again two weeks later against Charlton Athletic and then got a fourth in four games against Watford on the 23 December 2006, followed by another goal on 13 January 2007 also against Watford to bring his season tally for Liverpool up to seven.

In February 2007 it was alleged that Bellamy attacked team mate John Arne Riise with a golf club during a team training session in Portugal.[8] Both players were fined two weeks wages by the club.[9] The incident earned him the nickname "The Nutter with the Putter". Manager Rafael Benítez has accepted the players' apology.[10] In the first match following the incident, away at Barcelona in a Champions League last-16 round first leg, Bellamy celebrated his 1-1 equalizer, after Deco had headed Barca into the lead, by emulating a golf stroke. He also set up the other goal, almost inevitably, for John Arne Riise. It was reported that Bellamy had announced to football results television programme "Wales on Saturday" on 28 April 2007 that he would leave Liverpool in the summer 2007 transfer window. His supposed given reasons were lack of communication with Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez and conflicting opinions on how Bellamy should be utilised in a match.[11]

The next day, Craig angrily dismissed this story on the club's official website, He said that he was disappointed that he had to deal with this issue while preparing for such as big a match as the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea. Bellamy reassured the fans that he was 100% committed to the club. He even stated that Rafa Benítez was the manager he had admired most during his career and wishes to emulate Benitez if he ever chooses to pursue a career in football management.

Liverpool went on to win the semi-final, and while at the sidelines, Bellamy could be seen talking to Benítez, and their relationship seemed to look fine. He was, however, left on the bench as an unused substitute, in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final, as Liverpool lost 2-1 to AC Milan.

In the summer of 2007, Bellamy was a subject of a bid from West Ham United. The bid was accepted and Bellamy was on the move again after signing for the London club.

West Ham United

Bellamy completed a move to West Ham United for a fee of £7.5 million on 10 July 2007, signing a five-year contract with the club and reuniting with former Norwich teammate Robert Green. This was at the time the Hammers' record signing.[12]

Bellamy made his West Ham debut in an opening day 2-0 home defeat by Manchester City on 11 August 2007.[13] His first two goals for West Ham were scored in a 2-1 League Cup victory against Bristol Rovers on 28 August 2007.[14] Injury blighted Bellamy's first season with West Ham. He managed only 9 games, scoring 4 goals and in February 2008 was ruled out of action until the beginning of season 2008-09. His only goals for the club in 2007-08 were the brace against Rovers, the opener against Reading in early September and the opener against Middlesbrough a week later. Both matches finished 3-0 to the hammers.[15] Bellamy returned to action in the third game of the 2008-09 season for the Hammers, scoring the third goal that made sure they beat Blackburn Rovers. They won 4-1 after Carlton Cole added a fourth (Bellamy's goal had come two minutes into stoppage time). It was his first goal in 6 months but his fifth goal for the Hammers in only his 10th appearance for the club since joining in July 2007.

After a string of impressive performances, Bellamy was reported to have attracted the attention of several clubs, and in the 2009 January transfer window he was linked to a host of clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. His manager Gianfranco Zola was reportedly unhappy with the way he felt Tottenham had tried to approach Bellamy[16], although he denied reports that Bellamy had gone on strike in protest at not being allowed to move - after Bellamy stormed out of training in protest.[17] Two offers from Manchester City were rejected before on 18 January 2009, a third undisclosed bid, purported to be around £14 million was accepted by West Ham from City. In total, Bellamy made 26 league and cup appearances for the Hammers, scoring 9 goals, a strike rate of almost a goal every 3 games.[18]

Manchester City

On 19 January 2009, Bellamy completed his move to Manchester City on a four and a half-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £14 million.[19] On signing for the club his new manager Mark Hughes stated, "I'm sure Craig will be excellent for us, I think people will soon see why I wanted to bring him to the club. The fee that gets mentioned is invariably the wrong figure, it keeps being quoted as £19million, but that was not the price we paid for him."[20] This took his career total of transfers to £47m.[21] Bellamy became the second major signing by Manchester City of the transfer window after Wayne Bridge from Chelsea. Bellamy marked his debut for City on 28 January with a goal against his former club Newcastle United at The City of Manchester Stadium in a 2-1 win scoring the winner, making him only the fifth player in Premier League history to have scored for six different top-flight clubs.[22] Bellamys next goal came against Middlesbrough in the Premier League where Bellamy sealed the three points in a 1-0 win for City. On 22 February 2009, he scored against his former club Liverpool at Anfield in a 1-1 draw, ironically denting his former employers title chances. He went on to score a brace for City on his European home debut just four days later on 26 February, dedicating the goals to his cousin who had died the previous night.

Bellamy opened his account for the 2009-10 season with a goal in City's 4-2 win over Arsenal on 12 September 2009, before setting up Shaun Wright-Phillips for City's 4th goal, with a brilliant run from his own half.[23] He followed that up a week later with two goals against Manchester United in a 4-3 derby defeat. His first was a brilliant 20-yard strike from the edge of the 18-yard box, his second came after Rio Ferdinand gifted possession to Martin Petrov, who played the ball through to Bellamy who rounded United keeper Ben Foster, to make the score 3-3 in the first minute of injury-time. The former goal was later named Goal of the Month for September 2009.[24] After this derby a fan invaded the pitch but was dealt with by stewards quickly. While the fan was being escorted from the field, TV footage showed that Bellamy slapped the fan in the face. He was given a warning by the FA about his future conduct,[25] however Manchester City stated they would not discipline Bellamy, instead offering their support to him.[26]. As he became ever more popular with the Manchester City fans, Bellamy's next goal came at Villa Park on 5 October 2009, earning a point for his team after being 1-0 down at half-time. On 7 November 2009, Bellamy scored in a 3-3 draw against Burnley at the City of Manchester Stadium. He then scored again on 19 December against Sunderland in the 4-3 victory, which turned out to be Mark Hughes' last game in charge of the club. Bellamy was said to be upset at Hughes' dismissal, and has subsequently been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Arsenal and dropped to the bench in Roberto Mancini's first game in charge against Stoke City.[27] However, he has since played in matches under Mancini and made clear his desire to stay at Manchester City for the foreseeable future. He scored the equaliser against Stoke, before losing 3-1 in Fifth round replay of the FA Cup. Bellamy then scored 2 goals at Stamford Bridge in the 4-2 win against Chelsea, giving Manchester City their first win at Stamford Bridge in 17 years.[28]

Football Foundation

On 6 May 2008 plans were announced for the building of the Craig Bellamy Foundation[29] for disadvantaged children in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Bellamy has visited the war-torn West African country and has reportedly been moved to invest £650,000 of his own money to help build a football academy to develop the country's young football talent.[30][31]






Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1996-97 Norwich City First Division 3 0 - - - 3 0
1997-98 36 13 1 0 1 0 - 38 13
1998-99 40 17 - 5 2 - 45 19
1999-00 4 2 - - - 4 2
2000-01 1 0 - - - 1 0
2000-01 Coventry City Premier League 34 6 2 1 3 1 - 39 8
2001-02 Newcastle United Premier League 27 9 3 0 3 4 6 1 39 14
2002-03 29 7 1 0 - 6 2 36 9
2003-04 16 5 - - 8 5 24 10
2004-05 21 7 1 0 2 0 5 3 29 10
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2004-05 Celtic Premier League 12 7 3 2 - - 15 9
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005-06 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 27 13 1 2 4 2 - 32 17
2006-07 Liverpool Premier League 27 7 - 2 0 12 2 41 9
2007-08 West Ham United Premier League 8 2 - 1 2 - 9 4
2008-09 16 5 1 0 17 5
2008-09 Manchester City Premier League 8 3 - 0 0 3 2 11 5
2009-10 22 8 3 1 5 0 - 30 9
Total England 319 104 13 4 24 11 40 15 396 134
Scotland 12 7 3 2 - - 15 9
Career Total 331 111 16 6 24 11 40 15 411 143


  1. ^ "Wedding bells for Bellers". Wales on Sunday. 4 June 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2006. 
  2. ^ "Bellamy keen on Rovers return". Daily Mail. 27 August 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Robson, Bobby; Paul Hayward (2005). "Jekyll and Hyde". Farewell but not Goodbye. Hodder & Stoughton. pp. 214. ISBN 0340823461. 
  4. ^ "Newcastle ready to offload Bellamy", The Guardian, 24 January 2005, Retrieved 22 February 2007
  5. ^ "Newcastle fine Bellamy after row", BBC Sport, 25 January 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
  6. ^ "Drunken Bellamy in Text Rant at Shearer", The Sunday Mirror, 24 April 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
  7. ^ "I'll knock your block off, Shearer warns Bellamy", Evening Standard, 27 April 2005, Retrieved 22 February 2007
  8. ^ Bellamy faces uncertain future as Liverpool reel from golf club attack", The Guardian, 19 February 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
  9. ^ "Bellamy fined £80,000 and facing axe over Riise bust-up", The Daily Mail, 19 February 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
  10. ^ "Benítez accepts players' apology", BBC Sport, 21 February 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
  11. ^ "Bellamy announces plans to leave Liverpool FC", Wales on Saturday, 28 April 2007, Retrieved 29 April 2007
  12. ^ "Bellamy completes Hammers move". West Ham United FC. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2007. 
  13. ^ "West Ham 0-2 Man City". BBC Sport. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  14. ^ "Bristol Rovers 1-2 West Ham". BBC Sport. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  15. ^ Bellamy out for rest of season but Dyer recovery softens blow to West Ham
  16. ^ Zola clams rivals and sees no use for transfer window
  17. ^ Zola wants quick Bellamy solution Fox Sports
  18. ^ Bellamy to seal £14m City switch The Independent
  19. ^ "Man City complete Bellamy signing". BBC Sport. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  20. ^ Fire in the Bellamy!
  21. ^ Craig Bellamy set to be £43m man for Spurs
  22. ^ Bellamy seals City switch
  23. ^ "Man City 4 - 2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  24. ^ "Manchester United 4 Manchester City 3". The Daily Telegraph. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  25. ^ "Manchester City's Craig Bellamy In Post-Match Altercation With Fan". 20 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  26. ^ Man City will not punish Bellamy
  27. ^ Sacked Manchester City boss Mark Hughes tells loyalists: Go win Premier League title for me
  28. ^ [
  29. ^ "Craig Bellamy Foundation". Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  30. ^ "Bellamy plans academy in Africa". BBC Sport. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2008. 
  31. ^ "World in motion: Craig Bellamy". The Times. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  32. ^ Craig Bellamy | West Ham United | Team | First Team | Player Profiles

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Craig Bellamy
Personal information
Full name Craig Douglas Bellamy
Date of birth 13 July 1979 (1979-07-13) (age 31)
Place of birth    Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Manchester City
Number 39
Senior clubs
Years Club
Bradford Park Avenue
Norwich City
Coventry City
Newcastle United
Celtic (loan)
Blackburn Rovers
West Ham United
Manchester City
National team
1998-2009 Wales

Craig Bellamy (born 13 July 1979) is a Welsh football player. He plays for Manchester City and Wales national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1996/97Norwich CityFirst Division300000-30
2000/01Coventry CityPremier League3462131-398
2001/02Newcastle UnitedPremier League2793034613914
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05CelticPremier League1273200-159
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2005/06Blackburn RoversPremier League27131242-3217
2006/07LiverpoolPremier League2770020122419
2007/08West Ham UnitedPremier League820012-94
2008/09Manchester CityPremier League83000032115
CountryEngland 2979610321114015368126
Scotland 1273200-159
Total 30910313521114015383135

International career statistics


Wales national team



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