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CRAIG BELLAMY

Home (2004-05) versus England away WCQ 2004

A really rare treat, Craig Bellamy's worn home shirt and shorts from the 2-0 defeat, World Cup 2006 Qualifying match against England at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester on 9th October 2004. After disappointing draws, against Azerbaijan away and N.Ireland at home in the opening two games of the Germany World Cup Qualifying campaign, there was much excitement about the first fixture for 20 years, against the arch rivals from across the border. As it happened the anticipation soon turn to more disappointment as England ran out comfortable winners in a game remembered for David Beckham's long range curling shot for England's second goal.  

To commemorate the first meeting between the nations for two decades, the shirts and suprisingly also the shorts, carried match detail embroidery - only the fourth time in 30 years Welsh shirts carried this information, but as were the other three, wriiten in Welsh- "Gem Ragbrofol, Pencampwriaeth Y Byd 2006, LLOEGER v CYMRU, 9 HYDREF 2004". The shirt also carries the silk FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 sleeve badge to the right arm, the first qualifying campaign a tournament sleeve badge was ever seen on a Wales international shirt and has the correct material mix, wash label and Kappa Gara tag confirming it as a players shirt. These shirts carrying the match detail were never available commercially to buy and were made in very limited numbers for the players -two each as was normal- making this a very rare and collectable shirt, with the added bonus of Craig's match detail embroidered shorts completing the set. 

One of Ryan Giggs shirts -he wore short in one half and long sleeves in the other- from this game was recently on display in the Manchester United Museum in the Gary Neville collection, with his other swapped with former team mate and good friend David Beckham.