Craig Bellamy

Born13 July 1979, Cardiff
NationalityWelsh
Weight69 kg
Height1.75 m
PositionForward

Having missed most of the 1999-2000 campaign through injury, Craig enjoyed a good pre-season for Norwich City but, after appearing in the opening league game at Barnsley, he was then sold to Coventry City for a substantial fee, arriving as a replacement for Robbie Keane.

A fast and instinctive striker with good close ball skills, he netted twice in his first three games including a brilliant solo effort at Manchester City but subsequently goals were hard to come by.

His form improved after he was switched to a role on the left of midfield where he had more time and less exposure to the physical challenges from central defenders, and he was particularly outstanding in this role in the game at Leicester City.

Despite the club's relegation worries, his spirit never diminished and he always gave 100% for the cause.

Craig again featured regularly for Wales, and joined Newcastle United for 6million during the close season.

One of the most controversial characters to don the black and white stripes, Craig's speed and insistence made him a consistently dangerous forward.

He left St James' Park after a very public spat with manager Graeme Souness.

Craig joined Blackburn Rovers in July 2005 with a four-year contract.

He joined Liverpool in June 2006, again in a four-year deal.

Craig joined West Ham United in July 2007 with a five-year contract.

He joined Manchester City in January 2009 with a contract to June 2013.

Craig re-joined Liverpool in August 2011 with a two-year contract.

He joined Cardiff City in August 2012 with a two-year contract.

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1997-98 Norwich City Coca-Cola League Cup 1
1998-99 Norwich City Worthington Cup 5
2
2000-01 Coventry City FA Cup 2
1
1
2000-01 Coventry City Premier League 33
1
6
6
2000-01 Coventry City Worthington Cup 3
1
2000-01 Norwich City League Division 1 1
2001-02 Newcastle United FA Cup 3
2001-02 Newcastle United Premier League 26
1
9
8
1
2001-02 Newcastle United UEFA Intertoto Cup 6
1
1
2001-02 Newcastle United Worthington Cup 2
1
4
1
2002-03 Newcastle United FA Cup 1
2002-03 Newcastle United Premier League 27
2
7
1
2002-03 Newcastle United UEFA Champions League 6
2
2
1
2003-04 Newcastle United Premier League 13
3
4
3
2003-04 Newcastle United UEFA Champions League 1
1
2003-04 Newcastle United UEFA Cup 6
1
5
2004-05 Celtic Scottish Premier League 12
7
3
2004-05 Newcastle United Carling Cup 1
1
2004-05 Newcastle United FA Cup 1
2004-05 Newcastle United Premier League 21
7
2
2004-05 Newcastle United UEFA Cup 5
3
2005-06 Blackburn Rovers Carling Cup 3
1
2
3
2005-06 Blackburn Rovers FA Cup 1
2
2005-06 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 22
5
13
5
2006-07 Liverpool Carling Cup 2
2006-07 Liverpool FA Community Shield
1
2006-07 Liverpool Premier League 23
4
7
2
2006-07 Liverpool UEFA Champions League 8
4
2
1
2007-08 West Ham United Carling Cup 1
2
2007-08 West Ham United Premier League 7
1
2
2
2008-09 Manchester City Premier League 7
1
3
1
2008-09 Manchester City UEFA Cup 3
2
2
2008-09 West Ham United FA Cup 1
2008-09 West Ham United Premier League 13
3
5
5
2009-10 Manchester City Carling Cup 4
1
1
2009-10 Manchester City FA Cup 1
2
1
1
2009-10 Manchester City Premier League 26
6
10
3
1
2010-11 Cardiff City League Championship 34
1
11
9
2010-11 Cardiff City League Championship Play-Offs 1
2011-12 Liverpool Carling Cup 4
2
2
2011-12 Liverpool FA Cup 2
2
1
2011-12 Liverpool Premier League 12
15
6
6
2012-13 Cardiff City League Championship 28
5
4
4
2013-14 Cardiff City Premier League 13
9
2
3


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
12 Aug 1997 Norwich City v Barnet W 2-1 Coca-Cola League Cup 1st round 1st leg
11 Aug 1998 Swansea City v Norwich City D 1-1 Worthington Cup 1st round 1st leg
18 Aug 1998 Norwich City v Swansea City W 1-0 Worthington Cup 1st round 2nd leg
16 Sep 1998 Norwich City v Wigan Athletic W 1-0 Worthington Cup 2nd round 1st leg
22 Sep 1998 Wigan Athletic v Norwich City W 2-3 Worthington Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
27 Oct 1998 Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers D 1-1 Worthington Cup 3rd round
12 Aug 2000 Barnsley v Norwich City L 1-0 League Division 1


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Norwich City 20 Jan 1997 17 Aug 2000
Coventry City 17 Aug 2000 11 Jul 2001
Newcastle United 11 Jul 2001 07 Jul 2005
Celtic 31 Jan 2005 31 May 2005 L
Blackburn Rovers 07 Jul 2005 22 Jun 2006
Liverpool 22 Jun 2006 10 Jul 2007
West Ham United 10 Jul 2007 19 Jan 2009
Manchester City 19 Jan 2009 31 Aug 2011
Cardiff City 17 Aug 2010 31 May 2011 L
Liverpool 31 Aug 2011 10 Aug 2012
Cardiff City 10 Aug 2012 30 Jun 2014

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1995-96 Wales UEFA Under-21
1
1996-97 Wales UEFA Under-18 3
1
1996-97 Wales UEFA Under-21 3
1997-98 Wales International 2
1
1
1997-98 Wales UEFA Under-18 2
1
1997-98 Wales UEFA Under-21 2
1997-98 Wales Under-21 1
1998-99 Wales European Championship 1
3
1
1998-99 Wales UEFA Under-21 1
1
1999-00 Wales International 1
1
2000-01 Wales FIFA World Cup 3
1
1
2001-02 Wales FIFA World Cup 3
1
2001-02 Wales International 1
1
2002-03 Wales European Championship 2
1
2
1
2002-03 Wales International 1
2003-04 Wales European Championship 3
2
2003-04 Wales International 2
2004-05 Wales FIFA World Cup 6
1
2004-05 Wales International 2
3
2005-06 Wales International 2
2006-07 Wales European Championship 6
1
2006-07 Wales International 5
3
2007-08 Wales European Championship 3
2
1
2007-08 Wales International
2
2008-09 Wales FIFA World Cup 3
1
2008-09 Wales International 2
1
2009-10 Wales FIFA World Cup 2
1
1
2010-11 Wales European Championship 2
1
2010-11 Wales International 1
1
2010-11 Wales Nations Cup 1
2011-12 Wales European Championship 3
1
2011-12 Wales International 4
1
2012-13 Wales FIFA World Cup 2
2012-13 Wales International
1
2013-14 Wales FIFA World Cup 4
2
2013-14 Wales International 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
01 Jun 1996 San Marino v Wales W 0-3 UEFA U21 Group 6
30 Aug 1996 Wales v San Marino W 4-0 UEFA U21 Group 7
15 Oct 1996 Wales v Netherlands L 0-2 UEFA U18 Group 1
17 Oct 1996 Scotland v Wales L 2-1 UEFA U18 Group 1
19 Oct 1996 Lithuania v Wales L 4-2 UEFA U18 Group 1
13 Dec 1996 Wales v Turkey L 0-3 UEFA U21 Group 7
28 Mar 1997 Wales v Belgium W 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 7
19 Aug 1997 Turkey v Wales L 3-0 UEFA U21 Group 7
22 Sep 1997 Norway v Wales W 2-3 UEFA U18 Group 13
24 Sep 1997 Wales v Poland D 1-1 UEFA U18 Group 13
10 Oct 1997 Belgium v Wales L 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 7
25 Mar 1998 Wales v Jamaica D 0-0 International
22 Apr 1998 Italy v Wales L 2-1 U21
03 Jun 1998 Malta v Wales W 0-3 International
06 Jun 1998 Tunisia v Wales L 4-0 International
04 Sep 1998 Wales v Italy L 1-2 UEFA U21 Group 1
10 Oct 1998 Denmark v Wales W 1-2 European Championship Group 1
31 Mar 1999 Switzerland v Wales L 2-0 European Championship Group 1
05 Jun 1999 Italy v Wales L 4-0 European Championship Group 1
09 Jun 1999 Wales v Denmark L 0-2 European Championship Group 1
23 May 2000 Wales v Brazil L 0-3 International
02 Jun 2000 Portugal v Wales L 3-0 International
02 Sep 2000 Belarus v Wales L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
24 Mar 2001 Armenia v Wales D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
28 Mar 2001 Wales v Ukraine D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
01 Sep 2001 Wales v Armenia D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
05 Sep 2001 Norway v Wales L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
06 Oct 2001 Wales v Belarus W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
13 Feb 2002 Wales v Argentina D 1-1 International
07 Sep 2002 Finland v Wales W 0-2 European Championship Group 9
16 Oct 2002 Wales v Italy W 2-1 European Championship Group 9
12 Feb 2003 Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina D 2-2 International
29 Mar 2003 Wales v Azerbaijan W 4-0 European Championship Group 9
20 Aug 2003 Serbia and Montenegro v Wales L 1-0 European Championship Group 9
06 Sep 2003 Italy v Wales L 4-0 European Championship Group 9
11 Oct 2003 Wales v Serbia and Montenegro L 2-3 European Championship Group 9
27 May 2004 Norway v Wales D 0-0 International
30 May 2004 Wales v Canada W 1-0 International
18 Aug 2004 Latvia v Wales W 0-2 International
04 Sep 2004 Azerbaijan v Wales D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
08 Sep 2004 Wales v Northern Ireland D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
09 Oct 2004 England v Wales L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
13 Oct 2004 Wales v Poland L 2-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
10 Feb 2005 Wales v Hungary W 2-0 International
26 Mar 2005 Wales v Austria L 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
30 Mar 2005 Austria v Wales L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
16 Nov 2005 Cyprus v Wales L 1-0 International
01 Mar 2006 Wales v Paraguay D 0-0 International
15 Aug 2006 Wales v Bulgaria D 0-0 International
02 Sep 2006 Czech Republic v Wales L 2-1 European Championship Group D
05 Sep 2006 Brazil v Wales L 2-0 International
07 Oct 2006 Wales v Slovakia L 1-5 European Championship Group D
11 Oct 2006 Wales v Cyprus W 3-1 European Championship Group D
14 Nov 2006 Wales v Liechtenstein W 4-0 International
06 Feb 2007 Northern Ireland v Wales D 0-0 International
24 Mar 2007 Republic of Ireland v Wales L 1-0 European Championship Group D
28 Mar 2007 Wales v San Marino W 3-0 European Championship Group D
26 May 2007 Wales v New Zealand D 2-2 International
02 Jun 2007 Wales v Czech Republic D 0-0 European Championship Group D
12 Sep 2007 Slovakia v Wales W 2-5 European Championship Group D
13 Oct 2007 Cyprus v Wales L 3-1 European Championship Group D
17 Oct 2007 San Marino v Wales W 1-2 European Championship Group D
28 May 2008 Iceland v Wales W 0-1 International
01 Jun 2008 Netherlands v Wales L 2-0 International
11 Oct 2008 Wales v Liechtenstein W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
15 Oct 2008 Germany v Wales L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
19 Nov 2008 Denmark v Wales W 0-1 International
11 Feb 2009 Wales v Poland L 0-1 International
28 Mar 2009 Wales v Finland L 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
09 Sep 2009 Wales v Russia L 1-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
10 Oct 2009 Finland v Wales L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
11 Aug 2010 Wales v Luxembourg W 5-1 International
03 Sep 2010 Montenegro v Wales L 1-0 European Championship Group G
26 Mar 2011 Wales v England L 0-2 European Championship Group G
27 May 2011 Wales v Northern Ireland W 2-0 Nations Cup
10 Aug 2011 Wales v Australia L 1-2 International
02 Sep 2011 Wales v Montenegro W 2-1 European Championship Group G
07 Oct 2011 Wales v Switzerland W 2-0 European Championship Group G
11 Oct 2011 Bulgaria v Wales W 0-1 European Championship Group G
12 Nov 2011 Wales v Norway W 4-1 International
29 Feb 2012 Wales v Costa Rica L 0-1 International
27 May 2012 Mexico v Wales L 2-0 International
15 Aug 2012 Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina L 0-2 International
22 Mar 2013 Scotland v Wales W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
26 Mar 2013 Wales v Croatia L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
14 Aug 2013 Wales v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 International
06 Sep 2013 FYR Macedonia v Wales L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
10 Sep 2013 Wales v Serbia L 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
11 Oct 2013 Wales v FYR Macedonia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group A
15 Oct 2013 Belgium v Wales D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group A


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.