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Last Updated: Friday, 30 March 2007, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
Bellamy donation boosts Wrexham
Liverpool and Wales striker Craig Bellamy
Bellamy made his Liverpool debut at Wrexham last July
Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy has made a financial donation to help Wrexham's fight against relegation.

The money, described by Wrexham as "very generous", enabled the club to sign three loan players as they seek to avoid dropping into the Conference.

Wrexham are currently in the League Two relegation zone with eight games to go.

"Being a proud Welshman, I feel it's important that Wrexham retain their place in The Football League and I hope this gesture can help," said Bellamy.

"I have a lot of friends playing at the club and have enjoyed some memorable times at The Racecourse, especially when I was given the captain's armband for my country [last November].

The directors of Wrexham FC would like to say a very big thank you to Wales' own Craig Bellamy

Wrexham FC statement

"I also remember the wonderful reception from the local fans when I made my Liverpool debut there in a pre-season friendly."

The donation is believed to be part of the fine Cardiff-born Bellamy received from Liverpool for his part in a Portuguese training-camp incident, which included a row with team-mate John Arne Riise.

Several other Liverpool players were also reportedly fined for breaking a curfew after a night out.

Wrexham have not revealed the size of Bellamy's donation, but the money helped them to sign Port Vale centre-back Richard Walker, Hartlepool striker Mike Proctor and Carlisle goalkeeper Anthony Williams before last Thursday's loan deadline.

All three played in last Saturday's crucial 1-0 away win at Bristol Rovers.

"The directors of Wrexham FC would personally like to say a very big thank you on behalf of all our supporters to Wales' own Craig Bellamy for the very generous donation he has made to Wrexham Football Club," said a Wrexham statement.

"This has allowed us to bring in three loan players to aid our fight for Football League survival.

"Who will forget the reception Craig received when he made his debut for Liverpool at The Racecourse last July.

"Indeed, how proud he looked and how well he played when he was given the honour of captaining his country against Liechtenstein at The Racecourse earlier this season."

SEE ALSO
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