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BBC Wales' Dylan Griffiths at the Racecourse
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Wrexham's Gareth Owen after his testimonial match
"I told myself to enjoy every minute of it - and I did"
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
"I'm very pleased for the crowd - it was a great night"
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Wednesday, 2 August, 2000, 07:22 GMT 08:22 UK
Gareth's night but Giggs steals show
Alex Ferguson meets fans
Alex Ferguson's Manchester United drew 13, 000 to the Racecourse for Gareth Owen's testimonial
Manchester United beat Wrexham on Tuesday night in Gareth Owen's testimonial match by one goal to nil.

welsh international Ryan Giggs scored the game's only goal on the stroke of half-time.

Wrexham might have produced a shock result against the Premiership champions, however, and were unlucky not to grab a goal themselves.

Gareth Owen went close for the Robins and Michael Blackwood struck the side netting.

In the modern game, it is rare to see players spend ten years with one club. When they do they deserve a testimonial match
  Sir Alex Ferguson
More than 13, 000 fans went to the Racecourse to watch a Manchester United team that included seven players with first team experience.

United, skippered by Giggs, also paraded Henning Berg and Dwight Yorke.

Trinidad and Tobago striker Yorke was initially outshone by Wrexham's two summer Caribbean imports: international team-mates Hector Sam and Carlos Edwards.

Edwards showed great poise and control and on one occasion even embarrassed Giggs before the Welshman brought him down.


For Gareth Owen it was deserved reward for his ten years at Wrexham.

Speaking after the game, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to the Robins stalwart.

"I'm pleased for Gareth and for the crowd. It was a great night," he said.

"In the modern game, it is rare to see players spend ten years with one club. When they do, like Gareth, they do deserve a testimonial match - probably two!"

For Gareth Owen himself, the whole occasion was something of a blur.

I told myself just to enjoy every minute - and I did. I really want to thank every one for coming
  Gareth Owen
"I told myself just to enjoy every minute - and I did. But the match and the whole day have just flown by. Now I have the memories of the occasion," he said.

"I really want to thank every one for coming."

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