On this day in 2001: Craig Bellamy makes move to Newcastle United

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Wednesday 25 June 2014

On this day in 2001: Bellamy makes move to Newcastle

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Newcastle signing Coventry's Craig Bellamy

  • Craig Bellamy scored 10 League goals as Newcastle finished fourth in his debut season

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

25 June 2001 - Craig Bellamy becomes a Newcastle United player

Newcastle United secured the services of 21-year-old Coventry City striker Craig Bellamy for a fee of £6m.

Bellamy had been the Sky Blues' record signing 12 months earlier, when they paid Norwich City for his services, but they were relegated from the Barclays Premier League at the end of the season.

Bellamy made an instant impact at St James' Park - partnering Alan Shearer up front and scoring 10 Barclays Premier League goals as Newcastle finished fourth in the table.

His achievements also led to him winning the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year award.

Bellamy regularly featured as the Magpies finished third and then fifth in the table in the following two seasons. In January 2005, Bellamy was loaned to Celtic, and joined Blackburn Rovers that summer.

In his four years with Newcastle he scored 28 goals in 93 League appearances.

He also played for Liverpool, West Ham United and Manchester City before joining his hometown club Cardiff City in 2012.

Bellamy helped the Bluebirds win the Championship title in 2012/13 and, when he found the net against Norwich City in February 2014, he became the first player to score for seven different teams in the Barclays Premier League.

Bellamy, who won 78 Wales caps and played for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, retired at the end of the 2013/14 season.

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  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Newcastle paid £6m for Coventry striker Craig Bellamy