Barmouth & Dyffryn United F.C.
|Full name||Barmouth & Dyffrin United Football Club|
|Capacity||200 seated. 1000 + Standing.|
|Manager||Carl Ryan (Caretaker)|
|League||Welsh Alliance League Division 1|
|2012—13||Welsh Alliance League|
Barmouth & Dyffryn United Football Club is a Welsh football club based in the coastal town of Barmouth, Gwynedd. The club currently play in the Welsh Alliance League. The "Magpies" play their games at the Wern Mynach. Barmouth also have a strong youth team, with many players who played for Barmouth playing for football league academies in England. The Magpies won the league in 2011 after a hard working season, Barmouth also compete in the Welsh Cup.They are the current Welsh Alliance League Champions after winning it in 2011–2012.
The Club was founded in 1863 shortly before the FAW was formed, however, archived records have shown that Barmouth FC was a Club during this time although it cannot say whether they actually played in a competitive match until 1896 when the Club were inaugural members of the newly formed Cambrian League that later became known as the Cambrian Coast Football League from the 1920–21 season until it sadly ended in 1963. Although coverage of football in the press during this time and into the early 1900s was very sporadic, little information has been gleaned thus far on the Cambrian League but according to sources the League was founded in October 1896 at a meeting in Porthmadog with six clubs competing the inaugural season – Towyn, Porthmadog, Dolgellau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Barmouth and surprisingly Penygroes with Towyn taking the title. Little has been traced since that initial seasn and it may well have been disbanded following the formation of other surrounding Local leagues and research is ongoing to clarify the situation. Nevertheless, the Cambrian Coast Football League was founded following a meeting at the old Unionist Club in Barmouth on Saturday, 17 January 1920 with member clubs being Criccieth, Porthmadog, Harlech, Barmouth and Pwllheli Comrades. Barmouth became the first Champions of the League in 1920 and so the League was born. Having finished runners up in 1921, Barmouth recaptured the title in 1922 but the League was being run as part of the Welsh National League Central Section following the reorganisation of football within the FAW. Again, very little has surfaced during the next 7–8 years, however, it has been reported that both Barmouth and Towyn moved up into the top flight structure in the Central Section at that time, however the total collapse of the National League structure in 1930 was inevitable and the Cambrian Coast League was revived with Barmouth becoming members of an eight team structure.
In the 1969–1970 season, Barmouth became Champions of the Central Wales League that included FOUR teams who competed in the Welsh Premier League during the 2009–2010 season (Welshpool, Newtown, Caersws and Aberystwyth Town) and reached the fifth round of the Welsh Cup when the team were faced with the daunting task of overcoming the mighty Cardiff City on Wednesday, 21 January 1970, a team that also featured Mel Sutton, Don Murray, Brian Clark and none other than John Toshack. Barmouth were a force in Welsh Football and again won the NWCFA Challenge Cup in 1971 and for the next two years were always in the running for League honours and finished runners-up in 1973. Nevertheless, the Club managed to win the Central Wales Challenge Cup in 1973 but sadly this latest purple patch in the Club history came to an abrupt end at the end of 1972–73 season when the club resigned from the Central Wales League and again went into the wilderness until it rose to compete in the Aberystwyth & District League during the 1978–79 season. Captained by John Holland, the Club won the League for the only time in 1982 and finished Runners-up four times most notably in 1990 losing only 1 game along the way to the eventual champions Penparcau in the final match of the Season.
1990 – present
The Club were League Cup winners in 1984 and 1990 and also picked up the North Cards Cup in 1990 under Manager Brian Harvey. Other triumphs saw the Club win the 1st Division Trophy in 1989, the Bert Pritchard Memorial Trophy in 1982 and 1984 for being the League top scorers and reached the final of the Youth Cup in 1982, 1986 and 1991. The Clubs' association with the League ended on a sour note at the end of the 1992–93 season and the club applied to become members of the Gwynedd Football League and were duly accepted. Secretary of the League at the time was none other than our vice-chairman today Alun Foulkes and he can recollect the trauma faced by the club on the eve of the 1993–94 season when John Morris had to travel all the way to Caersws to pay an outstanding fine to the CWFA otherwise their opening match in the Gwynedd League against Llandegfan would be postponed. Luckily the fine was paid and what transpired as their 1st campaign in the Gwynedd League became a disaster and a nightmare conceding 220 goals in the process in 34 games that yielded 4 League wins throughout – records were created all for the wrong reasons. The club fared much better during the 1995 and 1996 season finishing fifth during the latter but at the end of the 2000–2001 season decided to withdraw from the Gwynedd League for various reasons after finishing last but one. The current crop of our players that we see today emerged during this era under Manager Dan Papirnyk Senior and Secretary Tony Jeffs and their hard work and efforts were rewarded as the young team finished League runners-up in the Caernarfon & District League during the 2001–02 season and also won the inaugural AEEU Cup beating CPD Mynydd Llandegai in the final at Caernarfon. They quickly became Champions of the League the following season to return to the Gwynedd Football League and the success continued with the side finishing 3rd in the 2005–06 season and to remarkably win the Gwynedd League in 2006–2007 under Player Manager Craig Papirnyk but were denied promotion to the Welsh Alliance Football League due to ground criteria. Season 2007/2008 saw the Club win the NWCFA Junior Cup, the Gwynedd Leagues' Eryri Shield and became finalists of the Welsh Alliance Leagues' Barritt Cup but were narrowly pipped to retain the Gwynedd League title by Llanllyfni that sparked a huge row when Llanllyfni were given promotion to the Welsh Alliance League having an inferior ground and set up to Barmouth. Spearheaded by chairman William Huntley and Alun Foulkes who had returned to the Club as Secretary, the Club successfully appealed to the FAW and the Club took up its position in the third tier of Welsh Football for the 1st time in 35 years and the Club has never looked back. With Brian Harvey back at the helm, the Club finished a creditable tenth in its first full season that was made up entirely of home grown players and in Season 2009–2010 the Club finished in fourth position under former Manager Iolo Owen of Harlech. During the 2007–2008 season, a Reserve team was reformed and after two years of struggle, they won the second division of the Caernarfon & District League under Manager Dan Papirnyk Junior in Season 2009–2010 and reached the final of the Moorings Cup. The return of former manager Brian Harvey saw Barmouth win the league for the first time since the 2002–2003 Season when they overcome the opposition to become Champions again.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Caretaker/Player Manager.
- In 1905 Barmouth FC became the first Cambrian Coast League champions, taking the title by a point from Porthmadog.
- The clubs stadium is next to a disused landfill site which has since been cleared and is now greenfield land.
- Barmouth's nickname "The Magpies" comes from their traditional home colours of black and white, all Barmouth teams have used this kit at all levels with different sponsors and makes.
Most Appearances – Darren Andrews (GK), 110 Appearances. Top Scorers – Shane Jones (FW), 55 Goals in 96 Appearances
Wern Mynach is an Association football stadium located in Barmouth in the county of Gwynedd, Wales. It serves as the home of Barmouth & Dyffryn United F.C. who play in the Welsh Alliance football league. The stadium lies adjacent to a disused landfill site, which has since been transformed to an accessible nature reserve.
The club holds the best pitch and best programme of the league title, both of which is solely thanks to the efforts of Gareth Evans and his son Alex, who volunteer at the club and are very close friends of chairman Wil Huntley.
West (Railway) End
The West End is where the majority of supporters tend to congregate on match days. It is where the changing rooms are located and features a number of facilities including:
- Standing terrace which hold around 50 spectators. This is particularly popular with visiting supporters and is the only permanent cover available.
- Food and beverage facilities. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available here.
- Small club shop, which sells match day programmes as well as official souvenirs.
- Uncovered seating for around 50 spectators on the wooden benches and uncovered standing behind these benches.
This end of the ground is approached from the nature reserve spectators approaching from the direction of this direction avoid the cash turnstile, although most people and honest and pay. This end features:
- Standing room behind the goal.
- A large wooden ship which children can play on.
This end of the ground backs onto a junior football pitch as well as spectacular mountain scenery. It is usually sparsely populated by spectators.
South (Park Road) End
The South end of the ground feature high fencing to prevent stray balls going into Park. It also provides:
- A small car park, which has a gated entrance.
- A sign proclaiming "This is Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club" and notifying of the next fixture at Wern Mynach.