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Barry Town United
Barry Town FC.svg
Full name Barry Town United Football Club
Nickname(s) Dragons, Linnets, Town
Founded 1912 (as Barry AFC)
Ground Jenner Park, Barry
Ground Capacity 2,000
Manager Gavin Chesterfield
League MacWhirter Welsh League Division Two
2013–14 MacWhirter Welsh League Division Three, 1st

Barry Town United F.C. (Welsh: Clwb Pêl Droed Tref Y Barri) is an association football team based in Barry. They are best known for representing Wales in Europe as winners of the Welsh Premier League and Welsh Cup during the 1990s and early 2000s. They also have considerable history in England's Southern League and FA Cup. The team, which has contained over 50 full international over the years, is now run by supporters. They play at Jenner Park, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, where their ground accommodates 3,000 spectators (2,000 seated). 2013/14 is the team's centenary season.

History[edit]

Formation & Early Years[edit]

Barry Town United's history dates back to 1892 when a club entitled Barry and Cadoxton District was formed in the area. During the early years, the club endured many upheavals, playing on five different grounds and variously being known as Barry Unionist Athletic, Barry United Athletic and Barry District.

In November 1912, the club reformed as Barry AFC (the 'Town' suffix was added in 1931), secured a lease on land owned by the Jenner family (which became known as Jenner Park) and joined the Southern League.

On 6 September 1913, Barry played their first ever fixture; a Southern League match against Mid-Rhondda United at Jenner Park. The game attracted 4,000 spectators, including 1,000 travelling supporters. Fittingly, the new Barry team would register a surprise, albeit merited, victory, with Barry's Ralph Isherwood scoring the very first goal at Jenner Park just three minutes into the contest. His second, midway through the second half, sealed a 2–1 Barry victory, in a game marked by a host of missed chances.

The 1920–21 season ranks as one of the finest in Barry's history, as they surprised many by becoming champions of the Southern League (Welsh). The achievement was all the more impressive when considering the small Barry squad played in over 100 matches in all competitions during the course of the season. Competing simultaneously in both the Welsh and Western League, the Barry board gave priority to Southern League fixtures, swayed by aspirations of joining the new English Third Division. Inspired by Stanley Cowie, the title was clinched in early May, and yet hopes of Barry being able to play in the Football League were scuppered just a month later, when their application failed and Charlton Athletic and Aberdare Athletic were elected instead.

The club retained membership of the Southern League for more than 60 years – their highest finishing place being fourth in the 1930s.

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First ever Barry XI, vs Mid-Rhondda in 1913

During that time they enjoyed the a number of runs in the FA Cup.

1960-1990[edit]

In 1961–62, Barry drew Queens Park Rangers in the first round and held their illustrious opponents to a 1–1 draw at home, before losing the replay in London. In the 1984–85 season meanwhile they enjoyed more cup success before bowing out 2–1 to Reading in the first round proper, at a packed Jenner Park. However, for many years Barry's finest hour was its 1955 Welsh Cup final triumph over Chester City.

Throughout its proud history, the club (known variously as the Linnets and then the Dragons) has had around 50 internationals on its books, including Bengt Berndtsson of Sweden and Hannu Kankkonen of Finland in the late 1950s, while numerous others have left to pursue successful careers in the Football League. Among the most famous was local boy Derek Tapscott who signed for Arsenal in 1953 for £2,750, while Charlie Dyke made a name for himself with London neighbours Chelsea.

90's[edit]

One of the club's most turbulent times occurred in 1992, when Barry Town were exiled for their decision not to join the newly formed League of Wales (now Welsh Premier League). As part of a group of rebel clubs known as the 'Irate Eight', they were forced into exile, going under the name Barri Dragons and sharing the ground of Worcester City. However, this period would be fleeting when the club owners the O'Halloran family announced a surprise u-turn and brought the club into the Welsh pyramid in the spring of 1993.

Their return would spark arguably the club's greatest period of success. In their first season back in Wales (1993–94), Barry earned immediate promotion to the top flight, while snaring a unique quadruple of Welsh League championship, the Welsh League Cup, the FAW Trophy and the Welsh Cup – for the first time since 1955 no less. The latter was one of Barry's finest moments, as they upset Football League Second Division outfit Cardiff City in front of 16,000 spectators at the old National Stadium. Barry's reward for winning the Welsh Cup was a European Cup Winners Cup tie against FK Žalgiris Vilnius of Lithuania, but they crashed out 7–0 on aggregate. Greater glory was on the horizon.

After one season in the League of Wales, Barry opted to become the league's first fully professional club and, thereafter, won their first league championship in 1995–96. The next year saw the Dragons create history as the first League of Wales side to progress beyond the opening round of a European competition. Following victory in Latvia over Dinaburg FC, Barry ousted Hungarian side Budapest Vasutas in one of several epic European nights at Jenner Park. Despite trailing 3–1 from the away leg, Barry stormed to a victory in the return match by the same score-line, and then won a penalty shoot-out 4–2. A 'Battle of Britain' with Scottish club Aberdeen was their reward and, after losing 3–1 at Pittodrie, the Welsh side drew 3–3 at a rain-swept Jenner Park, to exit the cup.

On the domestic scene, Barry were all-conquering, clinching a first ever treble of League of Wales championship, Welsh League Cup and Welsh Cup. The championship was claimed with a record 105 points and a goal difference of more than +100. Then, from March 1997, the Dragons went 51 matches without tasting defeat in a league game, just one of many records they would set in the 1990s.

1999 saw the Dragons become the first League of Wales outfit to win the FAW Premier Cup, with a 2–1 win over Wrexham at the club's own Racecourse Ground. Pipped to the title in 2000 by the emerging Total Network Solutions, Barry would regain their silverware the following campaign, while European battles with the likes of Dynamo Kiev and Boavista saw players of the highest calibre grace the Jenner Park surface.

New Millennium[edit]

In the 2000–01 season Barry became the first League of Wales team to win a European Champions League tie, when they defeated the Azerbaijan champions FC Shamkir both home and away. They went on to meet the Portuguese giants FC Porto. Barry lost the first leg in Portugal by a humiliating 8–0 margin, after conceding two early penalties in front of a partisan 55,000 crowd. Barry would restore pride though by winning the home leg 3–1.

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1955 Welsh Cup winning XI

However, despite great success at home and abroad, the club struggled to attract support – even in their late 1990s heyday, crowds would rarely surpass the 500-mark. With professional wages to pay, Barry were forced to cut cloth, and their fight to maintain a successful squad while staying financially healthy was eventually futile.

After the departure of chairperson Paula O' Halloran, 'football troubleshooter' Kevin Green came in as the new chief executive, yet his varying initiatives failed to stop the rot. Green brought in English international footballer and celebrity John Fashanu as the club's high-profile new chairman in the winter of 2002. Many saw Fashanu as the missing piece of the jigsaw, and the man who would sustain Barry's success into the future. Promising African and Chinese TV deals and an influx of Nigerian internationals, Fashanu made headlines, yet did little to steady the Barry ship, which looked to be in increasingly rough seas. Then, after a stint in ITV's I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here saw him attain new-found popularity, Fashanu left the club, which by now was in a perilous financial state.

Decline & Turmoil[edit]

In the summer of 2003 the club went into administration with debts approaching £1 million. On 25 August 2003 the players and manager were locked out of Jenner Park (having been unpaid since early June). A new management was appointed together with an amateur team mostly drawn from N & M Construction of the South Wales Amateur League Division 2 (five levels below the Welsh Premier). Within a month, Barry Town had gone from winning in Europe to losing 8–0 at Caernarfon Town. The professional-era bubble had well and truly burst. Fans set about trying to raise money to keep the club alive. Eventually, local man Stuart Lovering paid £125,000 to write off Barry's debts as part of a Creditors' Voluntary Agreement and, in turn, seized control of the club on 10 December 2003.

A difficult season followed, with a first league win not coming until February 2004 when Barry beat fellow strugglers Welshpool Town 5–4 with a 98th-minute winning penalty from youngster Luke Sherbon. Experienced coach Colin Addison was brought in resuscitate the team's ailing fortunes, yet the Dragons still ended up bottom of the division, 4 points off safety, and were relegated to the Welsh League Division One. Addison was replaced as manager on the eve of the new campaign with assistant David Hughes, who himself had had a spell in charge the previous year. Meantime, an independent district valuer had determined that the club would have to pay an astonishing £42,000 rent and rates for that and each subsequent season for the remainder of the lease. Judging the figure to be unfairly based on the club's relinquished professional status, the club decided they were unable to pay this amount and instead played out of Treforest FC's ground near Pontypridd from January 2005 to May 2006.

A second relegation in three years saw Barry Town drop to the third tier in Welsh domestic football – their lowest ever league status. A return to Jenner Park has been the basis for new youth developments. However, crowds are at a low, with many of the staunch supporters of yore exiled to breakaway side Barry F.C. – the result of a series of disputes with chairman Stuart Lovering, who had banned them from fund raising at the ground.

The first team meanwhile, under new manager Gavin Chesterfield, earned promotion back to Welsh League Division One in 2008, with the hope that a winning run of form in the second tier would see support return. After stumbling early on, Barry enjoyed a 21-match unbeaten streak and finished the season in a credible third. As a result, attendances briefly increased. However, the failure of the club to be sold resulted in Chesterfield eventually leaving for Welsh Premier side Haverfordwest County. There is underlying hope that the glory days will one day return to this sleeping giant of Welsh football. However, a decade of turbulence has left Barry requiring new investment to push forward – coupled with renewed enthusiasm from a support base largely disenfranchised by the current owner.

In autumn 2008, owner Stuart Lovering announced his intention to sell the club once a new investor or administrative team could be found. In November, A December crisis meeting saw supporters come forward to fund and run the first team while Lovering continued to focus on finding a new owner. In early 2010, the club appeared on the verge of being sold, when Shamrock Coaches owner Clayton Jones appeared to strike a deal with Lovering. However, this fell through at the eleventh hour. Former Wales international John Hartson had been linked to the club as a possible director of football should the sale go through.

In May 2011, the football club was again put up for sale by Lovering. In the meantime, the Barry Town Supporters Committee took over the funding and running of the football side. In the Autumn of 2011, Barry Town enjoyed their most successful Welsh Cup campaign in several seasons; defeating rivals Merthyr Town at Penydarren Park and winning away at Haverfordwest County in extra-time, before the Dragons were narrowly beaten 3–2 at Conference National outfit Newport County.

2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the club's formation, with a series of events lined up to mark this and the subsequent centenary season. To begin festivities, the BTSC hosted Cardiff City in an August fundraising friendly match attended by some 2,000 spectators. However, Stuart Lovering's threat in October to withdraw Barry from the Welsh Football League (making himself club secretary to do so) threatened set to cast a cloud over these celebrations. In November, the Barry Town Supporters Committee held a successful '100 Years of Barry Town' event at the Angel Hotel in Cardiff, before the first team beat champions Cambrian and Clydach on the date of the 100th anniversary.

In March 2013, after wins against Caerleon, Penrhyncoch, Ely Rangers and Pontardawe Town, Barry won 2–0 at Flint Town United to progress to the Welsh Cup semi-final for the first time in a decade. They lost 1-2 to eventual winners Prestatyn Town although the match marked the first ever appearance of a fully amateur Barry side at that stage of the competition.

Restart[edit]

On 7 May 2013, Stuart Lovering inexplicably withdrew the team from the Welsh Football League, against the will of the BTSC, players and supporters, who were ready and willing to fulfil the remaining two fixtures.

After the BTSC outlined their intentions to play again next season, adopting the name of Barry Town United to emphasise their continuing unity and endeavour, a meeting of the FAW Council in Betws-y-Coed in June 2013 announced that they would instead have to play "recreational football" henceforth.

After significant public outcry, a second meeting was arranged for July 2013 in Caersws to hear new evidence as why the BTSC should be able to continue at Welsh League level. At this second meeting, 15 of the FAW Councillors voted not even to discuss the club's future, thus concluding the meeting within five minutes, at considerable expense.

The outcomes of both meetings went against the recommendations of the FAW's own Domestic Committee and legal team.

Barry Town (yellow/blue) Vs Cardiff City DVP (development team) (red/white)

With their future unclear, the Barry team began their pre-season with wins at Moreton and Elmore that same month, followed by a narrow 3-2 loss to Premiership newcomers Cardiff City, watched by a home crowd of 1,650 supporters on Saturday 27 July. Barry had remarkably led 2-1 at the break.

On 9 August, a High Court judge in Cardiff ruled in favour of Barry Town United, saying that the FAW had acted unlawfully in denying Barry their licence. Barry were entered back into the Welsh League, along with a reformed Llanelli club that also benefited from the High Court decision.

Other information[edit]

  • The book The Linnets – An Illustrated, Narrative History of Barry Town AFC, 1888–1993 by Jeff McInery was published in 1994, and is available locally.
  • A number of fanzines devoted to the club have been published over the years, including The Unofficial Programme, 38 Hours From Vilnius, and Yma O Hyd.
  • Journalist and Manic Street Preachers biographer Simon Price, Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns and Plaid Cymru councillor Dr. Ian Johnson are all known to be Barry Town United supporters, as is the Barry-born weather forecaster Derek Brockway and PGA professional Simon Cox.

Colours[edit]

For many decades, Barry Town wore green as their primary colour – thought to be due to early club officials securing the club's first kit from Plymouth Argyle. However, after a brief transitional season in red on returning to the Welsh pyramid, they adopted their yellow change kit (deemed lucky for the success it brought in Welsh Cup competition) as the club's home strip. It is this colour that has become most synonymous with Barry Town, with typical variations including uses of blue.

Two of the club's most memorable home strips are the fluorescent lime and navy ordered in error in the late 2000s (decade), and the experimental claret and blue kit worn in the early 1970s – both of which saw the club simultaneously plummet in footballing fortune.

Players[edit]

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No. Position Player
1 Wales GK Dan Bradley
2 Wales DF Geraint Frowen
3 Wales MF Lee Baldock
4 Wales DF Lewis Cosslett
5 Wales DF Lee Jarman
6 Wales DF Ryan Evans
7 Wales MF James Saddler
8 Wales MF Nickie Jones
9 Wales FW TJ Nagi
10 Wales FW Ryan Jenkins
11 England MF Michael Hartley
No. Position Player
12 Wales MF Dale Howarth
13 England GK Brendan Cropley
14 Pakistan DF Atif Bashir
15 Wales DF Damon Searle
16 Wales FW Jordan Cotterill
17 Wales FW James Dixon
18 Wales MF Ryan Dorrian
19 Wales DF Bobby Briers
19 Wales MF Paul Morgan
20 Wales MF Troy Greening
21 Wales MF Scott Jones

Full international for Pakistan, Bashir missed the whole of last season due to injury.

Post-War managers[edit]

Name Nat From To P W D L F A PTS
Harry Blondell Wales 1945 1947 P 78 W 34 D 15 L 29 F 209 A 160 PTS 54
Leslie Jones Wales 1947 1948 P 44 W 17 D 9 L 18 F 95 A 81 PTS 29
Bill Jennings Wales 1948 1948 P 22 W 5 D 6 L 10 F 36 A 52 PTS 12
Harry Blondell (2) Wales 1948 1951 P 119 W 41 D 23 L 55 F 179 A 237 PTS 88
Bill Jones Wales 1952 1954 P 172 W 78 D 27 L 67 F 376 A 340 PTS 135
Albert Gardner Wales 1954 1955 P 96 W 37 D 28 L 31 F 207 A 168 PTS 71
Norman Low Scotland 1956 1956 P 4 W 1 D 0 L 3 F 9 A 21 PTS 2
Albert Gardner (2) Wales 1956 1956 P 43 W 13 D 12 L 21 F 86 A 81 PTS 28
Maurice Lindley England 1956 1956 P 20 W 5 D 4 L 11 F 40 A 56 PTS 14
Harry Haslam England 1956 1960 P 181 W 56 D 27 L 97 F 278 A 404 PTS 101
Albert Gardner (3) Wales 1960 1960 P 20 W 4 D 2 L 14 F 19 A 45 PTS 9
Bob Kelly England 1960 1961 P 31 W 16 D 4 L 11 F 52 A 52 PTS 34
Alf Sherwood Wales 1961 1963 P 77 W 23 D 20 L 34 F 99 A 120 PTS 47
Leslie Jones (2) Wales 1963 1963 P 32 W 2 D 7 L 23 F 30 A 93 PTS 6
Reg Parker Wales 1964 1964 P 18 W 2 D 2 L 14 F 11 A 55 PTS 6
Basil Bright Wales 1964 1966 P 125 W 37 D 24 L 64 F 171 A 294 PTS 79
Neil O' Halloran Wales 1966 1968 P 59 W 16 D 15 L 25 F 88 A 103 PTS 36
Marshall Raybould England 1968 1968 P 47 W 7 D 11 L 28 F 34 A 82 PTS 20
Bobby Ferguson England 1968 1969 P 26 W 7 D 5 L 14 F 24 A 38 PTS 17
John Rowland Wales 1969 1970 P 34 W 10 D 3 L 21 F 37 A 61 PTS 19
Reg Parker (2) Wales 1970 1970 P 22 W 4 D 5 L 13 F 18 A 42 PTS 9
Ken Burfitt Wales 1970 1971 P 32 W 5 D 7 L 20 F 28 A 68 PTS 12
Reg Parker (3) Wales 1971 1971 P 15 W 5 D 2 L 8 F 14 A 31 PTS 12
Basil Bright (2) Wales 1971 1978 P 365 W 121 D 79 L 165 F 486 A 574 PTS 230
Emrys Evans Wales 1978 1980 P 119 W 51 D 33 L 42 F 185 A 168 PTS 110
Alan Harrington Wales 1980 1982 P 111 W 50 D 30 L 31 F 137 A 120 PTS 141
Les Dickerson Wales 1982 1985 P 143 W 95 D 25 L 23 F 391 A 149 PTS 213
Richie Morgan Wales 1985 1988 P 125 W 87 D 22 L 16 F 323 A 122 PTS 191
Mel Donovan Wales 1988 1988 P 72 W 58 D 7 L 7 F 185 A 50 PTS 138
Tony Willcox Wales 1989 1991 P 128 W 65 D 25 L 53 F 209 A 151 PTS 138
Ian Love Wales 1991 1992 P 58 W 29 D 9 L 20 F 117 A 75 PTS 67
Roy Chisholm England 1992 1993 P 52 W 29 D 7 L 16 F 172 A 45 PTS 83
Andy Beattie Wales 1993 1994 P 57 W 48 D 6 L 3 F 172 A 45 PTS 85
Terry Boyle Wales 1994 1994 P 15 W 5 D 6 L 8 F 22 A 32 PTS 14
John Lewis Wales 1994 1995 P 12 W 3 D 6 L 3 F 23 A 21 PTS 14
Eddie May England 1995 1995 P 8 W 3 D 2 L 3 F 16 A 3 PTS 11
Paul Giles Wales 1995 1995 P 9 W 6 D 1 L 2 F 17 A 9 PTS 19
Eddie May (2) England 1995 1995 P 6 W 3 D 1 L 2 F 17 A 9 PTS 7
Paul Giles (2) Wales 1995 1996 P 50 W 38 D 9 L 3 F 105 A 28 PTS 92
Gary Barnett England 1996 1999 P 167 W 116 D 23 L 16 F 478 A 141 PTS 285
Richard Jones Wales 1999 2000 P 55 W 33 D 13 L 9 F 139 A 51 PTS 74
Peter Nicholas Wales 2000 2001 P 68 W 46 D 9 L 11 F 156 A 71 PTS 82
Kenny Brown England 2001 2003 P 88 W 62 D 11 L 15 F 204 A 86 PTS 155
Matthew Case Wales 2003 2003 P 3 W 0 D 0 L 3 F 0 A 20 PTS 0
David Hughes Wales 2003 2004 P 20 W 0 D 4 L 16 F 12 A 47 PTS 4
Colin Addison England 2004 2004 P 12 W 3 D 3 L 6 F 19 A 24 PTS 12
David Hughes Wales 2004 2005 P 17 W 13 D 1 L 3 F 41 A 41 PTS 25
Ashley Griffiths Wales 2005 2005 P 24 W 6 D 4 L 14 F 35 A 42 PTS 22
Gavin Price Wales 2005 2007 P 65 W 17 D 13 L 35 F 70 A 135 PTS 61
Geoff MacLean Canada 2007 2007 P 10 W 0 D 2 L 8 F 6 A 27 PTS 2
Gavin Chesterfield Wales 2007 2010 P 124 W 66 D 28 L 31 F 222 A 132 PTS 208
Leon Dennis Wales 2010 2011 P 25 W 7 D 6 L 12 F 39 A 57 PTS 18
Gavin Chesterfield (2) Wales 2011 present P 113 W 57 D 16 L 20 F 275 A 145 PTS 178

Hall of Fame[edit]

The Barry Town Hall of Fame was established by the Barry Town Supporters Committee in the 2011/12 season to celebrate the achievements of Barry Town footballers. Further additions are set to be made each year.

Year Name Position Significant achievements Years of service Other notable clubs
2012/13 Chris Mason Defender A POW in WW2, who amassed 400+ appearances either side of war. 1937–1951
2012/13 Ashley Griffiths Defender 22-year association, appearances in finals, Europe and FA Cup 1973–2005 Rovers, BristolBristol Rovers
2012/13 Neil O' Halloran Various Player, boss and chairman, launched an era of success 1958–1996 County, NewportNewport County, City, CardiffCardiff City
2012/13 Charlie Dyke Midfielder Welsh Cup winner in 1955, associated with club forty years on. 1951–1964 FC, ChelseaChelsea FC
2012/13 The Batt Brothers Various John/"Percy" and Richard/"Dicky", the club's most famous siblings. 1972–1980 Tydfil, MerthyrMerthyr Tydfil
2012/13 Bill Bowen Goalkeeper Goalkeeper, manager and secretary in inaugural era of success. 1919–1927
2012/13 Tapscott, DerekDerek Tapscott Midfielder Barry-born Welsh international who found fame with Arsenal. 1949–1953 FC, ArsenalArsenal FC, City, CardiffCardiff City
2011/12 Bill Jones Manager Manager in the golden 1950s, played before and after war. 1934–1953 County, NottsNotts County, City, WorcesterWorcester City, County, NewportNewport County, City, CardiffCardiff City
2011/12 Ovendale, MarkMark Ovendale Goalkeeper Record-setting keeper, 1000+ league minutes without conceding. 1995–1998, 2003 Bournemouth, AFCAFC Bournemouth, Town, LutonLuton Town
2011/12 Williams, EifionEifion Williams Forward Record signing, dynamic first Champions League goalscorer. 1997, 1999 United, TorquayTorquay United, United, HartlepoolHartlepool United
2011/12 Fred Whitlow Forward Three stints, with two-season spell of 13 hat-tricks and 100+ goals. 1922–23, 1924–25, 1935–37 Athletic, CharltonCharlton Athletic, City, ExeterExeter City
2011/12 Carless, ErnieErnie Carless Forward Barry-born footballer and cricketer, played in four decades. 1929–1953 City, CardiffCardiff City, Argyle, PlymouthPlymouth Argyle, , GlamorganGlamorgan
2011/12 Dai Ward Snr. Forward Top marksman for eight seasons with over 300 goals. 1926–1935 City, CardiffCardiff City, County, NewportNewport County
2011/12 Johnny Gardner Defender 500+ appearances, including in the FA Cup first and second rounds. 1921–1932 Cadoxton Old Boys
2011/12 Clive Ayres Forward Goalscorer, with 46 goals in a campaign and three straight hat-tricks. 1972–1978 Town, CheltenhamCheltenham Town
2011/12 Basil Bright Manager One-man dynasty as player/coach, signed many key players. 1951, 1952–67, 1971–78 City, StokeStoke City, Hotspur, TottenhamTottenham Hotspur, Town, IpswichIpswich Town
2011/12 Richards, StanStan Richards Forward 130 goals in 174 outings, set scoring records everywhere. 1952–1955 City, CardiffCardiff City, Town, SwanseaSwansea Town
2011/12 Gwilym Cain Forward Nicknamed 'Cannonball' for penalty prowess, scored over 150 goals. 1947–1956, 1960 City, CardiffCardiff City, County, HaverfordwestHaverfordwest County
2011/12 Cowie, StanleyStanley Cowie Defender Key part of Barry's first Southern League champs, before tragic death. 1920–1927 FC, BlackpoolBlackpool FC, City, ExeterExeter City
2012/13 Steve Williams Forward Trophy-winning goalscorer, netting 166 times in 230 appearances. 1982–85, 1989–90, 1994–95 Rovers, BristolBristol Rovers, AFC, BidefordBideford AFC
2012/13 Barnett, GaryGary Barnett Manager Player-manager for European wins, brought passing philosophy 1996–99 City, CoventryCoventry City, , FulhamFulham , , Oxford UnitedOxford United
2012/13 Gary Lloyd Defender Free-kick specialist, with European appearances and Wales call-up 1994–2003 , Llanelli A.F.C.Llanelli A.F.C. , , Carmarthen TownCarmarthen Town
2012/13 Ken Gully Forward Prolific goalscorer in both Welsh and English leagues. 1960–65 , Kettering TownKettering Town
2012/13 Mike Cosslett Defender Defender and coach, 38-year association with the club. 1974– , Aberystwyth TownAberystwyth Town , , Merthyr TydfilMerthyr Tydfil , , Weymouth F.C.Weymouth F.C.
2012/13 Bobby Smith Midfielder True clubman, over 500+ outings across a 20-year stint. 1975–94
2013/14 Billy Jennings Manager First Barrian to be capped for Wales, went on to manage Barry twice. 1930–49 Wanderers, BoltonBolton Wanderers, City, CardiffCardiff City
2013/14 Derek Redwood Defender The club's all-time leading penalty taker, who won silverware in the 1980s. 1980s

Full international caps[edit]

Coordinates: 51°24′43″N 3°15′54″W / 51.412°N 3.265°W / 51.412; -3.265

Jenner Park
Home of Barry Town
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Location in Barry
Jenner Park is located in Vale of Glamorgan
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Location in the Vale of Glamorgan
Coordinates: 51°24′43.2″N 3°15′54″W / 51.412000°N 3.26500°W / 51.412000; -3.26500
Country United Kingdom
Region Wales
County Vale of Glamorgan
Town Barry
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

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No. Position Player
Wales FW George Baker
Wales MF Bryn Allen
Nigeria GK Abiodun Baruwa
Pakistan DF Atif Bashir
Sweden MF Bengt Berndtsson
Wales DF Terry Boyle
Northern Ireland MF Jackie Brown
Wales FW Alan Curtis
Wales FW Nick Deacy
Wales DF Don Dearson
Wales DF Steve Derrett
Wales GK Andy Dibble
Wales DF Phil Dwyer
Wales MF John Emanuel
Wales GK Len Evans
Republic of Ireland GK David Forde
Wales MF David Giles
Wales GK Ron Howells
Finland MF Stig Holmqvist
Wales MF Robbie James
No. Position Player
Wales MF Billy Jennings
Wales DF Bob John
Wales FW Leslie Jones
Finland MF Hannu Kankkonen
Wales MF Chris Marustik
Wales DF Keith Pontin
Wales MF Ivor Powell
Northern Ireland DF Paul Ramsay
Wales MF Gil Reece
Wales DF Dave Roberts
Finland MF Rolf Rosqvist
Wales FW Stan Richards
Wales DF Alf Sherwood
Wales FW Derek Showers
Wales DF Nigel Stevenson
Wales FW Derek Tapscott
Wales GK Graham Vearncombe
Wales MF Ted Vizard
Wales FW Dai Ward Jr.
Wales FW Fred Warren

Other overseas players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Sweden MF Björn Andersson
Spain MF Jose Arriola
Republic of Ireland MF Mark Dempsey
Northern Ireland GK Gerard Doherty
Sweden MF Lars Eklund
Guyana FW Cohen Griffith
Denmark GK Morten Hyldgaard
Republic of Macedonia MF Tomi Ilievski
Gibraltar GK Louis Barnfather
No. Position Player
Australia MF Matt Kiellor
Portugal MF Ohene Na Quinhare
Spain MF Isadora Lafita
Sweden MF Karl Lindberg
Canada GK Simon Rayner
Sweden MF Bengt Selinder
Sweden MF Ingvar Svensson
Republic of Macedonia MF Duško Trajčevski

Uncapped Football League players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Wales DF David Abruzzese
England FW Adebayo Akinfenwa
Wales FW Tom Baker
England MF Gary Barnett
England FW Keith Bertschin
England DF Ian Bishop
England DF Kenny Brown
England GK Tim Clarke
England MF Stanley Cowie
Scotland DF Bobby Crawford
England DF Ellis Crompton
Wales MF Darren Davies
Wales MF Bob Delgado
England GK Fraser Digby
Wales DF Terry Evans
Scotland FW Gordon Fraser
Wales MF Paul Giles
No. Position Player
Wales DF David Hughes
Wales MF Leon Jeanne
England GK Stuart Jones
England MF Steve Mardenborough
Scotland DF Alec Milne
England FW Jamie Moralee
Wales MF Kenny Morgans
Scotland DF Don Murray
England GK Mark Ovendale
England FW Chris Pike
Wales FW Laurie Sheffield
Wales DF Des Tennant
Wales GK Arthur Weare
Wales FW Keith Webber
England MF Paul Wimbleton
Wales FW Ken Wookey

Home stadium[edit]

Jenner Park occupies the space of land between Gladstone Road and Barry Road and has been the home of Barry football since 1912, when given as a gift by the Jenner family. Initially starting with two wooden stands, popular bank terracing was added in 1923, but years of battling with financial problems saw the ground deteriorate.

During the 1980s, however, the local council rebuilt Jenner Park, installing a synthetic running track, a new grandstand and floodlights.

To bring Jenner Park up to UEFA standards, a second stand was built in 1996, increasing the seating capacity to 2,500.

In addition, a new hospitality complex was constructed along with new dressing rooms, floodlights and clubhouse. Since then, the ground has international matches at various levels, including under-21 and women's ties.

Interestingly, Jenner Park had hosted floodlit football as early as the late-1940s, with Barry Town hosting three floodlit friendlies in the 1949/50 season – some years ahead of most other clubs.

Championships[edit]

Southern League (Welsh)
1920–21

Welsh Premier
1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03

Welsh Football League
Division One
1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94
Division Two
1951–52, 1957–58
Division Three
2013-14

Barry & District League
1992–93

Championship seasons (first team)[edit]

Year League Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Manager Goalkeeper Top Scorer
1920–21 Southern League (Welsh) 20 13 4 3 35 12 +23 30 Syd Beaumont Bill Bowen Bill Saunders
1982–83 Welsh League Division 1 34 26 3 5 103 35 +68 55 Alan Harrington John Macey Steve Williams
1983–84 Welsh League Division 1 30 21 5 4 85 24 +61 47 Les Dickerson Matt Simpson Steve Williams
1984–85 Welsh League Division 1 32 21 8 3 91 29 +62 71 Les Dickerson Trevor Nott Steve Williams
1985–86 Welsh League Division 1 32 23 9 0 84 26 +58 78 Richie Morgan Trevor Nott Martin Goldsmith
1986–87 Welsh League Division 1 32 26 5 1 81 20 +61 83 Richie Morgan Chris Sander Martin Goldsmith
1988–89 Welsh League Division 1 32 28 4 0 96 20 +76 88 Mel Donovan Chris Sander Paul Evans
1993–94 Welsh League Division 1 34 27 4 3 94 28 +66 85 Andy Beattie Steve Morris Dai Withers
1995–96 Welsh Premier League 40 30 7 3 92 23 +69 97 Paul Giles Mark Ovendale Paul Hunter
1996–97 Welsh Premier League 40 33 6 1 129 26 +103 105 Gary Barnett Mark Ovendale Tony Bird
1997–98 Welsh Premier League 38 33 5 0 134 31 +103 104 Gary Barnett Mark Ovendale Eifion Williams
1998–99 Welsh Premier League 32 23 7 2 82 23 +59 76 Gary Barnett Dave Wells Eifion Williams
2000–01 Welsh Premier League 34 24 5 5 84 30 +54 77 Peter Nicholas Lee Kendall, Tony Tucker Jamie Moralee
2001–02 Welsh Premier League 34 23 8 3 82 29 +53 77 Kenny Brown David Forde, Simon Rayner Jamie Moralee
2002–03 Welsh Premier League 34 26 5 3 84 26 +58 83 Kenny Brown Abi Baruwa Jamie Moralee
2013–14 Welsh League Division 3 36 29 3 4 116 29 +87 90 Gavin Chesterfield Dan Bradley Jordan Cotterill

Championship play-offs[edit]

Season Competition Date Country Club Score Scorers Attendance Venue
1920–21 Southern League 22/09/21

19/10/21

England Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1

1–2

Saunders

Beaumont

2,000

Unknown

Millwall

Cardiff

Trophies[edit]

Welsh Cup
1954–55, 1993–94, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03

Welsh League Cup
1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000

FAW Premier Cup
1998–99

FAW Trophy
1993–94

Welsh Football League Cup
1934–35, 1946–47, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1993/94

South Wales Senior Cup
1925–26, 1926–27, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1965–66, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1991–92

West Wales Senior Cup
1927–28

ASRS Cup
1913–14

Cup finals[edit]

Season Competition Date Country Club Score Scorers Attendance Venue
1913–14 ASRS Cup 30/04/14 Wales Cadoxton Old Boys 2–1 Green (P), Farmer Unknown Barry
1926–27 South Wales Senior Cup 02/05/27 Wales Ebbw Vale 4–0 Brittan (2), Cowie (2, 1P) Unknown Barry
1927–28 West Wales Senior Cup Unknown Wales Swansea Town 3–0 Condon, Brown, B. Davies Unknown Barry
1929–30 Welsh Football League Cup 28/04/30 Wales Llanelly 0–1 N/A Unknown Barry
1934–35 Welsh Football League Cup Unknown Wales Gelli Colliery 2–0 Unknown Unknown Treorchy
1935–36 South Wales Senior Cup 09/05/36 Wales Swansea Town 3–0 Whitlow (2), Carless 4,500 Barry
1937–38 South Wales Senior Cup 07/05/38 Wales Lovells Athletic 3–0 Carless (2), W. Jones 3,000 Barry
1938–39 South Wales Senior Cup 03/05/39 Wales Swansea Town 2–0 Carless, Green 4,000 Barry
1946–47 Welsh Football League Cup 05/10/46 Wales Milford United 1–0 Clayton Unknown Haverfordwest
1952–53 South Wales Senior Cup 09/05/53 Wales Cardiff City 3–0 Richards, Tapscott, Dyke 4,500 Barry
1953–54 South Wales Senior Cup 08/05/54 Wales Tonyrefail 7–0 Dyke (2), Allen, Powell, Foxton, Richards, Bright 2,600 Barry
1954–55 Welsh Cup 15/05/55

19/05/55

England Chester City 1–1

4–3 (R)

Niblett

Niblett (2), Goodfellow, Dyke

6,766

8,450

Wrexham

Cardiff

1958–59 South Wales Senior Cup 09/05/59 Wales Gwynfi Welfare 3–2 Sheffield (2), Bowkett Unknown Ton Pentre
1959–60 South Wales Senior Cup 07/05/60

29/08/60

Wales Ton Pentre 2–2 (A)

1–0 (H)

Sheffield, Loader

Sheffield

Unknown

Unknown

Ton Pentre

Barry

1965–66 South Wales Senior Cup 23/08/66

07/09/66

Wales Abergavenny Thursdays 3–2 (A)

2–0 (H)

Clark (2), Watkins

Curtin, Bright

Unknown

Unknown

Abergavenny

Barry

1975–76 South Wales Senior Cup 27/04/76

03/05/76

Wales Ferndale Athletic 1–1 (H)

2–1 (A)

D. Batt

Evans (2)

Unknown

Unknown

Barry

Ferndale

1976–77 South Wales Senior Cup 16/05/77

23/05/77

Wales Merthyr Tydfil 3–3 (H)

1–2 (A)

Ayres, D. Batt, Smith

Ayres

Unknown

Unknown

Barry

Merthyr

1977–78 South Wales Senior Cup 15/05/78

18/05/78

Wales Cardiff City 2–0 (H)

2–0 (A)

D. Batt, Hancock

D. Batt, Ayres

Unknown

Unknown

Barry

Cardiff

1978–79 Welsh Football League Cup Unknown Wales Pontllanfraith 0–0 AET (5–4 pens) N/A Unknown Ton Pentre
1982–83 Welsh Football League Cup 24/03/83 Wales Merthyr Tydfil 2–1 Green, Griffiths Unknown Bridgend
1983–84 South Wales Senior Cup 30/04/84

05/05/84

Wales Ton Pentre 7–1 (H)

2–1 (A)

Redwood (3P), Foley (2), McNeil, Griffiths

Redwood (P), Smith

Unknown

Unknown

Barry

Ton Pentre

1986–87 Welsh Football League Cup 30/04/87 Wales AFC Cardiff 2–0 Waddle, Giles Unknown Maesteg
1986–87 South Wales Senior Cup 18/05/87

21/05/87

Wales Ton Pentre 2–0 (N)

2–1 (A)

Sullivan, Randall

Dowd, Smith

Unknown

Unknown

Cardiff

Ton Pentre

1987–88 Welsh Football League Cup 07/04/88 Wales Bridgend Town 0–2 N/A Unknown Ton Pentre
1987–88 South Wales Senior Cup 07/05/88

14/05/88

Wales Cardiff City 3–0 (H)

2–1 (A)

Davies (2), Preece

Davies, Pontin

Unknown

Unknown

Barry

Cardiff

1988–89 Welsh Football League Cup 09/05/89 Wales Haverfordwest County 0–3 N/A Unknown Ebbw Vale
1991–92 South Wales Senior Cup 06/05/92 Wales Maesteg Park 2–1 Ph. Evans, R. John 210 Bridgend
1993–94 FAW Trophy 07/05/94 Wales Aberaman Athletic 2–1 Sanderson, Threlfall Unknown Porth
1993–94 Welsh Cup 15/05/94 Wales Cardiff City 2–1 D'Auria, Hough 16,000 Cardiff
1993–94 Welsh Football League Cup 17/05/94 Wales Treowen Stars 4–1 Wimbleton (2), Sanderson (2) Unknown Bridgend
1995–96 Welsh Cup 19/05/96 Wales Llansantffraid 3–3 AET (2–4 pens) Lloyd, Pike, Bird 3,500 Cardiff
1996–97 Welsh League Cup 10/05/97 Wales Bangor City 2–2 AET (4–2 pens) Ryan (2) 1,000 Aberystwyth
1996–97 Welsh Cup 18/05/97 Wales Cwmbran Town 2–1 Griffith (2) 1,590 Cardiff
1997–98 Welsh League Cup 04/05/97 Wales Bangor City 1–1 AET (5–4 pens) Jones (P) 1,000 Bangor
1998–99 Welsh League Cup 03/05/99 Wales Caernarfon Town 3–0 Jones (3) Unknown Aberystwyth
1998–99 FAW Premier Cup 23/05/99 Wales Wrexham 2–1 Perry, Barrow 3,142 Wrexham
1999–2000 Welsh League Cup 01/05/00 Wales Bangor City 6–0 Jones, P. Evans, Perry (2), Ja. Jenkins Unknown Aberystwyth
2000–01 Welsh League Cup 07/05/01 Wales Caersws 0–2 N/A 820 Aberystwyth
2000–01 Welsh Cup 25/05/01 Wales TNS 2–0 Moralee, Lloyd 1,022 Wrexham
2001–02 Welsh Cup 05/05/02 Wales Bangor City 4–1 Moralee (2), French, Flynn 2,560 Aberystwyth
2002–03 Welsh Cup 11/05/03 Wales Cwmbran Town 2–2 AET (4–3 pens) Ramasut (P), Phillips 852 Llanelli

Awards[edit]

BBC Wales Sport Team of the Year
1996

European record[edit]

Barry Town have played in 24 competitive matches in European competitions; in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and Cup Winners Cup. The team has won three full ties, against opposition from Latvia, Hungary and Azerbaijan, in addition to single victories against FC Porto and Vardar Skopje. They scored 21 goals, and four shoot-out penalties.

Season Competition Round Date Country Club Score Scorers Attendance City
1994/95 Cup Winners Cup Q 11/08/94

25/08/94

Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius 0–1

0–6

N/A

N/A

1,914

2,900

Cardiff

Vilnius

1996/97 UEFA Cup 1Q 17/07/96

24/07/96

Latvia Dinaburg 0–0

2–1

N/A

Pike, T. Evans

2,500

2,250

Barry

Daugavpils

1996/97 UEFA Cup 2Q 06/08/96

20/08/96

Hungary Budapest Vasutas 1–3

3–1 (4–2 pens)

T. Evans

Pike (P), O' Gorman, C. Evans

2,000

2,500

Budapest

Barry

1996/97 UEFA Cup 1R 10/09/96

24/09/96

Scotland Aberdeen 1–3

3–3

Jones

O' Gorman, Ryan (P), Bird

13,500

6,500

Aberdeen

Barry

1997/98 Champions League 1Q 23/07/97

30/07/97

Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–2

0–4

N/A

N/A

12,000

2,380

Kiev

Barry

1998/99 Champions League 1Q 22/07/98

29/07/98

Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–8

1–2

N/A

Williams

11,800

890

Kiev

Barry

1999/00 Champions League 1Q 13/07/99

21/07/99

Malta Valletta 0–0

2–3

N/A

Sloan (2)

2,005

2,996

Barry

Valletta

2000/01 UEFA Cup Q 10/08/00

24/08/00

Portugal Boavista 0–2

0–3

N/A

N/A

3,039

1,372

Oporto

Barry

2001/02 Champions League 1Q 11/07/01

18/07/01

Azerbaijan FK Shamkir 2–0

1–0

York, French

Phillips

1,992

7,000

Barry

Baku

2001/02 Champions League 2Q 25/07/00

01/08/00

Portugal FC Porto 0–8

3–1

N/A

Phillips, Flynn, Lloyd (P)

55,000

2,377

Oporto

Barry

2002/03 Champions League 1Q 17/07/02

24/07/02

Latvia Skonto Riga 0–5

0–1

N/A

N/A

3,500

1,507

Riga

Barry

2003/04 Champions League 1Q 16/07/03

23/07/03

Republic of Macedonia Vardar Skopje 0–3

2–1

N/A

Jarman, Moralee

5,000

1,400

Skopje

Barry

FA Cup record[edit]

Barry Town competed regularly in the FA Cup, prior to the Welsh pyramid in 1993. The table below denotes the occasions on which the team progressed through the qualifying rounds to the first round proper. Barry's sole second round appearance came in 1929 against Brighton and Hove Albion, after a replay win over Dagenham at Upton Park, home of West Ham United.

Season Date Round Country Club Score Scorers Attendance
1929–30 30/11/29

04/12/29

1 England Dagenham 0–0

1–0

N/A

Jones

Unknown

6,000

1929–30 14/12/29 2 England Brighton & Hove Albion 1–4 Ward Unknown
1934–35 24/11/35 1 England Northampton Town 0–1 N/A 5,327
1951–52 24/11/52 1 Wales Newport County 0–4 N/A 11,844
1961–62 04/11/62

07/11/62

1 England Queen's Park Rangers 1–1

0–7

Sheffield

N/A

7,000

11,328

1984–85 17/11/84 1 England Reading 1–2 Love 3,850

Team records[edit]

Other notable opponents[edit]

Top flight clubs (non-domestic) that have matches played against Barry Town, previously unlisted.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • McInery, Jeff (1993). The Linnets – An Illustrated, Narrative History of Barry Town AFC, 1888–1993. Nomad Books. ISBN 9780952284604. 
  • Grandin, Terry (1998). Red Dragons in Europe, 1961–1998 – A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-01-5.