European Qualification

On Saturday the 6th of April Barry Town United secured third position In the JD Welsh Premier League, meaning that this summer they will be taking part in European football for the first time since 2003.

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Although probably an afterthought for most people now, the game against Bala that secured our qualification apitmoses this football club. Having battled hard in the first half Barry were unlucky to conceded the first goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half. Then when Bala’s second goal was scored just a few minutes later, you feared that heads would drop. Head’s didn’t drop though, instead the team rallied and pushed forward looking to get themselves back into the game. Jordan Cotterill’s goal came just 6 minutes after Bala’s second and although still losing the game It felt as though the tides had turned in favour of Barry. Within the next ten minutes Barry would score three goals courtesy of Kayne Mclaggon for two and Modou Touray to all but secure Europa League qualification. To put the cherry on top Drew Fahiya came on to score Barry’s fifth just before the 90th minute to seal the game.

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What followed the final whistle can only be described as mass elation, players, fans and staff celebrating (And crying) in unison for what they had achieved. For some of us this achievement still hasn’t sunk in (Maybe It never will) but to understand Its meaning you only have to look back six years ago when Barry Town nearly didn’t exist. In the time since then this football club has battled for everything on and off the pitch, to get back to the top of Welsh football. It’s not been easy but when has anything been easy for this football club?

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European qualification Is something I’m sure some people thought they’d never see again and others thought they might not see just two years back into the Welsh Premier league but now is the time to dream. I’m sure some of you have already tried to figure out the price of ferries to the Faroe Islands or flights to Eastern Europe as we anticipate the draw on the 11th of June! Once we know more about where we will be going we will provide more information to you but for now enjoy this feeling.

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|IMPORTANT CLUB UPDATE|

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Over the past few seasons the club has grown significantly; with promotion to the JD Welsh Premier League and the opening of our fantastic clubhouse we are now a substantially sized business which requires much work to operate both on and off the field.

Over the coming months we foresee the club growing further and for this to happen successfully our off field structure must reflect our growth on the field.  It’s imperative the executive board has the right blend of expertise to take the club forward. To aid this growth Eric Thomas has taken the difficult decision to resign as Chairman of the Club with immediate effect.  All at the club would like to thank Eric for his loyalty, hard work and leadership through one of the club’s most difficult times. He steered us through a hugely transitional period which has seen us go from a club without a league to play in to a club competing for Europe. An incredible journey! Eric will remain on the Executive Board and continue as a Director of the club.

Acting swiftly The Executive Board met last night and upon Eric’s suggestion appointed Lyndon Smith and Mark Barrett as Joint Chairman. Both Lyndon and Mark have been a huge part of the club for over 7 years and have contributed significantly both with their time, business expertise and financially as sponsors. Their appointment is a natural progression, their expertise and guidance will ensure the club continues to thrive and grow both on and off the field.

Naturally these appointments will be put forward to members at the AGM in June for formal ratification.

Please join us in thanking Eric for his hard work and welcoming Mark and Lyndon.