The Fabric Of Our Club | 2020/21 Home Shirt Revealed

Introducing the fabric of our club. The official Barry Town United home shirt for the 2020/21 season produced by Macron Cardiff.

Family, community and togetherness lie at the heart of our football club, and that is emphasised in the new bespoke design, as supporters and local businesses, schools and clubs will have the opportunity to have their names woven into the shirt.

Drawing inspiration from kits from the late 1990s and early 2000s, blue features prominently on our new home shirt in the form of a sash across the front. This sash will contain the names of our loyal supporters that get behind the team every week, helping us towards victory and truly proving to be ‘The 12th Man’. 

Meanwhile, the back of the shirt will contain the names of local businesses, schools and clubs that act as a shining light for the community and make Barry such a special place to live.

Administered by Macron, it will cost £20 to have your name, business, school or club included in the shirt, and an additional £35 to purchase your own shirt. You can find out further information on how to get involved in this initiative by visiting the Macron Cardiff store here.

Following the launch of our 2020/21 home shirt, manager Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I love the concept and the idea of our players taking to the field of play with supporters, local businesses and locals schools on their shirts. Many of our supporters have asked how they can support our club during these unprecedented times and this is a great opportunity for them to do so, whilst having their name woven into the fabric of our shirts.”

Catch up with Gavin Chesterfield on Zoom

Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield will host a Zoom call for supporters at 7:30pm on Tuesday 26th May.

It will give you the chance to catch up with Gav, discuss the 2019/20 season, ask any questions you may have or just talk football!

This is intended as an informal chat for club supporters only, and you’ll be able to join the call on Tuesday evening by clicking the link below.

Zoom meeting link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71112389263?pwd=UzQyUkd1NitpRkwzMnRMMXJYcldXdz09

Meeting ID: 711 1238 9263

Password: 3uW4dG

Vote For Your 2019/20 Player of the Season

The 2019/20 season may have finished in unusual circumstances, but as a football club we still want to celebrate what we have achieved over the course of the campaign – which ultimately has ended in qualification for the Europa League for the second successive season.

For that reason, we’ll still be holding our annual awards evening, albeit virtually. As part of that, supporters now have the chance to vote for their player of the season.

Please use the form below, or click here if you are unable to view it.

Club Statement: May 19

The safety of players and fans has always been our first concern, and we support the decision to bring the 2019-20 season to a close at this time.

We congratulate Connah’s Quay Nomads on their JD Cymru Premier title win. They have been a formidable side this season.

The FAW has taken the same approach as other countries, such as the Netherlands, Cyprus and Luxembourg in nominating clubs for Europe based upon their position in the league, the best indicator of sporting merit over the course of a season.

As we were fourth in the JD Cymru Premier, we are pleased to be nominated for a Europa League place in 2020-21.

With this season formally over, we will start our preparation for the new season in the hope that we will be able to defeat the virus, and play competitive football once it is safe to do so.

David Cotterill’s Best Teammates XI

Last week, we held an Instagram live with January signing David Cotterill, who discussed his club career, playing for Wales, mental health and what it’s been like in his short time at Barry so far.

We also asked David to put together a team of the best players he has played alongside throughout his career, and the result is a pretty impressive XI…

GK: Darren Randolph

Having played between the sticks for Birmingham City during Cotterill’s time with the Blues, Randolph is currently with Premier League side West Ham United. He has been capped 42 times by the Republic of Ireland, and was name in the 2018-19 PFA Championship Team of the Year after his heroics in goal for Middlesbrough.

David says: “Technically very good in terms of with his feet and his hands. Great shot stopper, great talker and great in the changing room.”

RB: Kyle Walker

A teenage Walker was coming through the ranks at his hometown club Sheffield United when Cotterill played for the Blades. The right-back is now a two-time Premier League winner with Manchester City and a regular for England, helping the Three Lions reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

David says: “He used to play behind me at right-back when I was right wing at Sheffield United. Him and Kyle Naughton were both brilliant at the time.”

CB: Ashley Williams

Having first played together for Wales, Williams and Cotterill actually spent more time together in Swansea City shirts during the winger’s three year spell at the Liberty Stadium. Williams would go on to earn legendary status at the club, and also captain Wales during their historic run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

David says: “Ash speaks for himself. I’ve seen him grow from being at Swansea to being captain of Wales.”

CB: Danny Gabbidon

Gabbidon and Cotterill played together for Wales on ten different occasions, including on Cotterill’s debut against Azerbaijan in October 2005. Gabbidon was capped 49 times in total by his country, and spent the majority of his club career with Cardiff City and West Ham United before retiring in 2015.

David says: “If he didn’t have as many as injuries as he did, he’d have had an amazing career. A great lad, too.”

LB: Leighton Baines

Cotterill’s one full season in the Premier League was spent with Wigan Athletic in 2006-07, where Leighton Baines had established himself as one the best left-backs in the country. He would move to Everton at the end of the campaign, and has been at Goodison Park ever since, racking up over 400 appearances for the Toffees.

David says: “Wand of a left foot.”

CDM: Joe Allen

Like Williams, Allen was a teammate of Cotterill’s with both Swansea and Wales. ‘The Welsh Xavi’ moved to Liverpool in 2012, and is currently playing Championship football with Stoke City. He was named in the Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament after his influential performances during that magical summer in France.

David says: “He holds the spine of the Wales team together so well. Never loses the ball.”

CDM: Gary Speed

Although compatriots, Cotterill never played international football with Speed, but spent two years at Sheffield United with him. Only four players have played more Premier League games than Speed, who was capped 85 times for Wales and was manager of the national team at the time of his devastating death in 2011.

David says: “A great player, a great leader. A legend.”

CAM: Aaron Ramsey

A teammate of Cotterill’s at both Under-21 and senior level for Wales, Ramsey is another unquestionable star of the national team in recent years, and was named alongside Allen in the Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament. A Cardiff City academy graduate, Ramsey spent 11 years at Arsenal before moving to Italian champions Juventus last summer.

David says: “He just does special things with his feet.”

RW: Gareth Bale

How do you do justice to the talent that Gareth Bale has? A four-time Champions League winner, Wales’ all-time top goalscorer and all-round magician, the Real Madrid man is the most talented player the country has ever produced. Cotterill played alongside him on ten occasions at international level.

David says: “It was like he was playing FIFA at times. He’d pick the ball up on the edge of the box and just skin everyone. The best player I’ve played with.”

ST: Craig Bellamy

Another international teammate of Cotterill’s, Bellamy was Wales captain between 2007 and 2011 and was capped 78 times in total by the national team. He scored 170 goals across his club career, most of which was spent in the Premier League with teams such as Newcastle United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Cardiff City.

David says: “Leads the line well in a madness of a front three.”

LW: Ryan Giggs

Rounding off the team is the current national team manager, who wasn’t too bad on the pitch either. Giggs is one of the most decorated footballers of all-time, having won a total of 34 trophies during a 24-year career at Manchester United as well as a host of individual awards. He played alongside Cotterill twice for Wales.

David says: “He was my hero growing up. Getting the chance to play with him was a dream come true.”

Barry Town United Development Team confirmed as league winners

Congratulations to the Barry Town United Development Team, who have been named as champions of the Cymru Premier Development League South.

Following consultation with member clubs, the FAW National Leagues Board have confirmed that the 2019/20 season for both North and South divisions has been curtailed, with the final league tables to be updated using the ‘points per game’ model, for those matches that have not yet been played.

Our development side had five games of the league season left to play before football was brought to halt, but sat eight points clear at the top of the table, meaning they have been declared champions. With 14 wins and one draw from 15 games played, it has been an incredible campaign for the team. They also made history in reaching the semi-final of the FAW Youth Cup.

Samuel Roberts topped the team’s goalscoring charts with 13 strikes, followed by Mervyn Bennett with 10. All appearances and goals will still stand and shall be recorded for historical records.

Meanwhile, Gavin Chesterfield has handed senior debuts to Jack Pascoe, Lathan Garrett and Alex Brookes-Bent this season, while Sam Jacobsen has been included in the first team squad.

Speaking about winning the league, lead Development Team coach Pete Fordham said:

“Receiving the news that we have won the league was fantastic to hear. To go unbeaten this late in the season, with only five games remaining is a reflection of the quality of the squad.

“The players’ attitude and application has been exceptional throughout the season and they have shown a real togetherness. It was pleasing to have three players make their first team debut and seeing them develop.

“Of course, this wasn’t the way we intended to finish the season, however we completely understand the decision. Being crowned champions is nothing less than what the players deserve.”

Barry Town Vets Over 60s defeat title rivals

Man of the Match Trevor Taylor

Barry Town Vets Over 60s remain unbeaten this season following a terrific 4-0 win away to main rivals Llantrisant.

A strong Llantrisant squad came into the match confident of a win, but like many teams before them, underestimated the quality, determination and team spirit that has helped Barry Town win countless Veterans titles over the last decade.

From the off, Staddon, Huish, Price and Bowker controlled the game with a combination of physicality and finesse, allowing their talismanic captain Bobbett to torment his would-be assassins relentlessly. Within 10 minutes, and despite crude attempts by centre half and keeper, he put Barry into a deserved lead. Minutes later his trusty wee lieutenant, Morgan, was wronged when his perfectly good goal was disallowed because he was adjudged to have barged his 6’4” marker. Town were not to be denied however and Price’s fine strike extended their lead.

The Valleys outfit fought to gain parity but former teammate White was well marshalled by the imperious Brown and man-of-the-match ‘Big’ Trevor Taylor and keeper Jones was a mere observer for the first period. Huish made it 3-0 after a mazy run, leaving bodies strewn in his wake, but bad news followed soon after when one of the ‘big-guns’, Price, tore a hamstring, but after a reshuffle by manager Hill, his replacement Eveleigh slotted in seamlessly up until the break.

As expected Llantrisant came out for the second half with renewed urgency and gloveman Jones was finally called into action, acrobatically tipping away an effort and then forcing another past the upright, but the pressure was short-lived as Barry’s ‘70+ trio’ – Parkin, Batt and Lennon – entered the fray, the latter unlucky to see a goal bound effort trickle past the post. There was further disruption when Taylor was forced from the field with a knee injury and Sullivan sustained a calf injury jogging on to replace him, but, inevitably, the diminutive Bobbett settled matters, scoring his second and Barry’s fourth to earn his team another three points in their quest to secure another league title.

This Sunday Barry Town Over 55s face Llantrisant in a must win game to keep them in contention for the league title. The over 50s face Newport on the 29th and the 60s play Merthyr later on the same day.

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s

Jan 12 BARRY 50s 5-3 Cwmbran Celtic (CUP)

Jan 26   Penybont 2-3 BARRY 50s

Jan 26 BARRY 60s 3-0 Merthyr Tydfil

Feb 2     Swansea 2-0 BARRY 55s (CUP)

Feb 9     BARRY 50s 1-2 Llantrisant

Feb 16  BARRY 55s 3-0 Newport

Feb 23  BARRY 50s 3-0 Mathern 

March 8 Llantrisant 0-4 BARRY 60s

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC 

May 10 BARRY 55s vs Newport / Jenner Park / TBC (CUP)

Five Barry players named in Wales C squad

Five Barry Town players have been selected to represent Wales C in their upcoming International Challenge Match against England C.

The game on Tuesday 24 March at the Oval, home of Caernarfon Town, will be the third of its kind after England won 3-2 at Jenner Park in 2018 before a 2-2 draw was played out at Salford City’s Peninsula Stadium last year.

Mark Jones and Owain Tudur Jones have confirmed their squad for the fixture, which includes Luke Cummings, Chris Hugh, Evan Press, Clayton Green and Kayne McLaggon.

For Hugh, an ever-present at left-back this season, and McLaggon, our top scorer with 12 goals to his name, it is a third call-up after the pair were selected for the previous two games against England. Hugh started both encounters, whilst McLaggon would ultimately miss out through injury two years ago at Jenner Park before scoring in the 2-2 draw a year later. 

Meanwhile, it will be Green’s second involvement after he started at the Peninsula Stadium 12 months ago and got the assist for McLaggon’s goal.

It is a first call-up for both Cummings and Press, who have had excellent seasons in a Town shirt so far. Cummings signed for the club from Carmarthen Town last summer and has stood out for his displays at right-back, netting two goals in the process. It has been a breakthrough year for 19-year-old Press, who shone in the Europa League and scored the winning goal away to The New Saints back in September.

Congratulations to all five players!

The New Saints vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The JD Cymru Premier resumes tonight as Barry Town United travel to Park Hall to face The New Saints live on Sgorio (kick-off 8pm).

It has been a difficult start to phase two for the reigning champions, with defeats to Newtown and Connah’s Quay Nomads either side of a 1-1 draw with Bala Town leaving Scott Ruscoe’s side four points behind league leaders the Nomads. If they fail to win this evening, it would be the first time in 14 years that TNS will have gone four league games without a victory. However, they did return to winning ways in the JD Welsh Cup last weekend with a 6-1 win over Newtown, as four goals from Dean Ebbe saw them progress to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Barry’s last outing was a 1-1 draw with Caernarfon Town at Jenner Park a fortnight ago. Mo Touray capitalised on a defensive mistake to give us the lead just after the hour mark, but the Cofis equalised almost instantly when Darren Thomas scored from close range. It means that we go into tonight’s game in fourth place, seven points off Bala in third but with a game in hand.

The last meeting between Barry and TNS ended 4-1 to the Saints at Jenner Park in December, however Gavin Chesterfield’s side are unbeaten in their last two visits to Park Hall. Evan Press’ thunderbolt and some heroic defending secured a 1-0 victory in Oswestry earlier this season, whilst a 96th minute free-kick from Jonathan Hood rescued a 2-2 draw one year ago.

David Cotterill has unfortunately been ruled out on tonight’s game with a hamstring problem, whilst Clayton Green remains suspended after reaching the limit for number of yellow cards received. Callum Sainty and Troy Greening remain injured, but Robbie Patten, Jack Compton and Keyon Reffell all returned to the matchday squad against Caernarfon a fortnight ago and will hope to be involved again tonight.

Tickets at Park Hall for this game will cost £8 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for juniors.

Barry Town Vets Round-Up: Over 55s move top of the league

Five of the Barry Town Vets team started for Wales Over 60s in the inaugural international Tri-nations tournament in Northern Ireland

Barry Town Vets Over 55s moved to the top of the Wales Veterans O55s league with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newport on February 16.

At a very blustery Jenner Park the weather could have been a real leveller but, with Barry’s defenders Jones, Averies and Gibbins dealing with the conditions more competently, it did not take long for their midfield colleagues Huish, Gibb, Dupuy, Staddon and Murray to force the beleaguered opposition into desperate rear-guard action.

Strikers Bobbett and Hill (turning back the clock at centre forward) were a constant threat but Newport defended stubbornly and when they were breached their keeper was also defiant, expertly saving a fierce strike from Barry captain Jones. Jones was not so accurate minutes later however, when he hit a barn door from a ‘botched’ free-kick. But the defence was finally breached when Bobbett converted a fine Huish pass and gave his team a well-deserved 1-0 lead going into half-time.

Minutes after the restart, Hill, in his first match since a foot operation, rose like a gazelle to nod home Barry’s second from an Averies cross before manager Blackie rang the changes. Rutherford, Marshall, Brown and Taylor had only been on the pitch moments before Murray made the game safe, finishing with aplomb after a fine run to take Barry to the top of the league with two matches to play.

In the Over 50s game, also at Jenner Park, Barry Town faced bottom of the table Mathern. It was good to see usual keeper Harding in the dugout after suffering a heart scare earlier in the week, but his replacement Niblett was untroubled in an underwhelming contest. Although the game lacked energy it was no surprise when Tommy Taylor gave the hosts the lead. ‘Glouton’ Dupuy finally scored after repeated efforts and Sullivan established a comfortable 3-0 lead on the hour. The game was postponed shortly afterwards however, when Town defender Paul ’Smiler’ Simms sustained a serious ankle injury in an innocuous challenge. Everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.

There was brighter news at the inaugural Over 60s international Tri-nations tournament in Northern Ireland, where no less than five Barry Town Vets made the starting line-up. Huish, Price, Staddon, Brown and captain Bobbett (all to the right of the photograph) performed well in a scoreless draw against the hosts, followed by a 2-2 draw against England. Northern Ireland lifted the trophy courtesy of their victory over England. 

Barry Town Over 60s face Llantrisant in a top of the table clash on March 8 at Ystrad. The O55s also face Llantrisant at Tonyrefail the following Sunday.

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s

Jan 12 BARRY 50s 5-3 Cwmbran Celtic (CUP)

Jan 26   Penybont 2-3 BARRY 50s

Jan 26 BARRY 60s 3-0 Merthyr Tydfil

Feb 2     Swansea 2-0 BARRY 55s (CUP)

Feb 9     BARRY 50s 1-2 Llantrisant

Feb 16  BARRY 55s 3-0 Newport

Feb 23  BARRY 50s 3-0 Mathern 

March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach / 4.30pm

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC 

May 10 BARRY 55s vs Newport / Jenner Park / TBC (CUP)