Josh Gould: “Playing in the Cymru Premier and under Gavin really excites me”

Following confirmation of Josh Gould’s arrival on loan from Swansea City, we caught up with the goalkeeper to discuss his career so far and hopes for the season ahead.

Hi Josh, welcome to Barry Town. How does it feel to get the move done?

“It’s good to get the paperwork done and get the move across the line. I’m looking forward to getting going.”

What was it about Barry that appealed to you?

“I’ve played at Jenner Park before a couple of times and I know Barry is a really good club. It’s run really well and always been an attractive option, with it not being too far from Swansea either. Playing in the Cymru Premier and under Gavin really excites me. I’ve heard a lot about him and his thoughts and ideas in the game.”

Having spoken to Gavin Chesterfield, how did he convince you to sign?

“He said that he’d seen me play when I was at Taffs Well and that he was interested in signing me all the way back then, so that was a good start to the conversation. I believe our philosophies of how we want to play the game link up so I’m really looking forward to playing under him. He sounds like a great guy and the environment he’s created here is great.”

Tell me a little bit more about your career so far. Am I right in saying you didn’t get into football until quite late?

“Yeah I was a bit of a late bloomer to be honest! I played rugby until I was 16 and then just randomly tried my hand in goal with my local team. Then things started to take off when I was about 18 and I went to Cardiff Met University. I played there for a couple of years and then headed to Taffs Well in my final year to get some games and ended up having a good season. That’s when I signed for Swansea, and this is now my third season with them.”

You’re joining us from Swansea, where you were named on the bench for a few Championship games at the end of last season. What was that like?

“It was a great experience. I got moved into the first team in January so I had been travelling to games as third choice and been involved for a few months. It was great to learn off Martyn Margetson and Steve Cooper, who were really supportive and I’ve got a great relationship with both of them.

“When Freddie [Woodman] got injured at the back end of the season, it was kind of an easy step up to the bench because I’d got used to the squad. It was just a shame that the fans weren’t there so I couldn’t share it with them.”

Having played academy football for the last two years, do you feel you’re ready for that step up to senior football?

“Definitely. I’ve played in non-league before so I kind of know what it will be like. I know a lot about the Cymru Premier, I do keep tabs on it on social media. I’ve got a lot of mates who play in the league so I’ve been to see a few games. I’ve done all my technical coaching at Swansea, now I’m ready to show everyone what I’ve learnt.”

You have played against Barry in pre-season before. What have you made of the club?

“I thought they were really strong. Like I say, I’m quite nosy on Twitter so I follow the line-ups! There’s been a couple of good signings this year so I really believe we can get European football again, but I said to Gavin that there’s no reason why we can’t be winning the league.”

What are you hopes and ambitions for your time with us?

“With the club having qualified for Europe in the last two seasons, that will be the minimum requirement for me. Like I say, I personally believe, looking at the squad and knowing the league, there’s no reason why we can’t challenge for the title.”

Finally do you have any message for the fans?

“Obviously it’s a difficult time at the moment so I hope everyone is keeping in good spirits. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans when we are able to. Whenever I have played here they’ve always been pretty loud and supportive of their players so it’ll be nice to be on the right side of that!”

#GoingForGould | Josh Gould signs on loan from Swansea City

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Josh Gould on loan from Swansea City.

Born in Taunton, Somerset, 6ft 4in Gould was a keen rugby player as a youngster and did not pick up a pair of gloves until the age of 16. However since then, he has gone from strength to strength and joined the Swans in August 2018 after a successful trial. This followed spells at Bridgewater Town, Cardiff Met and Taffs Well.

Now 23 years old, Gould was a regular in the Professional U23 Development League last season and ended the campaign by being named as a substitute in the senior team for five Championship fixtures – including both of Swansea’s play-off games against Brentford.

Having previously played against us in a pre-season friendly, Josh now moves to Jenner Park for his first taste of Cymru Premier football.

Having secured the signing of Gould, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It’s great to welcome Josh to the club and we thank Swansea for their trust. I believe we have a culture which professional clubs trust when it comes to assisting the professional development of their players.

“I first admired Josh some four seasons ago and since then he has benefited from some exceptional coaching and experiences at Swansea and I’m naturally delighted to welcome him as part of our squad. He brings a high level of technical ability but also offers a strong presence and adds further strength to our squad for the season ahead.”

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier preview

It is a second home game in a row to start the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season for Barry Town United, as Caernarfon Town visit Jenner Park this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

The New Saints came to South Wales last weekend and emerged 3-0 victors, with all the goals coming in the second half following a bright first period from Barry.

Caernarfon were also at home a week ago, drawing 1-1 with Penybont. They were then in action again in midweek, winning 3-2 away at Newtown. The Cofis twice trailed at Latham Park, but Noah Edwards’ goal in the 79th minute secured all three points. It means that Huw Griffiths’ side begin this afternoon’s game second in the table, only behind leaders Aberystwyth Town (who have played one game more) on goals scored.

Both of the Jenner Park games between Barry and Caernarfon last season ended level – a 0-0 stalemate in phase one followed by a 1-1 draw in phase two when Mo Touray’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Darren Thomas. An injury-ravaged Barry side lost 4-1 away from home in phase one, but didn’t get the chance to make amends at the Oval due to the season being cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic. The points-per-game model saw the Cofis finish the campaign in fifth, one place below Barry.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Whilst we were disappointed with the result last week there was much to like about our performance; particularly in the first half. It’s important we respond with another strong performance and hopefully a result this week. Caernarfon are a good, honest and hard-working bunch of lads who have players that carry a threat but we feel that we are getting stronger and that new relationships and understandings are developing with each session.”

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise. Your support will be hugely missed at Jenner Park, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.   

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

We begin our 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier campaign this afternoon by hosting The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).

It is just over three weeks since our Europa League defeat to NSI Runavík, and the squad have been eager ever since to right the wrongs from the Faroe Islands. Friendlies against AFC Bitton, Swansea City Under 23s and Haverfordwest have proved excellent preparation for the season ahead.

A week after our Europa League exit, The New Saints were in action in the competition’s first qualifying round, and beat Slovakian side MSK Zilina 3-1 at home after extra-time to set up an away trip to B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the second qualifying round.

That fixture is in three days’ time, but for now their focus will be on the Cymru Premier as they look to regain top spot in the table. It is the first time since 2011 that the Oswestry outfit will not begin the season as title holders after Connah’s Quay Nomads were declared champions on a points-per-game basis in May when the decision was taken to curtail the league due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Of the four meetings between these two sides last season, TNS won two, Barry won one and there was one draw. Both of Scott Ruscoe’s side’s victories came at Jenner Park, while both of our trips to Park Hall were ones to remember. In phase one, Evan Press’s first goal for the club – a bullet strike from outside of the box – secured a 1-0 win. Then in what proved to be our final game before lockdown, we drew 2-2 thanks to an Aeron Edwards own goal in second half stoppage time, having trailed 2-0 at half-time.

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise. Your support will be hugely missed at Jenner Park, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.    

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The first game of the season is always exciting as all teams embark upon a new adventure. However, this year the emotions are slightly different as I didn’t expect the season to start in September. Regardless as a club we are determined to attack the season and be as competitive as ever. TNS will be formidable opponents but we have prepared well and as always we are excited by the challenge.”

Barry Town United supports Black Lives Matter

Clubs in the Cymru Premier this weekend will unite and join those who have come together in recent times to stand up to racism and show support for the message that black lives matter.

The Cymru Premier and its clubs proudly support Show Racism the Red Card, Wales’s anti-racism education charity and will be continuing this support throughout the season.

We believe that there is no place for racism or any form of discrimination in football or society.

Everyone at Barry Town United stands together in showing racism the red card!

Curtis McDonald: “It’s a new challenge and I’m looking forward to it”

Following confirmation that Curtis McDonald has signed for the club, we caught up with the defender to discuss the move.

Hi Curtis, welcome to Barry Town. How pleased are you to have got the move done?

“Yeah it’s been a long time coming. I’ve known Gav for a couple of years and we’ve spoken in numerous summers about me coming in. This year things have finally come together so I’m delighted.”

You join the club after two and a half years at Chippenham. What made you want to make the move?

“A few reasons really. For one, I’ve recently started a family. I played in the Welsh league when I was younger and I think it’s changed dramatically since then. It’s a new challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”

Having spoken to Gavin Chesterfield, how did he convince you to sign?

“It didn’t take much convincing to be honest! Gav is a great coach and you can see that some really positive things are happening at Barry at the minute. I knew a lot of the boys already and played against a lot of them too. It’s a good group and there’s positive signs for this coming season.”

You’ve played a few games in pre-season for us, how do you think they’ve gone?  

“Yeah it’s gone well. We’ve had a couple of tough games against some good opponents. I’ve enjoyed it and hopefully we can get a good start against TNS on the weekend.”

Did you know many of the boys already? You played with Jack and Nat at Chippenham and were coached by Cossy at Cardiff!

“I would have been 11 or 12 when I first met Mike! As you say I’ve played with Nat and Jack over the last couple of years, and then the likes of Coops, Clayton, Keyon and Kayne I’ve played with too – probably about half the team!”

It will be your first taste of the Cymru Premier in 13 years, are you looking forward to that?

“Like I say, it will be a bit alien for me because I think the league has completely changed from when I was here before. There’s a few faces that are still around though, so it will be nice to bump into a few old heads.”

For fans who might not know too much about you, what sort of player are you and what do you hope to bring to the team?

“At 32, I’m experienced and a bit of an older head in the team. I’ll bring a bit of calmness to the defence too.”

Finally do you have any message for the fans?

“I hope to see you all soon when this pandemic is over and we can get fans back in the ground. The boys still realise you’re behind us we’ll do everything we can to make you happy.”

#CroesoCurtis | Curtis McDonald joins Barry Town United

Barry Town United are delighted to confirm the signing of experienced defender Curtis McDonald, who has played in the side for a number of pre-season fixtures.

The 32-year-old moves to Jenner Park following a two and a half year spell at National League South side Chippenham Town, where he played alongside current Barry players Nat Jarvis and Jack Compton.

Cardiff born, McDonald came through the Cardiff City academy and made one appearance for the first team as a substitute on the final day of 2005-06 Championship season against Coventry City. Following his release by the Bluebirds in 2007, he became an established performer in the English non-league system, playing for sides such as Forest Green Rovers, Newport County and Brackley Town. His move to Barry will be the first time McDonald has played in the Welsh pyramid since a short spell at Carmarthen Town in 2007. 

The defender was capped 12 times at youth level by Wales in the early part of his career, including appearances for the under 21s alongside our very own David Cotterill.

Commenting on the signing, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m pleased to welcome Curtis to the club as he is a player I’ve admired for a long time. He brings a good level of experience and adds further leadership to the group. Whilst we’ve been working towards agreeing a deal he has shown a desire and willingness to be with us throughout pre-season and that has impressed me. He’s integrated seamlessly into the group and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

2020/21 player shirt sponsorship and programme subscriptions now available

Following yesterday’s confirmation of squad numbers for 2020/21, we are pleased to confirm that player shirt sponsorship is now available for the season.

Sponsorship of either a player’s home or away shirt costs £65, and you will receive the match-worn shirt at the end of the season. To register your interest, please message us on social media or email barrytownsponsors@gmail.com.

Furthermore, we are delighted to say that we will once again be running a matchday programme subscription service for 2020/21. For £35, you can secure a programme for all of our 16 JD Cymru Premier home games as well as any home cup fixtures.

This includes all matches at the start of the season which supporters are unfortunately unable to attend due to the FAW and Welsh Government ruling that games must be played behind-closed-doors. We will still be producing a matchday programme for these fixtures [please note that to ensure you receive a copy of the first programme of the season against The New Saints on Saturday 12 September, you must purchase your subscription by Thursday 10 September]. Please message us on social media or email barrytownsponsors@gmail.com to purchase your subscription.

Squad numbers for 2020/21 confirmed

The 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season is now less than a week away, and we are pleased to be able to confirm our squad numbers for the new campaign.

There has been some movement from players who were here last season, most notably David Cotterill swapping 39 for 11. The former Wales international has previously worn the number at Bristol City, Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers and Birmingham City and now takes his place at Barry next to his cousin Jordan, number 10.

Meanwhile, Callum Sainty moves to number 5 and Jack Compton is now number 19.

In terms of new signings, Nat Jarvis is our new number 9, Curtis Hutson takes 14, goalkeeper Harry Thomas-Barker will wear 22 and Mikey George is 27.

Barry Town United 2020/21 Squad Numbers

1 Mike Lewis
2 Paul Morgan
3 Chris Hugh
4 Luke Cooper
5 Callum Sainty
6 Robbie Patten
7 Kayne McLaggon
8 Troy Greening
9 Nat Jarvis
10 Jordan Cotterill
11 David Cotterill
12 Luke Cummings
14 Curtis Hutson
15 Theo Wharton
17 Keyon Reffell
18 Rhys Abbruzzese
19 Jack Compton
23 Ryley Allen
24 Kyle Patten
27 Mikey George
29 Clayton Green
33 Evan Press

Details about player shirt sponsorship will be announced on Monday 7 September.

2020/21 JD Cymru Premier Phase One fixtures released!

The new JD Cymru Premier campaign is just 15 days away and we are pleased to reveal our Phase One fixtures for 2020/21.

We start the season by hosting last year’s runners-up The New Saints at 2:30pm on Saturday 12 September, and are back at Jenner Park a week later against Caernarfon Town.

Our first away trip of the campaign was originally scheduled to come on Wednesday 16 September at Bala Town, but due to the Lakesiders’ involvement in the UEFA Europa League, that fixture has been moved to Tuesday 13 October. Instead, newly-promoted Flint Town United will be the first team we visit on our travels on Saturday 26 September.

Due to the delayed start of the campaign, that away game at Maes Tegid is one of three midweek fixtures scheduled early on the season – we’ll also face Haverfordwest County and Cardiff Met University, both at Jenner Park, under the floodlights.

The Christmas period is always an exciting one for football, and this season we face a double header against Penybont on Boxing Day and Tuesday 29 December. As the calendar then changes to 2021, there are three games to round off Phase One, starting with Haverfordwest away on New Year’s Day and concluding with the short trip to Cardiff Met on Friday 29 January.

As always, all fixtures remain subject to change and may be moved for television broadcast. As previously confirmed, games will be played behind-closed-doors until declared otherwise by the Welsh Government and the FAW. This is a decision we are disappointed by, but one that is out of the club’s hands.