Penybont FC vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The action starts in the re-branded Cymru Premier on Friday night (kick-off 8pm), and you couldn’t have asked for many better fixtures to start. Barry Town United will make the short journey to newly-promoted Penybont FC in what we’re affectionately calling ‘The Five Mile Lane Derby’. The match will also take it’s place in Welsh football history as the first ever televised fixture in Bridgend.

For Barry, it will be a chance to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing exit from the Nathaniel MG Cup at the hands of Haverfordwest County. Kayne McLaggon had given us the lead at the Bridge Meadow Stadium before a late equaliser took the game to a penalty shoot-out, in which the hosts emerged victorious.

Our most recent meeting with Penybont also came in knockout competition – last season’s Welsh Cup third round. It ended 4-1 to Barry at Jenner Park, with Jon Hood, Mo Touray and Louis Gerrard all scoring in extra-time after Luke Borrelli had cancelled out Macauley Southam-Hales’s goal in normal time.

The Bont got their 2019/20 campaign off to a perfect start last week with a 4-1 win over Goytre United in the Nathaniel MG Cup. Rhys Griffiths’s side now look ahead to a first ever taste of the top-flight following an incredible surge to the Welsh Football League Division One title last year. The club went all 30 league games unbeaten and ended up 20 points clear at the top of the table, finishing the campaign with an emphatic 9-0 win over Cwmamman United. Barry were one of just three teams – along with Newtown and Ynysygerwn – to defeat them all season.

Speaking ahead of the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted for Rhys. He’s a good friend and he’s done brilliantly to get Penybont into the league – they’ve been trying for many years. But that friendship gets put aside and rivalries start.

“It’s a great game to look forward to. They’ll be full of enthusiasm for their first game in the Cymru Premier, and we’re full of enthusiasm to try and taste what we’ve done in the past.”

Also commenting on Griffiths, Kayne McLaggon said:

“He knows this league inside out, he’s played in it more than nearly everybody really. So he knows the league, he knows what to expect and he’ll have his players revved up to fight against us.

“There’s no pressure on them. We’ve been in that position before – in my first season here we were new to the league. When there’s no pressure on you, you can go and play a bit more freely. It’s probably good that the cameras are there so hopefully there’s a little bit of pressure on them, something that they’re not used to.

“It’s a bit of derby, they can almost cause an upset and I’m sure the cameras will be expecting an upset, that’s why they’re there! It will be a difficult game for both sides. I think it’s one that if I wasn’t playing in that I’d be watching.”

Tickets will cost £7 at the KYMCO Stadium on Friday night, with concessions priced at £5. Under 15s are free, while you can purchase a programme for £2.50.

Haverfordwest County vs Barry Town United | Nathaniel MG Cup Preview

This Saturday we return to competitive action for the first time since our Europa League adventure as we travel to Haverfordwest County AFC in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup. Kick-off is 2:30pm at the Bridge Meadow Stadium.

Gavin Chesterfield has been busy in the transfer market this summer, bringing in six new players. Jack Compton and Luke Cummings have already made their debuts for the club against Cliftonville, while Callum Sainty is back for his second spell at Jenner Park. But this weekend could see competitive debuts handed to George Ratcliffe, Eli Phipps and Keyon Reffell.

Phipps and Reffell scored one goal each in the 2-0 win over STM Sports at the end of July, while the former also netted in the thrilling 6-3 victory against Pontypridd Town along with Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon, Jon Hood and Drew Fahiya. Our third and final pre-season fixture ended in a 2-1 defeat to a Swansea Under-23 side, but it was not without a trademark wonder goal from Hood, whose goal against Pontypridd was also nothing short of spectacular.

Haverfordwest meanwhile have faced Camarthen Town (3-1 win), Penrhyncoch FC (2-0), Goodwick United (3-1 win) and Cardiff City Under 23s (4-3 defeat) in friendlies in preparation for today’s game and their upcoming JD Cymru South campaign. 2019/20 will be their fourth successive season in the second tier following relegation from the JD Welsh Premier League in 2016.

Appointed as manager last September, Wayne Jones is in his second spell in charge of The Bluebirds and led them to a third place finish in the Welsh Football League Division One last season. They also reached the quarter-finals of the Nathaniel MG Cup and round four of the Welsh Cup.

Gavin Chesterfield of course also spent a couple of months at the Haverfordwest helm in 2010, and commented ahead of this weekend’s game:

“Haverfordwest will have designs on getting back into the JD Cymru Premier next year so I know they’ll be competitive. I know Wayne well and I know he’ll have them well-organised.

“They’ve made some good signings themselves in pre-season, but it’s chance for us to get rid of pre-season if you like and start the games in earnest. I know that will bring the best out of the lads.

“I expect it to be a difficult game. It’s a cup game so anything can happen, but it’s a game that we approach with excitement, enthusiasm and a high level of humbleness”.

Part Time Shop Assistant Wanted!

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Barry Town Football Club are looking for a Part Time Shop Assistant to work in their Club Shop on Weekend & Midweek Matchdays, ideally the person should have some retail experience and an interest in sport.

Duties will include;

To sell Barry Town Merchandise to Supporters

To Manage Documentation of Sales & Orders

Handling Cash

Balancing Takings

Stock Control

Housekeeping of Club Shop

 

The Person should be;

Enthusiastic

Some level of Customer Service Experience

Punctual, Well Mannered, Professional Appearance

Ability to work under own initiative and direction

 

Salary £20 per match ( Maximum of 1½ hours per Matchday)

 

If interested, please Email Detail to; amanda@macronstorecardiff.com

Head of Foundation Phase Announced

Following significant investment and growth in our academy, the club are pleased to announce Nathan Nurton as our Head of Foundation Phase.

Nathan re-joins the club at an exciting time and will lead our young players through their vital early steps in football.

Nathan has extensive experience at foundation phase with both Cardiff and Swansea City. Whilst he has previously been Head of Player Development for the Vale of Glamorgan Football Academy.

Damian Flynn, Head of Coaching and Academy Director commented:

“I’m delighted to have someone of Nathan’s experience on board. We see the foundation phase as critical stage in our players development. He’s another local coach who knows the local landscape very well and has a proven track record of player development.”

Development Team Staff Announcement

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The club are delighted to announce our new Development Team staff; Jamie Sherwood joins as Manager and Peter Fordham as Coach.

Both Jamie and Peter bring extensive coaching and youth experience to their roles. Jamie holds a UEFA A License and is A FAWSL Championship Winning Head Coach. He is currently Head of Football at the Cardiff & Vale College.

Jamie has a proud heritage in player development and player progression with over 20 players in four years at Yeovil Town LFC progressing through the development team pathway into the first team squad. Whilst working within the Welsh senior game Jamie has continued this theme through developing young talent and offering many opportunities of first team football.

Peter also holds The UEFA A Senior and Youth licenses. He brings much experience having won the development team league with Merthyr Town and working as a YDP Coach at Newport County. Peter’s experience of working with Liverpool International Academy has seen him travel around the world gathering further knowledge on different coaching approaches and methodologies. This experience will only benefit our Academy players further.

The appointment of two UEFA A License coaches in our development team represents a significant development and step forward for our club.

On behalf of the club we would like to thank outgoing Development Team Manager Stevie McCarthy-Campbell for all his hard work and efforts. Stevie has worked incredibly hard since the inception of our academy and we are delighted he will continue as our Head of Youth Development Phase. We also wish Stevie the best of luck in his role as Ely Rangers First Team Manager.

Louis Gerrard Departs

Today we say our goodbyes to Louis Gerrard.

Louis joined us from Caerau Ely in March 2016 and proved an instant hit with the supporters due to his honest and hardworking style. Along the way Louis has made 83 appearances scoring 14 goals; whilst winning Division 1, securing promotion to the JD Welsh Premier League and qualifying for the Europa League. 

Manager Gavin Chesterfield commented:

“Louis joined us at an important time and contributed hugely to our success in winning promotion to the JD Welsh Premier League and beyond. It’s fair to say Louis would have liked to play more football in recent times but he has played a vital role in the squad and I thank him for all he has done for us.  I’m sure Louis leaves with nothing but fond memories of his time at Jenner Park.” 

We wish Louis all the very best in his next move and thank him for many years of service to our club. 

Magician of Jenner Park signing out…

Keyon Reffell Signs For Barry Town United

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of forward Keyon Reffell from Hereford FC.

Reffell moves to Jenner Park after four and a half years away from the Welsh league system, with his two year stint with The Bulls in the National League North preceded by spells at Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division side Merthyr Town and National League outfit Kidderminster Harriers. At Merthyr he was praised for his excellent ability to create numerous assists for teammates, including current Barry player Kayne McLaggon.

Before that, Reffell registered 35 Welsh Premier League appearances for Afan Lido, Camarthen Town and Port Talbot Town having worked up his way up from playing with Caerau Ely and Ely Rangers. The 28-year-old is also a former Cardiff City youth player. 

Manager Gavin Chesterfield commented:

“This move has probably been 10 years in the making, in the fact Keyon was recommended to me as an 18 year old but for the right reasons the move didn’t materialise at that time.

“To Keyon’s credit he has gone on to have a very good career to date and he now joins us with high levels of experience and much quality.

“He’s a great lad who will fit right into our dressing room and is a player I know our supporters will enjoy watching.”

Head Of Coaching Appointment

Damian Images1We are delighted to announce the appointment of Damian Flynn as our new full time Head of Coaching and Academy Director.  Damian will also work as part of the first team backroom staff ensuring a constant link between the Academy and first team squad; whilst driving forward a new community outreach programme across the Vale of Glamorgan.

Damian holds both the UEFA A and Elite Youth licences and brings considerable experience and enthusiasm to the role.  Damian has extensive experience in the community football sector and coach education. He has previously held full-time roles at City in the Community at Manchester City Football and Cardiff City FC Foundation. Whilst he is also no stranger to our club having previously worked with our senior team as a first team coach. 

In completing the key aims of the role, Damian will also hold the responsibility of driving forward our new community outreach programme. This will see many exciting initiatives designed to engage the local community through the vehicle of sport. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Academy Director Ceri Bowley for all his hard work in professionalising our academy over the last two years. Ceri leaves us to join City Group as their Head of Coaching Support in what is a magnificent career opportunity. 

First Team Manager Gavin Chesterfield commented “I’m delighted to welcome Damian back to the club in what is a significant step forward for our football club and for Welsh Football. The appointment of a full time Head of Coaching will facilitate new opportunities for our academy and indeed football within Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan. Damian inherits a good ship from outgoing Academy Director Ceri Bowley who I can’t thank enough for his dedication and efforts in driving the Academy forward over the last two years.”

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Damian Flynn commented: “I am extremely excited to be back working for a club that is very close to my heart, Gavin Chesterfield provided me with a great opportunity several years ago to be a part of the club and to gain experience in a professional setting and whilst I learnt a lot and moved on to various roles since, it is now my time to give back to the club and the community. Our ambition is to become the leading WPL Academy, combined with developing a wide range of community outreach programmes; whilst helping educate and developing both local and academy coaches in order to enhance player development.” 

“This ambition can only be achieved by us as a club and community coming together and forming successful, strong and purposeful relationships. There is no other club in Wales where I would want to drive this ambition forward. I would like to thank the FAW, FAW Trust and Barry Town United AFC for making this opportunity available. I am looking forward to working with the staff, volunteers, local authorities, the Vale of Glamorgan Council, as well as many local junior football clubs across the Vale to help to achieve something special in our area.”

Eli Phipps Signs For Barry Town United

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Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Eli Phipps from Weston-Super-Mare.

The 21-year-old spent the 2018/19 season with the Seagulls in the National League South, having arrived from Colchester United last summer. He featured in the same division the previous season too, on loan at Welling United.

Phipps started his career at Cardiff City, spending over a decade in the Welsh capital scoring regularly for the Bluebirds youth teams to earn a first professional deal with the club in 2015. He would go out on loan to Gloucester City the following year before signing for Colchester in January 2017.

Reacting to the signing, manager Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It’s something I looked at last year but it wasn’t to be. Eli is a striker, a goalscorer and I think he’ll improve us in that part of the field.

“He’s a good age and he’s already fitted in well with the group. I think that the coaching staff and I will be able to get a lot out of him and hopefully help him improve and he can be a very productive player in a Barry Town United shirt.

“He’s got a good pedigree having spent a long time at Cardiff City and Colchester. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

 

A handy guide for all Cliftonville fans travelling to Cardiff (and Barry).

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Croeso i Gymru! Welcome to Wales!

All at Barry Town United AFC would like to wish a very warm welcome to all players, staff, families and supporters of Cliftonville Football Club. We want you to enjoy your visit to South Wales, so we have created this handy guide to give you some ideas for your stay.
As you can imagine, all at the club are deeply disappointed with the 3G pitch at our Jenner Park home failing the UEFA tests, but we’re sure that Leckwith Stadium will bring a great atmosphere from both sets of fans.

Travel

Travelling by Air:

Cardiff Wales Airport is approximately 8 miles from Cardiff city centre. Taxis will cost you between £25 and £35 from the airport to the capital city.
The T9 bus service is a direct link to Cardiff Bay and Cardiff City Centre.  The bus stop is located directly outside the terminal and busses run every 30 minutes at £5 per trip.

Travelling by Rail:

Cardiff Central Station is located in heart of the city centre and is within walking distance of all city centre hotels and attractions.

The nearest train station to Leckwith Stadium is Ninian Park. Alternatively you can use Grangetown, but you’re looking at around a 20-minute walk from there. We recommend a taxi from the City Centre.

Travelling by Road:

Cardiff city centre has a plethora of carparks. Be sure to check the tariffs before you enter – some are a LOT more expensive than others.

Leckwith Stadium has limited parking, which will be at a premium on match day. Avoid parking in the Capital Retail Park opposite the stadium – they have 90-minute limits and hefty fines for those who breach their rules.

Hadfield Road is an industrial area of Cardiff and around a 5-10 minute walk to the stadium. This area is used by hundreds of fans on Cardiff City matchdays as it’s free. Just beware of the double-yellow lines as the traffic wardens are out in force!

Nightlife

ggCardiff is an extremely safe and welcoming city with one of the best reputations for nightlife in the country.
The city centre is thriving with various bars and clubs staying open until the early hours. St Mary Street being the liveliest of areas during the weeknights.
O’Neill’s Irish Bar is located on St Mary Street is popular with visiting supporters before matches, especially those with a Celtic background. (https://www.oneills.co.uk/national-search/wales/st-mary-street-in-cardiff/food).

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Mill Lane, on the corner of St Mary Street, has an array of different trendy bars with large outdoor seating areas that lead onto the modern St David’s shopping centre. Perfect for a pint if the weather is favourable, which looks to be the case!
It is an approximate 30-minute walk from the City Centre to Leckwith Stadium or around £8 in a taxi.

gggIf you’re looking for more of an upmarket, laid-back scene then Cardiff Bay is for you. Traditionally aimed at the 25 and over, Cardiff Bay is approximately £6 in a taxi from the city centre and features traditional pubs, trendy wine bars, gourmet restaurants with an amazing view of the Cardiff Bay Barrage and coastline. Perfect for small groups and couples who prefer the quieter pre and post-match pint. You can also catch the water taxi between Cardiff Bay and the city centre, which is well worth a try. https://cardiffharbour.com/water-taxis/

Brains Brewery is the local brewery based in Cardiff. Their beers, lagers and stouts have been the staple diet of many-a docker, sailor and miner for over 130-years. Be sure to try Brains S.A. during your visit. (www.sabrain.com)

The Stadium

hhhhLeckwith Stadium (or Cardiff International Sports Stadium) is a modern athletic stadium and playing fields in the Leckwith area of Cardiff. Albeit a different county, Barry Town United’s temporary European venue at Leckwith is less than 7 miles away from their home at Jenner Park.
Stadium capacity is 4,953 (2,553 seated for our UEFA Europa League fixture)
The stadium includes a gym, AstroTurf pitches, meeting rooms, and offices.
It includes the headquarters of Welsh athletics —the sport’s governing body for Wales – and Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club.

Near the ground

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Leckwith Stadium is situated opposite a large retail park (Capital Retail Park) as well as the Cardiff City Stadium – home of the Bluebirds.
Here you can find a casino, supermarket, Subway, Costa, McDonalds, KFC and a Greggs a 2-minute walk from the stadium. There is also (what looks like) a pub, called the Sand Martin. This is a food venue. They will not serve alcohol without being seated and ordering food in this establishment, so it is recommended that you conduct your pre-match festivities in the city centre.
Alternatively, you can find a pub in the Canton area of Cardiff, if you’re in need of refreshment nearer the stadium.

lllCanton Cross is a crossroad with around 6 traditional pubs (Canton Cross, The Corporation, The Butchers Arms, The Canton Hotel, The Ivor Davies Wetherspoons and the Admiral Napier).

There is also a very small real ale house called The Craft Devil Cellar, which is highly recommended but will only accommodate a small number of patrons due to its size (www.craftydevilbrewing.co.uk).
All of these pubs are within a 100-metre radius and are only a 10-minute walk from the stadium.

Things to do

As the capital of Wales you’d expect there to be loads of great things to do in Cardiff – and you’d be right. This ancient city has a bevy of museums, attractions, parks, music venues, restaurants and bars to explore. If anything, the tricky part is narrowing down exactly what you want to spend your precious time getting stuck into. So, to save you a frantic Google sesh, we’ve pulled together a list of all the best things to do in Cardiff, from indoor surfing at one of the UK’s best watersports centres to art trails and chunky slices of Welsh history.

kkkCardiff Castle: The stone fortress that has watched over Cardiff since the eleventh century is a grand sight to behold. No visit to Cardiff would be complete wihout a nose around the castle, plus it is conveniently located at the top of St Mary Street, where we recommend you frequent. A ticket will get you into the impressive grounds, interactive exhibits, the Battlement Walk, a Norman keep and bomb shelters used as late as World War II. Pay a little extra for a house tour, which will give you access to the extravagant rooftop garden, among other private rooms. https://www.cardiffcastle.com/tickets-and-prices-1/

iiiWales Millennium Centre: A 2,500-capacity venue that hosts massive bands, comedians and touring theatre shows. Few things ooze Wales as much as the Wales Millennium Centre at Cardiff Bay. Opened in 2004, it’s made entirely of wood, metal, slate and glass sourced in the country itself. In any week you can expect to see opera, contemporary dance and the latest big pop, rock and global musicians. https://www.wmc.org.uk

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Cardiff Bay: Europe’s largest waterfront development. From the water you can get a good look at iconic buildings, like Pierhead and the Norwegian Church, as well as the old docks and Wetlands Nature Reserve. Guided boat tours run regularly from Mermaid Quay and Penarth Barrage and typically last around 45 minutes. After cruising the bay, pop into Craft in the Bay: a permanent exhibition of work by Welsh craft-makers. There are regular workshops there too.
Cardiff International Whitewater Centre: A water sports centre for all the adventurous souls out there. Cardiff International White Water hosts all kinds of sports and offers the only white water rafting course in South Wales. Hop in a canoe here, try something called ‘hot dogging’ or tackle their indoor wave machine, which is perfect for surfing lessons. If you’re in a group and not everyone wants to partake, there’s a viewing area for family and friends to lau…ahem…watch you on the water. https://www.ciww.com

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Cardiff Central Market: An old-school shopping experience. Cardiff Central Market has been going since the 1700s and has been at this site for over a century. The impressive, dual-level Victorian structure houses a variety of traders, from fresh produce to homeware, clothing, tools, records and more. The market is a five-minute walk from Cardiff Castle, so stop in there afterwards for some cake and coffee from Celtic Corner, Donnellys or Bull Terrier Café. https://www.cardiffcouncilproperty.com/cardiff-market/

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Museums: From a city centre castle to a dockside Nordic church, Cardiff knows what it’s doing when it comes to museums. Read Time Out’s definitive guide to what each one offers: https://www.timeout.com/cardiff/things-to-do/best-museums-in-cardiff

cccBarry Island: Barry Island has attracted visitors since the 1870’s and the appeal of its golden beaches, cafes and family amusements is stronger than ever.
The recently refurbished seafront now offers a sweeping promenade along the entire length of Whitmore Bay beach, against a backdrop of enticing cafés and restaurants, beach wheelchairs available to loan, vibrant beach huts and lots to amuse the kids with a climbing wall, mist feature, adventure golf and beautiful landscaped gardens. Or for the more adventurous, Barry Island Pleasure Park offers thrilling rides. https://www.visitthevale.com/en/Destinations/Barry-Island.aspx

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Gavin and Stacey: Of course, our beautiful Barry is home to the cult TV show Gavin & Stacey. And with James Corden and Ruth Jones recently announcing a new Christmas special, don’t miss out on seeing the set for yourself whilst you’re here! If you don’t know the location of all the scenes, this tour company with take you on a 3-hour tour: https://www.getyourguide.co.uk/barry-l859/gavin-and-stacey-tour-t11270/ Lush, innit?!

Useful Phrases 

Try and impress the locals with these handy Welsh phrases:

  1. Bore da (boh-reh-dar) – Good Morning.
  2. Prynhawn da (prin-hown dar) – Good afternoon.
  3. Noswaith da (nos-why-th dar) – Good evening.
  4. Nos da (nos dar) – Goodnight.
  5. Shw mae (shoe-my) – How are you?
  6. Diolch (dee-olch with the ‘ch’ making a noise like you’re clearing your throat) – Thank You.
  7. Croeso (Kroy-so) – Welcome / You’re welcome.
  8. Hwyl (hoil) – Bye.
  9. Cwtch (Cootch) – A Welsh hug… Only the Welsh can do it, but you’ll get a good response.
  10. Iechyd da! (Yekid dar) – Cheers! (when drinking). It actually means ‘Good Health’.

Enjoy Your Visit and we’ll see you all on the 4th July!

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