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Profiling our potential Europa League opponents | Part Two

As Sunday’s UEFA Europa League Preliminary Round draw edges closer, it’s time to complete our look at the teams we could be facing on August 20th.

On Wednesday, we looked at four of the eight clubs that we could be drawn against, and today it’s time to find out more about the other half – in order of coefficient.

As before, there’s the caveat that UEFA are set to group teams for the draw due to Covid-19 travel regulations, but that information will not be released until Saturday.

Tre Penne – San Marino

Tre Penne have been one of San Marino’s most regular European competitors in recent seasons – they’ve been in Europe seven times in the past ten years, winning the Campionate Sammarinese di Calcio four times in that period.

They met The New Saints in 2016-17, losing 5-1 on aggregate to the team from Oswestry. In last season’s tournaments, they entered the Champions League Preliminary Round where they lost 1-0 in their first match, against FC Santa Coloma of Andorra (one of Barry’s other possible opponents), and were then knocked out of the Europa League by Suduva of Lithuania.

Last season, they were placed third in the San Marino Championship, and had reached the semi-final of the Coppa Tittano after winning 11-0 over two legs in the quarter-finals, but, like in many other countries, both league and cup competitions were abandoned.

NSI Runavik – Faroe Islands

NSI Runavik are also experienced entrants to European competition, despite not having won much of the Faroe Islands silverware. They won the league title in 2007, and the cup three times in their history, most recently in 2017. Nevertheless, this will be their sixth consecutive season on the continental front.

The Faroe Islands play a summer season, so NSI’s qualification is based on finishing third in last season’s championship. They were knocked out of the cup in the first round by eventual winners, HB. At the time of writing, they’re fourth in the 2020 season after 15 matches – but as the top four are all within eight points of each other, there’s little to read into that.

In last season’s Europa League Preliminary Round, they faced Ballymena United of Northern Ireland, losing 2-0 in the away leg and drawing goal-less at home. They’re fond of some high scores, though – the previous season they were beaten 12-5 by Hibernian of Scotland, with one game ending 4-6, and, before that, were eliminated by 5-4 on aggregate by Linfield.

HB Torshavn – Faroe Islands

Havnar Boltfelag are the third of the possible Faroese clubs who could come out of the hat against Barry, and were last year’s Faroe Islands Cup winners, winning the final 3-1 against Vikingur Gota.

That was HB’s 27th cup success. They’ve also won the Faroese Championship on 23 occasions, most recently in 2018. Last season, they finished fourth in the league, whilst this season they are currently topping the league table – five points clear of KI Klaksvik.

In last season’s Europa League, they were narrowly defeated 3-2 on aggregate by Linfield, having been eliminated from the Champions League by HJK Helsinki. Their best European result came in 2014 when they knocked out Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar, winning the home leg 5-2. Lincoln Red Imps, of course, are another possible opponent for Barry in this season’s Europa League.

UE Engordany – Andorra

UE Engordany of Andorra are the lowest ranked of the eight seeded clubs in the Preliminary Round. Finishing third in the Primera Divisio which ended in July, they qualified through the league after Inter d’Escaldes completed the league and cup double. It must have been a strange experience for them watching the conclusion to the cup, knowing that their local rivals Inter Escaldes reaching the final would secure them a European spot!

In recent years, they’ve seen success in winning the 2019 Copa Constitucio and were runners-up in the league the previous season.

Engordany have not played as much European football as some of Barry’s other possible opponents but they have the impressive record of winning preliminary round ties in the past two seasons – knocking out Sammarinese opponents on both occasions. They beat Folgore 3-2 in 2019 at this stage and La Fiorita 3-1 last year. However, they were comfortably defeated in the following First Qualifying Round matches.

Profiling our potential Europa League opponents | Part One

There are just four days to go until we’ll find out our opponents in the preliminary round of this year’s UEFA Europa League, so it’s time to take a look at who we could be facing.

UEFA announced yesterday that teams are likely to be grouped for the draw due to Covid-19 travel regulations, but as that information will not be released until the day before, we’re still running down all eight teams that we could play, thanks to Ian Johnson.

Here’s part one – in order of seeding from highest to lowest.

Lincoln Red Imps – Gibraltar

Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar are the top seeds in the Preliminary Round draw, and will also be a seeded club in the First Qualifying Round. They’ve won the Gibraltar League on 24 occasions, including 14 consecutive titles between 2003 and 2016.

In Europe, their biggest moment came when they beat Celtic 1-0 in the home match at the Victoria Stadium, but they’ve also had aggregate victories over FC Santa Coloma over Andorra and Flora Tallinn of Estonia in the Champions League qualifiers. They were defeated by TNS 3-2 on aggregate when they last met Welsh opposition in 2018.

Red Imps were having an uncharacteristically poor season when Covid-19 halted the Gibraltar League in the Spring, in third place, ten points behind leaders Europa FC and five points behind second place St Joseph’s. However, they were still in the semi-finals of the Rock Cup, and would have hoped to win that for the first time in five seasons.

Lincoln Red Imps are the only seeded club from Gibraltar that Barry can play in this season’s Europa League.

FC Santa Coloma – Andorra

FC Santa Coloma are another club who are used to winning their league more than they are used to finishing runners-up.

This season’s Andorran League went to the wire, with FC Santa Coloma hoping that their rivals, Inter d’Escaldes, would drop points on the final day of the season and allow them to win the league, which re-started in July after a Covid19 enforced break. Santa Coloma were also beaten to Andorra’s Copa Constitucio by Inter, losing 2-0 in the final. They’ve won the Primera Division on 13 occasions, including six consecutive seasons before this year.

In Europe, they’ve knocked out Banants of Armenia over two legs, and beat San Marino side Tre Penne in last year’s Champions League Preliminary Round.

Like Lincoln Red Imps, they will be seeded in the First Qualifying Round draw.

B36 Torshavn – Faroe Islands

B36 Torshavn are the highest seeded of the three Faroe Islands clubs to be represented in this year’s Preliminary Round, and the last of the three clubs who will also be seeded in the First Qualifying Round draw.

The Faroese are mid-way through their league campaign, and B36 qualified for the Europa League after finishing second in the table last season. They were top with four games to play, but finished as runners-up, three points behind KI Klaksvík. At the time of writing, they are third in the Faroese League.

In the Champions League, they met TNS in 2016, the Oswestry club winning both legs to go through 6-2 on aggregate. However, they had a better year in the Europa League two seasons ago, knocking out St Joseph’s of Gibraltar on penalties and then beating OFK Titograd of Montenegro before being finally beaten by Besiktas. Last season they were beaten in both legs by Crusaders of Belfast. 

B36 have won the Faroese League eleven times, most recently in 2015, and the Faroe Islands Cup six times, 2018 the last occasion.

La Fiorita – San Marino

La Fiorita of San Marino were a surprise addition to the list of Europa League Preliminary Round seeds, only added to Barry’s list of possible opponents last week when Folgore were banned from European competition due to match-fixing.

They’ve won the Campianato Sammarinese di Calcio on six occasions and the Coppa Titano five times, doing the double in 2017-18.

San Marino was one of the countries in Europe that was earliest hit by Covid-19, so it was no surprise when the league there was brought to an early conclusion. La Fiorita were fourth when the league was ended, taking advantage of Folgore’s misfortune to book themselves an unexpected place in the Europa League.

La Fiorita have yet to make it through a European tie, but they did hold Linfield to a goalless draw at home after losing 1-0 in the return. Last year they lost 3-1 on aggregate to UE Engordany of Andorra, another of Barry’s possible opponents this season.

Obituary: Keith Pontin

Barry Town United are saddened to hear of the death of our former centre-half Keith Pontin.

Keith was much more than a centre half and earned two caps at full international level for Wales before joining Barry Town from Merthyr in September 1985. The move was quite a coup for Barry at the time as they had signed a Rolls-Royce of a player, certainly for the level he was then playing at. He was a classy defender in every sense of the phrase and one of the rocks on which Barry’s successes of the 1980s was built.

After making his debut against Minehead in the FA Cup on 28 September 1985, ‘Pont’ as he was known to fans, continually gave assured and confident performances during his six-season spell at Jenner Park. He rarely missed a game and played in 299 matches for the Linnets, scoring 23 goals.

So good were his overall performances that he won the club’s Players’ Player of the Season award three times (1988, 1989 & 1991), the Player of the Season accolade in 1987 and not to mention the Chairman’s special award in 1986. He was that good. Keith also captained the team and acted as assistant manager to Mel Donovan during the second part of the 1988-89 season.

At Barry he played in the Southern League, which Barry returned to play in briefly during the 1989-90 season. Prior to that, he helped the club win four Welsh League titles between 1985 and 1989 and played in the Welsh Cup semi-finals versus Swansea and Wrexham. He also played a pivotal part in a highly successful 1985-86 season when the Town also lifted the Welsh League Cup and South Wales Senior Cups to add to its League title.

The club sends its deepest and heartfelt condolences to Keith’s family, a player who will be sorely missed by his former playing colleagues and supporters at Jenner Park.

Vacancy: U19s Manager

Barry Town United are advertising for the position of U19s Manager.

Accountable to: Academy Director
Location: Jenner Park, Barry, CF62 9BG
Contract type: Part time

What is the role?

This role offers the successful candidate an exciting opportunity to manage  the Barry Town United Academy Development squad who play in the Cymru Premier DVP South League. The squad are based across two locations, two evenings a week at Jenner Park and Leckwith Stadium. You  will inspire, educate and develop the players whilst providing support, guidance and professional management to individuals and a squad as a whole. You will combine this with the management of the squad from a tactical and player perspective.

The above will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to contribute to a progressive learning environment, which positively impacts a player’s development and potential to achieve on and off the pitch.

What are we looking for?

The successful candidate will support the development of academy players in accordance with our Academy Performance Plan (inc. coaching and playing philosophy), providing all players appropriate playing opportunities, in consultation with the Academy Director as well as working closely with first team coaching staff to aid the successful progression of players throughout the club.

You will also have a duty of care to protect the welfare of our players under your supervision by creating an environment that protects them from harm.

Essential Experience:

  • Experience of management and coaching within an academy and football development system
  • Track record of identifying and developing talent, as well as monitoring and reporting upon player progress
  • Evidence of proactively seeking personal development opportunities
  • UEFA A Licence or working towards
  • FAW Safeguarding
  • Emergency First Aid Award

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent time management & organisational skills
  • Great understanding of effective communication for a wide range of individuals & groups
  • A wide range of coaching experience in a 1-on-1, position specific and team environment

What do you get in return?

If you are successful, you can look forward to:

  • An opportunity to work for a successful Cymru Premier League Football Club
  • Regular accredited CPD opportunities 
  • Working in an environment with strong core values, providing learning and development opportunities; whilst working with like-minded individuals
  • A competitive coaching session rate

If you wish to apply for this role then please email a CV and cover letter highlighting why you feel you are suitable for the position to the email address below:

damian.flynn@barrytown.co.uk

The closing date for applications is Monday 10th August.

Barry Town United shows support for ‘Mentally Healthy Football’

Barry Town United has welcomed a joint Declaration from the UK football family signifying its support for building a mentally healthy environment at every level of the game, as a lasting legacy of the Heads Up campaign.

The Mentally Healthy Football Declaration will see all of UK football recognising that mental health is as important as physical health and pioneering a ‘team approach’ on this important issue. The UK football family will build on the important work that clubs and football organisations are already doing, working together to roll out these efforts across the football system, share best practice, and support the development of ‘mentally healthy clubs’ at every level of the game.

The landmark Declaration has been signed by senior figures from across the football system, including the FA, the Premier League, the English Football League (EFL), Scottish FA, FA Wales, Irish FA, League Managers Association (LMA), Professional Footballers Association (PFA), Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and League Football Education (LFE).

Following an unprecedented season for football, mental health issues are more relevant than ever.   Through the Declaration, football has committed to working together to embed an environment across all of UK football:

  • Where players and staff are encouraged to look after their mental health just as they look after their physical health;
  • where they feel able to spot the signs that they, a team-mate or colleague might be struggling and know where to access support;
  • and where speaking out about mental health is seen as a sign of strength rather than weakness.

The Declaration will see the FAW join a UK-wide mental health implementation group next season, working towards a collective ‘game plan’ for the first time to ensure the mental health of players, staff, managers, coaches and officials is prioritised across the game.

The Declaration has also been welcomed by Heads Up’s charity partners Mind, CALM and Sporting Chance, who will work with us all next season to take the Declaration forward.

You can find out more about the Heads Up campaign by visiting www.headstogether.org.uk/heads-up


Mae Barry Town United wedi croesawu Datganiad ar y cyd gan deulu pêl-droed y Deyrnas Unedig yn dynodi ei gefnogaeth dros feithrin amgylchedd er lles iechyd meddwl ar bob lefel o’r gêm, fel etifeddiaeth barhaus i’r ymgyrch Heads Up.

Drwy’r Datganiad Pêl-droed er Lles Iechyd Meddwl, bydd teulu pêl-droed y DU gyfan yn cydnabod bod iechyd meddwl yr un mor bwysig ag iechyd corfforol, a bydd yn meithrin ‘ymagwedd tîm’ at y mater pwysig hwn. Bydd teulu pêl-droed y DU yn adeiladu ar y gwaith pwysig mae clybiau a sefydliadau eisoes yn ei wneud, gan weithio gyda’n gilydd i gyflwyno’r ymdrechion hyn ar draws y system bêl-droed, rhannu arfer gorau, a chefnogi’r datblygiad o ‘glybiau er lles iechyd meddwl’ ar bob lefel o’r gêm.

Mae’r Datganiad hanesyddol wedi’i lofnodi gan uwch swyddogion o bob rhan o’r system bêl-droed, gan gynnwys y Gymdeithas Bêl-droed (FA), Uwch-Gynghrair Lloegr (Premier League), Cynghrair Bêl-droed Lloegr (EFL), Cymdeithas Bêl-droed yr Alban, Cymdeithas Bêl-droed Cymru, Cymdeithas Bêl-droed Iwerddon, y Gymdeithas Rheolwyr Proffesiynol (LMA), y Gymdeithas Chwaraewyr Proffesiynol (PFA), Swyddogion Gemau’r Gêm Broffesiynol Cyfyngedig (PGMOL) a League Football Education (LFE).

Yn dilyn tymor digynsail i bêl-droed, mae materion iechyd meddwl yn fwy perthnasol nag erioed. Drwy’r Datganiad, mae byd pêl-droed y DU wedi ymrwymo i gydweithio er mwyn ymgorffori amgylchedd lle:

  • caiff chwaraewyr a staff eu hannog i edrych ar ôl eu hiechyd meddwl yn yr un ffordd ag y maent eu hiechyd corfforol;
  • mae pawb yn teimlo eu bod yn gallu adnabod yr arwyddion eu bod nhw, neu aelod o’r tîm neu gydweithiwr, yn cael trafferthion ac yn gwybod o ble i gael cefnogaeth;
  • mae siarad am iechyd meddwl yn cael ei weld fel arwydd o gryfder yn hytrach nag yn wendid.

Bydd y Datganiad yn gweld CBDC yn ymuno â grŵp gweithredu ar iechyd meddwl ar daws y DU y tymor nesaf, gan weithio tuag at ‘gynllun gêm’ ar y cyd am y tro cyntaf erioed i sicrhau bod iechyd meddwl chwaraewyr, staff, rheolwyr, hyfforddwyr a swyddogion yn cael ei flaenoriaethu ar draws y gêm.

Hefyd yn croesawu’r Datganiad mae partneriaid elusennol Heads Up, sef Mind, CALM a Sporting Chance, a fydd yn gweithio gyda ni dros y tymor nesaf i weithredu’r Datganiad.

Gallwch ganfod rhagor am ymgyrch Heads Up drwy ymweld â www.headstogether.org.uk/heads-up

2020/21 UEFA Europa League tie information

Four weeks today, we will be kicking off in the preliminary round of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League, and preparation is well underway both on and off the pitch.

As the football calendar has become condensed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s tie will be only one-legged, with the team drawn out of the pot first being given home advantage.

We can confirm that should we be given a home fixture, this will be played at the Cardiff City Stadium. This is the nearest ground that fully complies with Covid-19 game safety regulations, and has hosted five EFL Championship games in the last five weeks.

UEFA have also ruled that all games will be played behind closed doors, meaning supporters will unfortunately not be able to attend our fixture whether home or away. This is disappointing for everyone at the club, however we are sure the UEFA decision was made in the interests of both safety and to ensure no unfair advantage to any team given the new one legged format.

Nonetheless, we are keen to still make the game an experience to be enjoyed by our supporters, who were fantastic in both Europa League games last summer, and the match will be broadcast live either on television or an internet stream. We are nothing without your incredible support, and you will have a huge role to play come August 20th.

Further information will be announced in due course, with all aspects of the game set to become clearer following the draw on August 9th.

Drew Fahiya and Curtis Watkins depart Barry Town

Barry Town United can confirm that Drew Fahiya and Curtis Watkins will both depart the football club this summer.

The long-serving pair leave Jenner Park with everyone’s best wishes, having each played key roles in the club’s many successes in recent years.

Barry-born Fahiya joined the club in 2015 from AFC Rhoose and Watkins arrived the following year after leaving Cardiff City, and both helped the club to the Welsh League Division One title in 2016/17. Fahiya was joint top scorer that season, netting 19 goals.

The two continued to feature regularly in the Welsh Premier League, adapting to the step up as the team finished seventh in 2017/18 before securing Europa League football with a third place finish the season after – a magnificent achievement for two players who had been playing second tier football with the club just two years earlier. Qualification was achieved in a 5-2 win away at Bala Town, a game which Watkins started and Fahiya came off the bench to score the fifth goal.

Centre-back Watkins departs the club having made 97 appearances, scoring three goals, while forward Fahiya featured on 138 occasions, scoring 31 times. Those numbers demonstrate what excellent servants both have been to Barry.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Firstly, everyone around the club and especially the changing room will miss two fantastic guys. Both have contributed hugely on and off the field in their time at the club and I know they are very proud of all they have achieved in a Barry shirt.

“At the respective stages of their careers, whilst I’m sad to lose them both I fully respect their desire to play more football. I wish them both the very best and thank them for all they have done and I know they will never be strangers to our club.”

#MikeyAdded | Barry Town United complete the signing of Mikey George

Barry Town United are delighted to announce that Mikey George has agreed terms to join the club for a second spell.

Born in Barry, George left Jenner Park last year and spent the 2019/20 campaign at Penybont, making 23 appearances in the club’s debut season in the Cymru Premier.

The versatile player joined Barry from Cambrian and Clydach four years ago, initially becoming part of the Development Team squad. He would make his senior debut in the 7-1 win over Haverfordwest County in the Nathaniel MG Cup in November 2016, coming on as a late substitute for Jordan Cotterill. Upon the club’s promotion to the top-flight the following year, George made three Welsh Premier League appearances which earned him his first senior team contract in the summer of 2018.

That same season as part of his plan for development, Mikey was loaned to fellow Welsh Premier League club Llanelli Town where he impressed making 19 appearances. Mikey now returns to his hometown club following another successful season in the top flight.

Having completed the signing, Gavin Chesterfield commented:

“I’m delighted to bring Mikey back to the club. He knows what we are about and how we work. Being honest I didn’t want to lose him last season but to his and Penybont’s, Mikey has matured as a player and his all action style and versatility will bring much to our squad. I’m genuinely excited to be working with him again and have no doubt be will emerge as one of the Cymru Premier League’s young talents.”

#ComebackThursday | Curtis Hutson returns to Barry Town United

Barry Town United are pleased to announce that Curtis Hutson has agreed terms to join the club from fellow Cymru Premier League side Penybont.

Hutson returns to the club having spent the 2014/15 season at Jenner Park, when he was part of the squad that won the Welsh League Division Two title, making 18 appearances. He will be most fondly remembered for his winning goal against Risca United and his penalty that helped a ten-man Barry side come from 2-0 down to draw with West End.

A former Cardiff City academy player and Wales Under-16 international, Hutson would go on to play for both Caerau Ely and Goytre United, as well as spend time in Australia with Mornington Soccer Club, before signing for Penybont in 2018. He helped Rhys Griffiths’s side go unbeaten in his first season at the club as they stormed to the Welsh League Division One title, and then made 21 Cymru Premier League appearances last season, scoring five times.

Commenting on the signing, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Curtis back to the club. Since he was last with us in 2015 Curtis has worked hard to develop his game and last season at Penybont he showed he can be a major threat in the Cymru Premier League. Whilst Curtis has matured his game, at 25 years of age there is so much more to come. He will add something different to the squad and I’m excited to see him back in a Barry Town shirt.”

#JarvisJoins | Nat Jarvis becomes first summer signing for Barry

Barry Town United are delighted to confirm that we have agreed terms to bring Nat Jarvis to the club on a two-year deal.

Born in Cardiff, the striker joined the Cardiff City academy at the age of 8 and signed his first professional contract with the club in May 2011. He would make three senior appearances for the Bluebirds, scoring two goals, including a 20-yard lobbed header on his debut against Oxford United in the League Cup.

During his time at Cardiff, Jarvis spent time out on loan at Southend United, Newport County, Forest Green Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers, before eventually departing the club in 2013. Since then, he has played for a number of clubs in the English non-league system, including Bath City, Gloucester City and Hungerford Town.

The 28-year-old most recently enjoyed two seasons at Chippenham Town, playing regular football in the National League South. But he now returns to Wales to play in the Cymru Premier for the first time.

At international level, Jarvis qualifies to play for Antigua and Barbuda through his grandfather, and made his debut for the Caribbean country in 2014. He has 11 caps to date, scoring on three occasions.

Having completed the signing, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“This move has been a long time coming, but the timing feels right for both parties now. Nat is a striker who is different to what we already have at the club and is an exceptional character to have in the dressing room. I know Nat is excited to join the club and is looking forward to a fresh challenge in the JD Cymru Premier League.”