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JD Cymru Premier Phase Two fixtures confirmed

After the conclusion of phase one of the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season yesterday, all eyes are immediately on phase two as our final ten fixtures have been revealed.

Usually there would be a two-week break between the two phases, but due to the campaign already being set back due to lockdown restrictions, there is no let up and phase two begins next weekend.

This season we are joined in the Championship Conference by Connah’s Quay Nomads, The New Saints, Bala Town, Penybont and Caernarfon Town and will play all five teams twice across a six-week period.

Following confirmation by the FAW that this season’s JD Welsh Cup has been cancelled, third place will automatically earn a place in the Europa Conference League first qualifying round, while teams placed fourth to seventh will compete in the European playoffs.

We begin with a trip to Caernarfon Town next weekend (Saturday 10 April), before welcoming The New Saints to Jenner Park the following Tuesday.

There are four midweek games scheduled in total, including both our games against Penybont.

The regular league season concludes on Saturday 15 May, and we host Caernarfon Town that afternoon.

Please note all fixture dates and times are subject to change following discussions with broadcasters.


Barry Town United 2020/21 Phase Two fixtures

Saturday 10 April – Caernarfon Town vs Barry Town United

Tuesday 13 April – Barry Town United vs The New Saints

Saturday 17 April – Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Barry Town United

Tuesday 20 April – Barry Town United vs Penybont

Saturday 24 April – Bala Town vs Barry Town United

Tuesday 27 April – Penybont vs Barry Town United

Saturday 1 May – Barry Town United vs Bala Town

Tuesday 4 May – Barry Town United vs Connah’s Quay Nomads

Saturday 8 May – The New Saints vs Barry Town United

Saturday 15 May – Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town

Wharton victorious with Saint Kitts and Nevis

Town midfielder Theo Wharton earned his 16th cap for Saint Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday in a 1-0 win over Puerto Rico.

The 26-year-old came on as a 60th minute substitute at the San Cristóbal Panamerican Stadium in the Dominican Republic, with his country already in the lead thanks to a first half goal from Vinceroy Nelson.

It was the first game in Saint Kitts and Nevis’s qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup; they are in Group F in the first round of CONCACAF qualifying and will also face Bahamas, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago before the top ranking nation progresses to the second round to meet the winner of Group A.

Saint Kitts and Nevis are next in action on Saturday as they face Bahamas in Haiti.

Everyone at Barry Town is immensely proud of Theo and wishes him and his teammates the best of luck as their qualifying campaign continues.

Barry Town Support Level Playing Field Campaign

Barry Town United are proud to be supporting Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign this year.

Disability charity Level Playing Field are celebrating their 17th ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign from Saturday 27 January to Sunday 14 March, which aims to showcase the good work being done by clubs and organisations to improve accessibility and inclusion across all sports.

As with fans, Level Playing Field will be absent from the terraces this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which means they will be taking their campaign virtual for the first time ever!

To support the campaign, Town are getting involved by helping our disabled supporters learn about Level Playing Field and understand what they do, what their aims are to improve accessibility and inclusion, and how they can assist disabled fans.

Who are ‘Level Playing Field’?

Level Playing Field are a sports charity that act as a campaigning and advisory organisation for disabled sports fans. 

The charity supports disabled sports fans through the following channels:

Membership programme

As a user led organisation, Level Playing Field’s members are always at the heart of what they do. Their shared passion for sport and equality really drives them to influence long term change and improve the spectator experience for all disabled fans.

The Level Playing Field ‘Fan’ membership is free to join, and includes the following benefits:

  • Weekly ‘match day’ newsletter with general LPF updates.
  • Quarterly ‘Fan’ specific exclusive newsletter.
  • Invites to take part in annual events such as Weeks of Action and regional/national forums.
  • Official membership Certificate.
  • It’s free to become a member.

Other benefits include:

  • Access to independent, expert advice and guidance on access and inclusion issues.
  • Opportunity to feedback on Access and Inclusion through LPF’s annual survey.
  • Opportunity to network with other disabled fans, fan groups and disability/sports organisations.

To become a Level Playing Field member, click here or contact ben@levelplayingfield.org.uk.

Active Level Playing Field initiatives

Level Playing Field run a range of initiatives for disabled sports fans, especially specific to the current climate of living through a global pandemic.

Active Level Playing Field initiatives:

  • Talking sport – Level Playing Field launched the Talking Sport initiative to help reduce loneliness and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Match of the Day… Before – Every Monday the Fans Liaison Team host an open-invitation zoom call, where fans can come along and chat about all the weekend action. Email liam@levelplayingfield.org.uk for more information.
  • The Level Playing Field podcast – The latest Level Playing Field initiative, a monthly podcast series with guests from across the sporting community.

To find out more about the above, contact liam@levelplayingfield.org.uk.

Level Playing Field’s work

Level Playing Field work behind the scenes with clubs to help improve accessibility at sports venues to ensure disabled supporters can experience the best possible match day. Common areas of improvement are sensory rooms, accessible toilets, audio commentary, and accessible clubs shops and food concession stands that include drop-down counters.

Areas of improvement can be highlighted by clubs through Level Playing Field services such as:

  • Access Audits by NRAC (National Register of Access Consultants) 
  • Club staff training
  • Expert advice and guidance

For More Information

If you would like to keep updated with Level Playing Field’s work, follow them on social media.

Dates of remaining phase one fixtures confirmed

The dates of our remaining six fixtures of phase one of the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season have been confirmed by the FAW.

We resume on Saturday 6 March away to Cefn Druids, before back to back home games against Penybont and Aberystwyth Town. We then make the short trip for the reverse fixture against Penybont.

There is then an 11-day break in our schedule, with our final two matches of phase one seeing us host Bala Town and travel to Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Due to Welsh Government and FAW guidelines, all fixtures will be played behind closed doors until further notice.

All fixtures are subject to change.

‘Elite Status’ reinstated for JD Cymru Premier

The Football Association of Wales has today (Tuesday 23 February) confirmed that ‘elite status’ will be reinstated for the JD Cymru Premier, allowing the league to resume on March 6.

A statement from the FAW read:

The Football Association of Wales has been informed by the National Sport Group (NSG) that the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League have had their ‘Elite Status’ reinstated with immediate effect. 

Although the country remains at Alert Level 4 of the Welsh Government Control Plan, clubs in these leagues can prepare for the resumption of fixtures under the FAW’s strict Return to Play COVID-19 protocols.  

At this current time, and taking into account the continuing public health crisis, JD Cymru North and JD Cymru South have not had their ‘Elite Status’ reinstated by the NSG whilst the country remains at Alert Level 4.  

As a consequence, with the exemption of those clubs with professionals who cannot carry out their work from home, Tier 2 clubs are not permitted to return until the country either enters Alert Level 3 or the NSG grant ‘Elite Status’ to the leagues; whichever comes first. 

The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Welsh Government and Commonwealth Games Wales to consider the ‘Elite Status’ designation.  

Confirmation of the rescheduled fixtures for the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League will be announced in due course on CymruFootball.Wales.

The FAW continues to encourage that everyone follows the Welsh Government guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone at Barry Town United is naturally delighted to be returning to action and we are looking forward to resuming the campaign. We hope that the next step will be to welcome supporters back to grounds in a safe manner. UP THE TOWN!

FAW confirm proposed return date for JD Cymru Premier

The Football Association of Wales have confirmed plans for the return of the JD Cymru Premier in the coming weeks as part of the ‘Return to Play’ programme.

The National League Board has determined that an attempt will be made to complete the following league season when the country either returns to Alert Level 3 in accordance with the Welsh Government Covid-19 Control Plan or when the ‘Elite Status’ as defined by Sport Wales is redesignated to that competition, whichever is the sooner.

The new proposed playing calendar for the JD Cymru Premier is 5 March to 31 May. We have six remaining fixtures to play of phase one before the 10 in phase two.

In addition, the FAW has confirmed plans to continuing playing the Nathaniel MG Cup if the calendar allows (March to 31 May) as well as the JD Welsh Cup, which will be played amongst the 44 teams at tiers one and two only (20 April to 5 June).

#BirdIsTheWord | Jamie Bird returns to Barry Town

Barry Town United are pleased to confirm the signing of Jamie Bird from Bristol Manor Farm.

Bird returns to Jenner Park six years after an impressive loan spell in the 2015/16 season when the club were in Welsh League Division One.  

The dynamic midfielder was a Cardiff City player at the time, having been with the Bluebirds from the age of seven before signing his first professional contract shortly after his time at Barry.

Bird left the Welsh capital in 2017 and signed for Hereford FC, where he won the Southern League Premier in his debut season. He has since had spells at Merthyr Town, Croesyceiliog and Bristol Manor Farm, but now the 23-year-old has agreed a deal to play in the Welsh top-flight for the first time.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Jamie has a great pedigree and he was fantastic for us in his spell here before. I’m excited to be working with him and I think he’ll benefit from being part of our culture and training environment. He is a creative player, but a powerful player as well, and will add a different dimension to our team.”

#KavThat | Barry Town sign Rhys Kavanagh

Barry Town United are pleased to confirm the signing of striker Rhys Kavanagh.

A product of Newport County’s academy, Kavanagh helped the Exiles’ Under-18s win the EFL Youth Alliance Merit League One in 2016-17, scoring  28 goals in 32 appearances along the way.

That summer, he was snapped up by Bristol Rovers, signing his first professional contract at the Memorial Ground and joining the club’s development squad.

Kavanagh impressed in his appearances for the Pirates’ youth sides, and also enjoyed loan spells with Hungerford Town, Bath City and Gloucester City.

However he has unfortunately struggled with injury in recent years, and was forced to retire from professional football last summer when his contract at Bristol Rovers came to an end. However, he expressed his desire to continue playing and now the 22-year-old has agreed a deal at Jenner Park.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Rhys is an exciting player that I’ve known about for a long time. We feel like we could be a good match for each other and I’m excited to see what he can do. He knows many of our current squad and he’ll add a different attacking dimension to us.”

#IdzADeal | Lee Idzi joins Barry Town United

Barry Town United are pleased to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Lee Idzi from Carmarthen Town.

Idzi joins the club after six and a half years at Richmond Park, all spent in the Welsh top-flight before the Old Gold’s relegation last season.

The 32-year-old has also previously appeared for Bangor City, where he was a Welsh Premier League and Welsh Cup runner-up, as well as for Neath and Haverfordwest. Idzi has made 394 top-flight appearances in total, meaning he brings a huge wealth of experience to our squad.

Following Josh Gould’s return to parent club Swansea City, Gavin Chesterfield was keen to add another option between the sticks and expressed his delight at securing Idzi’s signature.  

Chesterfield said: “Lee is someone I worked with very briefly at Haverfordwest a long time ago and my conversations with him have been hugely refreshing. I think he’s excited to have a new challenge after being very loyal to Carmarthen over many years. He adds huge experience and character to our squad and I’m very pleased to bring him.”

Paul Morgan departs Barry Town

Everyone at Barry Town United would like to wish Paul Morgan the very best of luck as he moves on to a new opportunity.

Barry-born Paul joined us in August 2012 after leaving Newport County’s academy, and in the eight and a half years since, he has become a stalwart of the football club. He departs having made a total of 184 appearances, scoring five times. 

Paul has experienced all the highs and lows of our whirlwind journey over the last decade, being part of the squad for our Welsh Cup semi-final in 2013 before we were withdrawn from the league a few weeks later.

He stuck with the club and won all three divisions of the Welsh League, as we rose from Division Three to the Welsh Premier League in the space of four years. He was named as the Young Player of the Season in both 2013/14 and 2015/16. 

The right-back then went on to make several appearances in the top-flight, and also made his European debut in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League preliminary round tie against Cliftonville in July 2019.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Paul can be proud of everything he’s achieved at the football club. Numerous trophies, numerous highlights and he’s gone all the way through the divisions with us. I think the world of him and I know how much he loves the club. The boys will miss him because he’s a big part of our changing room, but I know he won’t be a stranger.”