Category: Club News

Club Statement: Firebreak Lockdown

On Monday 19 October, the Welsh Government announced that Wales would go into a ‘firebreak’ lockdown, commencing at 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November.

The conditions of the lockdown state that:

Sportspeople who work and earn a living through sport are allowed to continue working, and like everyone else they can leave home to do so if they cannot work from home.

Fixtures involving professional sportspeople are allowed to continue behind closed doors. All participants, such as players, officials, coaches, and broadcasters, are there in a working capacity.

Meanwhile, the ‘elite programme’ – that had allowed the 2020-21 JD Cymru Premier season to start behind closed doors and with strict protocols – has been suspended.  

Following this announcement, we, along with all other JD Cymru Premier clubs, were asked by the FAW if we would be able to continue playing with only professional players and staff. 

We want to, and are ready to, continue playing with 21 professionally registered players. However it was our opinion that we should only continue to play football if the whole league was able to do so. As a result, our fixtures during the lockdown period will be postponed.

Our reasons for taking this stance are as follows:

  • We believe the decision should be one that is in the best interest of the whole JD Cymru Premier. 50% of the clubs in the league would be unable to continue playing as they do not have enough professional players registered. 
  • It is our opinion that either the whole league should have its elite status reinstated and we all play, or no team in the league should continue to play. 
  • Whilst we currently find ourselves in a financially stable position, many of the clubs in our league do not. This break gives those a much needed financial rest.
  • A stop in all domestic football activity in Wales will help the infection rate to slow and hopefully allow all tiers of football to begin and fans to return to our grounds as soon as it is safe to do so. 
  • The return to play protocols we have been guided by since the start of the 2020-21 season require an army of volunteers in roles such as administration, compliance, stewarding, ball retrieving and temperature checking. These individuals would not be permitted entry to our games as they are volunteers. We take our responsibilities as a club extremely seriously and do not feel we could safely run a match day without these individuals who are the lifeblood of our football club. 

We thank supporters for their understanding during these challenging times. We hope to be back on the football pitch very soon and have you there with us. 

#JoshJoins | Barry Town United secure signing of Josh Graham

Barry Town United are pleased to announce the signing of striker Josh Graham.

Graham joined JD Cymru South side Taffs Well in the summer but as the second tier are yet to start playing competitive football, he has now moved to Jenner Park to bolster our attacking options.

The 26-year-old made his name at STM Sports, helping the Cardiff-based side rise up through the divisions and reach the Cymru South in 2019.

He stood out in STM’s fairytale journey to the Nathaniel MG Cup final last season, as the club beat top-flight sides Newtown and Aberystwyth Town in a magnificent run.  

Graham netted a hat-trick against Pontypridd Town in round one, before scoring the winning goal in the semi-final against Aberystwyth.  

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m looking forward to working with Josh, he is a player who has played very well over the years for STM Sports including against higher opposition. He has probably deserved the step up for a while but for one reason or another it hasn’t happened.

“I’m delighted this step up has come for him at a good age – having spoken to him he’s excited by the opportunity to test himself. Our thanks go to Lee Kendall and Taffs Well for their help in the transfer.”

Town announce new creative partnership with CREO

Barry Town United are delighted to announce a new sponsorship agreement with CREO, one of Wales’ leading brand and digital agencies.

This exciting partnership will see the CREO logo appear on our kit for the forthcoming season, with the company working alongside the club to deliver a range of digital assets over the coming months.

This will include new imagery for social media as well as a new website that will bring all elements of our club under one digital umbrella. 

Jordan Thorne, Creative Director at CREO commented: 

“For us as a team, and as passionate football fans in general, we feel incredibly proud to be sponsoring Barry Town. It’s a club with an illustrious history and a fantastic future. During these unprecedented times, it’s essential for clubs to engage with supporters fully and the development of a new digital platform will support the club in achieving this objective. 

“It will offer a professional look that helps promote the club in its entirety whilst representing the JD Cymru Premier in a positive manner. We find ourselves within strange times and the unique visual language we have created will allow the club to speak to their supporters and stakeholders in a new and engaging way, helping to strengthen relationships and build new ones.

“We would like to thank the board directors and members, as well as the media team, first-team manager Gavin Chesterfield and all connected to the club in allowing us this fantastic opportunity – put wind in our sails and we can go anywhere. Up the Town.”

Richard Ward, CREO Managing Director commented: 

“CREO are extremely proud to sponsor Barry Town United Football Club for the forthcoming season. Barry Town have an incredibly rich and successful history both domestically and in European competitions.

“I personally am looking forward to engaging with the club and its fantastic fan base. Living locally I know how much the club means to the community of Barry and hope that by bringing our digital and creative expertise to the table we can showcase this great football club to the wider world.”

#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 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!

#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.

Barry Town United Supporters Update | August 27

As you will have read, the JD Cymru Premier 2020/21 season will start on the weekend of September 12, under the FAW’s Return to Play Protocol.

This means that the opening matches will be played behind closed doors, with registered participants on and off the pitch following the Return to Play rules.

Although we hope we will quickly reach a point where fans can attend, we don’t know when this will happen, as it is in the hands of Welsh Government and the FAW.  We have made our views clear and, along with all other Cymru Premier clubs, lobbied to delay a return to play until supporters are welcomed back but unfortunately this decision has been taken out of Cymru Premier Clubs hands. 

Our only hope is that you, our 12th man, will return to the stands very soon and we will of course keep you updated on any updates we receive. 

In these circumstances, we obviously cannot sell season tickets as we normally would. Club membership from 2019-20 will remain valid until our Annual General Meeting, which we hope to hold soon at the Clubhouse, subject to the standard restrictions. Details will be announced shortly.

We are very grateful to members of the Vice Presidents Club who have continued to contribute over the past six months when there have been no games taking place. Again, membership will soon re-open for the new season for those who pay on an annual basis.

Even though matches are behind closed doors, we intend to publish a hard-copy programme for our home games. However, these will be limited in numbers. As in previous seasons, we will have a programme subscription scheme for fans to reserve copies for the whole season.

Barry Town shirt sponsors for the 2019-20 season will be able to collect their shirt from the club on Thursday 3 September and Saturday 5 September. Shirt sponsorship for the new 2020-21 season will be available this weekend.

A big thank you to everybody who has pre-purchased a new 2020-21 shirt. They will be with us soon, and can be collected or sent to you as ordered. We can’t wait to see your names embedded in the shirt! 

The Clubhouse is open every evening of the week from 4pm, showing the latest live sport, so please join us for a drink.

Last, but not least, a big thank you to Mark Hollis, who is stepping down this summer from his role as Membership Coordinator. Mark has been invaluable in organising membership, coordinating supporter travel and running the reserved programme scheme since we re-joined the Cymru Premier, and we all really appreciate his hard work.

Up the Town!