Category: Club News

£3000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support

Following the recent success of Neil ‘Davo’ Davies’ Testimonial match and fundraising Day at Jenner Park, Neil along with representatives from Wales Veterans Football and Barry Town United were pleased to hand over a cheque for £3000 to Macmillan, who have been supporting Neil and his family in his recent battle with terminal cancer.

Neil, who resides in Barry, was keen to raise awareness of the illness, but also to generate much needed funds for the Macmillan Cancer UK Charity, and on Saturday 14th August at Jenner Park a Veterans football match provided the centre-piece of a day of fundraising activities. An auction, skilfully hosted by Cardiff City legend and Barry Town Veterans player Roger Gibbins, contributed to a grand total of £3000 for Macmillan Cancer Charity along with a further £1250 towards a short break for Neil and his partner Helen.

Chris Dickson, Sharon Corbett and Sheila Gifford, members of The Pontyclun and District Macmillan Fundraising Group gratefully accepted the cheque from Neil and Mark Barratt, chairman of Barry Town United Football Club, which will help them continue with their good work.

Three Barry Town veterans’ teams played their first competitive fixtures since 2020…and all three secured convincing wins

Barry Town o60s (pictured in their new kit, kindly supplied by chairman Mark Barratt) hosted a hard-working Merthyr team but dominated from the off. Although several opportunities were created they had to wait until the 20th minute for the evergreen Mike Bobbett to give them the lead, seizing onto a through ball by Bryan Sullivan. Timmy Morgan scored a second soon after to give the hosts a buffer. Merthyr remained dangerous and Richard Owen struck the cross-bar but, keeper Barry Niblett was rarely troubled in front of the impressive defensive unit of Brown, Gibbins, Staddon and Price. Huish and Marshall were in commanding form and it wasn’t long before more goals flowed….with Bobbett and Morgan scoring again, the latter with a big header. During the break manager Mark Jones rang the changes, sending on 74 four year olds’ Batt and Lennon along with Rutherford, Taffy Eveleigh and Mike Parkin and the domination continued. Steve Hill curled one in from the edge of the box and Brown slotted home after a mazy run. Parkin sealed an emphatic 7-0 victory, scoring his first goal since 1971!

The o50s faced a stubborn Cardiff Accies team at the University Fields in Llanrumney, but an early brace by Steve ‘Budge’ Hawtin set Barry on their way. He was denied his hat-trick when VAR ruled that he was ‘nowhere near’ when the Accies defender slammed the ball into his own net! Sims, Murphy, Davies and Averies, who replaced a debilitated Dolman, were composed in front of keeper Wills, whilst James marshalled his midfield charges Aggy Harris, Brown, Reilly, Webb and Dupuy to great effect. Sullivan, Roberts and Gareth ‘Skinny’ Richards led the line, and it was the latter who capped off an outstanding game with Barry’s third. A Damon Brown ‘bullet header’ secured a fine 0-5 win for Jimmy Blackie’s men.

The o40s, playing their first ever Wales Veterans League competitive match, completed a fine day for the veterans arm of the club with a convincing 7-2 win against Ynysddu. A strong team performance saw the hosts dominate for long periods and, although the visitors stayed resolute, on twenty minutes Yarr and then Baker put Barry into a deserved lead. Further goals by Yarr and Baker along with Howlett, Vick and Nunn completing a fine Wales Veterans League debut match for John Gee’s troops. A Nathan Edwards’ brace gave Ynysddu some respectability.

Alun Huish

Troy Greening joins Trethomas Bluebirds until January

Barry Town United can confirm that Troy Greening has joined Trethomas Bluebirds until January to gain match fitness.

Troy suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Penybont in August 2019 and he has been working hard ever since to return to football. The coronavirus pandemic delayed his recovery, but he underwent an operation in December 2020 and is now on track to be ready to play in October.

A spell in the Ardal Leagues South East will give Troy the opportunity to build up his fitness and get regular gametime.

Troy has been a huge part of our club over the last decade since signing from Newport County in 2012. The midfielder was heavily involved in the squads that won three promotions in four years, rising from Welsh League Division Three to the Welsh Premier League in the process. In 2014-2015, Troy was named Manager’s Young Player of the Season.

In total, the 28-year-old has made 185 appearances for the club, scoring 16 goals.

We wish Troy the best of luck at Trethomas Bluebirds and look forward to welcoming back our Number 8 in January.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “We’ve missed Troy. He’s an outstanding person and a very gifted footballer. He’s someone who has been with us through it all and someone who means a lot to everyone at the club.

“After a tough tough few years with injury, Troy has worked extremely hard in his rehab and is nearing the stage where game time is needed. I’d like to personally thank Mark Dunford and Trethomas Bluebirds for supporting Troy’s fitness and rehab.

“The plan is for both clubs to work closely with a view of seeing Troy back in a Barry shirt in the near future.”

Evan Press signs new Barry Town contract

Barry Town United are delighted to confirm that Evan Press has signed a new contract with the football club.

Having gained his football education in the academies of Cardiff City and Newport County, Evan joined Barry in the summer of 2018, originally as part of the development squad. He made a quick impression at Jenner Park though and was handed his first team debut as a substitute against Newtown in December 2018, going on to make five appearances in total in 2018-19 as we qualified for Europe for the first time in 16 years.

On the day after his 19th birthday, Evan made his full Barry debut against Cliftonville in the first leg of our Europa League preliminary round tie and put in a man of the match performance as we kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw. It was the start of a breakthrough season for the teenager, as he became a regular in the side in both defence and midfield and scored his first goal for the club against The New Saints: a stunning outside of the box strike that secured a famous 1-0 win. That goal won the Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment at our 2019-20 awards ceremony, while Evan also received Manager’s Young Player of the Season.

More accolades followed last season following another strong campaign in which Evan scored three more goals – two in the 6-2 thrashing of Bala Town and a last-minute winner in the 2-1 victory over Cardiff Met. He was the recipient of the Manager’s Young Player of the Season award once again, in addition to the Supporters’ Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season.

In total, the 21-year-old has made 64 appearances for Barry and scored five goals, and we are very pleased that he will continue at Jenner Park for the 2021-22 campaign.  

Gavin Chesterfield said: “I’m delighted to confirm that Evan has signed a new contract at the club. He is a young player who has developed immensely in recent seasons with us and is a well-liked and highly-valued member of our dressing room.

“After attracting much interest off the back of his displays last season, Evan has spent pre-season trialling at Premier League, Championship, League One and National League clubs. While the feedback has been hugely positive, things haven’t turned out the way he, or we, would have liked, but that’s football. As far as he and we are concerned, the journey very much continues here at Jenner Park.”

Inaugural Milton o60s Tournament in Oxford

Barry Town Vets players Alun Huish, Mike Bobbett, Barry Marshall, Paul Staddon and Kevin Brown once gain played a prominent part in Wales Veterans o60s win at the inaugural o60s Milton Tournament in Oxfordshire on Sunday 22nd August.

The squad recorded 4 wins and 2 draws against opposition from across the south of England to finish a convincing 6 points clear of their nearest rivals to take the trophy back to Wales.

From LtoR Standing
Jeff Smith (Asst Manager), Jon Parkinson, (Manager), Barry Marshall – Barry Town, Mike Blackaby – Pontyclun, Peter Morgan – Penybont, Howard Sully – Newport, Alun Huish – Barry Town, Les Davies – Penybont, Kevin Brown – Barry Town
LtoR Kneeling….Stuart Evans – Pontyclun, Mike Bobbett – Barry Town, Patrick Penceth – Penybont, Roger Langley – Swansea Uni, Pepe Mele – Pontyclun, Rob Clarke – Pontyclun, John Rowlands – Newport, Ian Thompson – Pontyclun, Paul Staddon – Barry Town

Jenner Park hosts Neil Davies Testimonial & Charity Day

£3000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support charity logo

Wales Veterans Football proudly hosted a Testimonial match and fundraising day for one of Wales Veterans finest players over the last decade, Neil ‘Davo’ Davies, who is sadly suffering from terminal cancer.

Neil was keen to raise awareness of the illness, but also to generate much needed funds for the Macmillan Cancer UK Charity, and on Saturday 14th August at Jenner Park a Wales Veterans Representative XI took on a Neil Davies (Penydarren) XI as the centre-piece of a day of fundraising activities. The game itself was good-natured with some high quality football…and Neil himself capped off a fine personal performance with a sweetly struck penalty, to edge the match 4-3 in favour of the Merthyr Team!

The Barry Town Vets celebrate Neil Davies as he walks out onto the pitch for his testimonial and charity game

Off the pitch more success followed, thanks to the generosity of those who took part, donated cash or items for the raffle and auction. Special thanks go to Barry Town United Chairman, Mark Barratt, for his generous hospitality and significant contribution. The auction and raffle, skilfully hosted by Cardiff City legend Roger Gibbins, raised over £1500 and contributed to a grand total of £3000, for Neil’s chosen charity. Friends and teammates were also delighted to be able send Neil, who has resided in Barry for several years with his partner Helen, for a luxury spa hotel holiday in Pembrokeshire….A great player and fine human being deserved no less.

#DonDeal | Brandon Griffiths signs for Barry Town United

Barry Town United are pleased to announce the signing of winger Brandon Griffiths.

Born in Cardiff, Griffiths joined Swansea City’s academy at the age of 14 and was awarded a scholarship 18 months later.

During his time with the Swans, the club were granted Category One academy status, meaning the attacker was able to test himself against some of the best young players in the country as part of the Under-18 side.

Griffiths departed Swansea in 2018, deciding to make the switch to German fifth tier side TuS Ennepetal. He later moved to DJK TuS Hordel and then to Belgian fourth division outfit KSK Ronse.

Now 23, Brandon has moved back to Wales and spent the summer training with our squad, earning a deal for the season ahead.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Brandon has been with us during pre-season and has shown in each performance that he brings something different to the squad. He’s displayed a good attitude and work ethic throughout and also shown a desire to be a part of the club. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

2021/22 squad numbers confirmed

Ahead of today’s Nathaniel MG Cup tie against Llanelli Town, we can confirm our official squad list and shirt numbers for the 2021/22 season.

There have been some number changes within the squad, with Luke Cummings taking number 2, Rhys Kavanagh upgrading to 11 and Luke Cooper moving to 26.

Our new signings have also chosen their numbers – Marcus Day (12), Aron Davies (20) and Kelland Absalom (28).

2021/22 Barry Town United squad

1 Mike Lewis
2 Luke Cummings
3 Chris Hugh
5 Callum Sainty
6 Robbie Patten
7 Kayne McLaggon
9 Nathaniel Jarvis
10 Jordan Cotterill
11 Rhys Kavanagh
12 Marcus Day
15 Theo Wharton
16 Curtis McDonald
18 Rhys Abbruzzese
20 Aron Davies
23 Ryley Allen
26 Luke Cooper
28 Kelland Absalom
29 Clayton Green

#FlippinKell | Barry Town sign goalkeeper Kelland Absalom

Barry Town United are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Kelland Absalom from Carmarthen Town.

Absalom played academy football for Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic, before making the move to Swedish side Ytterhogdals IK in 2017. Two years later, he joined top-flight outfit Ostersunds where he was named on the bench in several Allsvenskan matches.  

Upon returning to Wales, the shot-stopper was on the books at Haverfordwest County and then made the switch to Carmarthen earlier this year. He featured for the Old Gold in their Nathaniel MG Cup first round tie against Cambrian & Clydach Vale last month.

The 23-year-old was capped six times by Wales at Under-17 level and also featured for the Under-21s under current first team boss Rob Page against Albania in 2019.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Kelland is a player we have been aware of for many years and we are delighted to finally capture his signature. In this regard I would like to take the opportunity to thank Carmarthen for their professional approach on this transfer.

“Like many others Kelland, has endured a tough couple of years due to Covid but I firmly believe he’s joined the right environment to continue his development and growth. His age, style of play and approach to football suits us and he’s a great addition to the squad.”