Category: Club News

#MikeyAdded | Barry Town sign Michael George

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of Michael George, who returns to his hometown club to become our second signing of the January transfer window.

The versatile and hard working player first joined Barry in 2016 where he initially signed for the Development Team. However, after impressing first team staff, Mikey was awarded his senior debut later that year in a 7-1 win against Haverfordwest. Our new signing went on to sign his first senior contract with the club in 2018 following our promotion to the JD Cymru Premier League.

Prior to his second spell with us in 2020, moreover, George enjoyed a successful season at Penybont, where he made 25 appearances.

George returns to the club with much experience of Welsh football, including 53 appearances in the top-flight. The latest addition to the squad can play both full-back and centre-midfield which will add much strength to the Squad. 

Gavin Chesterfield commented: “I’m delighted to confirm the return of Mikey. He’s a Barry boy that has always given his all for our club. Both Mikey and I feel that he has much unfinished business in a Barry Town shirt, he adds much versatility and I’m excited to have him back with us.” 

Welcome home Mikey! 

First Team Coach Announcement

Barry Town United are delighted to welcome Kevin Nicholson to the club as our First Team Coach.

UEFA Pro License Holder Kevin joins Gavin Chesterfield’s management team with a wealth of experience including roles at Cardiff City, Exeter City and Derby County to name a few. Supporters will remember Kevin’s time as Manager of Bangor City during our first season back in the JD Cymru Premier League.

On his appointment, Kevin Nicholson commented: “I’m delighted  to be joining the club, Gavin and the management team in the role of First Team Coach.

Whilst having a background in Welsh football, over the past three years I have had the opportunity to work with leading clubs across the world.

I am looking forward to contributing to the work done by the coaching team to help the players to build on their strengths, add to their skills and achieve success.”

Gavin Chesterfield commented, “Since Richie had to sadly move on in the summer due to his work commitments, I’ve been looking for some help on the coaching side. As a manager, one of the most important aspects is observation, and Kev’s appointment will allow me to observe more effectively. Kev is an experienced and well qualified coach and I’m excited to work with him.”

Welcome to the club, Kev!

#Backinthehood | Barry Town sign Jon Hood

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of Jonathan Hood.

Jon previously joined the club in 2018, spending 2 seasons in Barry colours; making 55 appearances before departing for Australia in 2020. After scoring on his debut against Aberystwyth, Jon went on to score a further 15 goals during his first stint at the club, including an extraordinary free-kick in the 97th minute to earn the Town a draw at The New Saints. Indeed, as Richie Phillips put it, Jon ‘does not do tap-ins’ and the winger became renowned as a scorer of sublime goals during his time at the club in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.

Jon expressed his delight at returning to The Town and outlined his ambitions going forward, he said:

‘It’s been a long time coming, as you know I’ve played at the club before so I know there’s a great bunch of boys, supporters and coaching staff at the club and I’m looking forward to working with Gav again.’

‘The only thing we can look at right now is securing a top six finish and then taking it one game at a time. I’m excited to get back with the boys again and try to be successful.’

The latest addition to the squad is confident he will bring ‘lots of positive energy’ and ‘goals and assists’. 

Jon played an integral part in our success in his first season at Barry ensuring the club reached the qualifying stages of the Europa League where Jon went on to start both games against Cliftonville. Our new signing returns to the club with a wealth of experience, having made 83 appearances in the JD Cymru Premier League thus far, and will be eager to make an instant impact, just as he did during his first period at the club.

Gavin Chesterfield commented “Jon is an infectious character who I am delighted to welcome back to the club. He was hugely successful in his first stint with us; as a result of the experiences gained I feel he returns as a more mature player who is determined to make a big impact.”

Vacancy: Physiotherapist / Sports Therapist

Job Description

Barry Town United AFC is looking to appoint a part-time first team Physiotherapist/ Sports Therapist to deliver medical care to all players. 

You will be an integral part of the first team staff; working alongside the coaching team, analysts and strength and conditioning staff.

The successful candidate will need to be able to prioritise, manage caseloads and be an excellent communicator. 

Key Responsibilities

• Assessment, Diagnosis, and management of injuries 

• Prescribe and implement rehabilitation plans.

• Provide pitch side support for training and matches (home and away). Ensure medical notes and records are updated and maintained.

• Liaise with management staff about player injury status, recovery, and rehabilitation

Essential Criteria

• Sports therapy or Physiotherapy degree (BSc Hons)

• HCPC registration or SST registration

• Valid Pitch side Trauma and first aid Qualification

• Excellent communication skills

• Musculoskeletal strapping and taping experience

• Good organisational skills

Desirable

• Experience working within a team environment

• Experience working pitchside

• Full UK Driving License

• IT proficient

• Able to work as part of a team and individually

Renumeration and hours 

Pay commensurate with experience and qualifications. Likely hours of work Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-9pm and both home and away Game days (usually on Saturdays). 

Please send CV to Hannah.Chesterfield@barrytown.co.uk or for informal enquiries contact First Team Manager Gavin Chesterfield on 07977119784. 

Closing Date for applications: Tuesday 4th January 5pm. 

Festive Postponements

Following The Welsh Government’s decision to ban all spectators from our festive games, the club fully supports The FAW’s decision to delay the festive period games until later in January.

Football is nothing without “our” supporters.

We recognise this is a hugely tough period of time for many of our supporters who are struggling with isolation and loneliness. If you’re in need of a chat at any time of day the club, our staff and our players Twitter DM’s are open, and we are here for you.

We wish all our staff, players, volunteers and supporters a wonderful and safe Christmas period. Look after yourselves and each other, and we will see you in 2022 back in the stands.

Share a Smile Campaign 2021

In 2020 we launched our “Share a Smile Campaign”, which incredibly raised £8500. The money raised bought Christmas gifts for over 130 children. 

We are delighted to now launch our 2021 campaign which will one again see us raise more money to make Christmas extra special for those families who need it most. Every penny of the money raised will be used to purchase high quality toys which will be donated directly to the families that need it most in our community.

How are we going to do this?

The first team squad will once again be donating a percentage of their wage while carrying out other activities such as auctions and raffles. The ladies team will be running fancy dress training sessions. The academy and grassroots sections will be running their own training based challenges.

How can supporters help?

We have an ambitious fundraising target which we know supporters will want to help us hit. You can contribute via our Go Fund Me Page or by popping into the clubhouse. Supporters can donate as much or as little as they can. Every little helps to make a magical Christmas possible for those who need it the most. You have until December 3rd to donate. 

We will be sharing lots of updates and photos of our fundraising activities over the coming weeks.

Please help us once again to share a smile this Christmas

£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.”