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.