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

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Jenner Park hosts JD Cymru Premier football for the first time this season as Bala Town visit South Wales today, live on Sgorio (kick-off 5:15pm).

Gavin Chesterfield felt hard done as he saw his side lose 2-1 at Aberystwyth Town last weekend, conceding a 90th-minute free-kick scored by Mathew Jones at Park Avenue. Marcus Day had put Barry ahead after 23 minutes before Sam Phillips equalised just before halftime, with both goalkeepers making a number of good saves in an evenly-matched game.

The travelling support was fantastic in West Wales and we are now looking forward to welcoming fans back to Jenner Park for a Cymru Premier fixture for the first time since February 2020.

Bala began their league campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Penybont last weekend. Summer signing and former Welsh international Dave Edwards got on the scoresheet so will be one to lookout for today, but Chris Venables was sent off late on so will not be available for Colin Caton to select.

The Lakesiders’ visit to Jenner Park in phase one last season ended in an emphatic 6-2 win for Barry, one of our best performances of the campaign. Kayne McLaggon and Evan Press both netted twice, while Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson also got on the scoresheet on an entertaining afternoon.

Looking ahead to today’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“We know Bala are a good team and have done very well in the league over a number of years. We’ve had a number of good games against them – and some not so good! But it’s the type of game we need to get up for now. We’ll lick our wounds from last weekend, focus on the positives and give it our all.”

You can purchase tickets for this afternoon’s game online by clicking here, while they will also be available to buy on the gate. Prices as follows: £8 for adults, £6 for students and senior citizens, £5 for 3-16 year olds.

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.

Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Our Cymru Premier campaign gets underway this afternoon as we travel to face Aberystwyth Town at Park Avenue (kick-off 2:30pm).

With supporters back in stadiums around Wales, the beginning of the new season is hugely exciting and we will be aiming to improve upon our fifth-place finish in 2020/21.

A 5-0 win against Llanelli Town in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup last weekend was the perfect way to mark the return of competitive football, as debutant Marcus Day grabbed a brace and Luke Cooper, Kayne McLaggon and Theo Wharton also got on the scoresheet.

Aberystwyth also progressed in the cup a week ago, beating Penybont on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

There has been a change in the dugout at Park Avenue this summer, with former assistant manager Antonio Corbisiero replacing Gavin Allen. The 36-year-old has been busy refining his squad for the new campaign, bringing in Sam Phillips, Alex Darlington, Owen Orford and Gregor Zabret in the hope of building on the club’s 10th-place finish last term.

Since our promotion back to the top flight in 2017, we are yet to lose to the Seasiders and showed fantastic spirit to win both meetings with them in last season. Goals from Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill helped 10-man Barry come from behind to claim a 2-1 victory at Park Avenue, while Nat Jarvis netted an 87-minute winner in a 1-0 triumph at Jenner Park.

We can’t wait to be backed by your fantastic travelling support after so long without it. Tickets at Park Avenue are as follows: Adults = £7 for Adults; Concessions = £4; Under 16s = Free. You will be required to fill out a Covid questionnaire upon arrival at the stadium.

Watch Kayne McLaggon’s interview in the build up to the game.

#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

Barry Town United vs Llanelli Town | Nathaniel MG Cup Preview

This afternoon we host Llanelli Town in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup (kick-off 2:30pm).

It will be the first time that supporters have been in attendance at a competitive game at Jenner Park since we drew 1-1 with Caernarfon Town in February 2020 – 532 days ago.

It was fantastic to welcome fans back to Jenner for the friendly against Yate Town last weekend, which ended 1-1 as Nat Jarvis grabbed a late equaliser for Barry. The result rounded off our pre-season schedule, which also included wins against Bristol Manor Farm and Undy Athletic and defeat to Swansea City Under-23s.

A few new faces have featured in pre-season, and this afternoon could see competitive debuts for summer arrivals Aron Davies, Marcus Day and Kelland Absalom.

We have fond memories of reaching the final of the Nathaniel MG Cup in 2017, but we have been beaten on penalties in our last two fixtures in the competition in 2018-19 and 2019-20. The tournament was cancelled after the first round last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Llanelli thrashed a young Newport County side 5-0 in the first round of this year’s competition in mid-July, with goals from Kyle Copp, Miles John, Lewis Reed, Zac Brown and Gavin Jones.

After relegation from the top-flight in 2019, the Reds are yet to complete a full season in the second tier; they were fifth in the Cymru South table when it was curtailed in 2019-20 and then the 2020-21 campaign did not go ahead.

Andy Legg’s side have four points from three games in the Cymru South this season, beating Afan Lido last weekend after a defeat to Ammanford and a draw with Risca United.

Our last meeting with Llanelli came in October 2018, when a scintillating Barry performance earned us a 5-2 victory at Jenner Park. Robbie Patten, Jon Hood, Chris Hugh, Clayton Green and Kayne McLaggon all got on the scoresheet.

Looking ahead to today’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Funnily enough we nearly played Llanelli in pre-season, but the dates didn’t quite match up. Leggy is a hugely experienced manager and he’ll have them well organised. They’ve got a good set of players there so I am expecting a very tough game.

“It’s a cup game so anything can happen. We’ll obviously be hoping to produce our best form and get the result. But we know we’ll be up against good opposition and we’ll be well-prepared.”

You can purchase tickets for this afternoon’s game online by clicking here, while they will also be available to buy on the gate. Prices as follows: £8 for adults, £6 for students and senior citizens, £5 for 3-16 year olds.

Kelland Absalom: “It is a move that I couldn’t turn down”

Following confirmation of Kelland Absalom’s arrival at Jenner Park, we caught up with the goalkeeper to get his thoughts on the move.

Kelland, welcome to Barry Town. How pleased are you to get the move done?

“I’m over the moon to get the deal done before the start of the season. I’m really happy to be here and I’m looking forward to what is to come.”

What was it that made you want to make the move?

“My discussions with Gav have been great. His ambitions for the season are very high, and listening to his plans for the future really excited me. It is a move that I couldn’t turn down.”

You started your career in the academies at Cardiff and Wigan, what was that like as a learning experience?

“It was really good. I lived at home when I was at Cardiff, but I was 15 when I moved to Wigan and had to live away from home, so that was a big learning curve for me as a kid. I definitely grew as both a player and a person when I was at Wigan.”

You then spent some time in Sweden, what was that like?

“Another good learning curve. I had to adapt to a completely different lifestyle and the style of football is different too, it’s certainly not as physical as it is back here. But I really enjoyed my time there and took a lot from it.”

Having signed for Carmarthen earlier this year, the Cymru South season was then unfortunately cancelled, so how excited are you to finally get back playing football?

“That’s the biggest thing for me – getting back playing. Especially with the fans being back in stadiums as well, I can’t wait to get going and play as many games as I can.”

What are your hopes and ambitions for the season?

“I think everyone has the same ambition here – hopefully finish in the top three and see where that takes us. The ultimate goal has to be to get back into Europe.”

#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.”