#ComebackThursday | Curtis Hutson returns to Barry Town United

Barry Town United are pleased to announce that Curtis Hutson has agreed terms to join the club from fellow Cymru Premier League side Penybont.

Hutson returns to the club having spent the 2014/15 season at Jenner Park, when he was part of the squad that won the Welsh League Division Two title, making 18 appearances. He will be most fondly remembered for his winning goal against Risca United and his penalty that helped a ten-man Barry side come from 2-0 down to draw with West End.

A former Cardiff City academy player and Wales Under-16 international, Hutson would go on to play for both Caerau Ely and Goytre United, as well as spend time in Australia with Mornington Soccer Club, before signing for Penybont in 2018. He helped Rhys Griffiths’s side go unbeaten in his first season at the club as they stormed to the Welsh League Division One title, and then made 21 Cymru Premier League appearances last season, scoring five times.

Commenting on the signing, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Curtis back to the club. Since he was last with us in 2015 Curtis has worked hard to develop his game and last season at Penybont he showed he can be a major threat in the Cymru Premier League. Whilst Curtis has matured his game, at 25 years of age there is so much more to come. He will add something different to the squad and I’m excited to see him back in a Barry Town shirt.”

Nat Jarvis: “It’s been a long time coming but is finally done”

Following the confirmation of the signing of Nat Jarvis, we caught up with the striker who gave his first interview as a Barry Town player.

Hi Nat, welcome to Barry Town. The move has been talked about for a while now, how pleased are you to have signed for the club?

“I’m buzzing. I’m really happy to be linking up with Gav as a manager and my close friends who have played for the club for a few seasons. It’s a stone’s throw away from my house, so it will be great to be playing closer to home also.

“It’s been close before, and me and Gav have spoken in probably the last three four or seasons, but I’ve put it off a couple times not feeling that the move would be the right one for me. But this time it feels like perfect timing. I’m really happy to have finally got it done.”

Having spoken to Gavin Chesterfield, how did he convince you to sign?

“It’s his drive and hunger to compete at the highest level and compete in Europe regularly. I’ve worked with him before at uni level, so I know what his sessions are like. The way he goes about things is very professional and he pays a lot of attention to detail.

“He has assured me that he’s the manager to play to my strengths. I’ve been to places where I’ve had to stamp my authority or show what I’m good at, as some managers haven’t known what sort of player I am or what I need around me to get the best out of me. But I think a lot of the players that he has assembled at Barry will compliment me quite well.”

You know a few of the boys in the squad already, was that a big factor in the move for you?

“It was massive for me. As I’ve travelled around quite a lot to play football, I’ve had to get to know lots of different people – some friendly, some not! But this team that Gav has assembled is just full of players that I know and that I’ve played with before. So it definitely seems to fit the bill.

“Luke Cooper and Clayts have pestered me for a while about signing, and I’ve told them before when I’ve been close and it hasn’t quite happened and they’ve been disappointed. But this time around they’re really happy!”

You grew up in Cardiff, came through the Cardiff City academy but have spent the last few years playing in the English system, are you pleased to be back in Wales?

“Definitely. It’s easier when you’re younger, but travelling around a lot does take its toll on you, especially if you’re at a club where you’re not playing. So I’m really, really happy to be back home.”

It will be your first taste of the Cymru Premier, are you looking forward to that?

“It’s a fresh challenge for me, which me and Gav talked about a lot. There’s the chance to play in Europe too, which I’ve never done before. I’m looking forward to playing against new teams, and they probably won’t know as much about me as teams over in England would.”

For fans who might not know too much about you, what sort of player are you and what do you hope to bring to the team?

“Pace, power and goals! I’ve got lots of drive and lots of experience to give. I can be direct and aggressive at times. I’m quite strong with my back to goal and link up well with other strikers, helping bring them into the game. I’m good aerially too – I played with Jack Compton at Chippenham and any time he looked to cross I would be in the box ready to pounce!”

Finally, the fans have been calling for this signing for a while, do you have any message for them?

“I’m delighted to have signed for the club. It’s been a long time coming but is finally done. I’ve come here to win, to play in Europe and score goals! It won’t be long until the fans will be back at Jenner Park after such a tough few months with regards to Covid-19. Be safe and look forward to seeing you soon!”

#JarvisJoins | Nat Jarvis becomes first summer signing for Barry

Barry Town United are delighted to confirm that we have agreed terms to bring Nat Jarvis to the club on a two-year deal.

Born in Cardiff, the striker joined the Cardiff City academy at the age of 8 and signed his first professional contract with the club in May 2011. He would make three senior appearances for the Bluebirds, scoring two goals, including a 20-yard lobbed header on his debut against Oxford United in the League Cup.

During his time at Cardiff, Jarvis spent time out on loan at Southend United, Newport County, Forest Green Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers, before eventually departing the club in 2013. Since then, he has played for a number of clubs in the English non-league system, including Bath City, Gloucester City and Hungerford Town.

The 28-year-old most recently enjoyed two seasons at Chippenham Town, playing regular football in the National League South. But he now returns to Wales to play in the Cymru Premier for the first time.

At international level, Jarvis qualifies to play for Antigua and Barbuda through his grandfather, and made his debut for the Caribbean country in 2014. He has 11 caps to date, scoring on three occasions.

Having completed the signing, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“This move has been a long time coming, but the timing feels right for both parties now. Nat is a striker who is different to what we already have at the club and is an exceptional character to have in the dressing room. I know Nat is excited to join the club and is looking forward to a fresh challenge in the JD Cymru Premier League.”

Red-y to go | Colour of 2020/21 away kit is decided

Last week, we announced that we were giving supporters the chance to vote for the colour of our 2020/21 away kit, with two options – Red or Black.

Much like the classic casino game of chance, it was a tense battle, the vote went down to the wire and the result couldn’t have been closer. But we can now confirm that our 2020/21 away kit will be red.

Designed by Macron Cardiff, the shirt will be the latest in a long line of red kits throughout our history. Here’s hoping it can bring us the same success that it did for Welsh Cup victories in 1955 and 1994, as well as the UEFA Cup run of 1996.

Thank you to everyone that voted, and details of how you’ll be able to purchase the 2020/21 away shirt will be available soon.

Gavin Chesterfield agrees contract extension

Barry Town United are delighted to announce that manager Gavin Chesterfield has agreed a new two year contract at the football club.

2020/21 will be Chesterfield’s 14th season in charge of the team, having first joined in the summer of 2007. Since then he has taken charge of exactly 450 games and become synonymous with Barry Town United.

Chesterfield won promotion from Welsh League Division Two in his first season at the helm and helped stabilise the club in the second tier. When the club were withdrawn from the league by a previous owner in 2013, Chesterfield and the Barry Town Supporters Committee fought to ensure the club’s survival and continued existence. Having won a court case, Chesterfield then guided the team to three promotions in four years, ensuring a return to the top-flight in 2017.

The revival was complete in 2019 when the club finished third in the Welsh Premier League, qualifying for European football for the first time in 16 years, something which would again be achieved this year with a fourth place finish. Chesterfield’s tenure has also included an appearance in the Welsh League Cup final in 2017 and two Welsh Cup semi-finals in 2013 and 2019.

Upon signing his new contract, Chesterfield said:

“Firstly, I want to thank the board for their continued support and belief. I’m genuinely honoured to sign a new deal with the club. Going into my 14th season we have grown immeasurably together. The future looks exciting both on and off the field and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

2019-20 Award Winners Announced

In the absence of our annual end-of-season awards ceremony at Jenner Park this year, we revealed the winners for 2019-20 on Twitter on Saturday evening.

The full list of winners can be found below:

Development Team Awards

Top Goalscorer: Sam Roberts
Coaches’ Player of the Season: Sam Jacobsen
Players’ Player of the Season: Jack Pascoe

First Team Awards

Top Goalscorer: Kayne McLaggon
Goal of the Season: Jon Hood vs Penybont
Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment: Evan Press winning goal vs TNS
Supporters’ Player of the Season: Luke Cummings
Manager’s Young Player of the Season: Evan Press
Players’ Player of the Season: Clayton Green
Manager’s Player of the Season: Luke Cummings

Congratulations to all the winners!

#RedOrBlack | Vote for the colour of our 2020-21 Away Kit

Last month, we revealed our home shirt for the 2020-21 season which gives you the chance to have your name, business, school or club woven into the fabric. The response to the launch has been fantastic, and there’s still time to get involved if you haven’t already.

In the meantime, we have more kit news for you, and another chance to be included in the design process. It’s time to decide on the colour of our away shirt for the new campaign.

Our traditional primary colour, green kits have been prominent throughout our history and will always be a key part of our identity. However, following supporter feedback we have made the decision to move away from this colour for 2020/21.

Fans now have the opportunity to vote for the new away kit colour, and face the age-old choice: Red or Black.

The club have enjoyed huge success in red kits in the past. 2020 marks 65 years since our first ever Welsh Cup final win against Chester, when we wore red. Since then, red has featured on several kits, both home and away. This includes the 1993/94 season when we won the Welsh Cup once more, as well as our most successful European campaign to date in 1996, when we defeated both Dinaburg and Budapest Vasutas in the UEFA Cup. Red was also the away kit for Gavin Chesterfield’s first season in charge in 2007/08.

Meanwhile, the squad have worn a black kit throughout pre-season in the last two years, and this shirt has proven popular and generated significant sales. There is now the opportunity for it to be worn throughout the whole season on the road.

You have until midday on Monday 15 June to pick your favourite, before we reveal the winner soon after.

Please use the form below, or click here if you are unable to view it.

Virtual awards night to be held on Saturday 13 June

It is around this time of year that we would usually be holding our annual awards evening in order to celebrate the successes of the season.

Unfortunately current circumstances deny us all the chance to gather at Jenner Park and do this in person this year. However, we felt it was important that there was still an opportunity to hand out all the usual accolades.

For that reason, from 7pm on Saturday 13 June, we’ll be announcing this year’s winners in a virtual award ceremony over on Twitter. You’ll be able to follow along as we hand out Supporters’ Player, Players’ Player, Top Goalscorer, Goal of the Season, the Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment, Manager’s Young Player and Manager’s Player, along with three Development Team awards.

We look forward to everyone joining us on Saturday night!

Vote for your 2019-20 Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment

It may not have finished in the way that anyone expected, but the 2019-20 season still produced many fantastic memories.

Now it’s your chance to vote for your Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment from the campaign, from a shortlist created by Gavin Chesterfield.

The nominations are…

Jon Hood winning goal vs Penybont

The season got off to the perfect start as we came from behind to beat Penybont 2-1 away from home. Kayne McLaggon had earlier cancelled out Kane Owen’s penalty, before the winning goal was a trademark ‘tap-in’ from Jon Hood. The midfielder smashed home a sensational volley first time when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box.

Evan Press winning goal vs TNS

We were still unbeaten by the time we visited TNS in late September, and Evan Press’s first goal for the club in the first half kept that run going. The teenager collected the ball on the edge of the box and hammered it into the back of the net. Some excellent and defending and goalkeeping kept the reigning champions at bay at the other end, and we came away with a 1-0 victory.

‘Luke Cooper’ equaliser vs TNS

We returned to Park Hall in March, and once again left with smiles on our faces. After trailing 2-0, Luke Cummings’s goal got us back in the game, before an equaliser came in injury time when a corner was delivered into the box. Luke Cooper ran away claiming it, but whether he got a touch is another matter! Nonetheless, it sparked wild scenes of celebration and proved to be our last goal of the campaign.

Please use the form below, or click here if you are unable to view it.

The Fabric Of Our Club | 2020/21 Home Shirt Revealed

Introducing the fabric of our club. The official Barry Town United home shirt for the 2020/21 season produced by Macron Cardiff.

Family, community and togetherness lie at the heart of our football club, and that is emphasised in the new bespoke design, as supporters and local businesses, schools and clubs will have the opportunity to have their names woven into the shirt.

Drawing inspiration from kits from the late 1990s and early 2000s, blue features prominently on our new home shirt in the form of a sash across the front. This sash will contain the names of our loyal supporters that get behind the team every week, helping us towards victory and truly proving to be ‘The 12th Man’. 

Meanwhile, the back of the shirt will contain the names of local businesses, schools and clubs that act as a shining light for the community and make Barry such a special place to live.

Administered by Macron, it will cost £20 to have your name, business, school or club included in the shirt, and an additional £35 to purchase your own shirt. You can find out further information on how to get involved in this initiative by visiting the Macron Cardiff store here.

Following the launch of our 2020/21 home shirt, manager Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I love the concept and the idea of our players taking to the field of play with supporters, local businesses and locals schools on their shirts. Many of our supporters have asked how they can support our club during these unprecedented times and this is a great opportunity for them to do so, whilst having their name woven into the fabric of our shirts.”