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It has been confirmed that Barry Town United will face Cliftonville FC from Northern Ireland in the preliminary round of the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League following the conclusion of today’s draw in Geneva.

Having been founded in 1879, Cliftonville are Ireland’s oldest football club and have won the Northern Irish top-flight trophy on five occasions, including one shared title. In addition, they have won eight Irish Cups and five Northern Ireland Football League Cups. Last season, Cliftonville finished fifth in the league before beating Coleraine and Glentoran in the UEFA Europa League play-offs. Their recent European adventures have seen them come up against teams such as Celtic, FC Copenhagen and CSKA Sofia, while in the 2011/12 season they lost 2-1 on aggregate to The New Saints in the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.

All of Cliftonville’s current squad hail from either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. Striker Rory Donnelly made two appearances for Swansea City between 2012 and 2015. Manager Paddy McLaughlin has been in charge since February.

The first leg of the tie, on Thursday 27 June, will be held at Leckwith Stadium. The second leg, on Thursday 4 July, will be held at Solitude in Belfast. Tickets and travel information will be announced in the coming days.

Europa League Home Fixture

It is with regret that we announce our Europa League home game will not be played at Jenner Park. Unfortunately the pitch has failed the FIFA Pro test required to play in Europe. Without becoming too technical to pass the test the ball must roll a maximum of 10m but the pitch consistently rolled at 10.8m despite recent increased maintenance and expert support from a number of specialist agencies.

It’s important to note that due to the hard work by club volunteers, the VOG council and the FAW the stadium with a few tweaks passed its UEFA stadium inspection and if the pitch had passed a retest the game would have gone ahead at Jenner Park.

Our home fixture will now be played at Leckwith Stadium with details of tickets and travel announced following the draw on June 11th.

Manager Gavin Chesterfield commented; “Naturally we are all disappointed with this news but have quickly had to come to terms with it and we move on with our planning.

The pitch has become a victim of its own success, without it our club would not have close to 600 playing members and not be providing fantastic opportunities to children and adults of all abilities and ages; also the local community would not have benefited from it in the way they have.

However this usage has resulted in the pitch standard not being at the necessary grade for European football. Of course it hurts all associated with the club, but we know we will take a huge following to Leckwith stadium, as this is a game thats been 15 years in the making.”

Thanks to our team at the club, the VOG council and all at The FAW who have been working around the clock to find a solution.

Luke Cummings arrives at Jenner Park

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We are delighted to announce a deal has been agreed which will see the arrival in June of experienced defender Luke Cummings.

Luke will join from fellow JD Welsh Premier League Club Carmarthen Town, where he has spent the past 6 seasons. Luke a former Cardiff City, Neath and Bath City player will bring added quality and experience to the squad.

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Manager Gavin Chesterfield commented “I’m excited of the prospect of working with Luke, I know he has the qualities, drive and characteristics to be a successful player in a Barry Town shirt. He is someone I’ve monitored closely for the past few years and I’m delighted he will join up with the
Squad in June.”

Welcome Luke

McLaggon Signs New Contract

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Barry Town United are delighted to announce that forward Kayne McLaggon has today penned a new long term contract.

Kayne joined the club in 2017 and quickly became a pivotal part of the squad. Since joining his hometown club Kayne has netted 30 goals in 69 appearances, finishing top goal scorer two seasons in a row.

Manager Gavin Chesterfield said: “Kayne has been a key part of our team on and off the field having bought into a long term vision on joining the club. He has matured and developed as a player very well with us and has brought much to the JD Welsh Premier League. I’m delighted to be working with Kayne for another two seasons.”

Welcome back Kayne!

Head of Coaching Vacancy

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Head of Coaching Vacancy
Salary: Dependent on experience
Location: Barry
Contract: Full or Part Time
We are now welcoming applications for our Head Of Coaching role. With the club qualifying for European football this is an exciting opportunity to come on board and shape the future of our UEFA Academy.
Please see our full job description and an application form below. For an informal discussion please contact Ceri Bowley on
Closing date: 12th May
Job description: Head of Coaching
Application form: HoC Application form

European Qualification

On Saturday the 6th of April Barry Town United secured third position In the JD Welsh Premier League, meaning that this summer they will be taking part in European football for the first time since 2003.

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Although probably an afterthought for most people now, the game against Bala that secured our qualification apitmoses this football club. Having battled hard in the first half Barry were unlucky to conceded the first goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half. Then when Bala’s second goal was scored just a few minutes later, you feared that heads would drop. Head’s didn’t drop though, instead the team rallied and pushed forward looking to get themselves back into the game. Jordan Cotterill’s goal came just 6 minutes after Bala’s second and although still losing the game It felt as though the tides had turned in favour of Barry. Within the next ten minutes Barry would score three goals courtesy of Kayne Mclaggon for two and Modou Touray to all but secure Europa League qualification. To put the cherry on top Drew Fahiya came on to score Barry’s fifth just before the 90th minute to seal the game.

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What followed the final whistle can only be described as mass elation, players, fans and staff celebrating (And crying) in unison for what they had achieved. For some of us this achievement still hasn’t sunk in (Maybe It never will) but to understand Its meaning you only have to look back six years ago when Barry Town nearly didn’t exist. In the time since then this football club has battled for everything on and off the pitch, to get back to the top of Welsh football. It’s not been easy but when has anything been easy for this football club?

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European qualification Is something I’m sure some people thought they’d never see again and others thought they might not see just two years back into the Welsh Premier league but now is the time to dream. I’m sure some of you have already tried to figure out the price of ferries to the Faroe Islands or flights to Eastern Europe as we anticipate the draw on the 11th of June! Once we know more about where we will be going we will provide more information to you but for now enjoy this feeling.

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Over the past few seasons the club has grown significantly; with promotion to the JD Welsh Premier League and the opening of our fantastic clubhouse we are now a substantially sized business which requires much work to operate both on and off the field.

Over the coming months we foresee the club growing further and for this to happen successfully our off field structure must reflect our growth on the field.  It’s imperative the executive board has the right blend of expertise to take the club forward. To aid this growth Eric Thomas has taken the difficult decision to resign as Chairman of the Club with immediate effect.  All at the club would like to thank Eric for his loyalty, hard work and leadership through one of the club’s most difficult times. He steered us through a hugely transitional period which has seen us go from a club without a league to play in to a club competing for Europe. An incredible journey! Eric will remain on the Executive Board and continue as a Director of the club.

Acting swiftly The Executive Board met last night and upon Eric’s suggestion appointed Lyndon Smith and Mark Barrett as Joint Chairman. Both Lyndon and Mark have been a huge part of the club for over 7 years and have contributed significantly both with their time, business expertise and financially as sponsors. Their appointment is a natural progression, their expertise and guidance will ensure the club continues to thrive and grow both on and off the field.

Naturally these appointments will be put forward to members at the AGM in June for formal ratification.

Please join us in thanking Eric for his hard work and welcoming Mark and Lyndon.