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#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.”

Catch up with Gavin Chesterfield on Zoom

Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield will host a Zoom call for supporters at 7:30pm on Tuesday 26th May.

It will give you the chance to catch up with Gav, discuss the 2019/20 season, ask any questions you may have or just talk football!

This is intended as an informal chat for club supporters only, and you’ll be able to join the call on Tuesday evening by clicking the link below.

Zoom meeting link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71112389263?pwd=UzQyUkd1NitpRkwzMnRMMXJYcldXdz09

Meeting ID: 711 1238 9263

Password: 3uW4dG

Vote For Your 2019/20 Player of the Season

The 2019/20 season may have finished in unusual circumstances, but as a football club we still want to celebrate what we have achieved over the course of the campaign – which ultimately has ended in qualification for the Europa League for the second successive season.

For that reason, we’ll still be holding our annual awards evening, albeit virtually. As part of that, supporters now have the chance to vote for their player of the season.

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

Club Statement: May 19

The safety of players and fans has always been our first concern, and we support the decision to bring the 2019-20 season to a close at this time.

We congratulate Connah’s Quay Nomads on their JD Cymru Premier title win. They have been a formidable side this season.

The FAW has taken the same approach as other countries, such as the Netherlands, Cyprus and Luxembourg in nominating clubs for Europe based upon their position in the league, the best indicator of sporting merit over the course of a season.

As we were fourth in the JD Cymru Premier, we are pleased to be nominated for a Europa League place in 2020-21.

With this season formally over, we will start our preparation for the new season in the hope that we will be able to defeat the virus, and play competitive football once it is safe to do so.

David Cotterill’s Best Teammates XI

Last week, we held an Instagram live with January signing David Cotterill, who discussed his club career, playing for Wales, mental health and what it’s been like in his short time at Barry so far.

We also asked David to put together a team of the best players he has played alongside throughout his career, and the result is a pretty impressive XI…

GK: Darren Randolph

Having played between the sticks for Birmingham City during Cotterill’s time with the Blues, Randolph is currently with Premier League side West Ham United. He has been capped 42 times by the Republic of Ireland, and was name in the 2018-19 PFA Championship Team of the Year after his heroics in goal for Middlesbrough.

David says: “Technically very good in terms of with his feet and his hands. Great shot stopper, great talker and great in the changing room.”

RB: Kyle Walker

A teenage Walker was coming through the ranks at his hometown club Sheffield United when Cotterill played for the Blades. The right-back is now a two-time Premier League winner with Manchester City and a regular for England, helping the Three Lions reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

David says: “He used to play behind me at right-back when I was right wing at Sheffield United. Him and Kyle Naughton were both brilliant at the time.”

CB: Ashley Williams

Having first played together for Wales, Williams and Cotterill actually spent more time together in Swansea City shirts during the winger’s three year spell at the Liberty Stadium. Williams would go on to earn legendary status at the club, and also captain Wales during their historic run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

David says: “Ash speaks for himself. I’ve seen him grow from being at Swansea to being captain of Wales.”

CB: Danny Gabbidon

Gabbidon and Cotterill played together for Wales on ten different occasions, including on Cotterill’s debut against Azerbaijan in October 2005. Gabbidon was capped 49 times in total by his country, and spent the majority of his club career with Cardiff City and West Ham United before retiring in 2015.

David says: “If he didn’t have as many as injuries as he did, he’d have had an amazing career. A great lad, too.”

LB: Leighton Baines

Cotterill’s one full season in the Premier League was spent with Wigan Athletic in 2006-07, where Leighton Baines had established himself as one the best left-backs in the country. He would move to Everton at the end of the campaign, and has been at Goodison Park ever since, racking up over 400 appearances for the Toffees.

David says: “Wand of a left foot.”

CDM: Joe Allen

Like Williams, Allen was a teammate of Cotterill’s with both Swansea and Wales. ‘The Welsh Xavi’ moved to Liverpool in 2012, and is currently playing Championship football with Stoke City. He was named in the Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament after his influential performances during that magical summer in France.

David says: “He holds the spine of the Wales team together so well. Never loses the ball.”

CDM: Gary Speed

Although compatriots, Cotterill never played international football with Speed, but spent two years at Sheffield United with him. Only four players have played more Premier League games than Speed, who was capped 85 times for Wales and was manager of the national team at the time of his devastating death in 2011.

David says: “A great player, a great leader. A legend.”

CAM: Aaron Ramsey

A teammate of Cotterill’s at both Under-21 and senior level for Wales, Ramsey is another unquestionable star of the national team in recent years, and was named alongside Allen in the Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament. A Cardiff City academy graduate, Ramsey spent 11 years at Arsenal before moving to Italian champions Juventus last summer.

David says: “He just does special things with his feet.”

RW: Gareth Bale

How do you do justice to the talent that Gareth Bale has? A four-time Champions League winner, Wales’ all-time top goalscorer and all-round magician, the Real Madrid man is the most talented player the country has ever produced. Cotterill played alongside him on ten occasions at international level.

David says: “It was like he was playing FIFA at times. He’d pick the ball up on the edge of the box and just skin everyone. The best player I’ve played with.”

ST: Craig Bellamy

Another international teammate of Cotterill’s, Bellamy was Wales captain between 2007 and 2011 and was capped 78 times in total by the national team. He scored 170 goals across his club career, most of which was spent in the Premier League with teams such as Newcastle United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Cardiff City.

David says: “Leads the line well in a madness of a front three.”

LW: Ryan Giggs

Rounding off the team is the current national team manager, who wasn’t too bad on the pitch either. Giggs is one of the most decorated footballers of all-time, having won a total of 34 trophies during a 24-year career at Manchester United as well as a host of individual awards. He played alongside Cotterill twice for Wales.

David says: “He was my hero growing up. Getting the chance to play with him was a dream come true.”

Barry Town United Development Team confirmed as league winners

Congratulations to the Barry Town United Development Team, who have been named as champions of the Cymru Premier Development League South.

Following consultation with member clubs, the FAW National Leagues Board have confirmed that the 2019/20 season for both North and South divisions has been curtailed, with the final league tables to be updated using the ‘points per game’ model, for those matches that have not yet been played.

Our development side had five games of the league season left to play before football was brought to halt, but sat eight points clear at the top of the table, meaning they have been declared champions. With 14 wins and one draw from 15 games played, it has been an incredible campaign for the team. They also made history in reaching the semi-final of the FAW Youth Cup.

Samuel Roberts topped the team’s goalscoring charts with 13 strikes, followed by Mervyn Bennett with 10. All appearances and goals will still stand and shall be recorded for historical records.

Meanwhile, Gavin Chesterfield has handed senior debuts to Jack Pascoe, Lathan Garrett and Alex Brookes-Bent this season, while Sam Jacobsen has been included in the first team squad.

Speaking about winning the league, lead Development Team coach Pete Fordham said:

“Receiving the news that we have won the league was fantastic to hear. To go unbeaten this late in the season, with only five games remaining is a reflection of the quality of the squad.

“The players’ attitude and application has been exceptional throughout the season and they have shown a real togetherness. It was pleasing to have three players make their first team debut and seeing them develop.

“Of course, this wasn’t the way we intended to finish the season, however we completely understand the decision. Being crowned champions is nothing less than what the players deserve.”

Barry Town Vets Over 60s defeat title rivals

Man of the Match Trevor Taylor

Barry Town Vets Over 60s remain unbeaten this season following a terrific 4-0 win away to main rivals Llantrisant.

A strong Llantrisant squad came into the match confident of a win, but like many teams before them, underestimated the quality, determination and team spirit that has helped Barry Town win countless Veterans titles over the last decade.

From the off, Staddon, Huish, Price and Bowker controlled the game with a combination of physicality and finesse, allowing their talismanic captain Bobbett to torment his would-be assassins relentlessly. Within 10 minutes, and despite crude attempts by centre half and keeper, he put Barry into a deserved lead. Minutes later his trusty wee lieutenant, Morgan, was wronged when his perfectly good goal was disallowed because he was adjudged to have barged his 6’4” marker. Town were not to be denied however and Price’s fine strike extended their lead.

The Valleys outfit fought to gain parity but former teammate White was well marshalled by the imperious Brown and man-of-the-match ‘Big’ Trevor Taylor and keeper Jones was a mere observer for the first period. Huish made it 3-0 after a mazy run, leaving bodies strewn in his wake, but bad news followed soon after when one of the ‘big-guns’, Price, tore a hamstring, but after a reshuffle by manager Hill, his replacement Eveleigh slotted in seamlessly up until the break.

As expected Llantrisant came out for the second half with renewed urgency and gloveman Jones was finally called into action, acrobatically tipping away an effort and then forcing another past the upright, but the pressure was short-lived as Barry’s ‘70+ trio’ – Parkin, Batt and Lennon – entered the fray, the latter unlucky to see a goal bound effort trickle past the post. There was further disruption when Taylor was forced from the field with a knee injury and Sullivan sustained a calf injury jogging on to replace him, but, inevitably, the diminutive Bobbett settled matters, scoring his second and Barry’s fourth to earn his team another three points in their quest to secure another league title.

This Sunday Barry Town Over 55s face Llantrisant in a must win game to keep them in contention for the league title. The over 50s face Newport on the 29th and the 60s play Merthyr later on the same day.

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s

Jan 12 BARRY 50s 5-3 Cwmbran Celtic (CUP)

Jan 26   Penybont 2-3 BARRY 50s

Jan 26 BARRY 60s 3-0 Merthyr Tydfil

Feb 2     Swansea 2-0 BARRY 55s (CUP)

Feb 9     BARRY 50s 1-2 Llantrisant

Feb 16  BARRY 55s 3-0 Newport

Feb 23  BARRY 50s 3-0 Mathern 

March 8 Llantrisant 0-4 BARRY 60s

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC 

May 10 BARRY 55s vs Newport / Jenner Park / TBC (CUP)