Tag: Barry Town Vets

£3000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support

Following the recent success of Neil ‘Davo’ Davies’ Testimonial match and fundraising Day at Jenner Park, Neil along with representatives from Wales Veterans Football and Barry Town United were pleased to hand over a cheque for £3000 to Macmillan, who have been supporting Neil and his family in his recent battle with terminal cancer.


Neil, who resides in Barry, 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 Veterans football match provided the centre-piece of a day of fundraising activities. An auction, skilfully hosted by Cardiff City legend and Barry Town Veterans player Roger Gibbins, contributed to a grand total of £3000 for Macmillan Cancer Charity along with a further £1250 towards a short break for Neil and his partner Helen.


Chris Dickson, Sharon Corbett and Sheila Gifford, members of The Pontyclun and District Macmillan Fundraising Group gratefully accepted the cheque from Neil and Mark Barratt, chairman of Barry Town United Football Club, which will help them continue with their good work.

Three Barry Town veterans’ teams played their first competitive fixtures since 2020…and all three secured convincing wins

Barry Town o60s (pictured in their new kit, kindly supplied by chairman Mark Barratt) hosted a hard-working Merthyr team but dominated from the off. Although several opportunities were created they had to wait until the 20th minute for the evergreen Mike Bobbett to give them the lead, seizing onto a through ball by Bryan Sullivan. Timmy Morgan scored a second soon after to give the hosts a buffer. Merthyr remained dangerous and Richard Owen struck the cross-bar but, keeper Barry Niblett was rarely troubled in front of the impressive defensive unit of Brown, Gibbins, Staddon and Price. Huish and Marshall were in commanding form and it wasn’t long before more goals flowed….with Bobbett and Morgan scoring again, the latter with a big header. During the break manager Mark Jones rang the changes, sending on 74 four year olds’ Batt and Lennon along with Rutherford, Taffy Eveleigh and Mike Parkin and the domination continued. Steve Hill curled one in from the edge of the box and Brown slotted home after a mazy run. Parkin sealed an emphatic 7-0 victory, scoring his first goal since 1971!

The o50s faced a stubborn Cardiff Accies team at the University Fields in Llanrumney, but an early brace by Steve ‘Budge’ Hawtin set Barry on their way. He was denied his hat-trick when VAR ruled that he was ‘nowhere near’ when the Accies defender slammed the ball into his own net! Sims, Murphy, Davies and Averies, who replaced a debilitated Dolman, were composed in front of keeper Wills, whilst James marshalled his midfield charges Aggy Harris, Brown, Reilly, Webb and Dupuy to great effect. Sullivan, Roberts and Gareth ‘Skinny’ Richards led the line, and it was the latter who capped off an outstanding game with Barry’s third. A Damon Brown ‘bullet header’ secured a fine 0-5 win for Jimmy Blackie’s men.

The o40s, playing their first ever Wales Veterans League competitive match, completed a fine day for the veterans arm of the club with a convincing 7-2 win against Ynysddu. A strong team performance saw the hosts dominate for long periods and, although the visitors stayed resolute, on twenty minutes Yarr and then Baker put Barry into a deserved lead. Further goals by Yarr and Baker along with Howlett, Vick and Nunn completing a fine Wales Veterans League debut match for John Gee’s troops. A Nathan Edwards’ brace gave Ynysddu some respectability.

Alun Huish

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

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.

Barry Town players prominent as Wales Over 60s defeat England

A Wales Over 60s squad laden with Barry Town players defeated their England counterparts 1-0 at Kirby Muxloe in Leicester last Saturday.

Barry Town veterans Kevin Brown, Alun Huish, Gavin Price, Barry Marshall and Mike Bobbett were part of a defiant Welsh squad who out fought and out thought an England side, brimming with experience and confidence. Barry legend Bobbett got the all important winning goal. 

Wales Over 60s squad: Les Davies (Penybont), Brian Broom (Swansea Uni), Kevin Brown (Barry Town), Cameron Medwin (Swansea Uni), Stuart Evans (Pontyclun), Roger Langley (Swansea Uni), Mike Blackaby (Pontyclun), Ian Thompson (Swansea Uni), Gavin Price (Barry Town), John Harris (Swansea Uni), Barry Marshall (Barry Town), Alun Huish (Barry Town), Jeff White (Penybont), Mike Bobbett (Barry Town), Steve Branch (Swansea Uni), Rob Clarke (Pontyclun)