Tag: Cymru Premier

#MikeyAdded | Barry Town sign Michael George

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of Michael George, who returns to his hometown club to become our second signing of the January transfer window.

The versatile and hard working player first joined Barry in 2016 where he initially signed for the Development Team. However, after impressing first team staff, Mikey was awarded his senior debut later that year in a 7-1 win against Haverfordwest. Our new signing went on to sign his first senior contract with the club in 2018 following our promotion to the JD Cymru Premier League.

Prior to his second spell with us in 2020, moreover, George enjoyed a successful season at Penybont, where he made 25 appearances.

George returns to the club with much experience of Welsh football, including 53 appearances in the top-flight. The latest addition to the squad can play both full-back and centre-midfield which will add much strength to the Squad. 

Gavin Chesterfield commented: “I’m delighted to confirm the return of Mikey. He’s a Barry boy that has always given his all for our club. Both Mikey and I feel that he has much unfinished business in a Barry Town shirt, he adds much versatility and I’m excited to have him back with us.” 

Welcome home Mikey! 

First Team Coach Announcement

Barry Town United are delighted to welcome Kevin Nicholson to the club as our First Team Coach.

UEFA Pro License Holder Kevin joins Gavin Chesterfield’s management team with a wealth of experience including roles at Cardiff City, Exeter City and Derby County to name a few. Supporters will remember Kevin’s time as Manager of Bangor City during our first season back in the JD Cymru Premier League.

On his appointment, Kevin Nicholson commented: “I’m delighted  to be joining the club, Gavin and the management team in the role of First Team Coach.

Whilst having a background in Welsh football, over the past three years I have had the opportunity to work with leading clubs across the world.

I am looking forward to contributing to the work done by the coaching team to help the players to build on their strengths, add to their skills and achieve success.”

Gavin Chesterfield commented, “Since Richie had to sadly move on in the summer due to his work commitments, I’ve been looking for some help on the coaching side. As a manager, one of the most important aspects is observation, and Kev’s appointment will allow me to observe more effectively. Kev is an experienced and well qualified coach and I’m excited to work with him.”

Welcome to the club, Kev!

#Backinthehood | Barry Town sign Jon Hood

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of Jonathan Hood.

Jon previously joined the club in 2018, spending 2 seasons in Barry colours; making 55 appearances before departing for Australia in 2020. After scoring on his debut against Aberystwyth, Jon went on to score a further 15 goals during his first stint at the club, including an extraordinary free-kick in the 97th minute to earn the Town a draw at The New Saints. Indeed, as Richie Phillips put it, Jon ‘does not do tap-ins’ and the winger became renowned as a scorer of sublime goals during his time at the club in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.

Jon expressed his delight at returning to The Town and outlined his ambitions going forward, he said:

‘It’s been a long time coming, as you know I’ve played at the club before so I know there’s a great bunch of boys, supporters and coaching staff at the club and I’m looking forward to working with Gav again.’

‘The only thing we can look at right now is securing a top six finish and then taking it one game at a time. I’m excited to get back with the boys again and try to be successful.’

The latest addition to the squad is confident he will bring ‘lots of positive energy’ and ‘goals and assists’. 

Jon played an integral part in our success in his first season at Barry ensuring the club reached the qualifying stages of the Europa League where Jon went on to start both games against Cliftonville. Our new signing returns to the club with a wealth of experience, having made 83 appearances in the JD Cymru Premier League thus far, and will be eager to make an instant impact, just as he did during his first period at the club.

Gavin Chesterfield commented “Jon is an infectious character who I am delighted to welcome back to the club. He was hugely successful in his first stint with us; as a result of the experiences gained I feel he returns as a more mature player who is determined to make a big impact.”

Vacancy: Physiotherapist / Sports Therapist

Job Description

Barry Town United AFC is looking to appoint a part-time first team Physiotherapist/ Sports Therapist to deliver medical care to all players. 

You will be an integral part of the first team staff; working alongside the coaching team, analysts and strength and conditioning staff.

The successful candidate will need to be able to prioritise, manage caseloads and be an excellent communicator. 

Key Responsibilities

• Assessment, Diagnosis, and management of injuries 

• Prescribe and implement rehabilitation plans.

• Provide pitch side support for training and matches (home and away). Ensure medical notes and records are updated and maintained.

• Liaise with management staff about player injury status, recovery, and rehabilitation

Essential Criteria

• Sports therapy or Physiotherapy degree (BSc Hons)

• HCPC registration or SST registration

• Valid Pitch side Trauma and first aid Qualification

• Excellent communication skills

• Musculoskeletal strapping and taping experience

• Good organisational skills


• Experience working within a team environment

• Experience working pitchside

• Full UK Driving License

• IT proficient

• Able to work as part of a team and individually

Renumeration and hours 

Pay commensurate with experience and qualifications. Likely hours of work Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-9pm and both home and away Game days (usually on Saturdays). 

Please send CV to Hannah.Chesterfield@barrytown.co.uk or for informal enquiries contact First Team Manager Gavin Chesterfield on 07977119784. 

Closing Date for applications: Tuesday 4th January 5pm. 

Festive Postponements

Following The Welsh Government’s decision to ban all spectators from our festive games, the club fully supports The FAW’s decision to delay the festive period games until later in January.

Football is nothing without “our” supporters.

We recognise this is a hugely tough period of time for many of our supporters who are struggling with isolation and loneliness. If you’re in need of a chat at any time of day the club, our staff and our players Twitter DM’s are open, and we are here for you.

We wish all our staff, players, volunteers and supporters a wonderful and safe Christmas period. Look after yourselves and each other, and we will see you in 2022 back in the stands.

Cardiff Met vs Barry Town United| JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

We are in action on Friday evening this week as the squad make the short journey into the capital to face a Cardiff Metropolitan University side level on points with us after the opening 16 games of the JD Cymru Premier League season.

Having narrowly lost our last 2 league games despite spirited performances from the players, Gavin Chesterfield will be looking to secure all 3 points this Friday as we move into a busy festive period.

Met’ have become somewhat familiar opponents for us this season, with the match at 19:45 on Friday evening becoming the fourth time we have faced the Archers in all competitions. Unfortunately, Met’ ran out victorious on all three previous meetings this season, with 2 wins in the cup competitions at the Cyncoed Campus Stadium and a victory for the Archers (1-0) in the reverse league fixture at Jenner Park in October. Indeed, Gavin and the players will be keen to get the better of a Met’ side this weekend, who have become something of ‘bogey’ team for the dragons so far this term.

We currently find ourselves on 19 points, just 3 points off the top-half of the table but, similarly, only 3 points above the relegation zone. With both sides level on points going into the fixture, the match under the lights at Cyncoed on Friday is likely to be a crucial one in determining our ultimate league position with just 6 games of the first-phase of the JD Cymru Premier League remaining.

As always, your support at Cardiff Metropolitan University this Friday evening would be much appreciated by all at the club.

Barry Town United vs The New Saints| JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

League leaders The New Saints visit Jenner Park this Saturday at 14:30 as we begin a busy festive period.

The Dragons go into this Saturday’s fixture on the back of two losses away from home, including our Nathaniel MG Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Cardiff Metropolitan University (3-2) just two weeks ago. Having only lost two matches at home so far this term, Gavin and the players will be hoping that our return to Jenner Park this weekend can prompt a change in fortunes as we look to secure a place in the top-half of the JD Cymru Premier League table.

Our opponents have had an impressive season thus far, having only lost one of their opening 15 league games. The New Saints have managed to score a league-leading 39 goals this season, with striker and league top-scorer Declan McManus contributing 14 of these. In the reverse fixture at The Venue earlier in the season, despite ultimately losing 3-1, a determined performance from us will certainly inspire belief amongst our players going into the match on Saturday.

After 15 games of the league season, we find ourselves in 8th position, just 2 points off a place in the top-half of the JD Cymru Premier League. Indeed, with just 7 games remaining of the first-phase of the league season, every point is to play for over the festive period and your support this Saturday would be hugely appreciated by all at Barry Town United in what is a crucial fixture in our league season.

Newtown AFC vs Barry Town United| JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

This Saturday we travel to Latham Park to face a Newtown AFC side who sit in 3rd position in the JD Cymru Premier League.

After the disappointment of last weekend’s 3-2 loss in the Nathaniel MG Cup semi-final at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Gavin and the players will be keen to get back to winning ways at Newtown as we push for a place in the top-half of the league table.

Prior to last week’s loss, the Town had enjoyed a period of good form, going 6 matches unbeaten in all competitions, including an emphatic 7-1 win against Pontypridd Town and an impressive 2-1 victory at Caernarfon Town.

Having finished in the European spaces last term, our opponents have begun the 2021/22 campaign in similarly good form, finding themselves in 3rd place after the opening 14 games of the league season. Nevertheless, a win for Barry this Saturday could see us rise as high as 4th position in the league table, just one point behind Newtown.

As we move into the latter stages of the first phase of the JD Cymru Premier League, every point is to play for and Gavin and the players will be eager to gain some momentum starting with a win this Saturday in front of our travelling support.

Barry Town United vs Cefn Druids| JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

Tomorrow, Cefn Druids travel to Barry to face a Town side unbeaten in our last 5 games, sitting 8th in the JD Cymru Premier League.

Indeed, the Town have not lost a game since October 12th and have managed to score 14 goals in our last 5 fixtures. Captain Kayne Mclaggon’s 9 goals in his last 7 games have been crucial to Barry’s recent success and have, in fact, earned our number 7 the JD Cymru Player of the Month award for October.

In the reverse fixture earlier on in the season, we travelled to The Rock and ran out 4-1 victors after Clayton Green and Mclaggon shared the goals with a brace each. Our opponents also failed to secure any points against us in the 2020/21 season, as we completed the double over the Druids.

The side from North Wales have struggled so far this season, picking up only 2 points from their opening 12 games of the season. Nevertheless, the two draws have come against a strong Bala Town side away from home and, in their most recent match, the Ancients were able to hold Flint Town United to a 1-1 draw despite being reduced to 10 men.

Kick-off will be at 14:30 at Jenner Park and, as always, your support would be much appreciated by all at the club.