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A handy guide for all Cliftonville fans travelling to Cardiff (and Barry).

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Croeso i Gymru! Welcome to Wales!

All at Barry Town United AFC would like to wish a very warm welcome to all players, staff, families and supporters of Cliftonville Football Club. We want you to enjoy your visit to South Wales, so we have created this handy guide to give you some ideas for your stay.
As you can imagine, all at the club are deeply disappointed with the 3G pitch at our Jenner Park home failing the UEFA tests, but we’re sure that Leckwith Stadium will bring a great atmosphere from both sets of fans.

Travel

Travelling by Air:

Cardiff Wales Airport is approximately 8 miles from Cardiff city centre. Taxis will cost you between £25 and £35 from the airport to the capital city.
The T9 bus service is a direct link to Cardiff Bay and Cardiff City Centre.  The bus stop is located directly outside the terminal and busses run every 30 minutes at £5 per trip.

Travelling by Rail:

Cardiff Central Station is located in heart of the city centre and is within walking distance of all city centre hotels and attractions.

The nearest train station to Leckwith Stadium is Ninian Park. Alternatively you can use Grangetown, but you’re looking at around a 20-minute walk from there. We recommend a taxi from the City Centre.

Travelling by Road:

Cardiff city centre has a plethora of carparks. Be sure to check the tariffs before you enter – some are a LOT more expensive than others.

Leckwith Stadium has limited parking, which will be at a premium on match day. Avoid parking in the Capital Retail Park opposite the stadium – they have 90-minute limits and hefty fines for those who breach their rules.

Hadfield Road is an industrial area of Cardiff and around a 5-10 minute walk to the stadium. This area is used by hundreds of fans on Cardiff City matchdays as it’s free. Just beware of the double-yellow lines as the traffic wardens are out in force!

Nightlife

ggCardiff is an extremely safe and welcoming city with one of the best reputations for nightlife in the country.
The city centre is thriving with various bars and clubs staying open until the early hours. St Mary Street being the liveliest of areas during the weeknights.
O’Neill’s Irish Bar is located on St Mary Street is popular with visiting supporters before matches, especially those with a Celtic background. (https://www.oneills.co.uk/national-search/wales/st-mary-street-in-cardiff/food).

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Mill Lane, on the corner of St Mary Street, has an array of different trendy bars with large outdoor seating areas that lead onto the modern St David’s shopping centre. Perfect for a pint if the weather is favourable, which looks to be the case!
It is an approximate 30-minute walk from the City Centre to Leckwith Stadium or around £8 in a taxi.

gggIf you’re looking for more of an upmarket, laid-back scene then Cardiff Bay is for you. Traditionally aimed at the 25 and over, Cardiff Bay is approximately £6 in a taxi from the city centre and features traditional pubs, trendy wine bars, gourmet restaurants with an amazing view of the Cardiff Bay Barrage and coastline. Perfect for small groups and couples who prefer the quieter pre and post-match pint. You can also catch the water taxi between Cardiff Bay and the city centre, which is well worth a try. https://cardiffharbour.com/water-taxis/

Brains Brewery is the local brewery based in Cardiff. Their beers, lagers and stouts have been the staple diet of many-a docker, sailor and miner for over 130-years. Be sure to try Brains S.A. during your visit. (www.sabrain.com)

The Stadium

hhhhLeckwith Stadium (or Cardiff International Sports Stadium) is a modern athletic stadium and playing fields in the Leckwith area of Cardiff. Albeit a different county, Barry Town United’s temporary European venue at Leckwith is less than 7 miles away from their home at Jenner Park.
Stadium capacity is 4,953 (2,553 seated for our UEFA Europa League fixture)
The stadium includes a gym, AstroTurf pitches, meeting rooms, and offices.
It includes the headquarters of Welsh athletics —the sport’s governing body for Wales – and Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club.

Near the ground

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Leckwith Stadium is situated opposite a large retail park (Capital Retail Park) as well as the Cardiff City Stadium – home of the Bluebirds.
Here you can find a casino, supermarket, Subway, Costa, McDonalds, KFC and a Greggs a 2-minute walk from the stadium. There is also (what looks like) a pub, called the Sand Martin. This is a food venue. They will not serve alcohol without being seated and ordering food in this establishment, so it is recommended that you conduct your pre-match festivities in the city centre.
Alternatively, you can find a pub in the Canton area of Cardiff, if you’re in need of refreshment nearer the stadium.

lllCanton Cross is a crossroad with around 6 traditional pubs (Canton Cross, The Corporation, The Butchers Arms, The Canton Hotel, The Ivor Davies Wetherspoons and the Admiral Napier).

There is also a very small real ale house called The Craft Devil Cellar, which is highly recommended but will only accommodate a small number of patrons due to its size (www.craftydevilbrewing.co.uk).
All of these pubs are within a 100-metre radius and are only a 10-minute walk from the stadium.

Things to do

As the capital of Wales you’d expect there to be loads of great things to do in Cardiff – and you’d be right. This ancient city has a bevy of museums, attractions, parks, music venues, restaurants and bars to explore. If anything, the tricky part is narrowing down exactly what you want to spend your precious time getting stuck into. So, to save you a frantic Google sesh, we’ve pulled together a list of all the best things to do in Cardiff, from indoor surfing at one of the UK’s best watersports centres to art trails and chunky slices of Welsh history.

kkkCardiff Castle: The stone fortress that has watched over Cardiff since the eleventh century is a grand sight to behold. No visit to Cardiff would be complete wihout a nose around the castle, plus it is conveniently located at the top of St Mary Street, where we recommend you frequent. A ticket will get you into the impressive grounds, interactive exhibits, the Battlement Walk, a Norman keep and bomb shelters used as late as World War II. Pay a little extra for a house tour, which will give you access to the extravagant rooftop garden, among other private rooms. https://www.cardiffcastle.com/tickets-and-prices-1/

iiiWales Millennium Centre: A 2,500-capacity venue that hosts massive bands, comedians and touring theatre shows. Few things ooze Wales as much as the Wales Millennium Centre at Cardiff Bay. Opened in 2004, it’s made entirely of wood, metal, slate and glass sourced in the country itself. In any week you can expect to see opera, contemporary dance and the latest big pop, rock and global musicians. https://www.wmc.org.uk

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Cardiff Bay: Europe’s largest waterfront development. From the water you can get a good look at iconic buildings, like Pierhead and the Norwegian Church, as well as the old docks and Wetlands Nature Reserve. Guided boat tours run regularly from Mermaid Quay and Penarth Barrage and typically last around 45 minutes. After cruising the bay, pop into Craft in the Bay: a permanent exhibition of work by Welsh craft-makers. There are regular workshops there too.
Cardiff International Whitewater Centre: A water sports centre for all the adventurous souls out there. Cardiff International White Water hosts all kinds of sports and offers the only white water rafting course in South Wales. Hop in a canoe here, try something called ‘hot dogging’ or tackle their indoor wave machine, which is perfect for surfing lessons. If you’re in a group and not everyone wants to partake, there’s a viewing area for family and friends to lau…ahem…watch you on the water. https://www.ciww.com

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Cardiff Central Market: An old-school shopping experience. Cardiff Central Market has been going since the 1700s and has been at this site for over a century. The impressive, dual-level Victorian structure houses a variety of traders, from fresh produce to homeware, clothing, tools, records and more. The market is a five-minute walk from Cardiff Castle, so stop in there afterwards for some cake and coffee from Celtic Corner, Donnellys or Bull Terrier Café. https://www.cardiffcouncilproperty.com/cardiff-market/

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Museums: From a city centre castle to a dockside Nordic church, Cardiff knows what it’s doing when it comes to museums. Read Time Out’s definitive guide to what each one offers: https://www.timeout.com/cardiff/things-to-do/best-museums-in-cardiff

cccBarry Island: Barry Island has attracted visitors since the 1870’s and the appeal of its golden beaches, cafes and family amusements is stronger than ever.
The recently refurbished seafront now offers a sweeping promenade along the entire length of Whitmore Bay beach, against a backdrop of enticing cafés and restaurants, beach wheelchairs available to loan, vibrant beach huts and lots to amuse the kids with a climbing wall, mist feature, adventure golf and beautiful landscaped gardens. Or for the more adventurous, Barry Island Pleasure Park offers thrilling rides. https://www.visitthevale.com/en/Destinations/Barry-Island.aspx

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Gavin and Stacey: Of course, our beautiful Barry is home to the cult TV show Gavin & Stacey. And with James Corden and Ruth Jones recently announcing a new Christmas special, don’t miss out on seeing the set for yourself whilst you’re here! If you don’t know the location of all the scenes, this tour company with take you on a 3-hour tour: https://www.getyourguide.co.uk/barry-l859/gavin-and-stacey-tour-t11270/ Lush, innit?!

Useful Phrases 

Try and impress the locals with these handy Welsh phrases:

  1. Bore da (boh-reh-dar) – Good Morning.
  2. Prynhawn da (prin-hown dar) – Good afternoon.
  3. Noswaith da (nos-why-th dar) – Good evening.
  4. Nos da (nos dar) – Goodnight.
  5. Shw mae (shoe-my) – How are you?
  6. Diolch (dee-olch with the ‘ch’ making a noise like you’re clearing your throat) – Thank You.
  7. Croeso (Kroy-so) – Welcome / You’re welcome.
  8. Hwyl (hoil) – Bye.
  9. Cwtch (Cootch) – A Welsh hug… Only the Welsh can do it, but you’ll get a good response.
  10. Iechyd da! (Yekid dar) – Cheers! (when drinking). It actually means ‘Good Health’.

Enjoy Your Visit and we’ll see you all on the 4th July!

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Europa League Tickets now available

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Tickets for our Europa League Home fixture against CliftonvIlle are now available for purchase from the FAW website from the link provided below:

https://www.eticketing.co.uk/fawtickets-english/EDP/Event/Index/312

Tickets can also be purchased from the clubhouse this afternoon from 4:30pm.

Tickets for travelling Cliftonville fans will be available for purchase directly from Cliftonville in the coming days. Your club will provide additional information when this is possible.

Jack Compton Signs for Barry

 

Jack Compton01.jpgThe club are delighted to announce the signing of winger Jack Compton.

One of a host of local lads to join the Barry Town squad experienced Compton played youth football at Portsmouth, before signing with the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Brighton and Hove Albion and eventually Falkirk, where he made his debut as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Celtic at Celtic Park.

Later returning to Fratton Park, Compton also played alongside Barry’s European hero Mike Flynn at Bradford City, with both coincidentally scoring in the same match with Leeds United at Elland Road. Jack joins the club from Chippenham Town.

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Gavin Chesterfield commented “Its no secret I’ve wanted to bring Jack to the club for some time. His pedigree and background stands for itself and I’m delighted to have him at the club ahead of our Europa League Campaign and JD Welsh Premier League Season.”

Welcome to Jenner Park Jack!

Chesterfield’s Draw Reaction

UEFA Europa League 2019/20 Preliminary Round Draw

Manager Gavin Chesterfield has given his immediate reaction following today’s Europa League preliminary round draw which has pitted us against Cliftonville FC from Northern Ireland.

Speaking in Nyon after the draw, Chesterfield said:

“It’s fantastic for us to be here in the first place, I’ve gone on record and said how proud I am of what the lads and the staff have done this year and to be part of this draw is a really humbling experience.

“It’s fantastic for people like our secretary David Cole who has been there, seen there and done it over many years and never thought he’d see the day when our team name was drawn out at UEFA headquarters once again, so it’s fantastic how football can go in circles sometimes.

“The draw itself is obviously a tough one, there’s not going to be many easy teams in this competition. We’re up against Cliftonville, who have a very strong heritage and are a tough team from Northern Ireland that I think have qualified eight times in the last ten years so they’ve got a proud European tradition. But it’s a draw we look forward to, travel won’t be too much of a problem, and it’s a real opportunity for us to go and represent our country and our club there with pride. I’m sure we’ll take a lot of supporters with us who will no doubt make a racket as well. A fantastic tie, two really good clubs so it’s one to look forward to.”

EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW

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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 ceribowley87@gmail.com.
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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