Dai Ward signs for Barry – legend status assured

The Football Express
Saturday 4 September 1926

That Ward, the recent acquisition from Aberaman, is regarded as an important capture to Barry was exemplified in both engagements. So impressed were both the directorate and spectators by this speedy, clean-limbed player’s brilliant performances that he is readily acclaimed as the best forward Barry has imported for several years.

The Football Express
Saturday 11 September 1926

One cannot praise too highly the performances of Ward, who has filled the pivotal position rendered vacant by the departure of Hopkins to Crystal Palace.

Not once in the engagement with Pembroke Dock did this enterprising young footballer allow a solitary wing-pass to escape him without making a real effort to turn it to good account.

So completely is he in possession of those material necessities which go to make a fine bustling forward that supporters fear that such a splendid exponent of the right class of football will not long escape the notice of those eagle-eyed and alert club managers who are ever anxious to ‘snap-up’ promising talent.

Ward is not one of those players whose ability is allowed to go a-begging for want of adequate support, for there was not a weak link in the home team

The Football Express
Saturday 2 October 1926

Serious concern has been occasioned amongst soccer enthusiasts at Barry at the knowledge that in consequence of a cut-head, sustained in colliding with a defender in the Mid Rhondda game, Ward, the popular Linnets’ forward, who has scored more goals in six weeks that any other player on the Barry books for many years past, was put right out of action.

It is hoped that his ‘knock’ will not incapacitate him for today’s game with Lovell’s Athletic at Barry, for without his aid the Linnets’ chances of qualifying for the 2nd Preliminary Round of the English Cup contest would be considerably minimised.

Final Score:
Barry 2 – 0 Lovell’s Athletic
(D.Ward, C.Brittan)

Ed: Dai Ward would go on to score 66 goals in the 1926-27 season, including TEN hat-tricks, assuring the club of an excellent mid-table Southern League position, the Championship of the Welsh League (leaving the ‘seconds’ of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport in our wake), as well as becoming winners of the South Wales Senior Cup. Ward had several hugely successful seasons at Barry before finally moving on – but by then, by coincidence, Barry had hired Fred Whitlow which is another goal-scoring sensation story waiting in the wings. Dai Ward’s son, Dai Ward Junior, also played for Barry Town – in the 50s – and went on to represent Wales.

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