The Barry Football Heritage Online Resource is an attempt to get the football history of Barry out there, in the public domain, for everybody to read, look at, and learn.
We have a fantastic heritage of sport in the town, and football is one element of that.
I hope to post as much of the research I’ve completed into local football over the coming months and years. It’ll be an ongoing project, and it’ll be updated without chronology or particular theme.
The majority of 2005 to 2008 was spent researching the history and development of the Barry & District Association Football League, and all that stuff needs a home. That home will be here, at last.
Since then, aside from being part of the old Barry Town Supporters’ Committee, and now Barry Town United AFC, my research has mostly concentrated on the history of Barry Town AFC with the club’s historian, Jeff McInery. Without whom, frankly, I wouldn’t have even started, and without whom the history of the club would not have played a part in the survival of the club at its darkest point in 2013.
Finally, just for quality control purposes; Barry Town AFC wasn’t officially titled ‘Barry Town’ until the club was reformed as a different company after the Second World War (Are you listening Welsh FA?!). The football club, between 1912 and 1944 was actually named ‘Barry AFC’. However, for sake of ease, I refer to Barry Town as just that, whether it’s before WWII or after WWII. It’s just easier. Barry AFC was being referred to as ‘Barry Town’ after the Great War, which is the reason the new company took on that name after WWII.
Anyway, I hope you get some use or enjoyment out of some of the research that will be appearing here.
Barry born. An Island boy. A supporter of Barry Town since the 1983-84 season. Ex-player and lanky number 5 for the Barry Island YPO until lethargy got the better of me, I opted to just follow the town’s senior club more and more.
Currently middle-aged, working in Cardiff, living in the valleys, I have somehow ended up as editor and designer of the club’s matchday programme. My favourite Barry player was Mike Cosslett and in later years, Gary Lloyd.
My favourite squad? The current one – history in the making.
Also on Twitter @BarryTownSC