St. david's press - Football

December 2019

160pp inc. 117 photos



978 1 902719 788


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Success, Failure and Revival: 1993-2019

Ian Johnson

‘this book captures the essence of the town’s football club and the people and community who serve as its heartbeat’
Gavin Chesterfield, Manager, Barry Town

The success, failure and revival of Barry Town is a story that needs to be told.

Few clubs have risen so high – facing Dynamo Kiev and FC Porto in the Champions League – and then sunk so low – going into administration, relegated and eventually withdrawn from football altogether – before being brought back to life by loyal fans who even had to take the Football Association of Wales to court in order to play.

Following the club over 25 years, starting with the 1993-94 season when they beat Cardiff City to win the Welsh Cup, Unbelievable Barry Town covers the club’s golden decade where they won the Welsh Premier seven times, through the years of playing as an amateur team under controversial owner Stuart Lovering, until the fans were able to take over and turn the club around to once again play in Europe in 2019.


Ian Johnson has been a Barry Town fan for decades, having been programme and website editor and a sports columnist for the Barry Gem and Barry & District News. He is also a local councillor for in Barry representing the ward that includes the club’s home ground, Jenner Park.  



Foreword by Gavin Chesterfield

Part One: Barry’s Glory Years: A Decade of Delight
1.   1993-94: Dad’s Army
2.   1994-95: The Year of Many Managers
3.   1995-96: Professional Performances
4.   1996-97: European Dreams
5.   1997-98: Eifion
6.   1998-99: Premier Cup Win
7.   1999-2000: Pipped at the Post
8.   2000-01: At The Double
9.   2001-02: We Beat Porto!
10. 2002-03: TV Africa and the Treble Double

Part Two: From Administration to Liquidation: A Decade in the Wilderness
11.  2003-04: The Champions are Relegated
12.  2004-05: Locked out of Jenner Park
13.  2005-06: A Season in Exile
14.  2006-07: Another Relegation
15.  2007-08: In Gav We Trust
16.  2008-09: Fan Run Football
17.  2009-10: Takeover Talk
18.  2010-11: Gav Goes – And Returns
19.  2011-12: Old Rivals in the Welsh Cup
20.  2012-13: The Season That Wasn’t

Part Three: From Ely to Europe: A Welsh Premier Club Once Again
21.  2013-14: Brought Back to Life
22.  2014-15: Another Welsh League Promotion
23.  2015-16: Knocking at the Door
24.  2016-17: Going Up
25.  2017-18: Back in the Welsh Premier
26.  2018-19: We’re All Going On A European Tour



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