Barry Town F.C.
The Barry Town Football Club is a football club based in Barry (Wales). The club was founded in 1912 and plays in the Welsh Football League Division 1, the second highest league level in the Welsh football. The club dominated the League of Wales in the 1990s.
The club was founded in November 1912 as Barry AFC. Initially the club played in the Southern League and in 1921 became champions. Two years later the club changed its name to Barrytown. In 1955 the club first Welsh Cup winners. For a long time these were the only successes of the club. In 1982 the club moved back from the Southern League and joined the Welsh League. Barry dominated this league at will and was 1983-1987 five consecutive champion. 1989 brought Barrytown sixth championship in seven years and returned to the Southern League. In 1992, the League of Wales was founded renounced Barry to participate.
Just one year later, Barry returned to Wales and was in the Welsh Football League First Division back. There, the club became an instant champion and also took another the cup and the League Cup. In addition to the rise of Barry qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup, where you eliminated in the first round against Zalgiris Vilnius from Lithuania. In 1996, Barry Town, who introduced the Vollprofitum since 1995, for the first time Welsh champion. It was the first of seven league titles in eight years. In the UEFA Cup 1996/97 the club initially turned off the FC Dinaburg (Latvia ) and then Vasutas Budapest ( Hungary). Barrytown Thus, qualified as the first League of Wales club for the main round of the European Cup competition. In the same season, Barry got the triple. In the summer of 2001, Barry became the first Welsh team a game in qualifying for the UEFA Champions League when they defeated the Azerbaijani champions FK Shamkir. In the second round, there was a bitter 8-0 defeat at FC Porto. After the return match was won 3-1.
In summer 2003, the club went bankrupt because a mountain of debt in the amount of one million pounds sterling had amassed. President John Fashanu, who previously took over the presidency a year and promised to transfer games from Barry Town in the Nigerian television, resigned. In August 2003, admission to the Jenner Park was players and coaches who received no wages since June, denied. A new management took over the club and the new team was composed of amateur players. In February 2004, the first victory could be retracted. Finally Barrytown dismounted as the reigning champion. Since the club had arrears with the rent stadium had to move to another stadium of the club. The following season was turbulent. Several coaches came and went. Many disillusioned fans turned the club back and were fans of the newly formed Barry FC, who played in a local league.
In summer 2006, Barrytown could return to Jenner Park after was some terms of rent arrears with the stadium owners. Currently the club plays in the Welsh Football League Division One. A number of migrated to Barry FC fans now returned back to Barry Town during a not to be underestimated number of fans watched the matches of both teams.
- Welsh Champion: 7 (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 )
- Welsh Cup winners: 6 (1955, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003)
- Welsh League Cup Winners' Cup: 4 ( 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)