Ton Pentre’s MacWhirter Welsh League Division One season has come to an abrupt end after Barry Town’s withdrawal was confirmed at the League’s Management Committee meeting held on Monday, 13th May.
Barry Town’s League record has been expunged leaving the Bulldogs in a 9th placed finish.
The Welsh League were expected to have released a statement after the Barry Town Supporters Committee said via their Twitter account: “The Welsh League Management Committee has reached a decision concerning Barry Town. A statement from them will be released in due course.”
The League did not release any official comment on Monday concerning Barry’s withdrawal but the Tables page on their website stated the following on Tuesday (14th May): “Barry Town have withdrawn from Division One – record expunged”.
Ton Pentre had been due to play Barry Town at Jenner Park on 7th May in the first of a double-header but the game was cancelled just hours before kick-off after owner Stuart Lovering contacted the Bulldogs stating that the match would not go ahead as he was withdrawing the club from Division One.
Uncertainty over Barry Town’s future continued until Friday, 10th May when the Bulldogs were informed that Saturday’s (11th May) match against Barry would not go ahead at Ynys Park.
Barry Town are a club steeped in history with the fixture against Ton Pentre being one of the oldest in the Welsh League. They are also one of the most famous domestic Welsh clubs and their demise marks a sad day for football in Wales.
Barry Town Supporters Committee Statement
In response to the withdrawal, the Barry Town Supporters Committee have released the following statement: “The Barry Town Supporters’ Committee (BTSC) is hugely saddened to see the record of Barry Town AFC expunged from the Welsh League after accepting Stuart Lovering’s withdrawal.
“We, like everyone else, are awaiting information from the Welsh League Management Committee on the exact details of what informed their decision.
“Once this information is received, the BTSC will take time to process its content before deciding upon its next steps.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the messages of support that we have received from across Wales, the UK, and all over the world.
“This support is hugely humbling and very much appreciated.”
Football Association of Wales Statement
In response to the Welsh Football League’s decision the Football Association of Wales have released the following statement: “The Welsh Football League has today notified the Football Association of Wales that at their meeting on Monday, May the 13th, the League Management Committee reluctantly confirmed Barry Town AFC Limited’s withdrawal from the Welsh Football League.
“Consequently, their playing record has been expunged from the League record for the 2012/13 season.
“The Football Association of Wales recognises the proud history and tradition of the club and its contribution and success over the years.
“The Association also recognises the need for a football club in Barry and hopes that the Supporters Club can ensure that football will continue in the town.”