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Division One football for Barry Town United

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Barry Town AFC was formed in November 1912 as 'Barry AFC'.  The 'Town' suffix was added, officially, after the Second World War in 1946.  For two seasons from 2011-12 the Barry Town Supporters' Committee was operating a fully functioning football team in Welsh League Division One. This change culminated in the club reaching the Welsh Cup Semi Final for the first since the professional era of Barry Town a decade before. Under the guidance of the Committee, Barry Town was once again beginning to flourish.

Just two  games before the end of the season, the owner of the football club withdrew the club from the league, and the resignation was accepted and Barry Town's records expunged.  But this shouldn't be the end.

The same Barry Town Supporters' Committee has to rename its team and it has chosen Barry Town United AFC as the new name.We believe that this will unite current supporters and those supporters who did not wish to be associated with the regime that eventually closed down our beloved Barry Town.

Barry Town United firmly believes that justice should prevail, and our entry to the Welsh League Division One be accepted in time for the new season 2013-14.

There was no failure on behalf of the Supporters' Committee in organising and funding the football in any way, and we want the authorities to recognise this, and to put football first. The Committee was operating a fully functioning football 'club'.

Our team have already lost £12,500 in Welsh Cup earnings. They should not lose their status in the pyramid. We are calling on the Football Association of Wales to invoke Rule 11.1 which allows them the right to place us in the most appropriate division of the Welsh League that they see fit.

This has been acted on previously when Barry Town was moved out of the English non-league and was placed into Welsh League Division One.  This was a defining moment.

The precedent was set 20 years ago. We believe that Barry Town United AFC should be placed in Division One of the Welsh League.

If you agree with this, please sign this petition.


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