8 years ago – in case you didn’t know – Barry Town went bust with, what, over £800,000 worth of debt? The majority of which was owed to HM Customs and Revenue. We’d been in debt for a while, of course. I believe it was over £200,000 by the time Paula O’Halloran got the club off her hands. But this was now an astonishing new level of debt.
It was a sticky situation. It didn’t look great for Fash at the time, considering he came in and was meant to be our lord and saviour. We’d had a bunch of problems for a while, so when Fash came in the outlook was pretty bright. I think he was associated with us for about 6 months before the bubble was stretched too far.
Unfortunately, he never really got his fee under the table. By the time he’d brought in Adebayo Akinfenwa and Abiodun Baruwa in the New Year in order to aid manager Kenny Brown take an unprecedented Treble Double of WPL titles and Welsh Cups, he was off in the jungle on some TV show. He never did find Taribo West for us.
He came out of that show, and the shit really hit the fan(s). Our pre-Champions League preparation in summer 2003 was a game against
Nobody liked us. There was an ugly end to the 2002-03 season after an off-field spat with Bangor City – not handled well by the club, but then, not handled well by them either. The players didn’t really like us. They loved Barry Town, yes, but they loved it more when their pay-check arrived. Quite often, it didn’t.
The council really hated us. Man, they wanted us out of
Not long after the heroic exit (another one!) from
A supporter-run Steering Committee was established and everybody were chasing their tails. Stories of bailiffs taking the furniture were rife. Stories of the bailiffs not getting any answer at the club in order to take more furniture away were even more prevalent. Fortunately, the fabulous framed photos of the O’Hallorans with all that booty earned in the 1993-94 season was rescued before that too disappeared.
Who was watching telly when Jamie Morallee was pictured dramatically shaking the locked
But the biggest disappearance was that of Kevin Green. What happened to him? It was if the hullabaloo surrounding Fash’s exit was the perfect smoke-screen for Green’s quick exit stage left. Nobody appeared to have given a shit. There was no man-hunt, no comb-over detection vans going around – nothing. The last I heard, he had some kind of holiday company selling trips to the Greek islands or somewhere.
But out of the complete and utter misery of that period in 2003 (it actually got far FAR worse), Kevin Green appears to be the only one untarnished financially or emotionally by the whole thing. I’d love to hear his side of the story. I only bring this up now, because I see from my stats sheet that I’m getting hits from
It can’t be, can it?
Is that you, Kevin? Are you with Taribo West?