Sunday, 13 November 2011

Barry Town's first ever silverware

ASRS Cup Final, 1914
Barry 'A' 2-1 Cadoxton Old Boys
At Jenner Park, Barry
Keen rivalry existed between these two sides and when they met on Saturday in connection with the Final of the ASRS Cup there was a large attendance.  The proceeds of these games are devoted to the widows and orphans of the railwaymen.  The teams have met previously in other competitions and are about evenly matched.  In the first half, Farmer opened the scoring, and from a penalty Green also scored.  Cadoxton tried hard to decrease the lead in the second half and 'Nin' Jones, one of their forwards, landed a fine goal.  After the match, Councillor Felix-Williams presented the cup to the winning side in the presence of a large crowd, who congregated in front of the band-stand.

The ASRS was the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, a union which played a big part in the emergence of the Labour Party.  By 1913, the ASRS had merged with other railway unions to form today's National Union of Railwaymen.  However, the ASRS Cup is still played for in the town, and the 2011-12 season is the Cup's Cententary.  1911 saw the ASRS honour Barry's fund-raising activities for the union by holding its AGM in the town.  Later, a short-lived football team, Barry ASRS FC (!), competed in the Cardiff & District League.  Not that the Vale of Glamorgan League will be interested in all of course, oh no.  I have previously contacted them about centenaries and official programmes for the various cup finals and had received such a bad case of 'cold shoulder' I was treated for frostbite.  Never again.

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