Sunday, 20 November 2011

Dan Bradley - safe hands, hands off

Following the dramatic 2-1 victory over fellow Welsh Leaguers, Cardiff Corinthians, at Jenner Park yesterday, the Barry Town Supporters' Committee honoured long-standing goalkeeper Dan Bradley for his 200 appearances between the sticks. 

Dan played another pivotal role in yesterday's game, pulling off a stunning second half save that would mean the goal we scored afterwards would be the winner.  Dan came to Barry Town in time for the 2006-07 season, and since then, only the misfortune of being abroad when the Icelandic ash cloud was disrupting the airlines did he miss a pair of games. 

Other than that, he's been an ever-present for 5 seasons - a remarkable achievement at any level, but particularly at this club which has seen so many ups and downs.  A quarter of Dan's appearances have resulted in clean sheets.  Dan is extremely popular amongst the fans, and has won the Supporters' Player of the Year Award several times since his time here.

Supporters' Chairman Eric Thomas and Manager Gavin Chesterfield
award Dan Bradley his trophy for 200 appearances for Barry Town

In truth, Dan has also had the luxury of having pretty decent defenders in front of him but he is certainly one of the very best goalkeepers in our league, if not the best.  He has to be the most consistent, certainly.  We would prefer Dan to remain with us for as long as possible, but would obviously be proud if he went on to bigger and better things.  Well, bigger things anyway.  I doubt they'd be better!  Come on, we're Barry Town.  Dan IS for sale, though.  £250,000 (coincidentally the value of the club) made payable to 'Barry Town Supporters' Committee' should suffice.  If you don't have that much money on you, well, nice hearing from you, but see you around.

Congratulations, Dan.  It's been a pleasure to watch you in goals for us for the past 5 seasons, and we hope you'll be with us for another 200 more appearances.

And for those saying we concentrate too much on the history and not the present.  Here's two fingers and a loud raspberry.


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