Monday, 30 April 2012

Honouring the Barry Dock Albions AFC

Barry Dock Albions 

The Barry Dock Albions were one of the most successful clubs in Barry's fledgling history.  With the tussle between the rugby football code and the association code not yet reaching a conclusion in the young town, Barry Dock Albions did their level best to promote 'socker' in Barry.  

Formed in the 1890s, the club played local sides in and around Barry and its district, but in the 1901-02 season opted to join the Cardiff & District League 4th Division.  Winning that, they were promoted to the 3rd Division for 1902-03. 

They won that division as well, and moved to the 2nd Division in 1903-04.  Finishing as Runners-up, they were promoted to Division One and finished off the 1904-05 as Champions of the Cardiff & District League.  Here they are with 4 season's worth of medals.  Nice.

The club, which all but dominated Barry football, no doubt helped form the opinion that, with Barry teams dominating the Cardiff teams, Barry should have it's own league.  By 1907-08 the Barry & District AFL was formed.  Cardiff had its own noisy neighbour...

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