Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Cardiff's Plan to Save Barry Town

Vetoed by Welsh League Committee
The Barry Herald
Friday, 26th January 1951

Negotiations which have been going on between Barry Town and Cardiff City in an effort to keep Barry Town AFC in existence have been unsuccessful because of the unyielding attitude of the Welsh League Management Committee.

An application was made to the Welsh League for the City to have Jenner Park registered as their Welsh League ground, but the League have insisted on the Cardiff Club's games being played at Ninian Park.

It is revealed then that Mr Ben Lobley, Chairman of the Barry Town Directors approached Sir Herbert Merritt, the Cardiff City president, asking if the City would help Barry in their present plight.

Sir Herbert, on behalf of Cardiff City, made proposals which included the playing of games at Jenner Park and the offer of a  substantial sum of money.  Had the proposal been favourably received it is likely that some Football Combination games as well as Welsh League ones would have been played at Jenner Park.

Latest Result:
Southern League
Barry Town 3 Bedford Town 1

Although Barry recorded their third successive win and completed the double over Bedford at Jenner Park on Saturday, the attendance of barely 600 spectators was no encouragement to the Directors to keep the flag flying.  The gate money was only enough to meet half the wage bill for the day.

Ed; Despite all sorts of attempts to save the club from extinction, all appeared to be lost with the Cardiff City Jenner Park rental deal falling on deaf ears at the Welsh League.  However, within a week of this story appearing in the local press, a mysterious backer appeared on the scene known only as 'Mr. X'.  Well, it was the 1950s!  And he had no Malaysian connections.

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