Thursday, 23 August 2012

Barry Journalist gives up

Sport Jottings
The Barry Herald
Friday, 4 April 1919

"Last Saturday Barry defeated Pontypridd on the latter's ground. A prominent Barry player says the score was 5-1 in favour of his team. A Cardiff journal gives the final score as 5-2, and another as 5-3.

We have given up the puzzle as to finding the correct score, so will our readers kindly strike a decent average."

Ed: In fairness to the journalist in question, it was a confusing time for football in the district.  The War had just ended and football clubs were eager to pick up where they had left off. For Barry, the Chairman of the club, C B Griffiths, negotiated with all the major teams in south Wales for a series of friendlies.  To this end, from January to April 1919 Barry played a half season of friendlies against Cardiff City, Newport County, Swansea Town, Abertillery, and Pontypridd amongst others.  

With some players not yet demobbed, or sadly never to return from the Front, the sides of each club were hardly representative so early after the war.  Players were flitting about from team to team, and players from Barry were regularly 'assisting' Swansea and Cardiff. As such, the reporting of these friendlies was pretty scant.  The Cardiff papers, for example, aided the confusion by constantly calling the Barry AFC the 'Barry District' - the town's premier club that folded shortly before the War.

Saying that, to ask the reader to come up with the result of a match as the reporter is so exasperated in trying to find out is something that must be brought back into our match reports.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Barry defeat Showmen

Barry defeat Showmen

South Wales Football Echo
Saturday, 7 September, 1929

Barry Town beat Tommy Catlow's team by eleven goals to one at Jenner Park on Friday.  The visitors were selected from the amusement caterers' employees at Barry Island, and included Blake, who plays centre-forward for the Heraldian Rovers in the Barry Junior Division, and Baggott, the centre-forward for Clive Rovers.  The renowned Tommy Catlow played at left-half and was one of the mainstays of his team.

Barry fielded a strong team, including (Dai) Ward, (Len) Jones, (Baden or Billy) Davies, (Johnny) Gardner, (Cliff) Owens, (Harry) Woodward, and (Reg) Sheppard.  Ward played at inside-left and scored three goals.  The manner in which he sent in surprise shots was excellent.  Jones scored six, while McKinless and Davies (W.) scored one each.  Baggott scored for the showmen.

Tommy Catlow, Barry AFC Vice-Captain 1913-14

Ed: This was a pre-season friendly to launch the 1929-30 season for Barry. Tommy Catlow was Barry Town's vice-captain in the club's inaugural season of 1913-14. Catlow played 27 times for Barry in that very first season of ours, scoring 4 times.  Catlow's debut goal for The Linnets came on 5 January 1914 in a fabulous 3-2 victory over Aberdare Athletic at Jenner Park.  Another goal in an away win over Treharris followed on 17 January, while one of the biggest games of the season saw Catlow contribute to the 6-2 victory over Newport County on 21 February.  

The Newport match became infamous as being the first instance of a Barry player being ordered from the pitch.  Shortly before full-time, club captain Jim Wightman punched Newport's Butler and was off.  The thumping win over County also saw Bert Millard score his debut hat-trick for the club.  Millard had previous experience with West Bromwich Albion. Catlow's final goal for the Linnets came against Swansea Town on 4 April 1914, when Barry beat Swansea 2-1 at Jenner Park.