Thursday, 13 June 2013

Welsh Football Magazine award - Zeal of approval

Welsh Football Magazine has this month awarded the Barry Town Supporters' Committee with having the best matchday programme in the Welsh League, best front cover in Wales, and 4th best programme in Wales overall.

Needless to say, we're chuffed.

We put real pride into the programme, and always try to please the supporters with up to date words from the manager, as well as current player interviews, exclusive photos, comment, and archive material. And boy, what an archive.

What we don't offer in technical brilliance on the inside, I'd like to think we more than make up for that in terms of content. Well, the Welsh Football Magazine appears to agree and it's nice to get some recognition.

As named programme editor last season I came in for a bit of stick from his-nibs regarding my choice of Barry Town logo (the dragon motif which is recognised from Aberdeen to Azerbaijan as being Barry Town). I was told to remove it, which I did - with a heavy heart. The fact that we'd used the very same logo for the whole season before, is still the logo used by UEFA on its website, and is also the same one as the 3 foot high version hanging on his clubhouse appeared to have been overlooked.

We had a lot of fun with the programme last season. We introduced a rather unique Welsh language front cover and English language front/back cover for a Welsh Cup fixture. After the Flint Town United win, we gave away a free glossy poster of the team celebrating after the match. We also gave away copies of the Welsh Cup Semi Final teamsheets of ourselves and Prestatyn Town at the following home match.

So, despite it being dubbed unprofessional and a mere 'fanzine' (as if there's anything wrong with that!), we've ended this most turbulent of seasons with a little genuine recognition from a neutral publication.

And very proud of that we are as well!

If we ever have a next season, there will be even more creative energy and renewed zeal to give the very best we can

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