Barry and Llanelli's League rejection

Former European Cup entrants Barry Town and Welsh Premier League side AFC Llanelli have been refused entry into the Welsh Football League following both clubs' off-field problems last season.

Vale Council 'furious' at Barry Town decision

The Vale of Glamorgan Council says it is 'furious' that the Football Association of Wales has stood by its decision regarding Barry Town's place in the Welsh League.

We have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the club on this matter from the start, and we want the players and the manager to know they will continue to have our unflinching support.

This is not just about football – it is also about pride in the town, its future and the future of our young people.

– Councillor Gwyn John, Vale of Glamorgan Council

No change to FAW's decision over Barry and Llanelli

The FAW says its decision stands regarding the futures of former European Cup entrants Barry Town and Welsh Premier League side AFC Llanelli after a special meeting was held today.

Both clubs had been refused entry into the Welsh Football League following off-field problems last season.

The meeting was called to consider new information in relation to a previous decision of Council concerning Barry Town United and Llanelli Football Club.

Two-thirds of those eligible to vote at the meeting must agree for Standing Orders to be suspended in order to receive the new information and reconsider the decision. Of the 29 Council Members present, 15 voted against and 14 voted for Standing Orders to be suspended.

As such, the information could not be heard and the previous decision of Council, relating to the two clubs, stands.

– Football Association of Wales

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Vale of Glamorgan Council 'disappointed' by Barry Town rejection

"The Vale of Glamorgan Council is extremely disappointed to hear of the Football Association of Wales’ decision not to permit the newly named Barry Town United AFC to remain within the Welsh Football League.

The Barry Town Supporters’ Committee have funded the playing of football by Barry Town at Jenner Park for the last two seasons. This committee, club manager Gavin Chesterfield, his management team and the players are a credit to Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan and have all worked tirelessly to retain a Barry Town football team at the highest levels of Welsh football.

The council is considering its position in this case matter as we very much recognise the importance of a high standard of football to Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan as a whole.

The ramifications of the decision are considerable as the council planned to work with Barry Town United AFC to improve youth football for both boys and girls and to develop improved coaching skills across the various Leagues, who use the Vale’s pitches, to improve the standard of amateur football.

– Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of Vale of Glamorgan Council

Barry Town and Llanelli rejected by Welsh League

by Nick Hartley, Sports Reporter

Former European Cup entrants Barry Town and Welsh Premier League side AFC Llanelli have been refused entry into the Welsh Football League following both clubs' off-field problems last season.

Barry Town were withdrawn from the Welsh League last season by owner Stuart Lovering but had been reformed by a group of supporters under the name of Barry Town United AFC with the hope of continuing nest season in the Welsh pyramid.

Llanelli AFC were forced out of business earlier this season after the High Court ordered them to be wound-up with tax debts of around £21,000 owed to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

A meeting of the Football Association of Wales Council considered both applications for the newly formed versions of both clubs to be re-entered in the Welsh Football League but they have rejected the idea, recommending that both apply for member of their local association.

In practice that means both clubs will have to start at the very bottom of Welsh football if they wish to cary on.