Barmouth & Dyffryn United F.C.

Barmouth & Dyffryn United Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-Droed Abermaw a Dyffryn) is a Welsh football club based in the coastal town of Barmouth, Gwynedd, also representing the nearby town of Dyffryn Ardudwy. They play in the Mid Wales Football League West Division.[2] The "Magpies" play their games at the Wern Mynach. Barmouth also have a strong youth team, with many players who played for Barmouth playing for football league academies in Wales. The Magpies won the league in 2011 after a hard working season, Barmouth also compete in the Football Association of Wales cup competitions, along with cup competitions sanctioned by the North Wales Coast Football Association .

Barmouth & Dyffryn United
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Full nameBarmouth & Dyffrin United Football Club
Nickname(s)Magpies[1]
Founded1863
GroundWern Mynach
Barmouth
Capacity200 seated. ~ 1000 Standing.
ChairmanWill Huntley
ManagerCarl Ryan & Paul Lewis
LeagueMid Wales Football League
West Division
2018–19Welsh Alliance League
Division One, 14th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The Club existed in 1863 and was one of six inaugural clubs when the Cambrian League was formed in 1896. Little is recorded of this early period. An incarnation of the club reformed in 1901.[3] The Cambrian Coast Football League was founded in January 1920 and Barmouth were league champions in 1920 and 1922. In 1930 an eight-team Cambrian Coast League was revived. It ended in 1963.[4]

Prior to the outbreak of World War II, Barmouth FC and Dyffrin FC were two separate clubs competing in the Cambrian Coast League.[5] Following the ending of hostilities, Barmouth & Dyffryn United appear in the Cambrian Coast League. This would indicate that the current club was formed in 1945, following a merger of the two clubs.[6]

Barmouth joined the Central Wales League in 1963 and were champions in the 1969–70 season, also reaching the fifth round of the Welsh Cup, playing Cardiff City F.C.. Barmouth won the NWCFA Challenge Cup in 1969 and 1971. They won the Central Wales Challenge Cup in 1973. The club resigned from the CWL at the end of 1972–73 season and reappeared in the Aberystwyth & District League in 1978–79.[4]

Barmouth & Dyffryn left the Aberystwyth & District League at the end of the 1992–93 season and joined the Gwynedd Football League. At the end of the 2000–01 season they withdrew after finishing last but one. They played in the Caernarfon & District League winning the AEEU Cup in 2002 and, after becoming league champions returned to the Gwynedd Football League.[4]

In 2006–07 they were runners-up in the Gwynedd League title but were promoted to the Welsh Alliance League on appeal. They finished tenth in the first full season and fourth in 2009–2010.[4]

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ENG Adam Walters
2 DF   WAL Carwyn Jones
3 DF   WAL Stuart Pilling
4 DF   WAL Steven Bratt
5 DF   WAL John Andrews
6 MF   WAL Rob Murfet
7 MF   WAL Shane Jones
8 MF   WAL Carl Ryan *
10 MF   WAL Iwan Lewis
9 FW   WAL Ieuan Brooks
11 FW   WAL Paul Lewis
12 DF   WAL Dan Griffiths
23 GK   WAL Mark Williams
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 GK   WAL Jamie Jones
13 DF   WAL Dave Linstead
15 DF   WAL Chris Griffith
16 DF   WAL Johnathan Harrison
17 DF   WAL Mike Irvine
18 MF   WAL Paul Morris
24 MF   WAL Callum Wright
14 MF   WAL Adam Morris
20 MF   WAL Chris Lewis
19 MF   WAL Colin Radcliffe
21 FW   WAL Bobby Griffiths
22 FW   WAL Craig Papirnyk
27 FW   WAL Peter Griffiths
  • Caretaker/Player Manager.

StatisticsEdit

Most Appearances – Darren Andrews (GK), 110 Appearances. Top Scorers – Shane Jones (FW), 55 Goals in 96 Appearances

Wern Mynach stadiumEdit

Wern Mynach is the football stadium located in Barmouth, home of Barmouth & Dyffryn United F.C.[7]

The club has one of the best pitches in North Wales, a pure grass pitch that takes a lot of work to up keep.

The West End is where the majority of supporters tend to congregate on match days. The Standing terrace holds around 50 spectators and is the only permanent cover available. There is also food and drink facilities and a small club shop. There is uncovered seating for around 50 spectators on seats formally installed in Coventry City's Highfield Road stadium.

The North End has standing room behind the goal and a large wooden ship which children can play on.

The East End backs onto spectacular mountain scenery.

The South end of the ground feature high fencing to block stray balls going into Park. There is a small car park.

In 2018 thanks to the hard work of chairman William Huntley amongst others, floodlights were installed at Wern Mynach, which brought night games to Barmouth for the first time in the club's history.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Homepage - Barmouth & Dyffryn United". www.clubwebsite.com. Retrieved 30 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Jones, Jordan. "Bro Goronwy moved up a division after Barmouth move to Mid Wales". Y Clwb Pel-Droed. Retrieved 21 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "BARMOUTH|1901-11-07|Towyn-on-Sea and Merioneth County Times - Welsh Newspapers". newspapers.library.wales. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Barmouth & Dyffryn United Football Club – History" (PDF). Pitchero.com. Retrieved 23 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ www.welshsoccerarchive.co.uk https://www.welshsoccerarchive.co.uk/leagues_cambrian_coast.php?season_id=30. Retrieved 28 January 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ www.welshsoccerarchive.co.uk https://www.welshsoccerarchive.co.uk/leagues_cambrian_coast.php?season_id=32. Retrieved 28 January 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Barmouth & Dyffryn United FC". www.barmouthdyffrynfc.com. Retrieved 30 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)