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Top five Barry Town games you can watch on YouTube

 

With Coronavirus suspending the JD Cymru Leagues, you're probably desperate for football to return. The Belarusian leagues are still on but it isn't the same. You want to be at Jenner Park with your mates, standing in the same place you always have been, listening to music played through a tannoy that has about 90% static and 10% actual music.

That isn't going to happen for a while. Instead, here are five games you can watch on Youtube of Barry Town being really good at football.

Barry 3-1 FC Porto (UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, August 2001)

We couldn't do this list without including this specific game. It's an incredible achievement. This was a Porto side that three years later won the Champions League under José Mourinho. Sure, Barry did lose the first leg 8-0, but that doesn't take anything away from how big of an event this was. Four of the players that played for Porto in this game ended up with Champions League winners medals in 2004, and two of them started on this memorable night at Jenner Park.

Despite having the likes of Ricardo Carvalho and Jorge Costa on the pitch, who made a combined total of 139 appearances for Portugal, it wasn't enough for Porto to win on the night. This game ended up going down in Barry folklore after goals from Lee Phillips, Michael Flynn and Gary Lloyd gave Barry a night to remember.

Barry 2-1 Cardiff City (Welsh Cup Final, 1994)

This was the penultimate year that Welsh sides that play in the English leagues were allowed to play in the Welsh Cup. Some people say that the competition hasn't quite been the same since.

For Barry, it meant the end of great days like this one. Cardiff were in Division Two at the time,(now League One), and were hoping to pick up their their 23rd Welsh Cup and qualify for the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in the process.

Barry, inspired by five former Swansea City players, were looking for their first Welsh Cup since 1955. They achieved that after goals from David D'Auria and David Hough put Barry's name on the trophy for the first time in 39 years.

It's a match from a foregone era where Welsh Cup finals used to be played at the Cardiff Arms Park with 14,500 in attendance.

Barry Town 3-3 Aberdeen (UEFA Cup first round, September 1996)

After losing the first leg of this tie 3-1, Barry had it all to do at Jenner Park, to progress into the second round of the UEFA Cup. Despite losing on aggregate over the two legs, Barry went out with their pride and dignity intact after leading twice through Dave O'Gorman and Tony Bird to give the game an exciting finale. Aberdeen were trailing 3-2 with seven minutes to play.

However, a swift reply from the one time Cup Winners' Cup holders straight from kick off meant a comeback was off the wall. It was still a great performance though from Barry, who did amazingly well to still be in the game against such a powerhouse with minutes to spare.

Barry 3-1 Budapest Vasutas (4-2) August 1996

Another European game from the archive here. This is the prequel to the famous Aberdeen tie. Barry were 3-1 down from the away leg against the runners-up of the Hungarian league, and were underdogs coming back to Jenner Park.

However, goals from Tony Bird, Chris Pike and Dave O'Gorman, alongside a Vasutas goal sandwiched in-between, took the game to extra time. The 30 minutes couldn't separate the two sides and it went to penalties to decide who would play Aberdeen in the next round.

Barry became the first side in League Of Wales history to progress beyond the opening round of a European competition, after Craig Evans sealed the win in a dramatic shootout.

Barry 10-0 TNS (September 1997)

This was Barry at their best in the League of Wales and this was part of a 51 game unbeaten run stretched over two seasons. Eifon Williams scored a hat-trick before half time and ended up scoring five. Terry Evans, Gary Lloyd, Craig Evans and Craig Hughes all chipped in, alongside TNS' Evans at the wrong end of the pitch to seal a comfortable win.

Barry ended up unbeaten that season and scored 134 goals. A record that is still held to this day and probably will be for some time.

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