WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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Stuart LoveringACCORDING to reports on the club's unofficial forum, owner Stuart Lovering (pictured) is pulling Barry Town out of the Macwhirter Welsh League with immediate effect and manager Leon Dennis has parted company with the Jenner Park outfit.
In their professional heyday, Barry were seven-times Welsh Premier champions but lost their place in the domestic top flight in 2004 after a financial crisis forced them to play mainly local amateur players.
After their first season 1994/95 in the League of Wales, Barry opted to become the first fully professional club in the league and, thereafter, won the league championship in each of the four succeeding seasons, losing only six league matches during that time.
They created history as the first League of Wales club to progress beyond the opening round of a European competition by beating FC Dinaburg in the Uefa Cup and then ousted Hungarian side Budapest Vasutas.
Barry won further titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003, when they also claimed the treble for the second time.
But the following months found the Dragons in disarray, with reported debts of more than £900,000 after the brief reign of John Fashanu at the club, which was bought out of a CVA for £125,000 by Lovering.
He has since tried unsuccessfully to sell the club but last year indicated his ambition of pressing for a return to the Welsh Premier and applied for the FAW domestic licence.
However, Barry have finished their campaign and currently lie in twelfth place.
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28 May 2017

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