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'TG' joins the centenary celebrations at Barry Town.

DATO Chan Tien Ghee, Cardiff City's chairman, is backing Barry Town's quest for a bright future.

The former Welsh Cup winners launched their centenary year with a dinner at the Angel Hotel in Cardiff last night and Dato Chan, representing the Bluebirds, was among the main guests.

The '100 years of Barry Town' celebrations are tinged with sadness and uncertainty about the future after owner Stuart Lovering said he could withdraw the club from MacWhirter Welsh League football next month.

Cardiff City have held out a helping hand to their neighbours from the Vale of Glamorgan before the start of this season when manager Malky Mackay sent a strong team to play a pre-season match at Jenner Park.

Last night Dato Chan, nicknamed 'TG', showed his support by attending the dinner.

Despite their fears for the future, Barry Town manager Gavin Chesterfield, working closely with former Cardiff City defender Damon Searle, has built a team challenging near the top of MacWhirter Welsh League Division One.

They are also through to the last 32 of this season's cup competition and have been drawn against near neighbours Ely Rangers at home. That tie is to be played on Saturday, November 24.

Last night, former Manchester United, Rangers, AC Milan and England player Ray Wilkins was guest speaker at the dinner.

The Supporters Committee, who have been running the first team since the summer of 2011, want to buy the club from Lovering, who has set an asking price of PS100,000 for Barry Town FC and PS150,000 for the social club.

He is now club secretary, replacing long-serving David Cole, and has the power to remove the first team and under-19s from the League.

If he does that Barry Town FC as it exists now will effectively be killed off.

Manager Chesterfield says: "I hope this can be resolved. We have a great group of lads at the club who I believe can achieve things.

"Long term it's important that Barry Town is part of the community and in the hands of the community. Being supporter owned can only be good for the club moving forward.

"If we don't come to a solution then after 100 years Barry Town FC will be no more."


Dato Chan Tien Ghee has given Barry Town his support
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 17, 2012
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