The FAW and broadcast partner S4C, are pleased to announce that the live televised match in the JD Welsh Cup Round 4, will be Barry Town versus holders TNS. The match will be played at Jenner Park, on Saturday 6th February 2016, with a 17:15 kick-off.
The match is a repeat of the 1996 final, where the full time professionals of Barry Town were surprisingly beaten by the Saints, who were then known as Llansantffraid FC, before the merger with Oswestry Town to become TNS.
A village club of a population of less than 1,000 at the time, the Powys outfit won after a penalty shoot-out victory in the final at Cardiff Arms Park. Much has changed at both clubs since that afternoon in Cardiff as it is the Saints who are now perennially in Europe, winning the Welsh Premier League and are a full time side. Barry on the other hand nearly disappeared as a club less than three years ago, but following the re-emergence of the club led by the Supporters, Committee and current manager Gavin Chesterfield, the Linnets have gained successive promotions and are enjoying a good season in the Welsh Football League division 1. They have also applied for the domestic licence to be promoted back into the Dafabet Welsh Premier League.
Chesterfield is delighted that his side will have the opportunity to play in front of the live cameras and said;
“Naturally, as a club we are proud to be hosting the live game and we thank S4C, Rondo Media (Production Company) and The FAW for their belief and trust.
“The draw unearths great memories of games between the clubs from yesteryear and for me this is a game befitting of the competition.
“We accept that we go into this game as huge underdogs, given The New Saints’ full-time status and continued success, but we are here to embrace the challenge. TNS are a very good team, but in the cup anything can happen. We will as always prepare well and our players and back room team will relish this opportunity.”
Chesterfield paid tribute to the supporters of the clubs by concluding; “For our loyal supporters, the day represents a small reward and will no doubt stir up some great memories. Indeed, as a club, we aim and hope to make games like these a most consistent feature of our season moving forward.”
S4C Sports Editor Sue Butler added: “This is certainly the stand-out tie of the fourth round draw of the JD Welsh Cup and the match promises to be an intriguing encounter between two of Welsh domestic football’s most successful teams. We are delighted to return to Jenner Park to bring live coverage of this match.”
Barry Town have won the famous competition six times, most recently in 2003; whilst TNS have won the Cup on five occasions and have lifted the Cup for the last two seasons.