AM Andrew RT Davies urges reform of FAW after Barry Town United legal battle
10:02am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
VALE-BASED AM Andrew RT Davies has urged for reforms of the Football Association of Wales (FAW) following the governing body’s legal battle with Barry Town United.
AM Andrew RT Davies met with Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield to discuss what reforms should be made.
The pair met after legal proceedings saw Barry Town United’s Welsh League membership reinstated. The club were also cleared to compete in Welsh League competition this season, albeit in Division Three, two divisions below where they played the previous season.
Mr Davies said: “Obviously this was great news for the club and I’m thrilled for Gavin and the fans, as well as everyone behind the scenes who has lent them support during these trying times.
“Clearly, however, clubs like Barry Town should never be put in this position again. Eventually common sense prevailed, but only after the FAW wasted vast sums in legal costs which should have been spent on the game, and after fans of one of Wales’ most historic clubs had to watch their team head right to the brink of extinction.”
Mr Davies is to sponsor a special event in the National Assembly for Wales later this year alongside Barry Town Manager Gavin Chesterfield. The event will look at the need for reform in the Welsh game and will feature high profile guest speakers.
Mr Davies added: “I think it is clear that the current structure governing the game needs to be examined, perhaps in the same way as has been the case with the Welsh Rugby Union.
“Public confidence is very low at present and this debacle has underlined the need to bring the FAW and Welsh football into the 21st century.
“The game needs to be managed in a manner which furthers the interests of Welsh football. We’ve seen some very public criticisms of the FAW and it wouldn’t be constructive to go into them in any great detail, but we need to get everyone together in the interests of the game.”