Date: Tue 09 Apr 2013

Barry Town Legends inducted into Hall of Fame

Barry Town legends, the late Mark Ovendale and his former manager Gary Barnett are the latest inductees into the Welsh Premier League Hall of Fame.

Mark Ovendale

The late Mark Ovendale

The late Mark Ovendale

The late Mark Ovendale, goalkeeper in Barry Town's all-conquering team, is the next member of the Hall of Fame.

Despite only spending three years with Barry Town, Ovendale had a significant impact on the club.

Hailing from Leicester, Ovendale played half a dozen matches for Northampton before signing for Barry in 1995, becoming a key member of the team that won three consecutive league championships, as well the Welsh Cup in 1997.

While playing for Barry, Ovendale went without conceding a goal in the league for over a thousand minutes, a record that still stands today.

He went on to represent Bournemouth and Luton in the Football League, but in August 2011 Ovendale lost his battle with cancer and passed away, aged only thirty seven years old.

Gary Barnett

Gary Barnett at his former home of Jenner Park on Sunday

Gary Barnett at his former home of Jenner Park on Sunday

Gary Barnett, Barry Town's successful player-manager, is the next inductee to the Welsh Premier League's Hall of Fame.

Although only five foot six inches in height, the midfielder joined Barry in 1996 after gaining rich experience in the English leagues with Oxford United, Fulham, Huddersfield and Leyton Orient.

Barnett was a key member of Barry's first title-winning side in 1995/96 and after being appointed player-manager in 1996, the success continuted at Jenner Park.

He won another three league Championships with Barry - four consecutive titles in all - and five cups, as well as playing in many memborable European ties.

Barnett played over 130 games for Barry, scoring many important goals for the club and Welsh football fans will surely remember that Barnett's time with Barry was the club's golden age.


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Gary Barnett a Mark Ovendale wedi eu hurddo heno

Mark Ovendale

The late Mark Ovendale

The late Mark Ovendale

Y diweddar Mark Ovendale, gôl-geidwad tîm chwedlonol y Barri yw aelod nesaf Oriel yr Uwch Gynghrair.

Er mai dim ond tair mlynedd treuliodd Mark Ovendale gyda’r Barri, cafodd argraff mawr ar y clwb.

Wedi ei eni yng Nghaerl?r, chwaraeodd Ovendale hanner dwsin o gemau i Northampton cyn arwyddo i’r Barri yn 1995 a daeth yn rhan allweddol o’r tîm enillodd dair Pencampwriaeth yn olynol yn ogystal â Chwpan cymru yn 1997.

A thra gyda’r clwb, aeth Ovendale am dros fil o funudau yn y gynghrair heb ildio gôl, record sy'n parhau hyd heddiw.

Aeth ymlaen i gynrychioli Bournemouth a Luton yng nghynghrair Lloegr ond ym mis Awst 2011 bu farw Ovendale o gancr yn ddim ond tri-deg-saith mlwydd oed.

Gary Barnett

Gary Barnett at his former home of Jenner Park on Sunday

Gary Barnett at his former home of Jenner Park on Sunday

Chwaraewr-reolwr llwyddiannus y Barri, Gary Barnett, yw'r nesaf i gael ei dderbyn i Oriel yr Anfarwolion.

Er ei fod ‘mond yn bump troedfedd a chwech modfedd o daldra, daeth y chwaraewr canol cae i’r Barri yn 1995 yn dilyn môr o brofiad yng nghynghrair Lloegr gyda Rhydychen, Fulham, Huddersfield a Leyton Orient.

Roedd Barnett yn rhan allweddol o dîm y Barri pan enillwyd y Bencampwriaeth am y tro cyntaf yn 1995/96 ac ar ôl iddo gael ei benodi'n chwaraewr-reolwr yn 1996, fe wnaeth y llwyddiant barhau.

Enillodd dair Pencampwriaeth arall gyda'r Barri - pedair yn olynol i gyd - a phump cwpan, yn ogystal â chwarae mewn sawl gêm gofiadwy yn Ewrop.

Chwaraeodd dros 130 o gemau i’r Barri gan sgorio sawl gôl bwysig a bydd cefnowgyr pêl-droed Cymru yn siwr o gofio cyfnod Barnett yn y Barri fel cyfnod aur y clwb.

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