Barry Town United’s great gesture to former goalkeeper Dan Bradley
👏 | @BarryTownUnited manager @Gavchesterfield celebrated the Barry career of former goalkeeper @bradley_gk1 after he returned to @JennerPark3G with @CambrianBgc this evening. pic.twitter.com/NcioEaIqeg
— Y Clwb Pêl-Droed (@YClwbPelDroed) March 2, 2019
Gavin Chesterfield presented legendary goalkeeper Dan Bradley with his final Barry match-worn shirt yesterday to celebrate his eleven seasons of service to the club.
The Barry Town United manager gave him the shirt which had been signed by current first team members of the Dragons.
Bradley was at Jenner Park Stadium, having played for Cambrian & Clydach Vale, against his former club Barry, in the Quarter-Finals of the JD Welsh Cup.
After Barry Town United had progressed past Cambrian & Clydach Vale after a Kayne McLaggon hat-trick, manager Chesterfield gave a proud speech, showing his gratitude to a player who had given over a decade of service for the football club.
Chesterfield said: “In the opposing goal was a club legend here. He played 361 games for this football club.
“He trained and trained and trained and for eight years that he was here like us all didn’t get a penny.”
“The only game he missed once was due to the volcanic ash cloud.” He said. “I remember him driving overnight once to make sure he got to a game and he arrived at Penybont half an hour before kick off and ended up keeping a clean sheet.
“It means a heck of a lot to me personally, it means a heck of a lot to this football club, magnificent bloke fantastic goalkeeper and was, well he is an absolute club legend here.”
“The sad thing was he never really had a chance to say goodbye but he’s joined another great football club and I see he’s doing ever so well.”
Having been signed by former manager Gavin Price in 2006, he went on to make 107 competitive clean sheets, against 52 different clubs in his 361 games he played for the club.
His career with Barry would see him be a part of four separate promotion seasons, including three championship medals and appeared in three semi-finals. This included reaching the last four of the 2013 Welsh Cup. He was also voted Supporters’ Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.