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Welsh Cup: Merthyr Town vs Barry Town

Old rivalries were renewed in the first round of the Welsh Cup as Merthyr Town met Barry Town, a fixture which has not graced any competition these two teams have competed in for a number of years. Merthyr have not competed in this competition for some time due to the FAW excluding teams that play in the English pyramid system. For 2011/12 though, the FAW extended an invitation to those clubs, but only Newport County, Wrexham and Merthyr Town accepted.A single train journey separates these two towns, the line that the train careers down was once a symbol of how both Merthyr and Barry thrived during the industrial revolution. Akin to the ultimate demise of the coal and iron industries though, both of these clubs have suffered hardships in recent years. Merthyr Tydfil FC was liquidated at the end of the 2009/10 season due to mounting debts; the club had attempted to meet its bills by hosting friendly matches against Cardiff City and Swansea City during the season. These fixtures did little to stave off their financial difficulties and saw them issued with a winding-up order from HMRC. The club reformed as Merthyr Town FC and found themselves three divisions below the Southern Football League Premier Division, where they had finished the 2009/10 season. As Penydarren Park was an asset of the club, they had to find a new...

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