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Friday, 3 August, 2001, 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK
Barry want Worthington place
Barry Town in action against Porto
Barry's win over Porto has earned them many plaudits
Barry Town want the League of Wales champions to enter next season's Worthington Cup - if Celtic and Rangers are included in the competition.

The Dragons' boss Peter Nicholas said Barry would be seeking talks with the Football League if the two Scottish giants are granted permission to take part in the 2002/2003 tournament.

Nicholas said: "If the Scottish sides were included I would definitely be onto the Football League to ask why the top Welsh side hadn't been included too.

"The League of Wales is a high-profile league and we have proved that in Europe this year.

"If we were to win the League of Wales again and the Worthington Cup came around then that would be good."

Barry have enjoyed the most successful run by a Welsh side in Europe this season, winning three matches out of four in the Champions League but bowing out on aggregate to FC Porto.

Their displays have earned many plaudits from the footballing world, especially their 3-1 victory over Porto in the second preliminary round, second leg.

Porto boss Octavio Machado said: "I never doubted Barry's fighting ability and they were coming at us even when they went 1-0 down.

"The result was a big surprise, but Barry have shown the power that is there when you are playing for pride."

Football League chairman Keith Harris said he thought the inclusion of Celtic and Rangers could "spice up" the Worthington Cup.

Though his idea came too late for this season's competition, it is believed that Harris is considering an invitation to the Old Firm pair next year.

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