Tag: Barnsley

League One Play-Offs: Barnsley Complete Their Transformation

After two seasons away, Barnsley secured promotion back to the Football League Championship with a three-one win against Millwall at Wembley yesterday afternoon. There was an element of surprise about this result. After all, Millwall had only been relegated at the end of the season before and had finished the League One season in fourth place in the table, having secured their play-off spot with more than a little room to spare despite having had a rocky period in the build-up to Christmas which saw the club drop to tenth place in the table. Barnsley, on the other hand,...

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Match Of The Past: Barnsley FC

Following on from our series of archive video of the twenty clubs of the Premier League, we are continuing on over the course of the next nine months with the clubs of the Football League and, since we’re doing this alphabetically and starting with the Championship, first up is Barnsley. FA Cup runners-up in 1910 and winners in 1912 whilst in the Second Division, Barnsley would not go on to taste top division football until the 1997/98 season, but the six matches that we have chosen for you come mostly from before then, with one match from the season afterwards. First up, we see a youthful looking Martin Tyler presenting the goals from a trip to Plymouth Argyle in October of 1980. Next up is a match from the club’s League Cup run of the following year. Having already beaten Swansea City and Brighton & Hove Albion of the First Division, Barnsley’s next match was against Oakwell against Manchester City, and following this is a home league match from the 1982/83 season against Leeds United. We then return to the League Cup and a second round, second leg fixture away to West Ham United, which they went into having drawn the first match nil-nil at Oakwell. To finish off, we have two matches from the 1990s. First comes a demolition of Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux from 1991 and finally...

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Peter Ridsdale: Chairman Turned Repeat Offender

Cardiff City are due in court in a couple of weeks fighting off a winding up order, and the man in charge is a rather familiar one to supporters of Leeds United and Barnsley. Mark Murphy reports on Peter Ridsdale’s repeated misdemenaours and finds a predictable and depressing set of themes.

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FA Cup Third Round Preview

Another FA Cup Third Round has come around, and again the biggest clubs in the land have to get down and dirty against teams that they don’t usually have to come up against. With the Premier League looking like it will go to the wire again this season, more managers will be tempted to take their chances and field weakened sides this weekend. The wisdom of this is, of course questionable. From a practical point of view, Reading’s experience of last season demonstrated that picking half a first team in the Third Round and getting knocked out as quickly as possible doesn’t make a jot of difference if your form is in free-fall. Still, let’s take a moment to enjoy (then) Reading striker Dave Kitson’s comment on the last subject from last January: We are not going to win the FA Cup and I do not care less about it, to be honest. Who says that romance is dead, eh? Just as a quick coda to Kitson’s Premier League odyssey with Reading last season, let’s just bring ourselves up to date with how that all turned out. Reading were relegated at the end of the season, and Dave Kitson was transferred to Stoke City at the end of last season. So far, he has failed to score this season in the Premier League. Quite aside from any practical considerations...

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The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Striker

Will there be a more poignant image taken this season than this one of Barnsley’s Kayode Odejayi? With twenty minutes played in the second half of this afternoon’s FA Cup semi-final between Barnsley and Cardiff City, he was put through on goal with a glorious chance to level things up. One can only imagine what went through his mind in those ten seconds. I’d be less than surprised if his entire life flashed before his eyes. It’s likely that he had too much time. His shot flashed wide of the post, and with that miss went Barnsley’s chance of making it to their first FA Cup final since 1912. Prior to this, Cardiff’s lead had seemed like a somewhat fortunate. Barnsley had reacted excellently to Joe Ledley’s early goal for Cardiff, and had looked plenty capable of being able to drag themselves back into the match. Odejayi’s miss, however, proved to be as good as it got for them. They continued to press forward for an equalizer, but left significant gaps at the back, and in the last ten minutes Cardiff looked more likely to double their lead than Barnsley looked like levelling things up. A harsh reality now faces them. Having lost this match, their attention will now turn back to their battle against relegation from the Championship, where results over the weekend dropped them into the bottom...

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