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Hello one and all.

Tuesday night in South Yorkshire. It’s on the red button. Pay on the day will be available. A huge well done to any City fans who are making the 400 or so mile round trip. Here’s a guide to Oakwell: https://footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/oakwell-barnsley.html + https://www.barnsleyfc.co.uk/siteassets/image/2018-19-season/misc/visitors-guide.pdf

Could we win two consecutive games for the first time this season?

The town of Barnsley is often seen as a joke for various reasons such as the primitive Yorkshire bible type accent and its flat cap and whippet type images and having nothing there other than rundown mining villages with pigeon lofts!

Before the season kicked off key players like loanee Daryl Dike and captain Alex Mowatt departed, as did manager Valerien Ismael (Mowatt and Ismael to WBA.)

At the end of October, when we played them home, I ended the MDT with ‘So, fellow Reds today is the day we will get three points at home, along with a pie and a pint or two and the welcome return of that - we won at home feeling.’ Which in NPs word ‘ hallelujah’  at the final whistle somehow happened!  As was noted on Twitter at the time ‘The most Bristol City thing in the world is finally winning a game at home at the 18th attempt while being battered by the worst team in the division.’ Highlights:


That result also saw the departure of their manager Markus Schopp https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/58993547

At that time, having played 15 games, they were on 8 points in 23rd position, we had 19 points and were in 15th place.  They are now in 22 place with 25 points from 36 games while we have 43 points from 37 games. So they look to be doomed to relegation and have the worse home record in the Championship. With 26 goals they are the leagues lowest scorers.

However, last time out they drew 1-1 against Fulham (with the league leaders scoring in the 86 minute.) They have just two losses in their past seven league games and have won three of them and it would have been four but for a late equaliser against Stoke. So, they are certainly fighting for their lives.

By contrast they ended last season in fifth place with 78 points. With the youngest squad and one of the smallest budgets in the league Barnsley took the EFL Championship by storm and made it to the EFL Championship play-offs for the first time in 24 years.

They are now managed by former Swedish U21 coach Poya Asbaghi The 36-year-old was appointed after Markus Schopp was sacked following seven straight defeats in the Championship. The Iranian born coach has had a tough time in charge winning 3, drawing 5 and losing 11 of the Championship games he’s overseen.

Our head to head record against them is won 45, lost 31, drawn 24. Barnsley’s recent Championship form: L W W L D D (8 points from 18) while we have 6 points from our last 6 games.

They maybe without Callum Styles who picked up a knock against Stoke. Their captain Cauley Woodrow will be missing too, he had  knee surgery in January and  is not expected back until April. Jordan Williams will not play again this season because of a knee injury. Poya Asbaghi will make make a late judgement on Aaron Leya Iseka.

David Webb will be tonight’s referee. This season, Webb has refereed 23 Championship games, 2 League one games and 1 League cup game. During this period he has issued 90 yellow cards at a rate of 3.46 per game and 3 red cards. Assistant Referees: Geoffrey Liddle and Natalie Aspinall.

Pubs and grub

  • The Strafford Arms, Park Drive, Stainborough, Barnsley, S75 3EW. M1 Junction 37 follows signs to Wentworth Castle. Nearest motorway: M. Nearest junction: Junction 37. About a ten minute drive from Oakwell (3.1 miles) via A6133 www.thestraffordarms.co.uk
  • Cock Inn, Pilley Hill, Birdwell, Barnsley, S70 5UD. Welcoming village local set down from the road; reasonably priced home-made food (not Sun evening, Mon) and several well kept changing ales such as Black Sheep and Chantry, cheerful helpful staff, main bar with beams, stone floor and open fire, lounge and back dining room; children and dogs welcome, open all day. About a ten minute drive from the ground (4.3 miles) via A61. https://www.facebook.com/TheCockInnBirdwell/
  • The Joseph Bramah, 15 Market Hill, Barnsley, S70 2PX has some shocking recent reviews on Trip Adviser including one which suggests it’s the worst Spoons in the country!
  • Jolly Tap, 31 The Arcade, Barnsley, S70 2QP. Great atmosphere and a warm welcome. Outstanding ales kept to perfection. Range of craft gins, quality lager and real cider. Widely recognised as a great pub to visit and experience Barnsley at its very best. This Brewery Tap is welcoming, friendly and always in good cheer. The Jolly Tap on the Arcade was awarded Barnsley ‘pub of the year’ runner up in 2020.
  • The Old No 7, 7 Market Hill, Barnsley, S70 2PX. A real ale lover's paradise in the heart of Barnsley serving a wide selection of cask ales, English and continental lagers and a worldwide range of bottled beers. http://www.oldno7barnsley.co.uk
  • The Outpost, 2 Union Street, Barnsley, S70 1JJ. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Pub/Outpost-202779879735478/
  • The Dove Inn, 102 Doncaster Road, Barnsley, S70 1TP. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Pub/The-Dove-Inn-226413957427833/

For food try the Favela Brazilian Grill, https://www.favelagrill.co.uk/ about a five minute drive from the ground (1.5 miles) via A635.

Barnsley banter

  • In 1887, the town’s team was formed as Barnsley St Peters by a local clergyman. The team spent their early days competing in the Sheffield and District league before joining the National Division Two in 1898. Since their formation, they played at Oakwell and were nicknamed “The Tykes”.
  • During 1996 to 1997, the club had a brief taste of top flight football before being relegated. Then, in 2002, the club entered administration after financial losses made from the collapse of ITV Digital. They were only just saved from extinction when the mayor at the time, Peter Doyle, bought the club at the eleventh hour. In December 2017, ChienLee acquired The Club with business partner Paul Conway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chien_Lee and https://www.soccerex.com/insight/articles/2017/barnsley-fc-sold-to-consortium-headed-by-chien-lee
  • The town was built on the coal mining industry and at one time 98% of the population were employed in that industry.
  • The Tykes fielded the youngest ever player to appear in the Football League back in September 2008, with winger Reuben Noble-Lazarus making his debut against Ipswich Town in a 3-0 defeat as a substitute, coming on to the field at 15 years and 45 days old. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuben_Noble-Lazarus
  • John Stones and Kieran Trippier both played for Barnsley.
  • More people take snuff in Barnsley than any other British town.
  • For a town of its size Barnsley has been the home of more than its fair share of notable residents, including Arthur Scargill, Michael Parkinson, Darren Gough,  Parky, Dicky Bird and ex Saints player David Hirst.
  • Why the Tykes? Barnsley are based in South Yorkshire, and a (usually derogatory) term often used to describe Yorkshiremen by folk from other parts of England is a ‘Tyke’. The term ‘Tyke’ has connotations of a hard-working man (not normally a woman), but the word stems from Old Norse, where it would mean a female dog. Though, in medieval times, it was more commonly-used to describe a mischievous boy or urchin. During the 17th and 18th centuries, it was also used to refer to people from Tyneside. The Sheffield Star writes: “A Tyke was rough, unkempt, combative, but also sly, shrewd, and also careful with money (another alleged Yorkshire attribute) – a ‘tight Tyke.'” But in more recent times it has become reserved exclusively for Yorkshiremen, particularly during the industrial era, when many of Barnsley’s inhabitants would work in the mines and steel mills. You don’t have to be a Barnsley fan to be a Tyke,  – you can be so-called if you were born in Yorkshire, or live there for long enough. ‘Tykes’ isn’t Barnsley’s only nickname, either – as well as ‘The Reds’ (because they play in Red, obviously), the club used to be known as ‘The Colliers’ before ‘Tykes’ became a prominent term for them in about the 1960s.

Come on you Reds!




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4 hours ago, 42nite said:

Is Barnsley Tyke still about?

He was interesting.


He was fine until one day after we beat them he had a few too many panda pops and wished that our players/manager be involved in a fatal coach accident on the way back from Oakwell. 

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