Barnsley Club Profile
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Barnsley : Club Background
The club began as Barnsley St Peter's (it was founded by a local reverend) in 1887. In 1897 the suffix was dropped and it was as simple Barnsley that they were invited into the Football League Division Two without an electoral vote in 1898. Given the other three clubs invited in with them were Darwen, New Brighton Tower and Glossop North End one could say they've subsequently done the best out of the quartet by some margin.

The first decade in the Football League was scarcely impressive, with Barnsley mid-table or worse and needing to resort to re-election twice. However by the last years running up to the First World War they had become more of a force, finishing 4th, 5th and 3rd in Division Two. These were also their glory days in the F.A. Cup, beaten finalists to Newcastle in a replay at Goodison Park in 1910 and then winners in another replay and also needing extra time, this time at Bramall Lane, in 1912 as they overcame West Bromwich Albion. When football restarted in 1919 they applied to be moved up from the Second Division to the First but Arsenal won the vote.

Historically they've been quite a 'busy' club since, with regular promotions and relegations across all three and then all four divisions. Their lowest point in positional terms came in the second half of the Sixties and during the Seventies, most of which they spent floundering about in Division Four, though never reaching the need to apply for re-election. Allan Clarke got them out of the basement in 1979 in his first spell as manager at Oakwell, and fellow ex-Leeds United Norman Hunter took them on into Division Two as runners-up to Rotherham United in 1980-81.

Throughout the rest of the Eighties and the first half of the Nineties Barnsley were a solid second tier club, rarely bothering either end of the table unduly. Then in 1996-97, with Danny Wilson in charge, they achieved the unlikely feat of promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history. And it wasn't through the play-off system, which does provide occasional chances of clubs soaring above their station briefly. Nope, Barnsley won straight promotion into the Premier League. Bolton Wanderers might have romped the title by eighteen points, but The Tykes were runners-up fair and square. Of course they came straight back down, but even should they never achieve that level again no one deny they reached the heights and touched the stars for nine months.

In 1999-2000 they had their first taste of play-offs but lost in the Final to Ipswich Town. Two season's later Barnsley were relegated from Division One. Far from bouncing back the 2002-03 campaign got off to a dismal start and The Tykes were languishing in the lower reaches when on October 3rd a press conference was called to announce the club was going into administration. By November, with debts of 3.5 million, the administrators had set a deadline of another month to find a buyer or the club would be liquidated. The then Mayor of Barnsley, Peter Doyle, completed his saving act on December 3rd. The team continued to struggle, eventually avoiding relegation with just one game to spare and in 19th.

2003-04 was a little better, with Barnsley eventually finishing 12th, following that up with a 13th place finish in 2004-05. In 2005-06, they briefly crossed paths with Yeovil Town as we were promoted into League One, but that was to be the only pair of matches between the two clubs for that period at least, as they finished in 5th place and won promotion via the play-offs, defeating Swansea City in the final, and getting into the Championship where they have remained ever since.

Barnsley's time in the Championship was definitely a case of "clinging on to the edge of the cliff" - they managed 20th, 18th, 20th, 18th, 17th, 21st and 21st between 2006 and 2013. They probably didn't help themselves by their lack of managerial stability - since the departure of Danny Wilson in 1998 they have got through John Hendrie, Eric Winstanley, Nigel Spackman, Glyn Hodges, Steve Parkin, Gudjob Thordarson, Paul Hart, Andy Ritchie, Simon Davey, Mark Robins, Keith Hill, David Flitcroft and Micky Mellon. They moved on to Danny Wilson in December 2013, but gravity finally caught up with them - finishing in 23rd place at the end of the 2013-14 season, and of course just above the Glovers. They've started life back in League One rather averagely, and currently stand as one of those lower mid-table teams Yeovil need to rein in if they are to get themselves out of trouble.

The West Stand at Oakwell, Barnsley
The West Stand at Oakwell, Barnsley

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Barnsley : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Barnsley

17/12/2005HomeCCL1W2-15620Poole 46, Sodje 73
19/07/2008HomeFrndW2-01501Tomlin 40, Owusu 81
14/12/2013AwayCHPD1-113361Grant 10
29/03/2014HomeCHPL1-46579Ayling 70
30/08/2014HomeFL1D1-13991Own Goal 76

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Barnsley


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Barnsley : Photo Galleries
Photo Galleries for Yeovil vs Barnsley

Date Event Match Report Photo Gallery Total

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Barnsley : Club Statistics




Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable


Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:

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Barnsley : Club Information
Oakwell Stadium
Grove Street
South Yorkshire
S71 1ET
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01226 211211
Fax : 01226 211444

Chairman : Gordon Shepherd
Press Officer : Rob Knowles
Fixtures Secretary : Don Rowing
Manager : Danny Wilson
Capacity : 23,009
Seated : All-seater
Covered Terrace : N/A

Colours : shirt red with black trim, shorts white, socks red
Record Attendance : 40,255 v Stoke City, F.A. Cup R5, 15/02/1936
Nickname : The Tykes

Ticket Prices : Ticket prices for this 2013-14 Championship fixture are as follows:

Adults: 23.00; Aged 65 and Over: 16.00; Aged 17-21: 16.00; Aged 12-16: 10.00; Under-12s: 5.00.

Tickets on the day are cash only but note that the 12-16 and under 12 concessions are not available on the day of the game.

The North Stand was built in the summer of 1999 and opened in time for the 1999-2000 season. It has a capacity of 6,000 and is divided between home and away fans. Normal allocation for visitors is a third (2,000 seats) but the stand has the flexibility for that to be altered if necessary (which it won't be for us). Visitor turnstiles are 42 - 51 inclusive and normally open from ninety minutes before kick-off.

Disabled Info: Oakwell has facilities to cater for 91 wheelchair bound and blind supporters in total. Barnsley's online information on their disabled facilities is poor, to say the least. Admission is for those entitled to the medium or high rate of Disability Living Allowance, and will be at a 'concessionary' rate. Assistants can be admitted free of charge, but they advise this to be made clear prior to the day of admission. There is a specific disabled stand, but Barnsley indicate this is for home supporters only. Our understanding from previous visits is that away wheelchair disabled supporters are accommodated away from the North Stand, at pitch level, so expect to be exposed to the elements. N.B. : any disabled supporters and carers must arrive with pre-purchased tickets. For any special arrangements contact Barnsley, by e-mail or phone 01226-211211 or 0871-2266777.

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Barnsley : Directions To The Ground

If arriving by road, unless you live in Barnsley or its immediate surrounds, you will almost certainly be coming in off the M1 at Junction 37.

By Road

Leave the M1 at Junction 37 and take the A628 east. It's signed 'Barnsley Football Club' and/or 'Football Ground' all the way in to the designated car/coach park for visiting supporters right by the away turnstiles.


A large visitors car/coach park is situated adjacent to the visitors entrances. It can accommodate about five hundred vehicles. There is a charge, but we haven't found what it is.

By Rail

Barnsley is on the Sheffield-Leeds line and served by Northern Rail. For most journeys you'll need to get to Sheffield or Leeds first, then change. The railway station is around five minutes or so walk from the stadium.
If walking (you won't need a taxi, honest) turn left out of the station away from the town centre and head towards the bridge that the dual-carriageway runs over. Go under the bridge and turn left up the slip road and then take the first right and head towards the Metro Dome leisure complex at the top of the hill. You will now be seeing the stadium.

By Bus

Well there obviously will be some buses in Barnsley. Hope this helps.


A selection of Barnsley taxi companies can be found here.

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Barnsley : Web Resources
Web Sites

Barnsley Official
PTV site, registration required to view.

Tykes Mad
Barnsley's footy.mad site is pretty typical of the genre, and you know what we mean by now when we say that.

Web Message Boards

Requires registration.

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Local Press

Barnsley Chronicle

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Barnsley : Food & Drink
General :

The town centre doesn't have a good reputation. Too many sullen churlish chavs with nothing better to do in Barnsley than be objectionable. Even they have a tendancy to get bored with hassling each other, so the odd visitor can turn into a welcome alternative target. Most Barnsley folk and football fans are as affable as the next person, but it is a place to be sensibly cautious in.

This is not a town for good beer. With well over a hundred pubs and bars finding real ale is difficult. Things have improved a little since our first visit to Oakwell, with a Wetherspoon reopening in the town and a micro-brewery opening up which has its brewery tap listed below..

We believe the pubs listed below are likely to be friendly enough. There are others in Barnsley that are decidedly less so. Take care.

If you don't want to stray too far away from the ground about the closest place to eat and drink is the Metrodome Leisure Complex just north of Oakwell Stadium in Queens Road. Not the natural home of the football supporter perhaps, and we certainly won't be there, but it might be convenient for some.

Club Bar :

Bars are not available to away fans at the stadium.

Local Pubs :

George & Dragon: Beer is John Smiths cask and 2 changing guest beers. No offence, and it's probably a very nice pub, but on the strength of this it is the local CAMRA's Barnsley Pub of the Year 2005. Says a lot about real ale in Barnsley. Food on weekday lunchtimes only (excluding Mondays). Children allowed. Has parking and a pool room. Slightly less brisk twenty minute walk to the stadium than the Moulders Arms (below).
George & Dragon, 41, Summer Lane, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2NW. Tel: 01226 205609. Map: Click Here.

Moulders Arms: Off Summer Lane, and a brisk twenty minute walk across town from Oakwell - and that's if you know where you're going. Drinkers pub (bar snacks only) with John Smith's Bitter as the house beer and a guest that changes twice a week. Children allowed. Small local open 4.30 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 2.30 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Friday, 12.00 - 11.00 p.m. Saturday.
Moulders Arms, Summer Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2NU. Tel: 01226 215767. Map: Click Here.

Old No 7:
Old No 7, 7 Market Hill, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2PX. Tel: 01226-244735. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Silkstone Inn: New Wetherspoon pub that opened in 2008. Has already been good enough to make it into the CAMRA good beer guide. Located in the town centre area.
Silkstone Inn, 64 Market Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 1SN. Tel: 01226-320860. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Keel Inn: Fifteen minutes walk from the stadium and next door to Asda. Does lunches, but only Tuesday to Friday. Changing guest beers. Venue for the 2004 local Camra beer festival. Has own parking.
The Keel Inn, 20, Canal Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 1LJ. Tel: 01226 284512. Map: Click Here.

The Mount: About five hundred yards and across the railway line from Oakwell. Does John Smith's Magnet. Hmm. No food. Allows children, is wheelchair friendly and has some parking.
The Mount, 32, Pontefract Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 1TG. Tel: 01226 282129. Map: Click Here.

The Outpost: Close to The Mount (above), just a little further from the stadium. The beer is Hardys & Hansons. No meals but children allowed. Has parking.
The Outpost, 2, Union Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 1JJ. Tel: 01226 241274. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Archetypal Yorkshire - that's a superior species in their own eyes, and miserable bleeders in everyone else's.

Top-Tip :

What to do in Barnsley: leave.

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Barnsley : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

There are no points of interest in Barnsley except the A628 out on to the M1 and away.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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