Barnsley F.C.

Barnsley F.C.

Football club infobox

fullname = Barnsley Football Club
nickname = The Tykes, The Reds| founded = 1887 (as Barnsley St. Peter's)
ground = Oakwell, Barnsley
capacity = 23,009cite web|title=Barnsley Football Ground Guide|url=
publisher=The Internet Football Ground Guide|accessdate=2007-09-11
chairman = Vacant
manager = flagicon|WAL Simon Davey
league = The Championship
current = Barnsley F.C. season 2008-09
season = 2007-08
position = The Championship, 18th
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Barnsley Football Club is an English football club, based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and nicknamed the "Tykes", with "Toby Tyke" being their mascot. The club was founded in 1887 as Barnsley St. Peter's. They currently play in the Championship after promotion was secured at the end of the 2005-06 season by beating Swansea City 4-2 on penalties in the play-off final.


Barnsley have spent more seasons in the second tier of English football than any other club in history,fact|date=September 2008 and have produced some notable talents over the years who have gone on to be successful at other clubs. One example is Tommy Taylor, who was a prolific goalscorer for Barnsley in the early 1950s and went on to win two league titles with Manchester United (as well as scoring 16 times in 19 England internationals) before losing his life in the Munich air disaster. Taylor's move to Manchester United was for a then world-record fee of £29,999.

Past times

Barnsley FC was established in 1887, playing in the Sheffield and District League from 1890 and then in the Midland League from 1895. They joined the Football League in 1898, and struggled in Division Two for the first ten years, due in part to ongoing financial difficulties. In 1910 the club reached the FA Cup final, where they lost out to Newcastle in a replay match. However, they would then reach the 1912 FA Cup Final where they would defeat West Brom 1-0 in a replay to win the trophy for the first and only time in their history.

When the league re-started after the First World War, the 1919-20 season brought some significant changes to the league. The principle difference was that the First Division would be increased from 20 teams to 22. The bottom team from the previous season was Tottenham Hotspur and they were duely relegated. The first extra place in the First Division went to Chelsea, who retained their place despite finishing 2nd bottom and therefore in the relegation places. Derby and Preston were rightly promoted from the Second Division which left one place to be filled. Having finished the previous season's Second Division in 3rd place (1914-15), Barnsley were full of expectancy at gaining First Division status for the first time, but the Football League instead chose to call a ballot of the clubs. Henry Norris, the then Arsenal Chairman, had recently moved Woolwich Arsenal north of the River Thames to Highbury, and needed First Division Football to attract fans to their new home. He was later to admit some underhand dealings, allegedly including the bribing of some member clubs to vote for Arsenal's inclusion. They duely won the vote and Barnsley were consigned to the second tier of English Football for another 8 decades.

The club did however come close to reaching the top division in the early years, such as in 1922 where they missed promotion on goal difference decided by a single goal. From the thirties up to the fifties the club found themselves sliding between the Second and Third Division, and in the sixties and seventies they hovered around the Third and Fourth Division, not able to break back into the top two levels of English football.

The eighties and early nineties saw the club get back on track, earn promotion and once again establish themselves as a strong Division Two side as they had been in their early history, eventually reaching a position to once again start challenging for a place in the top tier for the very first time.

Modern times

Over the past decade Barnsley have experienced a number of highs and lows as a football club. At the end of the 1996-97 season Barnsley reached the top tier of English football for the first time in their history. However, they were relegated the following season despite their efforts.

In the following years Barnsley were not as successful, with relegation to Division Two and administration both threatening the existence of the club. Barnsley suffered greatly due to the ITV Digital crisis, resulting in the club going into administration in 2002. A late purchase from Barnsley's then Mayor, Peter Doyle, saved the club from folding. Doyle has since left the club, leaving Gordon Shepherd and local businessman Patrick Cryne in control. There has also been a rapid turnover of managers, with no less than ten managers in the same number of years.

Barnsley had the distinction of playing in the last play-off final at Wembley before the stadium was closed for redevelopment, [] and in 2006 won in a play-off final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, where they beat Swansea City 4-3 on penalties (2-2 after extra-time) to earn promotion to the Championship. The manager at this time was Andy Ritchie, who was in his first season in charge after replacing Paul Hart.

The team struggled in their first season back in the Championship. In November 2006, with Barnsley in the relegation zone, Ritchie was sacked in favour of Simon Davey. Davey managed to steer the team away from relegation in the second half of the season, and eventually finishing in 20th. The following season, a much-changed Barnsley side managed an historic FA Cup run, beating Premiership giants Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield and defending champions Chelsea 1-0 in order to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1912, where they narrowly lost out 1-0 to fellow Championship side Cardiff City at Wembley.

Current season


*1892-93 - Founder member of Sheffield League, as "Barnsley St. Peter's"
*1893-94 - Sheffield League Division Two runner-up
*1895-96 - Joined Midland League
*1897 - Dropped "St Peter's" to become simply Barnsley
*1897-98 - Midland League runner-up. Also played in Yorkshire League
*1898 - Elected to the Football League
*1909-10 - FA Cup runner-up
*1911-12 - FA Cup Winners
*1921-22 - Missed promotion on goal average
*1932 - Relegated to Division Three North
*1933-34 - Football League Division Three North Champions; promoted to Division Two
*1938 - Relegated to Division Three North
*1938-39 - Football League Division Three North Champions; promoted to Division Two
*1939-40 - Football League programme abandoned due to outbreak of war
*1953 - Relegated to Division Three North
*1953-54 - Football League Division Three North runner-up
*1954-55 - Football League Division Three North Champions; promoted to Division Two
*1959 - Relegated to Division Three
*1965 - Relegated to Division Four
*1967-68 - Football League Division Four runner-up; promoted to Division Three
*1972 - Relegated to Division Four
*1978-79 - Missed runner-up spot on goal difference; promoted to Division Three
*1980-81 - Football League Division Three runner-up (on goal difference); promoted to Division Two
*1990-91 - Missed play-off spot on goal difference
*1992-93 - Division Two re-designated Division One on formation of FA Premiership
*1996-97 - Football League runner-up; promoted to FA Premiership
*1997-98 - Relegated to Football League Division One
*1999-00 - Not promoted after play-offs. Finished 4th in the final table. (Semi-final - Brimingham City 0 Barnsley 4, Barnsley 1 Birmingham City 2, Agg 5-2. Final - Barnsley 2 Ipswich Town 4 at Wembley.)
*2002 - Relegated to Division Two
*2004-05 - Division Two re-designated Football League One on formation of Football League Championship
*2005-06 - Promoted as Football League One play-off winners. Finished 5th in the final table. (Semi-final - Barnsley 0 Huddersfield Town 1, Huddersfield Town 1 Barnsley 3, Agg 3-2. Final - Swansea City 2 Barnsley 2 (AET). Barnsley win 4-3 on penalties at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.)
*2007-08 - FA Cup Semi-Finalists (Defeated Blackpool 2-1 Goals by Stephen Foster and Michael Coulson, Defeated Southend United 1-0 Goal by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Deafeated Liverpool 2-1 Goals by Stephen Foster and Brian Howard, Defeated Chelsea 1-0 Goal by Kayode Odejayi, Lost to Cardiff City 1-0 in the Semi-Final)


*Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 1
*Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 66
*Seasons spent at Level 3 of the football league system: 20
*Seasons spent at Level 4 of the football league system: 10

Barnsley have spent more seasons at the second level of English football than any other team.


Colours and strip

Home strip

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Since this time, the team has worn red shirts often with a white trim. In more recent times a black trim has sometimes been used. As with most football clubs the shirt design varies from season to season. One particular design that stands out is the 1989-90 season shirt which featured white stars on a red background and has been named as one of the worst shirts ever.cite web|title= Room 101- The Worst Football Kits Ever |url=|publisher=Historical Kits|accessdate=2007-09-04] However, the kit is fondly remembered by some fans. Sponsors names and logos were first worn in the 1980-81 season and the club has had 12 different sponsors on the shirt in total. Since manufacturers logos were added to the shirt in the 1976-77 season, the club has 12 different kit manufacturers.

Traditionally, the team has worn white shorts (sometimes with red and/or black trim) for their home games with the only exceptions coming in the early years of the 20th century. One other notable exception came in the 2000 Division One Playoff Final against Ipswich Town, where the team wore red shorts, thus having an all-red strip.cite web|title=Stewart pays tribute to keeper Wright|url=

Apart from the clubs early years and the period 1921-1934 where the team wore black, the team has worn red and/or white socks for its home games. Again, the design changes from season to season.

Away strip

The club's away strip (used for away or cup fixtures where there is a clash of colours) differs from season to season but usually follows the design of the season's home strip with a variation on the colours. The most common colour for the away shirt has been white but many others have been used, including blue, yellow, black, ecru, dark green and even black and blue stripes. One notable away strip was the 2001-2002 “Its just like watching Brazil” kit, where the team wore the colours of the 5-time World Cup winners Brazil for their away games. However, that season it was not at all like watching Brazil as the team were relegated to Division 1.

Current strip

The current strip for the 2007-2008 season is manufactured by Surridge Sports and the main sponsor is Wake Smith Solicitors. The home shirt is the traditional red with white stitching from the collar to underneath the arms and around the end of the sleeves. The collar itself is white. The shorts are white with a thick red band down each side with red stitching down the front. The socks are red with a thick white band running down the back getting wider further down.

The away strip is of the same design as the home strip substituting ecru for red and navy blue for white.

For next season, financial backer Patrick Cryne has secured Lotto as the manufacturer, replacing Surridge, who produced a poor effort with the writing peeling off most shirts. Barnsley Building Society will also replace Wake Smith Solicitors as the main club sponsor after the Sheffield firm was emblazoned on the Reds' shirts throughout their 2007-08 FA Cup run.


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accessdate = 2007-10-23

Current squad

Out on loan


*flagicon|England Arthur Fairclough (1898-01)
*flagicon|Scotland John McCartney (1901-04)
*flagicon|England Arthur Fairclough (1904-12)
*flagicon|England John Hastie (1912-14)
*flagicon|England Percy Lewis (1914-19)
*flagicon|England Peter Saint (1919-26)
*flagicon|Scotland John Cummins (1926-29)
*flagicon|England Arthur Fairclough (1929-30)
*flagicon|England Brough Fletcher (1930-37)
*flagicon|Scotland Angus Seed (1937-53)
*flagicon|England Tim Ward (1953-60)
*flagicon|Scotland Johnny Steele (1960-71)
*flagicon|Scotland John McSeveney (1971-72)
*flagicon|Scotland Johnny Steele (1972-73)
*flagicon|England Jim Iley (1973-78)
*flagicon|England Allan Clarke (1978-80)
*flagicon|England Norman Hunter (1980-84)
*flagicon|Scotland Bobby Collins (1984-85)
*flagicon|England Allan Clarke (1985-89)
*flagicon|England Mel Machin (1989-93)
*flagicon|England Viv Anderson (1993-94)
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Danny Wilson (1994-98)
*flagicon|Scotland John Hendrie (1998-1999)
*flagicon|England Dave Bassett (1999-2000)
*flagicon|England Nigel Spackman (2001)
*flagicon|England Steve Parkin (2001-2003)
*flagicon|Wales Glyn Hodges (2003)
*flagicon|Iceland Gudjon Thordarson (2003-2004)
*flagicon|England Paul Hart (2004-2005)
*flagicon|England Andy Ritchie (2005-2006)
*flagicon|Wales Simon Davey (2006-Present)

Club records

* Record League Victory: 9-0 v Loughborough Town, Second Division, 28 January 1899
* Record Cup Victory: 6-0 v Blackpool, FA Cup First Round, 20 January 1910
* Record League Defeat: 0-9 v Notts County, Second Division, 19 January 1927
* Record Cup Defeat: 1-8 v Derby County, FA Cup First Round, 30 January 1987
* Highest League Scorer in Season:
* Most League Goals in Total Aggregate: Ernest Hine, 123, 1921 - 1938
* Most Internationals Caps: Gerry Taggart, 35, Northern Ireland
* Most League Appearances: Barry Murphy, 514, 1962 - 1978
* Record Transfer Fee Received: £4,500,000 from Blackburn Rovers for Ashley Ward, December 1998
* Record Transfer Fee Paid: £1,500,000 to Partizan Belgrade for Georgi Hristov (1997) and £1,500,000 to QPR for Mike Sheron (1999)
* Record Attendance: 40,255 v Stoke City, FA Cup 5th Round, 15 February 1936
* Youngest ever Football League player: Reuben Noble-Lazarus 15 years and 45 days.


External links

* [ Official Barnsley site]
* [ Barnsley Chronicle's Oakwell page]
* [ Barnsley FC Supporters Trust]
* [ BBC South Yorkshire's Barnsley FC Page]
* [ Football365 Barnsley Statistics]

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