It’s been a nerve wracking, nail biting month for Barnsley supporters as they battle to stay in the Championship division of UK football. Up until four weeks ago it seemed that they had enough points to stay put but then they came up against Charlton on April 13 and got absolutely thrashed six nil. Six nil, I couldn’t believe it, that’s about as bad as it gets, and the result was the Tykes dropped straight back into the relegation zone.
A couple of days later they played Derby County and managed a one all draw, four days later they were up against Nottingham Forest well above them on the ladder,and hung on for a nil all draw. These last couple of results meant a slight improvement on Barnsley’s chances but they were still in the relegation zone.
The next fixture was a real make or break game for both teams. The Tykes were up against second place Hull City who were playing for promotion to the Premier League. So it was second top against second bottom. Result, Barnsley two Hull City nil. The Hull supporters were devastated, the Barnsley mob, I presume, were over the moon. Next game, the last of the season, was going to be heart attach stuff.
Barnsley was up against neighbours Huddersfield Town for the most important game of the season. Barnsley had to win or draw to stay in Premiership division, Huddersfield had to win or draw to be certain of staying in the division. The game was to be played at John Smith Oval, the date, May 4th. Result Barnsley two, Huddersfield Town two. A draw, good enough for both teams to avoid relegation. Great news for both clubs, and great news for Hull City, they managed to score the necessary point to join the elite Premier division next season.
Oh, there was another game played over the weekend that I had a slight interest in. Essendon were playing a club called the Greater Western Sydney Skoda Giant Timber Sharks or something like that , and they won. Roll on next Friday night, for the Geelong game, what a bloody ripper it should be.