It’s been tough barracking for the Tykes in the Championship League, but if last year looked grim in late February, this year looks even grimmer. Barnsley is second last on the Championship table with only 23 points and deep in the relegation zone.
Last year ended on a high note with the Tykes escaping relegation by a very narrow margin. The previous dozen games were roller coaster affairs with narrow wins, draws and a couple of unexpected losses but they just had enough points to stay in the Championship table. After the last game there were scenes of great jubilation as the players and supporters got together for a great Barnsley party in the change rooms. I replayed the vision a few times to see if I could recognise any of the supporters but I guess they were all up at their local watering hole downing John Smith Bitter.
2014 has not been kind to Barnsley, early in the season they replaced their manager with a former Tyke who put a positive spin on the club and what they could achieve. The club was certainly more competitive but not enough to lift them out of the danger zone. In their last ten games they have had 1 win, 4 losses and 5 honourable draws. Nice touch to say honourable I reckon. There are still 16 games to go for the season so while things look tough for the club there is still hope.
I tried to get in touch with the group that I had so much fun with all those years ago at the FitzWilliam Hotel, in the heart of Barnsley, but it appears the hotel no longer exists, and seeking advice on the whereabouts of a couple of the group, proved fruitless.
So roll on the Championship competition, Barnsley need 5 points to get out of the relegation zone as of now, and they need teams just above them to lose. I’ll be checking the BBC web site on a regular basis, from now until the season ends in early May.