Almanac Soccer: Barnsley FC update (and some Bombers as well!)


Barnsley, no I haven’t forgotten the Dons.


I took a spell from worrying about Barnsley over Easter and spent a bit of time watching the Dons on the tele. Over the last couple of weeks I reckon Essendon are on the right track, good young lads with impressive skills. I feel there is a promising future and I will settle down and check them out when I get to see a game at the ‘G’ in the near future.


However the Tykes are not to be forgotten, they have played twice over Easter for a draw and a win.  On April 2 they took on Reading (the Royals) for a one all draw. According to the BBC, this was a very tight and tough game of football. The Tykes Manager was happy with the spirit of the team.


Three days later they are up against Luton Town known as the Hatters. Result Barnsley 2 Luton Town 1. The hero for Barnsley was a chap named Dike who scored twice in the game. Dike came from the USA and has been one of their better players recently. According to Manager Ismail, Barnsley controlled and dominated their opponents. He said it was important that the Tykes show a positive reaction after the loss to Sheffield Wednesday and a draw against Reading.


There are six games left, Barnsley has 68 points and they must stay focused on the games ahead.  On April 10 Barnsley play Middlesbrough (the Boro), they are 10th on the table and eight days later play Coventry City known as the Sky Blues who are 20th.  I find the nick name “Sky Blues” a bit of a puzzle, the couple of times I’ve been there, the sky was anything but blue.


So go the Tykes, may they go exceptionally well for the business part of the season.


Rod Oaten


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