Almanac Soccer: Barnsley Football Club dare to dream


It’s with trepidation that I report on the Tykes, and a kind of disbelief on the fortunes of this great club.



Since my last report they have won another two games, which means they have won their last seven games, in fact they have not been beaten in their last nine games.



When they appointed Valerien Ismael on the 27th of October last year, I pessimistically thought, here we go again, win very few, lose a lot  and probably drop down to League One in 2021/22.  How wrong I was, this miracle man has the players attacking and defending like never before. Only Norwich City has won more Championship points than Barnsley (53 in 27 games) they are now in the play off area of the division.



There are still many more games to play before the season ends, so I’m not going to go over board, but what a change this French Manager has made to this club. I’ve still got my Barnsley home strip, purchased when I stayed there 39 years ago. I took it out recently and it still fits, a bit faded but a proud reminder of the great fun I had with the lads at the Fitzwilliam Hotel.



So here we go, I’ll continue with my weekly updates on BBC Sport, hoping for the positive results.




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  1. Good onya Rod.

    I don’t know much about Barnsley beyond it being the birth place of that wonderful cricket umpire Harold “Dickey’ Bird. He was certainly an interesting character for many years. Still going strong @ 88, hopefully he sees another century scored.

    I’d imagine Barnsley was one of those mining communities impacted by the pit closures from the Thatcher years. Hard times.

    Any luck finding your mates from the Fitzwilliam Hotel? I’d imagine the pub would have had photos of Barnsley’s 1912 FA Cup triumph.


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