Almanac Soccer: Barnsley Football Club – the dream continues…



The Tykes continue…..


With growing confidence I googled the BBC Sport scoreboard and was not disappointed.  Barnsley Football Club had played another two games for a win and a draw.


The draw was against the Derby.  Derby (the Rams) are roughly in the middle of the ladder and according to the BBC the game left a lot to be desired. Poor skills on both sides in pretty average weather conditions. Barnsley missed a couple of chances and although a win would have been great, a draw is a lot better than a loss.


A couple of days later they took on AFC Bournemouth. I read that AFC which stands for Athletic Football Club, was chosen so the club if first alphabetically on any team list. Anyway this was a very different game than the one against Derby, the score line was 3-2 in favour of the Tykes.


At half time Barnsley were a goal down but came back after some team changes to take the win in thrilling style. AFC Bournemouth known as the Cherries were one spot below Barnsley on the ladder so it was a great win.

The next two games are against 17th on the ladder Wycombe Wanderers known as the Chairboys (don’t ask me what that means) and last place Sheffield Wednesday, the Owls.


One of my great memories at Barnsley was when a group of us were having a few John Smith ales at the Fitzwilliam one evening, when one of them suggests we all go to Sheffield for a wedding of a mate of his. We all piled into a couple of cars and half an hour or so later found ourselves in a Sheffield pub drinking to someone I had never clapped eyes on. Unfortunately I said to one of the Barnsley lads that I reckon Sheffield Wednesday was a great name for a club. He convinced me in no uncertain manner that I was never to mention that again ever!!!!


So I didn’t.


The Tykes are now well established in the play offs. Unbeaten in 11 games as the club continues to rewrite its history, and I continue to support from afar.


Rod Oaten



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