It’s all over for the Tykes



After eight years in the Championship Division of UK football, Barnsley Football Club will be in League One next season.

It’s been one hell of a battle, last year they had a nail biting finish and just managed to hang in there., with a draw against Huddersfield Town, in the last game of the year. This year it’s been down hill for most of the season with a couple of surprise victories, but not enough of them. Over the last seven games they have had five losses, one draw and one win.

In the last game against Middlesborough ( sitting in the middle of the ladder) they managed to hold an early lead, but then went down three goals to one, which according to the scribes was an accurate summary of the game.

So next year the Tykes play such teams as Sheffield United, Bristol City, Notts County, Colechester and Milton Keys Dons. (P.S. the jumper looks nothing like Essendon).

I wonder how the lads at Barnsley’s  FitzWilliam  Hotel are handling that?

On the local front, things aren’t looking a hell of a lot better. My late Mum’s favourite second team, Essendon seconds, got done by Collingwood. and Coburg were well beaten by Box Hill in the VFL.  In the Ammos, Fitzroy  were given a mother of a hiding by Uni Blues at probably one of the prettiest football grounds in Melbourne and Melbourne High School Old Boys went down to Williamstown CYMS over in Williamstown.

So on the local scene, my tally was, including the AFL Essendon v Collingwood game, wins nil, losses five.

But as I keep reminding myself footy is only a game.

Rod Oaten




  1. Peter Fuller says

    As a Sunderland supporter, I’ve been travelling vicariously with your accounts of Barnsley’s struggle. Improbably, the Black Cats (Mackems to the initiated), have turned things around in the past ten days. Following a miserable run since the New Year, they drew away to Man. City, then inflicted Chelsea’s first defeat at Stamford Bridge in the 78 matches of Jose Mourinho’s (the special one’s) reign.
    Then on Sunday night, at the congenial Melbourne time 9 p.m., I was able to watch them easily win their 6 pointer against Cardiff, first home win of the calendar year, and escape from the relegation zone, where they have been embedded for about as long.
    That concluded a splendid weekend, as I watched, disbelieving, as my Blues accomplished the steal of the season on Saturday evening.
    I like your contributions to the Letters page of the Age, and your support for another of my lost causes, MHSOB, sufficiently to tolerate your commitment to the Sash.

  2. Rod Oaten says

    Peter, Thanks for your note, go the Unocorns.

  3. Rod Oaten says

    Peter, That was meant to be Unicorns.

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