Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives - 1989.

BARNSLEY will be the centre of FA Cup interest tomorrow when the fifth round’s biggest crowd of the day will converge on Oakwell in anticipation of a possible shock result.

It is estimated that the tie with First Division Everton will attract an all-ticket gate of about 33,000 - the biggest at the ground since the Reds beat another First Division side, Manchester City, 1-0 in front of 33,792 fans who had congregated for a fourth round League Cup clash in the memorable 1981-82 campaign.

Everton have had a disappointing season in the league - in fact they haven’t won a First Division game since the turn of the year - and they have struggled to overcome Second Division opposition in the FA Cup.

BARNSLEY’S biggest mystery emerged this week - some 75 miles of sewers are ‘lost’.

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Baffled Barnsley Council officials admit there’s about a tenth of the town’s 750-mile network of public sewers they cannot account for.

The problem dates back to well before local government reorganisation.

Some of the former urban and rural district councils that were merged into the new Barnsley Council in 1974 were better at recording where sewers were than others. The headache may be over.

Officials in the council’s public services department are carrying out an in-depth study of Barnsley’s sewers system to eventually produce an underground ‘map to end all maps’.

FIRM plans for a major industrial development on 29 acres of land next to the M1’s junction 37 at Dodworth are being drawn up.

The development, which includes a new hotel, business park and industrial plots, is on one of six M1 corridor sites outlined in a secret report to leading Barnsley councillors.

If the development goes ahead, it will mean 18 properties at Castle View, Dodworth, would have to go to make way for a new access.

Residents affected would be offered ‘like for like’ properties - new three-bedroom, semi-detached houses or two-bedroomed bungalows on a site next to the existing houses. Barnsley Council officials and representatives of the developers have been visiting people affected by the proposals.

WHEN Pete Squires bought an old Kawasaki motorbike for £190 a couple of years ago, he never thought he’d be displaying it in London’s Alexandra Palace as part of a show of specialist bikes.

Pete of Prince Arthur Street, has completely rebuilt his three-cylinder, two stroke Kawasaki 400 Special using mainly Kawasaki parts.

He said: “I was delighted at being invited to show the bike.

“A friend promoted me to write to ‘Motorcycle News’ but I never thought anything would come of it.”

Pete is really proud of his bike.

He has done every bit of work on it himself - even the re-spraying and graphics - and uses it every day.

It took him eight months to complete the work, and soon after he had finished a man asked him how much he would sell it for.

Pete said: “I just thought up the ridiculous figure of £900 and he bought it.”