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Dean Whitehead joins Barnsley as coach Image
Dean Whitehead joins Barnsley as coach
Former Premier League midfielder Dean Whitehead has joined Barnsley as first team coach – completing Darrell Clarke’s backroom staff. The 42-year-old former Sunderland and Stoke player worked with Clarke as a coach at Port Vale, where they earned promotion from League Two. He then worked under former Reds boss Valerien Ismael at Besiktas and Watford – as well as a spell at Cardiff for whom he was caretaker manager. Whitehead is set to focus mainly...
Earl wants to take scoring for into season for ‘massive’ Reds
JOSH Earl is hoping to take his goal-scoring form from the pre-season games into the competitive fixtures next month as Barnsley look to be much more of a set piece threat. The six foot four defender has headed in corners in the friendlies at Alfreton and Accrington. The Reds rarely threatened from set pieces last season but are hoping to be much more successful in that area in the coming campaign. Earl told the Chronicle:...
Reds sign Craig on loan for season
Barnsley have signed midfielder Matthew Craig on loan for the season from Tottenham Hotspur. The 21-year-old defensive midfielder played once for Spurs in the Premier League, against Leeds, who were relegated that day, in May last year. He then played 20 games on loan to League Two Doncaster Rovers earlier this year, losing in the play-off semi-final. Craig told the club media team: “It’s been really good so far. I’ve looked around the ground...
Barnsley set to sign Matthew Craig Image
Barnsley set to sign Matthew Craig
Barnsley look set to announce the signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Matthew Craig on loan. The 21-year-old, who has played once for Spurs in the Premier League, captained their under 21s and spent the second half of last season at League Two Doncaster Rovers. The Scotland youth international made 20 appearances for Donny, scoring once, and helped them surge up from a League Two relegation fight to the play-offs in which they lost to Crewe. ...
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Reds in for 'really tough week' in Loughborough
Darrell Clarke says his Barnsley players are in for a ‘really hard week’ during their training camp at Loughborough University. The Reds are due to arrive in Leicestershire today and spend the week there, ending with a friendly against Mallorca on Friday. Clarke told the Chronicle: “We will have a really hard week and we’re stepping up the preparation. “It will be a good bonding and fitness week. Every team I have been involved in...
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Talking points from Accrington friendly Image
Talking points from Accrington friendly
Analysis of Barnsley's 3-0 win at Accrington Stanley on Saturday, thanks to goals by Adam Phillips, Aiden Marsh and Josh Earl. ANOTHER SOLID WIN AND PERFORMANCE All that matters is how they perform come August 9, and fans are understandably concerned about the lack of signings, but Barnsley have had an encouraging pre-season on the pitch overall so far. Although pre-season games come with large caveats, the Reds have won comfortably in their two...
'Good work out' and Benson off with tightness
Darrell Clarke was pleased with his Barnsley side’s 3-0 win at Accrington Stanley and hoped the injury picked up by Josh Benson was not serious. Adam Phillips, Aiden Marsh and Josh Earl scored for the Reds who will now train at Loughborough University this coming week. Clarke said: “It’s a good work out for the lads. In the first half we had a lot of territory, control and set pieces. They had four...
Reds win 3-0 at Accrington
Barnsley secured a 3-0 win at League Two Accrington Stanley in their latest pre-season friendly. Adam Phillips opened the scoring just before half-time then Aiden Marsh and Josh Earl netted late on. Conor Hourihane played for the first time since returning, while Luca Connell was not involved. The Reds controlled the game and had by far the better chances throughout. The Reds were on top early on, with Earl heading a...
Stones backed to  recover from more  Euros heartbreak Image
Stones backed to recover from more Euros heartbreak
A MAJOR trophy with England remains the only box yet to tick in John Stones’ glittering career but he has been backed to still do so by one of his former Barnsley coaches. The 30-year-old from Thurlstone played the full game as the Three Lions lost 2-1 to Spain in Berlin on Sunday in the European Championships final. Mark Burton, the former Reds player and coach, was running the academy along with Ronnie Branson when...
COLUMN: BFC trust delivered £7.75m in value in 23/24 Image
COLUMN: BFC trust delivered £7.75m in value in 23/24
I WANTED to take this opportunity to introduce and update people on Barnsley FC’s charity arm. Barnsley FC Community Trust is a registered charity dedicated to making a positive impact across our community. As the charitable arm of Barnsley FC, we work tirelessly to deliver charitable and community activities across all areas of the borough. Our reach is extensive, engaging between 10,000 and 15,000 beneficiaries each season, spanning an age range from two to more...
Window ‘slower than we would probably like’ – boss Image
Window ‘slower than we would probably like’ – boss
DARRELL Clarke admits the summer transfer window has been ‘a slower process than we would probably have liked’ but Barnsley remain hopeful that new faces will join them on their training camp next week. There are now three weeks left until the Reds kick off their new League One season at home to Mansfield Town on August 9, and a further three until the EFL summer transfer window closes on August 30. They have so...
Reds give Smith chance but have other ‘keeper options
JACKSON Smith has a chance to prove himself as Barnsley’s number one during pre-season but head coach Darrell Clarke admits they could still bring in another goalkeeper this summer. The 22-year-old signed last week after leaving Walsall, on a four-year deal, and is seen as the club’s future number one. But they will assess his performances over pre-season, with the chance of bringing in another goalkeeper – most likely on loan – if it is...
Reds make two u21s signings
Barnsley have signed two players for their under 21s squad. They are midfielder Callum West, 18, who was previously at Macclesfield and Burnley, as well as former Birmingham and Sheffield United defender Connor Barratt, 20. West spent time on trial at the end of last season while Barratt played in the friendly at Alfreton on Saturday, assisting the third goal. The club also confirmed that Leo Farrell, Ziggy Kozluk, Bayley McCann, Emmaisa Nzondo and Rogan...
Clarke could add another coach to his backroom staff Image
Clarke could add another coach to his backroom staff
DARRELL Clarke has not ruled out adding another person to his coaching staff this summer, while he knows part of their role is getting the best out of players who have previously struggled for Barnsley. Clarke joined from Cheltenham Town as head coach two months ago, later bringing goalkeeper coach James Bittner with him. Martin Devaney – who had been caretaker for the play-off loss to Bolton Wanderers following Neill Collins’ sacking – is now...
Reds close in on signings before training camp next week Image
Reds close in on signings before training camp next week
Barnsley are hoping to bring in a couple of new players before their training camp at Loughborough University next week, with head coach Darrell Clarke repeating the key areas they are looking at. The Reds have so far brought in midfielder Conor Hourihane – as a player/coach – defender Marc Roberts and goalkeeper Jackson Smith They currently have no senior left wing-backs in their squad, although Callum Styles – who is yet to...
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Stones misses out again
Barnsley man John Stones suffered a second successive defeat in a European Championship final. Stones, the former Reds player, played the full game as England were beaten 2-1 by Spain on Sunday in Berlin. The Thurlstone man has now played in two Euros finals and a World Cup semi-final and quarter-final in his five major tournaments, with 79 caps, but is yet to win any international silverware. Former Barnsley loanee Ivan Toney came off the...
Talking points from first friendly match
Analysis of Barnsley's 3-1 win at Alfreton in their first friendly of the summer. They came from behind thanks to goals by Josh Earl, Max Watters and Josiah Dyer. ‘RUSTY’ REDS GET MINUTES IN LEGS The Darrell Clarke era began with a 3-1 success at Alfreton Town on Saturday. Clarke admitted the Reds were ‘rusty’ as you would expect in the first game back. After falling behind, it turned into a routine afternoon. The...
'Plenty of work to do' after 'good work out' in first friendly
Darrell Clarke was pleased with his Barnsley team’s first run-out despite a ‘rusty’ performance in a 3-1 win at Alfreton, and added that ‘we have a lot of work to do’ including in the transfer market. The Reds won 3-1 at the National League North side with goals by Josh Earl, Max Watters and Josiah Dyer. Clarke said: “It was a rusty first 60 minutes for the boys. It’s their first match but...
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Reds start with friendly win
Barnsley began their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 win at sixth-tier Alfreton Town. The hosts took the lead but Josh Earl levelled before half-time then Max Watters scored minutes after the interval and substitute Josiah Dyer added a third. A senior first 11 started the game then Darrell Clarke made 11 changes after an hour. Summer signings Jackson Smith and Marc Roberts started. Donovan Pines was not involved as he continues his...
A look at Barnsley's pre-season games Image
A look at Barnsley's pre-season games
A preview of Barnsley's four pre-season fixtures. ALFRETON TOWN, AWAY, TODAY The last time the Reds played at North Street, John Stones and Mido started for Keith Hill’s side who won in Derbyshire thanks to a Craig Davies brace. Alfreton have since dropped down a level to the National League North and, like the Reds, they lost in the play-offs at the end of last season – on penalties to Boston in a...
MARTIN DEVANEY: Pre-season going well as we celebrate Jacob’s Manchester United deal Image
MARTIN DEVANEY: Pre-season going well as we celebrate Jacob’s Manchester United deal
Hi. It’s nice to have the opportunity to speak to you as we prepare for another campaign. First of all, I’d like to thank the club and Mladen Sormaz, the sporting director, for their backing and support. I am pleased to continue in my role as assistant head coach, now to Darrell Clarke. Darrell is a great character and, with the other members of the coaching staff, we have enjoyed a positive start to our...
Reds reveal new kits
Barnsley have released their home, away and third kits for the 2024/25 season. The home kit features 21 stars, in reference to the club record unbeaten run, the white away kit has a Yorkshire rose on it and the pink third kit features the face of club mascot Toby Tyke. The kits were created by Reds director Julie Anne Quay, in partnership with Puma, and ‘building on the collaboration’ with fashion designer Colm...
‘As soon as Barnsley came in, nothing else mattered’ – Roberts
MARC Roberts says he once again turned down offers from other clubs to join hometown club Barnsley and hopes to gain a second promotion with the Reds. The defender, who will turn 34 later this month, is from Penistone and made his name at Barnsley from 2015 to 2017 having been a non-league player until the age of 25. He then spent seven years in the Championship with Birmingham City before returning to the Reds...
COMMENT: Barnsley hoping for less chaotic pre-season Image
COMMENT: Barnsley hoping for less chaotic pre-season
BARNSLEY are set to play their first game since their play-off defeat at Bolton Wanderers 67 days ago when they visit Alfreton Town in their opening friendly tomorrow. They will be hoping it is the start of a solid summer of preparation under Darrell Clarke before the competitive campaign begins in a month. The last few summers have been fairly chaotic. A year ago this week, Neill Collins was still a jet-lagged new appointment trying...
Reds eye more soon with less than month left before season starts Image
Reds eye more soon with less than month left before season starts
BARNSLEY look set to continue to fill the gaps in their first team squad in the coming days, with less than a month before the new season begins. The EFL summer transfer window has been open for four weeks and closes in seven on August 30, while Barnsley have now been back in pre-season training for a fortnight. The League One season is due to begin in four weeks on August 9, with the Reds...
Stones set for second shot at  Euros glory Image
Stones set for second shot at Euros glory
JOHN Stones is set to become the first Barnsley man to play in a European Championship final since... John Stones three years ago. The 30-year-old from Thurlstone – who started his career with the Reds – helped England to a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in the semi-final on Wednesday, setting up a meeting with Spain in Berlin on Sunday evening. Centre-back Stones will be hoping to erase memories of the penalty shoot-out loss to...
Who is Jackson Smith?
George Bennett, the Walsall FC reporter for the Express and Star newspaper, provides the inside track on the stopper who moved from the Saddlers to the Reds this week What was Smith like for Walsall? He came on loan in the 2022/23 season but didn’t play until the last couple of games when Owen Evans was injured. He signed permanently but had to wait to get in the team again the next season, playing only...
Women back in training and adding to squad and staff ahead of re-start
BARNSLEY FC women are back in training as they look to continue their rise of the English league pyramid. The season is due to start in mid-August, as the Reds join the fourth tier – the National League Division One North. They have brought in goalkeeper Becky Flaherty – the first of several recruits set to be announced in the near future – and added a first team coach Lee Harrison from tier three Halifax....
Barnsley FC sign goalkeeper Jackson Smith Image
Barnsley FC sign goalkeeper Jackson Smith
Barnsley have made goalkeeper Jackson Smith from Walsall their third signing of the summer. The 22-year-old has joined the Reds on a four-year deal with a club option for another season. Smith came through the Wolverhampton Wanderers academy before moving across the West Midlands to Walsall last summer, after a brief loan, and making 32 appearances in all competitions. He was named the League Two club’s Young Player of the Year for last season. He...
‘The young, energetic captain Conor Hourihane is in the past’ Image
‘The young, energetic captain Conor Hourihane is in the past’
CONOR Hourihane says Barnsley fans should not expect him to play anything like the same role he did during his excellent first spell at the club, but hopes his second stint will be just as successful. The Irish midfielder, who captained the Reds to promotion in 2016, returned to the club as player/coach last month after leaving Derby County. Hourihane is one of the most popular Barnsley players in recent decades, having lifted two trophies...
Stones and England into Euros semi Image
Stones and England into Euros semi
Three former Barnsley players were involved as England reached the semi-finals of the European Championships with a penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland. John Stones, from Thurlstone, could not cut out a cross as Switzerland took the lead on 75 minutes but England levelled soon after then won the shoot-out. Former Reds loanee Ivan Toney scored one of the penalties, after Kieran Trippier started the game. England will now play either Turkey or Netherlands on Wednesday...
COMMENT: Work to do but foundations in place for Reds
BARNSLEY appear to be, generally, in a decent place with a month remaining before the season starts – although there is plenty of important work to do. They have their coaching staff sorted earlier than last season, with the appointment of Darrell Clarke far less risky and more popular than Neill Collins from Tampa Bay. There seems to be a less chaotic pre-season schedule and more clarity in what is needed in terms of recruitment....
MLADEN SORMAZ COLUMN: Roberts deal completes 1st part of plan
HELLO Reds, I hope you are well. It’s great to be back talking to you via this column during what is a busy period for the club both on and off the pitch. We welcomed the lads back into training on Monday for the start of pre-season where they did the traditional fitness tests and some ball work to get back into the swing of things. The squad came back in great shape which is...
Window could hot up now for Reds after 2nd hero returns Image
Window could hot up now for Reds after 2nd hero returns
BARNSLEY are hoping to build on the return of a second former promotion-winner this week with more signings in the near future as they look to fill the remaining gaps in their squad. The Reds brought in defender and former captain Marc Roberts for a second spell this week. The Penistone man is the second new signing of the summer after his former team-mate Conor Hourihane rejoined as a player/coach. Cash-strapped Reading are the only...
No approach for Phillips with Reds determined to keep stars Image
No approach for Phillips with Reds determined to keep stars
BARNSLEY remain determined to keep hold of their star men such as Adam Phillips who has been linked with a move away this week. Reports over the weekend claimed Championship club Preston North End were interested in Phillips. But the Chronicle understands that no contact has been made between the two clubs over a transfer for Phillips. Phillips, 26, has netted 20 goals and added 15 assists in the league in his two seasons at...
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Marc Roberts returns to Barnsley FC Image
Marc Roberts returns to Barnsley FC
Barnsley have brought back a second member of their 2016 promotion-winning squad with the signing of centre-back Marc Roberts on a two-year deal. The 33-year-old from Penistone joined the Reds from non-league Halifax Town in 2015, playing 85 games and captaining them in the Championship before moving to Birmingham City in 2017 for a multi-million fee. He left the Blues this summer after they were relegated into League One where they will face Barnsley next...
Kane moves across Yorkshire to Duff's Huddersfield
Herbie Kane, who left Barnsley at the end of last season, has joined Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town. The midfielder reunites with his former Reds head coach Michael Duff who joined the Terriers earlier this summer. Kane, 25, made 123 appearances for the Reds after signing in 2020 – scoring 14 goals including ten last season. Of the other senior players released this summer, former captain Jordan Williams joined Portsmouth while Cole, Cadden and Robbie Cundy...
Bittner replaces Fawdry as 'keeper coach
Barnsley have changed their goalkeeper coach with James Bittner – who worked under Darrell Clarke at Cheltenham Town last season – replacing Tom Fawdry. Fawdry, who has been goalkeeper coach for three seasons, has moved to MLS club Minnesota United to reunite with former Reds chief executive Khaled El-Ahmad. Bittner, 42, played with new Reds head coach Clarke at non-league Salisbury City and has coached at Plymouth, Newport, Reading and Cheltenham. He had been on...
Stones breaks England record Image
Stones breaks England record
JOHN Stones broke an England record at the weekend and is now set to play for them in the quarter-finals of the European Championships in Germany. England, who won their group then came from 1-0 down on 95 minutes to beat Slovakia 2-1 in the last 16, are now due to play Switzerland in the quarter-final from 5pm on Saturday in Düsseldorf. Stones – who is from Thurlstone and began his career with Barnsley –...
Shaw close to Hamilton move Image
Shaw close to Hamilton move
Hamilton Academical are close to signing Barnsley striker Oli Shaw. The Scottish second tier club announced the signing on a three-year deal on Monday. The Chronicle understands the deal is not completed but is likely to go through. The Scotsman signed in January last year from Kilmarnock but never started a league game, spending last season on loan at Motherwell. The 26-year-old came off the Reds bench in seven league games and...
Sunderland will not sign Styles Image
Sunderland will not sign Styles
Sunderland have confirmed they will not be taking their option to sign Barnsley’s Callum Styles – leaving the Hungary international’s future unclear. Styles, who became the first Reds player to appear in the European Championships last week before Hungary were eliminated in the group stage, spent the second half of last season on loan to the Championship Black Cats. Other clubs are thought to be interested in Styles, who is yet to return for pre-season...
Looking back: Reds' new signings on show at Oakwell open day
With the release of the fixtures the excitement ahead of the new season starts to build. We have gone back in time to unearth these images from the club’s open day in 1999. New signings Kevin Austin and former England international Geoff Thomas were there to sign autographs for supporters. Do you recognise anyone from the photos? Be sure to tag them and share the post...
Hugo Colace hopes to one day be Barnsley head coach
FORMER Barnsley midfielder Hugo Colace has started his coaching career after retiring in 2021 - and he’s hopeful that one day he’ll return ‘home’ to Oakwell as the Reds manager. Argentinian Colace, 40, played 108 games for the Reds between 2008 and 2011. He signed at Oakwell from Newell’s Old Boys on a three-year deal and scored eight goals in all competitions during his second season. He was awarded the Reds player of the season...
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Donovan Pines hopeful to be fit for start of season
AMERICAN centre-back Donovan Pines has clear targets for the upcoming season - and he says he’s well on the road to recovery following a thigh injury which kept him out for the final part of last season. The 26-year-old defender signed from DC United in January on a contract until the end of next season, with the club having an option to add an extra year. Pines made his debut for the Reds on February...
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Darrell Clarke column: ‘We know who we want’
I HOPE this column finds you well, Reds. At the start of the week I had the opportunity to meet a number of you who attended a breakfast event at Oakwell as the 24/25 season fixtures were revealed. I think it’s important that - as a community club - we are open and communicative with our supporters. We’re all on this journey together at the end of the day. Speaking of journeys, finally seeing the...