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Cauley hopes to miss less than 12 weeks and believes Reds will still be fighting
BARNSLEY captain Cauley Woodrow hopes he will be back ‘a lot sooner’ than the usual 12-week recovery time from his knee operation, and believes his side will be in genuine contention for Championship survival when he returns.
The striker, 27, had surgery last week after limping off at Preston North End on December 11.
Asked if he hopes to be back after the international break in late March, Woodrow told the Chronicle: “Hopefully it...
COMMENT: Khaled speaks but we must hear from Conway
TWO LONG-EXPECTED events took place this week in the world of Barnsley FC.
The Reds finally sank to the bottom of the Championship, and their chief executive spoke publicly to supporters.
Khaled El-Ahmad, the CEO, spent almost all of Tuesday afternoon on a video call with supporters’ trust members Ben Lockwood and Paul Gallagher who impressively and passionately grilled him on a wide range of issues with questions submitted by supporters. No reporters were permitted...
Full review into last summer’s decisions but ‘so many good things’
KHALED El-Ahmad says there will be a full review into the causes of Barnsley’s so far disastrous season, including the appointment of Markus Schopp and the summer recruitment, but adds ‘there are so many good things’ happening behind the scenes at Oakwell.
None of the seven summer signings are regular starters for the Reds, who are last in the Championship following the sacking of Schopp and the appointment of Poya Asbaghi.
Obbi Oulare – who...
Rafiq hopeful of change after damning government report
BARNSLEY man Azeem Rafiq has ‘some sort of hope that we will see change now’ following a damning government report into racism in English cricket.
The report from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee was released at the weekend and said there was ‘deep-seated’ racism in the sport, while threatening to withdraw public funding from the ECB if that was not addressed.
That followed a hearing at Westminster in November in...
Search for 1-3 signings set to go to window’s last days
BARNSLEY look set to go well into the final week of the transfer window still looking for the ‘one to three’ signings they want to make in January.
The Reds have done very little business so far, moving on a few fringe players while making no signings.
There were not thought to be any deals imminent, as of yesterday, but they are hopeful of strengthening their midfield and possibly the attack before the deadline a...
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Timing of stand closure to be reviewed but 'all parties understand'
KHALED El-Ahmad says all parties now understand his decision to close Oakwell’s West Stand but admits the timing of it will be reviewed.
Reds chief executive El-Ahmad closed the stand to fans in October, citing safety concerns. It is now due to re-open for the next home game against Bournemouth on January 29.
When questioned during an interview with the supporters’ trust this week, he was unable to provide details of the exact work done or...
Barnsley down to 14 players but hopeful of playing at Birmingham
POYA Asbaghi says he has had 14 first team players available in training this week but is hopeful that Barnsley will play at Birmingham City on Saturday.
The Reds called off two league games last week after Covid-19 cases and injuries deprived them of about 12 first team players, while several staff members were isolating. The numbers improved slightly this week, with 14 being the threshold imposed by the EFL for postponement. Head coach Asbaghi...
Owners aware of unpopularity but have upped investment – CEO
CHIEF executive Khaled El-Ahmad says Barnsley’s majority owners are aware of how unpopular they are among large sections of the fanbase, but insists they have invested more money into the club this season than last.
There has been discontent among many supporters not just at the fall from fifth in the Championship last season to last-placed currently but also the closure of the West Stand as well as preliminary discussions over moving from Oakwell, and...
Reds CEO El-Ahmad speaks on various Oakwell issues
Barnsley FC chief executive Khaled El-Ahmad spoke to members of the supporters' trust this week via a video call. Here is what he said on a variety of issues:
It’s a combination of things. Obviously the change of management at the top, not having consistency in some of the decisions made.
The hire of Markus Schopp was obviously not a correct one.
The pre-season was not good...
Brunt hopes for better Ashes than ‘absolutely gutting’ men’s series
KATHERINE Brunt has been ‘absolutely gutted’ watching the England men’s team be thrashed in their Ashes and is hoping for a very different result in the women’s series.
The men’s series, which was won 4-0 by the hosts after some very one-sided games, finished this week with the women’s series beginning tomorrow.
Brunt told the Chronicle: “It’s absolutely gutting watching the men.
“Before we flew out, I had been staying up for every day to...
Coming into this team ‘very difficult’ for young players – Hassell
BOBBY Hassell believes, if Barnsley stay up this season, it would surpass their previous ‘great escapes’ and says it has been ‘very, very difficult’ for his young academy players to move up to the first team this season.
The Reds are currently eight points from safety in the Championship’s bottom position, but teams above them have games in hand, while they have just two wins and 14 points from 24 games. Hassell – now the...
U23s boss Devaney to support Asbaghi
MARTIN Devaney will be a regular fixture alongside Poya Asbaghi in training and on matchdays.
The 41-year-old is the under 23s coach but is also helping the transition of several players from that squad into the first team training group. Devaney, who played 176 games for the Reds, has been helping to coach the first team in recent weeks and will be in the dugout alongside Asbaghi on matchdays, while continuing to take charge of...
Moon says first full season has been ‘massive test of character’
JASPER Moon says this season, his first full campaign in professional football, has been a ‘massive test of character’ but it will help him in his career.
The 21-year-old centre-back has started 15 of last-placed Barnsley’s 26 league games this season, coming off the bench in another five. He started new head coach Poya Asbaghi’s first game then spent more than a month out of the side before replacing the injured Michal Helik from the...
Reds last after Derby overtake them
Barnsley fell to the bottom of the Championship today, after being overtaken by Derby County who were deducted 21 points earlier in the season.
The Reds did not play today but the Rams did and beat Sheffield United 2-0.
Both clubs have 14 points but Derby's goal difference is better.
The Reds have two games in hand on County.
Barnsley - who have played just one league game in a month due to Covid-19 cancellations...
COMMENT: Poya struggling to make any progress in difficult circumstances
Despite his 1st win, and being more respected as a coach than his predecessor, Asbaghi is struggling to turn shocking season around in difficult circumstances
AS WE watch Poya Asbaghi attempt to turn Barnsley’s miserable season around in very difficult circumstances, two questions spring to mind.
The first is: can he keep the Reds in the Championship this season?
And the second is: is he the right man to lead them forward in the...
Asbaghi ‘optimistic’ that Blackpool cancellation will be Reds’ last
POYA Asbaghi hopes the home match with Blackpool, which was scheduled for tomorrow, will be the last Barnsley have to cancel this season.
The Reds are thought to be without about 12 players through Covid-19 and injuries so called off the home games with Stoke and Blackpool this week.
Their next match is due to be at Birmingham on January 22.
Asbaghi told the Chronicle: “I can’t say how many are out but I will...
Transfer wait goes on as boss says players still want to join
BARNSLEY are likely to go well into the second half of the January transfer window without signing a new player, but head coach Poya Asbaghi believes their lowly league position will not put off potential recruits.
The window has been open for two weeks and will close in 17 days.
There were no deals in or out imminent as of yesterday, the Chronicle understands, other than the loan of under 23s player Tomas Kalinauskas to...
Woodrow has knee surgery and will be assessed 'month by month'
CAULEY Woodrow had knee surgery on Wednesday and Barnsley will take his recovery ‘month by month’ says Poya Asbaghi.
The Reds’ captain and top-scorer limped off at Preston on December 11.
Poya Asbaghi said: “Cauley will not be back soon unfortunately.
“I can say we will take it month by month not week by week.”
Defender Michal Helik is much closer to a return. Asbaghi said: “We are not worried that Michal will be out...
Blackpool match postponed
Barnsley’s scheduled game at home to Blackpool on Saturday has been postponed.
The Reds are thought to be without about at least 12 players due to Covid-19 and injuries – meaning they comfortably meet the EFL’s threshold for postponement of having fewer than 14 players who have played a league game.
They also cancelled their home game with Stoke City on Wednesday.
Barnsley had several players, and two coaches, isolating due to Covid-19 at the...
Hassell says system makes hometown heroes rare, with Joe 1st in 4 years
JOE ACKROYD became the first hometown player for Barnsley FC in almost five years when he came off the bench for his debut this week.
When the 19-year-old midfielder from Darfield was brought on at half-time in extra-time of the 5-4 FA Cup win over Barrow, it was the first time the Reds first team had a player from the borough of Barnsley in it since Marc Roberts’ final game at Bristol City in April...
Before Joe Ackroyd's debut on Saturday, who were the last ten Barnsley men to play for the Reds?
MARC ROBERTS: Although he did not come through the Reds’ academy, the centre-back from Penistone was the last person from the Barnsley borough to play for the club. The Reds signed him aged 25 from non-league Halifax, and he took to professional football very well – helping them to promotion to the Championship then captaining the team before...
2022 PREVIEW: Bethany hopes to replicate Stones but win home Euros
BETHANY England is hoping to replicate fellow Barnsley footballer John Stones by being an ever-present for an England team that reaches the finals of a home European Championship – then going one better and lifting the trophy at Wembley.
Both Stones and England are 27, having been born in Barnsley Hospital in the same week in 1994.
Manchester City defender Stones played every game for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions in Euro 2020 last year, including...
Cup hero Morris thriving on goal responsibility
CARLTON Morris says he will thrive on the responsibility to be a regular scorer for goal-shy Barnsley this season.
The 26-year-old striker missed three months of the season with a knee injury and returned in late November.
He netted twice in four Championship games last month then scored two more off the bench in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Barrow, which means he is the joint top-scorer in all competitions with the currently injured Cauley Woodrow.
2022 PREVIEW: Bailey targets 7th Paralympics and home Commonwealths
SUE BAILEY has committed to competing in a seventh Paralympics after the ‘relief’ of finally winning a medal in her sixth games.
The 49-year-old table tennis star from Dodworth won bronze in Tokyo last year in the team event, after competing at every games since Sydney in 2000.
After winning the medal she was undecided about continuing to Paris 2024 but has now chosen to do so.
The teacher at Shawlands School said: “To get...
Ackroyd thrilled to make debut
JOE ACKROYD was thrilled to make his debut for his hometown club Barnsley this week but admits ‘I haven’t really done much’ as he looks to have a long career with the Reds.
The 19-year-old midfielder from Darfield came on for the final 15 minutes of the 5-4 extra-time win over Barrow in the FA Cup on Saturday.
“It was a great feeling,” Ackroyd told the Chronicle.
“I knew I would be on the...
2022 PREVIEW: Sprinter Joe aiming to make Great Britain debut
SPRINTER Joe Ferguson is hoping to represent Great Britain in his first major competition this year.
The 21-year-old from Darton won a bronze medal at the senior British Championships over 200m in 2020 but missed last year through injuries.
The World Championship are due to be held in July in Oregon, USA, followed a week later by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham then the European Championship in August in Munich.
Ferguson said: “There are a...
Stoke match postponed again due to Reds Covid cases
Barnsley's game at home to Stoke City on Wednesday has been postponed due to Covid-19 cases at Oakwell.
The Reds have several players and two coaches isolating after testing positive for the virus, while at least five first team players are out injured.
The EFL have allowed teams to postpone games if they have fewer than 14 first team players available.
The Reds were down to the bare bones for Saturday's FA Cup win over...
2022 PREVIEW: Brunt expects this year to be last of glittering career
KATHERINE Brunt is expecting 2022 to be her last year as an England cricketer and wants to end it as the most successful ever.
England are due to play in the Ashes starting later this month then the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand in March and April before returning home for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July and August which will feature women’s Twenty20 cricket.
Brunt, the 36-year-old fast bowler from Dodworth, has...
Reds at Terriers in FA Cup fourth round
Barnsley will visit Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fourth round.
The Reds will make the short trip to their Yorkshire rivals and fellow Championship side on the weekend of February 5/6.
Barnsley beat Barrow 5-4 in the third round on Saturday
Huddersfield are sixth in the Championship with Barnsley second-bottom.
Five talking points from FA Cup win
Analysis of Barnsley's 5-4 extra-time win over League Two Barrow in the FA Cup at Oakwell on Saturday.
“SOMETIMES you can gain more confidence by winning but playing a s**t game than playing a wonderful game but losing,” said Poya Asbaghi pre-match.
This was not one of those occasions.
This 120-minute FA Cup nail-biter was certainly not the confidence-boosting straightforward win the Reds needed, or a...
2022 PREVIEW: Rowland hoping for Formula E titles
OLIVER Rowland is hoping to compete for another decade in Formula E and win ‘two or three’ titles, following a change in team for the 2022 season.
The 28-year-old from Penistone left Nissan e.Dams after three years last autumn to join Mahindra Racing for the season which begins in Saudi Arabia in three weeks.
Asked for the ambitions for the remainder of his career, Rowland told the Chronicle: “It has to be a title win. ...
Reds 'played like children' in 'unacceptable' display despite win
Poya Asbaghi said Barnsley 'played like children' in an 'unacceptable' performance despite gaining his first win as head coach with a 5-4 extra-time victory over Barrow AFC in the FA Cup third round at Oakwell.
The Reds led 2-0 at half-time against League Two opponents who had had a man sent off, but the hosts lost that lead and conceded levellers after going 3-2 and 4-3 ahead before winning in the added period.
Asbaghi told...
Reds win 9-goal cup thriller in extra-time
Barnsley saw off League Two Barrow AFC 5-4 after extra-time in an extraordinary FA Cup third round match to earn Poya Asbaghi his first win as head coach.
Mads Andersen opened the scoring midway through the first half then Barrow had a man sent off and Jordan Williams made it 2-0 before the break.
But Barrow came back to 2-2 and there were five goals between the 78th and 89th minute as Devante...
Asbaghi believes cup win would change Reds’ belief and prospects
POYA Asbaghi believes a home win over League Two Barrow AFC in the third round of the FA Cup today from 3pm would be huge for his team’s confidence at the start of a run of six games in 21 days.
The Swede’s six games since taking charge in late November have brought three draws, three losses and three goals.
The Reds are winless in eight since a victory over Derby County on November 3...
Barry remembers 1960s battles with Barrow boys
NOT MANY former Barnsley players can remember facing Barrow AFC but Barry Murphy can and is expecting a difficult game when the clubs meet in the FA Cup third round at Oakwell.
The Reds used to regularly play the Cumbrian club in the 1960s, before Barrow slipped into non-league football in 1972 and only returned to the EFL in 2020.
Murphy, Barnsley’s all-time record appearance-maker, said: “We played against them a lot in the ‘60s....
Kay ‘loves’ ex club Barnsley but regrets not trying harder
JOSH Kay regrets not applying himself more during his spell at Barnsley – but is grateful to the club where he will return tomorrow loooking to cause an FA Cup shock with Barrow.
The midfielder had been playing for North West Counties League club Squires Gate then joined AFC Fylde but, within weeks, had been signed by the Reds in February 2016 – just after his 19th birthday.
He stayed for two-and-a-half years but made...
COMMENT: Barnsley risk driving more fans away with failures on and off pitch
THE BARNSLEY fanbase is hurting, badly.
That is not only because of the unprecedentedly bad results on the pitch which have seen record-breakingly low totals of two wins, 14 points and 16 goals from 24 games, leaving them eight points from safety and second-bottom in the Championship.
It is not just because, after finishing fifth last season, they have produced a series of extremely poor performances with the dominated midfield and ineffective attack major...
Reds know they face ‘big month’ says Jordan
BARNSLEY’S players are well aware that the next six games before the end of January could define their season, starting with tomorrow’s FA Cup match at home to Barrow, says Jordan Williams.
The Reds are winless in eight and eight points from safety in the Championship. Williams told the Chronicle: “Winning a football game changes the mood so fast and we’ll go all guns blazing to get that win and go into the league game...
Poya wants more in middle but unsure on timescale
POYA Asbaghi says it is ‘no secret the competition in central midfield could increase’ at Barnsley but adds he doesn’t know when to expect a first signing of the January transfer window.
The Reds have struggled for consistency in central midfield this season.
Asked if that was a position they will recruit in, head coach Asbaghi told the Chronicle: “We will wait and see.
“Of course people can see that maybe the...
Barnsley’s amateur sports clubs determined to play on
AMATEUR sport in Barnsley is continuing as usual despite the rise in cases of the omicron variant of Covid-19.
Some amateur sports and leagues have called games off in England, while crowds have been capped in Wales and Scotland.
But the government is yet to introduce stricter measures such as the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 which saw sport grind to a halt.
Barnsley RUFC decided to postpone their last game before Christmas after the...
New Barnsley RUFC coach believes they can go through season unbeaten
BARNSLEY RUFC’s new coach admits there is pressure taking over with the team on 12 wins from 12 games so far, but believes that they can go all season unbeaten.
Kieran ‘Kez’ Hyde will lead the Shaw Laners on matchdays after Ant Posa moved to Sheffield RUFC having taken Barnsley to the top of Yorkshire Division Three, 12 points clear.
Ryan Burrows is the new head coach but will not be present for most matches...
Ten players out ahead of cup tie
BARNSLEY had ten first team players missing from training on Thursday due to Covid-19 and injuries ahead of the FA Cup match with Barrow on Saturday.
Four players have tested positive for Covid throughout the week, with at least three certain to miss the cup tie.
Michal Helik, Cauley Woodrow, Obbi Oulare and Aapo Halme are injured while at least two others have what head coach Poya Asbaghi hopes are short-term injuries.
Penistone Church smash crowd record with 825 for derby win
PENISTONE Church smashed their attendance record with 825 in a 3-1 win over Emley which put them fifth in the NCEL Premier.
It is the ninth tier club’s highest attendance by 310 and the best in the division this season by 348.
It was a bigger crowd than some three divisions higher in the National League North the same day.
All the goals came in the first half with Nathan Keightley scoring a hat-trick.
Ben Williams joins Cheltenham
Left-back Ben Williams has joined League One Cheltenham Town for an undisclosed fee in Barnsley's first piece of business during the January transfer window which opened on Saturday.
The 22-year-old joined in 2017 after leaving Blackburn's academy and played 15 matches in the 2018/19 promotion season from League One and a further 21 as Barnsley narrowly stayed in the Championship the next campaign.
Williams then missed all of last season with a knee injury before...
Barnsley’s game at Forest called off
Barnsley's match at Nottingham Forest tomorrow has been called off due to Covid-19 cases for the home team.
The match was due to take place on Bank Holiday Monday at 3pm at the City Ground.
It is the second Reds game called off in as many weeks after Stoke cancelled their Boxing Day trip to Oakwell.
Barnsley's next game is now due to be at home to League Two Barrow in the FA Cup...