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Reds open door to Sunday League finals return
BARNSLEY FC would be open to allowing Sunday League cup finals to return to Oakwell for the first time since 2015, says chief executive Dane Murphy.
Barnsley FA are the only association in South Yorkshire that does not play their end of season cup finals at an EFL club in their town or city.
That is after previous Reds chief executive Ben Mansford ended the long-standing relationship following some alleged anti-social behaviour by supporters in...
Tonge believes lack of fans helped Reds but insists they can continue success
Former Barnsley player and assistant coach Dale Tonge believes the Reds were helped by playing behind-closed-doors in the 2020/21 season but now thinks they can have similar success in front of fans.
Tonge, from Goldthorpe, was part of the Reds squad that got promotion from League One in 2006 then was moved up from under 16s coach to assist Daniel Stendel midway through another promotion season in 2018/19.
But he left later that year and...
Reds may sign just ‘1 or 2’ new players this summer
Barnsley could bring in as few as ‘one or two’ more first team players this summer if all goes to plan, says Dane Murphy.
The chief executive added that he would like the main business to be done before the Reds return for pre-season on June 28.
The Oakwell club made their first first team signing of the summer on Tuesday when they brought in striker Devante Cole on a three-year deal.
They are understood...
Barnsley's Euro vision – current and former Reds in action this summer
With Michal Helik in pole position to become the first Red to play at the European Championships, we look at the current and former Oakwell heroes selected for the tournament
MICHAL HELIK – POLAND
BARNSLEY’S recruitment department and chief executive are not shocked Helik has made history by reaching the European Championships as a Barnsley player but were surprised they were able to sign him last summer.
The Poland defender – the first Barnsley player...
Gilroy reaches sixth Paralympics despite breaking on flight
SUE GILROY qualified for her sixth Paralympic Games this week despite her competition wheelchair being broken in two during the flight to the qualifying tournament.
The 48-year-old from Dodworth won all her games at the qualifying tournament in Lasko, Slovenia at the weekend.
The Shawlands schoolteacher is now the first Barnsley person to be confirmed as representing Team GB at the Tokyo games, which are expected to go ahead despite calls from some to postpone...
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1 Norwich City 46 97
2 Watford 46 91
3 Brentford 46 87
4 Swansea City 46 80
5 Barnsley 46 78
6 AFC Bournemouth 46 77
7 Reading 46 70
8 Cardiff City 46 68
9 Queens Park Rangers 46 68
10 Middlesbrough 46 64
11 Millwall 46 62
12 Luton Town 46 62
13 Preston North End 46 61
14 Stoke City 46 60
15 Blackburn Rovers 46 57
16 Coventry City 46 55
17 Nottingham Forest 46 52
18 Birmingham City 46 52
19 Bristol City 46 51
20 Huddersfield Town 46 49
21 Derby County 46 44
22 Wycombe Wanderers 46 43
23 Rotherham United 46 42
24 Sheffield Wednesday 46 41
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Cole wishes he has stayed longer at Reds but delighted to return
DEVANTE Cole wishes he had never left Barnsley the first time but is delighted to be back at Oakwell for a second stint.
The 26-year-old – who has been at ten clubs including a 2014 loan spell with the Reds – has signed a three-year deal at Oakwell.
He was the club’s first first team signing of the off-season.
Cole joined Barnsley as a 19-year-old on loan from Manchester City seven years ago and scored...
Barton trial postponed until November 26 due to problem with video evidence
Joey Barton's trial for the alleged assault of Daniel Stendel has been postponed due to technical issues.
Stendel, the former Barnsley head coach, was giving evidence in German from a court in his home country of Germany due to Covid-19 restrictions, but Judge Jeremy Richardson ruled the quality of sound was not sufficient to avoid mistranslations.
The trial is now due to be held on Friday, November 26.
Barton is accused of assault occasioning actual...
Cole signs for Barnsley
Barnsley have re-signed striker Devante Cole.
The 26-year-old was on loan to the Reds in 2014 from Manchester City, scoring seven goals in 23 appearances.
He has since played for various club, netting 12 goals for Scottish Premier League club Motherwell last season.
Cole, the son of former England striker Andy, has signed a three-year deal.
10k season ticket holders thanked
DANE Murphy has thanked the more than 10,000 Barnsley fans who have bought season tickets for next season, saying they are one of the key factors why the club is far more financially stable than many of their rivals.
The Oakwell club is set for one of its highest numbers of season ticket holders in a season, despite no definite comfirmation that supporters will be able to return in full when the EFL re-starts in...
COMMENT: Barnsley can be strong contenders again in new Championship
THE LIST of Barnsley’s opponents next season is now finalised and, although it is thoroughly disappointing that they will not be visiting Anfield and Old Trafford or welcoming Manchester City and Chelsea to Oakwell in the Premier League, there are still plenty of reasons to be excited about 2021/22.
Regardless of the division, Oakwell looks likely to welcome back as many fans as want to attend when the next campaign begins in August – ending...
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‘We don’t need to sell’ as Reds target another top 6 finish
BARNSLEY do not need to sell players this summer and are looking to keep their team and staff with the intention of finishing in the Championship’s top six again next season, says Dane Murphy.
Several of the Reds’ star players are understood to be on the radar of other clubs, after reaching the Championship play-offs last month.
Centre-backs Mads Andersen and Michal Helik – who is in Poland’s squad for the European Championships which start...
Reds sign teenage goalkeeper Jinadu
Barnsley have made teenage goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu their first signing of the summer.
The 18-year-old has signed a one-year deal and will be third choice at Oakwell initially, playing for the under 23s but hoping to push first team stoppers Jack Walton and Brad Collins.
The Reds had been looking for a new goalkeeper following the release of Henry Kendrick and Corey Addai.
Jinadu spent the end of last season on trial at Oakwell,...
Barnsley’s 2021/22 Championship rivals
After the play-off weekend which the Reds just missed out on, Doug O’Kane looks at the 23 clubs who will join them in the second tier from next season
Fulham, Last season: 18th in the Premier League. Distance from Oakwell: 179 miles.
Reds’ record: Played: 85. Won: 26. Drawn: 23. Lost: 33.
The Cottagers have now been promoted, relegated, promoted and relegated in their last four seasons as they tend to thrive in the...
Joey Barton set to stand trial from Monday
JOEY Barton is due to stand trial from Monday for allegedly assaulting former Barnsley head coach Daniel Stendel more than two years ago.
The court case refers to an incident after the Reds’ 4-2 win over Barton’s Fleetwood Town on April 13, 2019.
Barton, now Bristol Rovers manager, denies a charge of assault.
The trial is due to take place at Sheffield Crown Court.
It was initially set to take place in June last year...
Reds confident both Ismael and Mowatt will stay
BARNSLEY chief executive Dane Murphy is confident that out-of-contract captain Alex Mowatt and sought-after head coach Valerien Ismael will still be at Oakwell next season.
Ismael, who masterminded the Reds’ rise from fourth-bottom in October to fifth in the final Championship table, before play-off defeat to Swansea, has been linked with a move to various clubs including Crystal Palace, where he played, and West Bromwich Albion.
The Frenchman – who has been on a family...
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Wale hoping for top level fight after missing out on world title shot
JOSH Wale says he just missed out on a world title fight last year and is hoping for more opportunities at the top level when he returns to the ring this year.
The 33-year-old featherweight from Brampton has not fought since February 2020, the latest of four straight victories including the capture of the IBO international title.
The following month, the coronavirus shut down boxing and, although there have been shows since, Wale has not...
Reds priced out of Dike deal by 'hard figures' on wages – Murphy
Barnsley have been priced out of signing Daryl Dike says chief executive Dane Murphy who added: 'sometimes football is just about hard figures.’
The American striker netted nine goals for the Reds after signing on loan from Orlando City on February 1. They had a fee agreed to sign him permanently but could not agree personal terms so have pulled out of the deal.
Murphy told the Chronicle: "Daryl’s performance was so strong in the...
Reds have not taken Dike buy option
Barnsley have chosen not to exercise their right to buy Daryl Dike.
The striker, who turns 21 this week, excelled on loan from February with nine goals which helped the Reds into the Championship play-offs where they lost to Swansea City.
There was a buy clause in the loan deal that would have allowed the Reds to purchase him, with US sources claiming it was as high as $20million while Oakwell chief executive Dane Murphy...
Heroes of 1997 hope play-off defeat is start of another glorious era at Oakwell
HEROES from Barnsley’s only team to reach the top flight were delighted to see the Reds challenging for the Premier League again this season and hope it is the start of another successful era.
Valerien Ismael guided the Oakwell club to fifth in the Championship – the first time they finished above 15th since 2000 – but they lost the play-off semi-final to Swansea City.
That meant they fell two games short of repeating the...
A player by player review of Barnsley's 2020/21 season
The players who took Barnsley into the Championship play-offs.
Mads Andersen
53 games (1 goal)
No one personifies Barnsley’s turnaround from last season to this more than the Danish defender.
After making regular errors in a young, relegation-battling team, he admits last year’s lockdown helped him as he was able to return to Denmark, refocus and also become inspired by a book by former US Navy Seal David Goggins.
Now living with...
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‘My future is here’ says top-scorer Woodrow
CAULEY Woodrow says ‘my future is here’ and hopes Barnsley’s team can be kept together for next season.
The 26-year-old scored the Reds’ goal in a 1-1 draw at Swansea City on Saturday, which meant they lost their play-off semi-final 2-1.
Woodrow netted 15 goals this season and has 49 in total for Barnsley which is the highest tally of any player in the 21st century.
He has two years left on his contract but...
Barnsley heroes pay tribute to club legend Eric Winstanley
BARNSLEY legends have paid tribute to former Reds captain and coach Eric Winstanley who died last week at the age of 76.
Winstanley played 461 games for his hometown club before enjoying great success as a youth coach and assistant manager as the Reds reached the Premier League in 1997. A shirt bearing his name was in the Barnsley dugout in their play-off game on Saturday while the players also wore black armbands.
Eric’s son...
‘Success makes you sexy’ but Reds aim to keep progressing
BARNSLEY are attempting to keep their history-making squad together under Valerien Ismael although the head coach admits ‘success makes you sexy.’
The Reds missed out on a place in the Championship play-off final, drawing 1-1 at Swansea City in the semi-final second leg on Saturday and losing 2-1 on aggregate.
They reached the second tier play-offs for the first time in more than two decades, with a fifth-placed finish and 78 points which is their...
Modest loss but Reds claim Covid stopped them breaking even
BARNSLEY recorded a comparatively modest loss of £280,000 in the 2019/20 season, and claim they would have broken even if not for the coronavirus crisis.
The annual accounts, which were released this week, include the period early last year when the football season was suspended due to Covid-19 before matches resumed behind-closed-doors. Some other Championship clubs have posted losses in the tens of millions.
A statement read: “The board believe that, without the impact of...
Talking points from play-off loss
Analysis of Barnsley's play-off defeat to Swansea City. The Reds drew 1-1 in Wales and lost 2-1 on aggregate
REDS SHOULD BE PROUD OF SEASON DESPITE DEFEAT
When the final whistle pierced the chilly Welsh air and shattered Barnsley's hopes of a miraculous promotion to the Premier League, Valerien Ismael seemed to accept instantly that the dream was over.
The Frenchman had been very animated on the touchline during the game, touching...