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Bethany completes double ahead of Euros summer
BETHANY England, from Kingstone, helped Chelsea to complete the English double this week and is now hoping to help England to claim silverware this summer.
The 27-year-old striker started for the Blues against Manchester City in front of a record crowd of 49,094 at Wembley.
She claimed an assist for Erin Cuthbert’s superb long-range strike which made it 2-1 then, after City levelled, England’s strike partner Sam Kerr secured the 3-2 win in extra-time.
U18s praised despite heart-breaking loss
BARNSLEY under 18s have been praised for a history-making season and backed to learn from their 3-2 play-off loss at Charlton Athletic, who came from 2-0 down with two injury-time goals.
The young Reds – who were in the play-offs for the first time after finishing second in their league – led 2-0 through a fine Fabio Jalo brace early in the second half on Saturday at The Valley. But Charlton scored in the 78th,...
A player-by-player review of Barnsley's season
A player-by-player review of Barnsley's 2021/22 season in which they finished last in the Championship.
CALLUM STYLES 46 games (3 goals)
The player who made the most appearances for Barnsley in 2021/22 encapsulates their descent from last season to this.
He looked to be growing into one of the most exciting talents in English football last season but, like many of his colleagues, his performance levels have dropped...
Harban’s 18s in play-offs after spell with first team
TOM HARBAN’S time with the Barnsley first team coaching staff recently has been ‘eye-opening’ and made him ‘massively proud’ but he is happy now to return to preparing his under 18s side for their play-off campaign.
The 36-year-old, who was in the Reds academy himself but never made a first team appearance, has been in charge of the under 18s side who have reached the play-offs at their current level for the first time ever. ...
First head coach interviews underway with busy summer expected
BARNSLEY are beginning to conduct preliminary interviews with candidates for their head coach position while they are set to start what looks set to be a major reshaping of their playing squad with the retained list announcement next week.
The Reds parted company with head coach Poya Asbaghi three weeks ago, after relegation from the Championship was confirmed.
He was replaced on a caretaker basis by former player and youth coach Martin Devaney who took over...
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4 Nottingham Forest 46 80
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First Barnsley u18s to make play-offs aim to win at Charlton then get trophy
BARNSLEY under 18s are hoping to continue their history-making season in their end-of-season play-offs, with several of the team tipped for bright futures at the club.
The young Reds are due to visit Charlton Athletic tomorrow in the semi-final of the play-offs for the category two professional development league.
It is the first time a Barnsley side has ever reached those play-offs.
They finished second in their division with 43 points from 23 games...
Conway and Lee off board, replaced by Jean Cryne
PAUL Conway and Chien Lee have left Barnsley FC’s board, and been replaced by others including Jean Cryne, the wife of former owner Patrick Cryne.
Conway and Lee were the figureheads of a consortium that bought 80 per cent of the club in 2017 from Patrick Cryne, who died months later with his family holding the remaining 20 per cent.
They have both been co-chairmen but have now left the board along with Dickson Lee and...
Barnsley Schools hoping to make history in final at Stoke City
BARNSLEY Schoolboys under 14s are hoping to make more history when they play in the English Schools FA national final at Stoke City’s ground on Friday morning.
They are due to face Aldershot from 11.30pm, after becoming the first town team to reach a national final in 24 years.
Jimmy Whitehead, who has coached the team for four years, said: “I’m so so proud of what they have done.
“It’s a culmination of four years...
Devaney in 'good position' after learning a lot as caretaker
MARTIN Devaney says he has learned a lot about himself and the Barnsley players during his stint as caretaker manager which he believes will leave him in ‘a good position.’
The 41-year-old former Reds winger took over as caretaker following the club’s relegation to League One and the exit of Poya Asbaghi in late April.
Devaney – who had been working in Asbaghi’s first team coaching staff since January after stints as under 18s...
Some of Barnsley's other relegation campaigns
After the Reds finished last in the Championship with the lowest tallies of wins and points for 69 years, we look at some of the club's other relegation campaigns.
Barnsley had been on poor form under Paul Heckingbottom before he left for local rivals Leeds United in February – exasperated with the latest transfer window.
They slipped into the relegation zone under caretaker Paul Harsley and then new boss Jose Morais, a former...
Five talking points from West Brom loss
Analysis of Barnsley's final day 4-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion as their relegation season is completed.
This was the heaviest defeat of the worst season in Barnsley supporters’ memories – unless you were a youngster in the 1952/53 season and still watch the Reds.
They scored the fewest goals in 50 years, finished last for the first time in 57 years, collected the fewest points...
Devaney proud with performance at end of 'season that hurt everyone'
Caretaker Martin Devaney was proud of his young Barnsley side’s performance as a ‘season that has hurt everyone’ came to an end with a 4-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion.
The Reds, who had been relegated and were missing the majority of their first team due to injury, fielded a host of young players and kept the score 0-0 until a dubious penalty in the 37 minute which was the first of four goals...
Reds finish awful season with heaviest loss
Barnsley’s horrendous relegation season finished with their heaviest defeat of the campaign as they were thrashed 4-0 at mid-table West Bromwich Albion.
After a goalless first 37 minutes, the hosts took the lead from a very controversial penalty then added another soon after.
Albion netted two more early in the second half then missed another penalty amongst several other chances.
The Reds barely offered anything in attack and were picked apart countless...
COMMENT: Worst Reds season ever?
IS THIS Barnsley’s worst season ever?
Regardless of the result tomorrow when this agonising campaign finally ends, their tallies of wins and points – currently six and 30 – will be the second lowest in the club’s history, once tables are reconfigured for three points per win, behind 1952/53 when the shock death of manager Angus Seed and sale of Tommy Taylor plunged the club into chaos.
They have scored the fewest goals for 50...
Devaney aims to ‘bring good times back’ whether boss or not
MARTIN Devaney is determined to be involved with Barnsley’s first team and bring success back to Oakwell next season – whether he is given the head coach job or not.
The Reds, who are guaranteed to finish bottom of the Championship, complete their season at West Bromwich Albion tomorrow, after which the search for a new head coach and the reshaping of the squad is expected to accelerate.
Poya Asbaghi left almost two...
Sraha delighted with debut after 4-division jump
JASON Sraha says going from playing in the sixth tier in front of fewer than 500 people to making his Barnsley debut in the Championship was a ‘big change’ but one he relished.
The 19-year-old centre-back was recalled from his loan with National League North club Guiseley then started the Reds’ 3-1 loss to Preston North End on Saturday.
Sraha told the Chronicle: “It was a big change.
“At Guiseley the fans are closer to...
Starts help Moon move on from Coventry error
JASPER Moon has been glad to get back into first team action for Barnsley for the first time since a ‘devastating’ error at hometown club Coventry City in February.
The 21-year-old centre-back was at fault for the Sky Blues’ injury-time winner, having been brought off the bench, then did not feature again under head coach Poya Asbaghi. But, since the Reds were relegated a fortnight ago and Martin Devaney took over as caretaker, Moon has...
Barnsley RUFC are champions
BARNSLEY RUFC secured their league title with a thumping win which marked the end of an era, with several key figures now leaving, but which they hope will bring about the start of a new period of success on the pitch.
The Shaw Laners needed to win at Halifax Vandals to finish top of Yorkshire League Three and recorded a 73-14 victory, overtaking Harrogate Pythons to finish first.
They won 23 of their 26 games...
Callum set for Barnsley bout after 8th win
CALLUM Simpson was delighted to record another first round stoppage this week and is looking forward to returning to his hometown Barnsley for his next fight in the summer.
The 25-year-old floored Polish fighter Michal Loniewski three times in the first round before the contest was stopped in Bolton on Saturday. The light-heavyweight, from Barnsley town centre, has now won all eight professional fights, with stoppages in his last six.
Simpson said: “I was very...
‘Tough, tough job’ in final game with Morris major doubt
MARTIN Devaney knows it will be a ‘tough, tough job’ to collect his first points as Barnsley caretaker at West Bromwich Albion, with top-scorer Carlton Morris expected to be added to the long injury list.
The Reds – who visit the Baggies in their final game of the season from 12.30pm on Saturday – will end the season last in the Championship while West Brom are tenth and could finish anywhere from ninth to...
Supporters' Trust launch survey and accuse Reds owners of ‘high level of disrespect’
THE BARNSLEY Supporters’ Trust have accused the club’s owners of treating fans with ‘a high level of disrespect’ and launched a survey of supporters to gauge opinions.
There is a survey on the trust website (https://bfcst.co.uk) covering how fans feel about the owners, the matchday experience, key factors in this season’s relegation, season ticket prices and other issues.
The trust also published a series of questions, some related to co-owner...
Marsh backed to be 'force' in L1 after full debut he will never forget
AIDEN Marsh says he will never forget scoring his first Barnsley goal 16 minutes into his first league start but he has been challenged to be a ‘force to be reckoned with’ in League One next season.
The 18-year-old forward from Monk Bretton opened the scoring against Preston North End but the Reds lost 3-1 on Saturday.
Caretaker manager Martin Devaney said: “Everyone knows how we feel about him. It was a good opportunity for...
The key games in Barnsley's relegation
Some of the most damaging games in Barnsley's relegation season.
The Reds had made a slow but not disastrous start – no worse than the previous two seasons – as they collected eight points from eight games with up to ten players out through injury.
But – other than a fantastic first half at QPR before they lost a 2-0 lead – performances had not convinced. ...
Five talking points from Preston loss
Five talking points from Barnsley's 3-1 loss to Preston North End on Saturday. Aiden Marsh but them ahead but the visitors were on top and could have won by more.
This season started so well at Oakwell, with fans returning in full numbers for the first time in 17 months for a 1-0 win over Coventry secured by a Dominik Frieser goal and an injury-time penalty save by Brad...
Devaney hails 'big improvement' and Marsh thrilled with goal
Martin Devaney hailed a ‘big improvement’ despite a 3-1 defeat to Preston North End in Barnsley’s final home game of their relegation zone.
The Reds took the lead through Aiden Marsh and were better than in the previous game against Blackpool, a 2-0 defeat, but Preston were the better side and could have had several more.
Caretaker Devaney told the Chronicle: “It was a big improvement, there was a reaction from the players. ...
Marsh nets but Reds lose last home game
Teenage academy graduate Aiden Marsh opened the scoring but Barnsley lost 3-1 to Preston North End to complete a record-breakingly bad home season.
Marsh netted on his first league start for his hometown club but Preston’s Daniel Johnson levelled midway through the first half then gave them the lead early in the second half before they added another.
The relegated Reds remain bottom of the Championship with one game to play while they...
‘A lot of players, including myself, have been going through the motions’
MATTY Wolfe admits some Barnsley players have been ‘just going through the motions’ in recent games and said: ‘I haven’t been good enough at all.’
The 21-year-old midfielder – who has come through the Oakwell academy – started both the 2-1 loss at Huddersfield Town on Friday, when the Reds were relegated to League One, and the 2-0 home loss to Blackpool on Tuesday.
Wolfe told the Chronicle: “It feels like a lot of players,...
‘I’ve played in L1 and I’m not saying I don’t want to do it again’ – Woodrow
CAULEY Woodrow has not ruled out playing in League One for Barnsley next season, saying: ‘at the minute, my future is completely here.’
The 27-year-old Reds captain has one year left on his contract and, as a proven Championship goal-scorer despite a difficult current season, might be expected by some to be sold as the club looks to offset a £7-8million loss due to relegation.
But Woodrow told the Chronicle: “I am still a Barnsley...
COMMENT: Drop to L1 astonishing fall from grace in a year
BARNSLEY’S relegation to League One was confirmed in Huddersfield on Friday, 366 days after they visited the same stadium and won to remain fifth, then confirming their Championship play-off place later in the week.
It was 335 days after they were knocked out of play-offs at Swansea City, ending a behind-closed-doors fairytale that soon became an in-front-of-your-eyes nightmare this season.
It was 297 days since head coach Valerien Ismael left...
Andersen: We just feel crap
MADS Andersen said he ‘just felt crap’ after Barnsley’s relegation was confirmed with defeat at Huddersfield Town on Friday.
The Reds dropped into League One with three games to spare.
Andersen told the Chronicle: “It was the worst feeling I have had in football, it wasn’t something I ever wanted to experience. It was tough and difficult to describe, you just feel crap.
“It was very very low in the dressing room – disappointed, sad,...
Devaney says he won’t be judged on results now
MARTIN Devaney believes results while he is caretaker will not affect his chances of becoming Barnsley’s next head coach, a position for which he is understood to be one of the candidates.
The Reds parted company with Poya Asbaghi on Sunday, two days after relegation was confirmed to League One with a 2-1 loss at Huddersfield Town on Friday evening. His assistant Ferran Sibila also left.
Former Barnsley player Devaney has taken over as caretaker...
Devaney to ‘pick players proud to wear shirt’ after some ‘downed tools’
MARTIN Devaney will ‘pick players who are proud to wear the shirt’ when Barnsley host mid-table Preston North End from 12.30pm on Saturday in their final home game of the season.
The former Reds winger said some of his players ‘downed tools’ in his first game as caretaker, a 2-0 home loss to Blackpool on Tuesday. He said: “Because of my history I want to do so well but it didn’t happen. I didn’t sleep...
Five talking points from Blackpool loss
Analysis from Barnsley's 2-0 home loss to Blackpool on Tuesday.
It was 25 years to the day since Barnsley’s promotion to the Premier League and, once again, the Oakwell stands were nearly empty at full-time.
But instead of surging onto the pitch to celebrate the club’s greatest achievement in living memory, this time the vast majority of the Reds faithful had already left, or not gone...
Game 'didn't go to plan' admits Devaney
Martin Devaney says his first match as caretaker ‘didn’t quite go to plan’, as Barnsley lost 2-0 at home to Blackpool, but was proud to lead the team out.
Caretaker boss Devaney said pre-match that he wanted his team to restore pride by fighting, pressing and being on the front foot but the Reds delivered a poor performance in their first game after relegation was confirmed at the weekend then Poya Asbaghi left ....
Devaney's Reds beaten by Blackpool
Barnsley suffered a miserable 2-0 home defeat to Blackpool in their first game since their relegation and the exit of Poya Asbaghi.
The visitors took the lead late in the first half then doubled it midway through the second, while creating the better chances after a poor home side who looked broken.
The Reds remain bottom of the Championship with two games to play.
Caretaker Martin Devaney, in charge following the exit...
Reds look to 'put some pride back in club' and cheer fans against Blackpool
Martin Devaney will be looking to ‘put a bit of pride back into the club’ and give the fans something to cheer when he takes charge of Barnsley for the first time as caretaker at home to Blackpool from 7.45pm tonight.
The Reds were relegated from the Championship on Friday then head coach Poya Asbaghi left on Sunday, with former Barnsley player Devaney taking over for the final three games.
Devaney said: “The...
Devaney 'quietly very proud' to be given opportunity as caretaker
Martin Devaney is ‘quietly very proud’ to have been asked to lead relegated Barnsley as caretaker for the final three games of the season and will ‘grab the opportunity with both hands.’
The former Reds winger, who played 176 games for the club before working as a coach in the academy, will be in charge for the last three Championship games after the departure of Poya Asbaghi yesterday – two days after relegation was...
COMMENT: Much damage done before Poya but he was not right man
BARNSLEY’S tumultuous weekend began with relegation on Friday evening and ended with the Sunday announcement that Poya Asbaghi had left the club by mutual consent after a disappointing 155-day spell.
The Swedish coach is not the main culprit for the drop to League One. More responsible are co-owner Paul Conway – who oversaw a terrible last summer off the pitch from which the Reds could never recover – predecessor Markus Schopp, the only Barnsley boss...
Asbaghi leaves Barnsley
Poya Asbaghi has left his role as Barnsley FC head coach by mutual consent, with Martin Devaney taking over as caretaker manager for the rest of the season.
The Swede was initially expected to take charge of the final three games of the Championship season, following Friday’s relegation.
But there has been a change of minds in the last 36 hours.
Asbaghi was likely to leave in the summer, with a break...
Five talking points from Huddersfield loss
Analysis of Barnsley's 2-1 loss at Huddersfield which confirmed relegation to League One. Barnsley, who needed to win to avoid relegation last night, were 2-0 down at half-time before Callum Styles replied deep in injury-time.
Any casual channel-hopper who happened upon this game on television could be forgiven for thinking the two sides had nothing to play for this season.
That is not to criticise Huddersfield who got...
Poya expected to stay until at least end of season despite 'very disappointing' drop
Poya Asbaghi is set to remain as Barnsley head coach for at least the remainder of the season despite a ‘very disappointing’ relegation to League One tonight.
The Reds lost 2-1 at Huddersfield Town so have dropped out of the Championship. There is understood to be a break clause is Asbaghi’s contract at the end of the season and the Chronicle understands he is not expected to be sacked or resign before then.
Reds relegated after loss in Huddersfield
Barnsley have been relegated to League One following a very tame performance in a 2-1 loss at Huddersfield Town on Friday evening, which capped an utterly miserable season.
The Reds had to win to avoid relegation for at least tonight but the hosts scored near the start and end of the first half then the teams played out a dull second half before Callum Styles netted deep in injury-time.
The Reds remain last in the table, 11 points off safety, with...
Reds look to avoid drop at least on Sky in local derby
POYA Asbaghi says Barnsley are determined to avoid the humiliation of being relegated live on Sky TV in a Yorkshire derby tonight, but appears to accept they will drop in the coming days.
The Reds – who visit third-placed Huddersfield Town from 7.45pm tonight – are last and 11 points from safety so will be relegated if they do not win.
Even if they do win, they would then have to also win their...
COMMENT: Big questions facing Reds as they head towards League 1
BARNSLEY’S relegation has been a case of when not if for months now.
It could happen in West Yorkshire tonight, if the Reds lose at Premier League candidates Huddersfield, or East Yorkshire tomorrow if Reading win at Hull City, or South Yorkshire a few days later when Barnsley host Blackpool on Tuesday and Preston the following Saturday.
The mood among fans seems to be split between a ‘just put us out of our misery’ mentality...
Walton set to play 50th game and wants Reds to salvage some pride
JACK Walton is due to make his 50th Barnsley appearance tonight but is more focused on salvaging some pride from a miserable season.
The Reds visit fellow Yorkshire club Huddersfield Town from 7.45pm with anything other than a win ensuring relegation. Goalkeeper Walton, who joined the Reds academy at 15, has played under eight different head coaches on his way to a half-century of games for the club.
He told the Chronicle: “It is a...