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Wembley 2000

Appleby last club player booked at Wembley
MATTY Appleby holds the record of being the last ever player to receive a yellow card in a competitive club game at the old Wembley.
The midfielder, who played 166 games in six years with Barnsley including the 1997/98 Premiership season, was the only Red to be booked during their 4-2 loss to Ipswich in the 2000 Division One play-off final.
Appleby said: “That’s my claim to fame.
“It was late in the game, I...
Tinkler: ‘The bus drive back was horrible to say the least’
ERIC Tinkler’s day at Wembley began with him fulfilling a childhood dream and ended with a ‘horrible’ bus journey back to Barnsley.
The South African midfielder started the play-off final at a stadium he had always wanted to play at.
Tinkler told the Chronicle: “I remember the final very well. My dream as a young boy was to get a chance of playing at the iconic Wembley Stadium and here I was doing just that. ...
Burned by curry, pants pulled down – but Mick loved 1999/00
MICK Tarmey had hot curry thrown at him, his pants pulled down by Dave Bassett in front of a full Oakwell and saw his beloved hometown club lose at Wembley – but he still remembers the 1999/2000 season as one the best times of his career.
The former soldier turned Barnsley physio, from Thurnscoe, was with Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett’s team throughout their journey to the play-off final and particularly remembers the Reds’ 4-0 win at...
Ex-England man Geoff thrilled to return to Wembley
HE LED Crystal Palace out at Wembley as captain in an FA Cup final, lifted the Zenith Data Systems Cup there and earned some of his nine England caps on the famous turf – but Geoff Thomas is still disappointed by the outcome of his last match at the national stadium.
The veteran midfielder came off the bench for the Reds in the 4-2 play-off final loss to Ipswich Town.
He said: “It was an...
Chairman considered resigning after club’s ‘defining moment’
BARNSLEY’S loss to Ipswich at Wembley was one of the defining days in the Reds’ history, says John Dennis who was chairman at the time.
Whereas the Suffolk club would finish fifth in the Premiership in the 2000/01 season, the Oakwell outfit would drop into the third tier in 2002 and almost go out of business following the collapse of TV company ITV Digital.
Dennis, who had been involved in the club for several decades...
Miller now on frontline and working with prisoners
KEVIN Miller was Barnsley’s last line of defence at Wembley 20 years ago but is now on the frontline during the coronavirus crisis.
The former Reds goalkeeper works for a company that transports prisoners from police stations to courts or prisons in his home county of Cornwall.
He said: “It’s very different but really enjoyable and interesting. I was a very hot-headed footballer but, in this job, you have to be very calm.
“I never...
Morgan couldn’t watch Ipswich receive trophy
CHRIS Morgan finished the 1999/2000 with Barnsley’s Player of the Year trophy but was devastated not to have a play-off winners’ medal instead.
The defender from Penistone was 22 when he finished his first full season as a regular at his hometown club with the 4-2 defeat to Ipswich Town.
Morgan said: “It’s a cliche that Wembley is an awful place for losers, but it is definitely true.
“When Ipswich were going up to get...
Chettle went from reserves to Wembley
STEVE Chettle tried to cheer his young Barnsley team-mates up after the Wembley loss by saying it would serve them well in the future.
The defender, who had played more than 400 games in a 14-year spell at Nottingham Forest, had won the League Cup twice at the old Wembley and also played in the 1991 FA Cup final loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
He was one of the most experienced players in a side that...
Curtis ‘eternally grateful’ for loan
JOHN Curtis started the 1999/2000 season playing in the European Super Cup in Monaco and ended it at Wembley in the Division One play-off final.
The right-back – who had made his league debut for Manchester United in their 7-0 success over Barnsley in the Premiership three years earlier – played for Sir Alex Ferguson’s Champions League winners in a 1-0 loss to a Lazio side containing Pavel Nedved, Alessandro Nesta and Diego Simeone.
Hignett last Englishman to score at old Wembley
MARTIJN Reuser’s injury-time goal for Ipswich Town killed Barnsley’s chances of reaching the Premiership in 2000, denied Craig Hignett the honour of being the last club player to score in a club match at the old Wembley and ended his sensational spell at Oakwell.
Hignett – who made it 3-2 – was the last Englishman to score in a competitive game at the old Wembley.
Reuser, who netted Ipswich’s fourth, was Dutch, while England’s 2-0...
Miss ‘part of what defines me as a person’ - Barnard
DARREN Barnard has never watched a replay of the penalty he missed at Wembley.
His spot-kick, with the scores tied at 1-1 late in the first half, was saved by future England goalkeeper Richard Wright whose Ipswich Town side would win the play-off final 4-2.
“If I could go back to any date, place and time, it would be that day at Wembley and I would hit the penalty in a different spot,” said Barnard. ...
Harry's heroes came so close
ON MAY 29, 2000, more than 30,000 Barnsley fans travelled to Wembley Stadium where their club would be playing for the first time ever.
The world-famous ground had seen England lift the World Cup, London host the Olympics and Freddie Mercury wow Live Aid. It had hosted five European Cup finals and more than 70 FA Cup finals since its opening in 1923, but the 2000 Division One play-off final was its last ever competitive...
Injured skipper Eaden still led Barnsley out
NICKY Eaden led his hometown club out at the old Wembley – the only man ever to do so for Barnsley – despite not starting the game.
The Hoyland man, who had captained Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett’s side for the majority of the season, hurt his hamstring in training a week before the final.
Eaden, who came off the bench in the second half, said: “I was begging Harry to start me but I knew I...
Bassett proud to manage Reds at Wembley after chances to leave
DAVE Bassett had the chance to leave Barnsley on the day he agreed to join them and then could have ‘doubled my money’ by moving to Blackburn Rovers months later, but he is glad he stayed to take the Reds to their only game at the old Wembley.
The manager had an excellent reputation for leading clubs to the top flight, having done so with Wimbledon – who he took over when they were in...