Build-Up To The New Season – Barnsley

Team; Barnsley

Nickname; The Tykes

Founded; 1887

Manager; Paul Heckingbottom

Stadium Name; Oakwell

Stadium Capacity; 23,009

Major Honours; (3) Division Three titles, (1) F.A Cup

Main Rivals; Sheffield United. Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United

Biggest Win Against Brighton; 4-0 (September 1968)

Biggest Defeat Against Brighton; 5-1 (August 2012)

Last Meeting; Barnsley 0-0 Brighton (April 2014)

When Do They Play Brighton; Saturday 24th September (The AMEX), Saturday 18th Febuary (Oakwell)

 

Players To Watch;

Goalkeeper; Adam Davies

Defender; Alfie Mawson

Midfielder; Adam Hammill

Striker; Sam Winnell

Barnsley had a horrific start to the season last year, and found themselves in the League One relegation zone at Christmas. Dramatic turns of fortune saw them soar up the table in the 2nd half of the season, and helped then end the season in a reasonable 6th. After already picking up a winners trophy at Wembley back in March (Football League Trophy), Barnsley collected their 2nd of the season, defeating Millwall in the final, helping them complete the biggest turnaround anyone has even seen. They were 500/1 with some bookmakers at Christmas to be promoted, while a lowly 7/2 to be relegated. Most of the credit will go to manager Paul Heckingbottom, but having players such as Sam Winnell and Adam Hammill scoring you goals does help. While they not be set for big things this season, they could be a thorn in most promotion chasing team’s plans.

Last Season’s Finish; 6th (League 1 – Promoted via Play-Offs)

Predicted Finish; 2oth

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