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Know your enemy: Barnsley

23 May 2014

Club News

Know your enemy: Barnsley

23 May 2014

The lowdown on next season's opponents continues with Danny Wilson's Tykes



The Tykes were relegated from the Championship after a number of seasons when they had battled to avoid the drop. Having the joint-highest figure of 25 defeats meant it was no surprise that they suffered relegation.

They made a dreadful start to the campaign, losing 4-0 at Oakwell to Wigan, and the Tykes didn't register their first win until the last day of August. They could only to pick up another seven victories and despite bringing Danny Wilson in as manager for David Flitcroft they went down with a whimper – losing their final four games.



Wilson has the unfortunate record of being sacked from his last two clubs – Swindon Town and Sheffield United – after his teams suffered a defeat to Crawley.

Wilson is in his second spell as Barnsley boss having started his managerial career at the club in 1994, spending four years in charge. He went on to become the man at the helm at Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, MK Dons and Hartlepool United before heading to Swindon and overseeing the Robins' charge to the League One play-off final in 2010. Two years later and Wilson was back at Wembley but endured more heartache when his Sheffield United side lost on penalties to Huddersfield Town.

As a player, the Wigan-born midfielder represented the likes of Chesterfield, Brighton & Hove Albion, Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday with distinction, making over 100 appearances for each of those clubs. The 54-year-old also played 24 times for Northern Ireland prior to hanging up his boots in 1995 at Barnsley.



Barnsley have been at Oakwell since 1887 and, with a capacity of over 23,000, it will be one of the biggest stadiums in League One for 2014-15.

Reds supporters will be housed in the North Stand, behind one of the goals. This holds a total of 6,000 spectators.



Long-serving defender Bobby Hassell has been released following a decade at the club. Another 13 players –notably Emmanuel Frimpong, Liam Lawrence and Paddy McCourt - have been let go but midfield trio Jim O'Brien, Stephen Dawson and Tomasz Cywka have been offered deals.



Rory Fallon's first English club was Barnsley. Rory joined Crawley on a short-term deal in January 2014 and played seven games for the Reds. The New Zealand international came through the youth ranks at Oakwell before turning pro in 1999. Fallon spent four years in Yorkshire, scoring 11 times in 77 outings. In 2003 he signed for Swindon Town and has since represented Swansea City, Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town.

Other players who have represented both Crawley Town and Barnsley are strikers Paul Hayes – who was on loan with Reds in 2012-13 - and Isaiah Rankin, who spent 2008-09 with Crawley and was at Oakwell from 2001-04 at Barnsley.



Barnsley are 7-2 with Sky Bet to win promotion from League One in 2014-15.

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