Barnsley Profile

Major Honours FA Cup (1), Football League Trophy (1), Football League One Champions (3)
Year Founded 1887

Barnsley were formed in 1887 and the club's nickname is 'the Tykes'. The club's colours were originally blue but were changed to red and white in 1904. They famously won the FA Cup in 1912.

Barnsley's origins date back to 1887 when they were founded by Reverend Tiverton Preedy.

More recently, they finished bottom of the Championship at the end of the 2021/22 season and suffered relegation.

Barnsley's early years

Barnsley pose with the FA Cup after winning it in 1912

Barnsley joined the Football League in 1898 and reached the 1910 FA Cup final, but lost to Newcastle United in a replay.

In 1912, however, they went one better.

They reached the FA Cup final once again and West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in a replay. This was the club's first-ever trophy.

When the First Division expanded in the aftermath of World War One, Barnsley could have reasonably expected to be handed a place.

However, Arsenal were ultimately chosen.

Barnsley missed out on promotion to the top flight by a single goal in the 1921/22 season, but, in the next few decades, found themselves sliding between the Second Division and Third Division.

There were some star players throughout this era to keep the Barnsley fans entertained though.

In 1949, Barnsley signed a 23-year-old wing-half by the name of Danny Blanchflower, who impressed at Oakwell and later moved on to Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

He was twice voted FWA Player of the Year and he was part of the first team to win the league and cup double in 1961 with the north London club.

Tommy Taylor, a centre-forward, assumed the mantle of the team's star player around the time of Blanchflower's departure.

He netted 26 goals in 44 games for the Tykes before moving on to Manchester United, where he tragically lost his life in the 1958 Munich Air Disaster.

In 1965, Barnsley were relegated to the Fourth Division.

They won promotion again in 1968 only to be relegated once more in 1972.

They then remained in the Fourth Division until 1979.

Barnsley subsequently began to rise up the ranks and established themselves as a solid Second Division outfit throughout the 1980s.

Barnsley's rise to the Premier League, relegation, and quest to return

Barnsley players celebrate promotion to the Premier League in 1997

In 1996/97, under the guidance of Danny Wilson, Barnsley won promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history.

In 1997/98, Barnsley beat Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup en route to the quarter-finals.

Gjorgji Hristov was signed for £2million, making him Barnsley's record signing.

However, the season ended in disappointment as the Tykes were relegated back to the Championship.

Barnsley reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1998/99 but then followed a period of disappointment.

In 2007/08, a Barnsley side which had only just clung onto their Championship place by the skin of their teeth, went on a remarkable FA Cup run.

Luke Steele starred in goal as Barnsley beat Liverpool 2-1 and Chelsea 1-0 en route to the semi-finals, where they lost 1-0 to Cardiff City.

Steele was subsequently awarded a permanent contract at Barnsley, having previously played for the Tykes on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

At the end of the 2013/14 season, Barnsley were relegated to League One.

However, the 2015/16 season was a successful one for the Tykes as they won promotion back to the Championship and picked up the Football League Trophy too.

In 2017/18, Barnsley were relegated to League One, but they won immediate promotion back to the Championship.

The 2019/20 season saw Barnsley narrowly cement their Championship status, with Cauley Woodrow's goals playing a vital role in seeing them finish 21st to narrowly avoid the drop down to League One.

In 2020/21, Barnsley finished fifth in the Championship and lost 2-1 on aggregate to Swansea in the promotion playoff semi-finals.

Barnsley were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2021/22 season with just six wins and a total of 30 points.

Barnsley's fanbase

Barnsley's home stadium, Oakwell, has a capacity of 23,287.

Barnsley's rivalries

Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Leeds United are considered Barnsley's biggest rivals. These are all clubs which are in close proximity to the Tykes.

Barnsley's finances

The people who have a "significant interest" in Barnsley, as quoted by their official website, are: Mr Chien Lee, Mr Paul Conway, Ms Grace Hung, Mr Neerav Parekh, Mr Billy Beane, Mr Dane Murphy and The Cryne Family.

According to Anthony Clavane's "A Yorkshire Tragedy", several Yorkshire sporting institutions had financial difficulties largely brought about by the UK's financial deregulation.

Barnsley were one of the clubs discussed in the book.

In the early 2000s, they were reported to be in serious financial difficulties and were placed into administration in 2002.

However, they have since bounced back, largely through international investment and ownership.

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