October 2008
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There's more to come from my players'
Simon Davey has fired a warning shot to Barnsley’s Championship rivals by declaring there is still more to come from his resurgent Reds.

Hard work pays off for Macken
Striker Jon Macken earned glowing praise from his manager after firing Barnsley to their third local derby success in a month at Doncaster on Tuesday. The 42nd minute strike was only his second of the campaign but Davey was full of praise for his front man after the game and believes he does not get the credit he deserves.

Captain shortlist down to three
Simon Davey expects to name a permanent successor to Brian Howard as Barnsley captain. The Reds boss says Steve Foster, Darren Moore and Jon Macken are in the frame and he will make a decision shortly.

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Barnsley's inability to take their chances has been the topic of much debate on the terraces. This season, only bottom-of-the-table Doncaster have found the net on fewer occasions than Barnsley. But manager Simon Davey is confident his strikeforce can start firing Barnsley up the table. He added: “In this division you need top strikers. You need people who can put the ball in the back of the net.

“Over the last couple of weeks we have got the right result but we have had chances in most games where we wouldn’t be where we are now if we had put those chances away. “The top teams in the division, the likes of Birmingham, Wolves and Reading, have all got world class strikers but they cost a lot of money and are being paid a lot of money and they are the difference.

“I believe I’ve got the right players in the group and the times will change for them. Their chances will be turned into goals as long as they keep getting into the right areas. “I’ve looked elsewhere to see if I can get a fresh face in but there is no-one better than what I have already got. I will always look to improve the group but there is nothing out there at the moment.”

Barnsley Chronicle - 31/10/08
Barnsley 0 - Bristol City 0

With Oakwell seemingly on edge at first, it would be easy to comment on the reverse story and wax-lyrical about an outstanding Reds performance, particularly in the second half today.

I could fill paragraphs galore with my analogies of champions, struggle and misfortune, however sometimes it's just easier to sum up the afternoon as a witness to someone else's feckless mistakes.


The Ref must have picked up a double sided coin today and didn't know it. Unwittingly, allowing the Kick-Off to depend on the toss of that object, which would only determine one outcome. Foster must have said 'Heads', there was only going to be one result.

Most fans adore a free flowing game. We respect a referee that allows incident to pass by when sportsmanship and rule is being tested. "I forgot my whistle", is especially welcome in most grounds around the country. But today, the 'man in black' consistently got it wrong, and then seeemingly back-peddled to ensure that the regimented laws of the game were upheld; sometimes in stark contrast to the carbon copy (and worse) situations that had already occurred.

'Stato' I am not, but today there were two penalties that were denied. In one incident, the ref even had the cheek to book our Kozzie.

To those of you who may still be confused by my angst and angle. The 'Toss-Up' demonstrated only one-side of a coin today. In my view - although strained, we were the better side. Heads up - we would have won!
McIndoe started his professional career at Luton Town making his debut in 1998. He played 39 games for the Hatters before moving on a free transfer to Hereford United in 2000. He did well for Hereford but the club's financial pressures forced them to accept a £25,000 bid from rivals Yeovil Town in 2001. McIndoe made 91 appearances and scored 22 league goals before signing for Doncaster Rovers in 2003. He played 122 games for Rovers, scoring 28 goals.

In 2005 he scored the first penalty in the Football League Cup tie against Premier League side Manchester City to start Doncaster's cup run. He then scored a memorable penalty against Aston Villa. Additionally, he scored against Arsenal after only four minutes, but Doncaster lost the tie on penalties - in which McIndoe scored his penalty - after Gilberto Silva, scored an equaliser during injury time in extra time.

With a Scotland 'A' call, McIndoe sensed an opportunity to break into the Scottish national side. McIndoe wanted to play at a higher level to make sure he was not overlooked for a place in the national team, and signed for Championship side Derby County on loan in the second half of the 2005-2006 season. At the end of 2005-06, McIndoe was named in the PFA League One team of the year.

McIndoe signed for Barnsley, for £125,000 in the 2006-2007 pre-season. He netted the first goal in Barnsley's win against Hull City in August 2006. He demonstrated himself as a tricky and adventurous proposition to any rival side.

Much in the mould of Devaney and Campbell-Ryce, he could turn a game and a defence with a trick or two, and was probably the prototype player to allow Barnsley the luxury of wingers again. However his performances had attracted 'bigger' attention and the ambition of the lad bit again...

He moved on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers in autumn 2006, activating a clause in his contract allowing him to move elsewhere if he wished. He moved permanently on 1st January 2007 for £250,000. Hardly pressing for a regular place, in July 2007 McIndoe signed a three-year contract with newly promoted Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

Does any player live their own dream? Or do they attempt to hijack or live in someone else's?

In my opinion, I'm afraid that McIndoe generally underestimated the ability of his colleagues - whilst he was a Red. Trusting the lads around him, he could have been the architect of something special!

His career isn't over by any means, but my personal opinion is that his strength as an individual is playing as the underdog. When expectation looms, will he deliver? We'll see.
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Source: Barnsley Chronicle

Buoyant Barnsley urged to shoot down Robins

BARNSLEY’S players, their confidence boosted by the midweek success against Sheffield Wednesday, have been told to deliver another home victory tomorrow.

The Reds could move out of the bottom three in the Championship if they can overcome fourth-from-top Bristol City at Oakwell.

Assistant boss Ryan Kidd said last night: “We’ve told the lads that there is no point putting in a performance like they did against Wednesday, and getting three deserved points, if they immediately go and lose to Bristol City".

The Reds were also boosted this week with the news that in-form winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce has signed a new two-and-a-half year deal with the Oakwell Club.

Kozzie confident of success

BARNSLEY defender Rob Kozluk can’t wait to tackle Bristol City at Oakwell tomorrow. He's confident that the Reds can register another home win and escape the bottom three. Kozluk enthused: “After beating the Wednesday, how can you not be looking forward to the next game? Bring it on!"

Reds and Royals team up

BARNSLEY have teamed up with fellow Championship club Reading to slash the cost of watching the action when the two teams meet at Oakwell in December – and again at the Madejski Stadium next April.

Vaz Te chat just one of many says Davey

BARNSLEY boss Simon Davey admitted this week that he has spoken to his Bolton counterpart Gary Megson about the Trotters’ Portuguese attacker Ricardo Vaz Te. Yet any possible loan has had to be put on hold because the player is currently injured. And Davey says that the inquiry is just one of many he has made in recent weeks.
Simon Davey has confirmed that Barnsley will not be signing Bolton striker Ricardo Vaz Te on loan.

The Portuguese striker was linked with a temporary move to Oakwell earlier in the week, but Davey has admitted any interest is 'dead in the water'.

In the meantime Davey is planning to name the same side which defeated South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday for this weekend's Oakwell clash against Bristol City, while Jamal Campbell-Ryce is set to remain on spot-kick duty after his goal this week.

"I thought Iain Hume was going to take it," Davey said, "but Jamal had the ball in his hands and he wasn't going to let it go.

"He slotted it home, so he'll take the next one."

Clubcall: October 23 2008
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How dare we?

This time out, the Wednesday'ites bought their 'obligatory 3 points per season ticket'... and lost! - stamped, Patrick Cryne  - DENIED!

Regardless of the scoreline, Wednesday got hammered! We were sharper, more skillful, adventurous in our play, antagonistic in our support and incidentally, one goal better off than them in the end.

Tonight, Roy Hattersley, and erm.... and erm... oh and Gary Megson. Your boys got a right battering.

As massive side's go, you've been on the Slimming World diet for far too long now; you were not Chelsea or Liverpool tonight. This was not our 'Cup Final'. Although I do expect a BIG turnout next time, when we come to collect our remaining three points from your shower-o-s.

REPLY? 
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According to today's papers, Simon Davey is lining up a loan swoop for Bolton's out-of-favour Portuguese striker Ricardo Vaz Te.

Davey has asked Bolton chief Gary Megson to let him have the Portuguese starlet for a month or more as he tries to inject some pace into his side.

Vaz Te has hardly figured for Wanderers this season but Davey thinks he could spark to life at Oakwell, battling to avoid the drop.

Previously, Vaz Te has had a spell on loan at Hull. With Phil Brown seemingly knowing something about the players abilities from his time there as Sam Allardyce's No. 2. However, this period was largely spent warming the sub's bench.
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From Yorkshire Post, 18 October 2008

A Ben Watson double fired Crystal Palace to a comprehensive 3-0 Selhurst Park victory against Barnsley.

Watson's first came from the penalty spot after Heinz Muller upended Victor Moses in the box. Muller was surprisingly spared a red card by referee Tony Bates for the challenge, but was unable to make the most of his good fortune by keeping out the spot-kick.

Palace could have easily have found themselves behind rather than taking the lead.

Barnsley striker Maceo Rigters found himself unmarked at a corner and managed to direct a header towards goal, prompting Julian Speroni to make a sharp save.

But, the keeper immediately turned defence into attack, setting Moses free with a huge clearing kick that saw him slip in between Rob Kozluk and Jamal Campbell-Ryce and bare down on Muller's goal.

The German tried to show the striker wide but only succeeded in upending him, leaving Bates with an easy decision to make.

After Watson converted, Palace continued to pour forward and could have had a second when Anderson's attempted clearance nearly wrong-footed Muller for an own goal.

With Barnsley offering little more than Diego Leon's long-range drive, Beattie's threat remained as he flashed a free-header over the bar as the interval loomed.

And the inevitable second came on the hour for Neil Warnock's Palace, Watson the benificiary from some slack defending to slot home from Carle's pull back.

Shefki Kuqi powered home a third for Palace to complete a miserable afternoon for Simon Davey's team.
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Speaking to the Club's website, Reds boss Simon Davey gave his thoughts following tonight's defeat at Selhurst Park.

Simon said: "We were beaten by the better side this evening. They scored two goals from long kicks out from defence, which is not acceptable, but we were outfought and out played. That is unacceptable.

"I have not seen then penalty decision again but I did not think it was one at the time. I am not going to comment until I can see a video. I am disappointed. Not much went for us today and we were beaten by the better team. We can have no complaints.

"We were not as we should be and we did not perform today".
Bobby Hassell is hoping that Saturday will see him return to his "natural position" at right back in the Reds defence.

Barnsley travel to Selhurst Park for Saturday’s televised clash with Crystal Palace.

Stated in the Chron' this week: Dependable defender Bobby even admits he’ll be ‘disappointed’ if he doesn’t get the nod to resume duties in Barnsley’s back four – following a spell in midfield answering his manager’s SOS call.

Talking also to the club's site, Bobby said: "It is always a place I have enjoyed playing. It is a nice ground and they always have a good, vocal crowd in there.

"I do not know how many of our lot will make the game as it is on Sky but it is one we are all looking forward to.

"We know that we have to go there and get a result".
Talking to this week's Barnsley Chronicle, Barnsley boss Simon Davey responded to the rumours of Oakwell fall-outs this week.

"Let me nail that once and for all. There has never, ever been a fall-out in the dressing room. I can’t believe that faceless people sitting in front of a laptop, who have never seen training, can start something like this off, which in the end forces me and the players to refute the claims and set the record straight in our meetings with the press. The players, who are a fantastic bunch, are 100 per cent behind me and each other."
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The former England U21 manager talks about the experience he has gained from managing at all levels of the English game.

New Cheltenham Town manager Martin Allen also pops in for a chat, reflecting on how the time he spent between jobs has changed his perspective on the game but at the same time allowed him to come in and make an immediate impact with the Robins.

Swansea City's Guillem Bauza speaks about his extra curricular actvities and his plans for life after his playing days, while former EastEnders actor Eddie Savage talks about life after Walford and his hopes of making it as a professional footballer with Wycombe.

Finally Sheffield Wednesday's skipper Richard Wood looks ahead to leading out the club he supported all his life in this week's Sheffield derby.

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John began his career at Manchester United and was tipped as a huge star for the future. Part of their FA Youth Cup winning team in 1995, he was still only 16 years old and in his final year of secondary school. Signing his first pro-contract in 1997, proving himself as competent right-back and centre-back, he was unable to claim a regular first team place at United.

Arriving at Barnsley F.C. on loan during the 1999-2000 season, Curtis demonstrated his pedigree to the Oakwell faithful, turning out 30 times for the Reds.

If you are reading this  article John; this is where you registered your only two career goals to date! - and very grateful we were.

This was a season which culminated in the Play-Off final against Ipswich Town and sadly this was his last appearance in a Barnsley shirt. Sir Alex Ferguson didn't want John to leave Old Trafford but Blackburn boss Graeme Souness managed to prize him away during the summer of 2000 for a fee of £1.5m, going on to spend three seasons there.

Since his departure from Blackburn, he has played for various clubs including Sheffield United (loan), Leicester City, Portsmouth, Preston North End (loan), Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers (released); John is currently without a club.

This is a sad state of affairs indeed, for a footballer with a good few seasons still left to offer.

In his most recent Diary article, John writes:

"I have absolutely no doubts about my ability to do a job for someone and I am gagging to get that chance."

Thanks for such a magnificent season whilst you were with us John. On the Ponty End sincerely wishes you all the best for the future!

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According to today's Sunday People

Barnsley boss Simon Davey has just a couple of games to save his job.

He was close to the axe last weekend before the 4-1 rout of Doncaster Rovers, but insiders say it may be just a stay of execution from the club's unhappy board.

The Oakwell club have looked at alternatives, with Oldham boss John Sheridan and out-of work Ian Holloway among those mentioned.

Davey took the Tykes to the FA Cup semi-finals last term but they flirted with relegation and are in the bottom three of the Championship with two wins in 10.
October Headlines:

Barnsley schoolboy makes history

Barnsley have pledged to nurture Reuben Noble-Lazarus after the striker, aged 15 years and 45 days, became the Football League's youngest player.


Davey refuses to criticise Muller

Barnsley manager Simon Davey refused to criticise goalkeeper Heinz Muller despite his two horrendous errors in the 3-0 defeat to Ipswich Town.


Barnsley 4-1 Doncaster

Barnsley produced a stirring fightback following the 49th-minute dismissal of Darren Moore to register only their second league win of the season.


Crystal Palace v Barnsley

Barnsley boss Simon Davey told BBC Radio Sheffield: Link

"I will sit down with them [Campbell-Ryce and Hume], and see how they are. It's always a privilege to play for your country, but when it effects the team it becomes a problem."



Crystal Palace 3-0 Barnsley

Two goals from Ben Watson helped Crystal Palace to a third straight win and moved them into 13th but Barnsley stay in the bottom three.


Barnsley v Sheff Wed

Darren Moore could to return to Barnsley's starting line-up after being banned for the loss to Crystal Palace.

Hugo Colace could also start after being an unused substituted last time following his recovery from injury.


Davey Promises Fight & Passion - Audio



Barnsley brought 10-man Sheffield Wednesday down to earth as the Tykes recorded their third win of the season.


Campbell-Ryce signs new contract

Barnsley winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce has signed a new three-year contract with the Tykes.

The deal keeps the 25-year-old Jamaican international at Oakwell until the summer of 2011.


Barnsley V Bristol City

Barnsley have no injury worries following their midweek derby victory against Sheffield Wednesday.

Hugo Colace is expected to retain his place in midfield, while Iain Hume should partner Jon Macken in attack.


Barnsley 0-0 Bristol City

High-flying Bristol City were made to settle for a point at Oakwell in a game they could easily have lost.

Doncaster 0-1 BarnsleyBarnsley striker Iain Hume had the best chance of the game when he was through one-on-one but was denied by a fine save from keeper Adriano Basso.


Doncaster v Barnsley

Barnsley's Simon Davey has the luxury of naming an unchanged side.
Iain Hume, Darren Moore and Stephen Foster all took knocks in Saturday's goalless draw with Bristol City, but should keep their starting places.


Doncaster 0-1 Barnsley


Jon Macken's first-half goal gave Barnsley their first away win of the season and left Yorkshire rivals Doncaster deep in trouble.

Macken tapped home from close range three minutes before the interval after good work by Anderson De Silva.


Grimsby make Atkinson loan swoop

Grimsby Town have made their second loan signing in two days by recruiting Barnsley defender Rob Atkinson.

The 21-year-old, who also had a spell at Blundell Park last season, will stay with the Mariners until the beginning of January.


Charlton v Barnsley

Barnsley are expected to be unchanged from Tuesday's win over Doncaster.

Winger Martin Devaney has recovered from an ankle injury, so boss Simon Davey could name the same line-up for the fourth match in a row.


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From the Chron'

Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne has admitted Barnsley are seen as a no-go area for managers but despite that, he insists the club does not lack ambition.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Cryne said: "One of the main prejudices against Barnsley is that we have run a reign of terror for managers for more than a decade, and most believe that they will not be given any time to get things right before the tumbril rolls to the guillotine again."

However, the Reds benefactor also added that despite this, the club cannot be accused of lacking in ambition. He added:"I know that our club does not lack ambition. It does lack heavy doses of parachute money, billionaire chic to attract passing Arabs, Americans or Russians and a local population the size of a city, but certainly not ambition."
Reuben Noble-Lazarus was one of several first-team players to feature in Barnsley reserves' comfortable 3-0 win over York.

The Huddersfield schoolboy played alongside Kayode Odejayi up front, while fellow first-team players Rob Atkinson, Marciano Van Homoet and Mounir El Haimour also looked to improve their match fitness.

Noble-Lazarus was on hand to help the reserves beat York City 3-0 as Tyronne Crapper opened the scoring, Kayode Odejayi added a second and Dominic Western came off the bench to complete the tally.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Aston Villa are all said to be keeping an eye on the 15-year-old who made history by becoming the youngest player to feature in a Football League match when he came on in the defeat to Norwich.

Barnsley are bracing themselves for bids for the player when the transfer window opens in January.
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ASTON VILLA chief Martin O'Neill leads the race to land wonderkid Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

The Barnsley striker was just 15 years and 45 days when he faced Ipswich in midweek to seize the title of the youngest player in Football League history.

Noble-Lazarus has not yet signed professional terms at Oakwell but the club will still demand £2million in compensation if he goes.
Almost unbeleivable- the players must have felt the same way too.

Barnsley 4 - Doncaster 1.

Barnley did not show up in the first half, at all. Simon Davey must have felt like the 'four horsemen' were riding in to town today, then as luck would have it, we went down to ten men!

God speed! The Reds started to play.

Second half, we were world beaters. Well, that's how Donny keeper Neil Sullivan made us look.

The first goal came as a result of a total calamity in the Rovers defence, defender Steve Foster scrambled in an equaliser. For the second, Jamal Campbell-Ryce put Barnsley in front, with an angled shot after racing half the bleeding pitch, promising to do summat and doing IT too!

Jonny Macken scrambled the next before an absolute pearler from Hume. Watch the telly, it's sublime!

You Reds!

You make easy look hard - sometimes!
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Yorkshire Post, 4th October 2008

SIMON DAVEY enters the most important 90 minutes of his managerial career in what is being dubbed as a Championship relegation battle at Oakwell.

The former Academy coach has been fighting a two-year battle with Barnsley's supporters and appeared to be winning them over last season when he led the club to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

However, a disappointing start to the new season capped by the departure this week of captain Brian Howard to arch-rivals Sheffield United, has piled the pressure back on his shoulders.

Defeat against another local rival is likely to snap the patience of those who still question Davey's suitability for the top job at Oakwell.

Whether it will also snap the patience of the club's owner, Patrick Cryne, is another matter.

Cryne told the Yorkshire Post last night that Davey had been given 'no ultimatum' but openly admitted that his performance was under 'continuous review'.

Davey is also under no illusions about the price of failure this afternoon – and agrees that the fans are entitled to be unhappy.

"They have a right to criticise," said the Reds manager. "Our results are not good enough. They have been unacceptable and I will be the first to hold up my hand and say that.

"I am not stupid. I know the situation with local derbies and home games and the amount of games we have not won for and it all stacks up. I had criticism last season when I took the club to the FA Cup semi-final. You learn to deal with that.

"We are where we are because we have not won enough games and we are not scoring enough goals.

"It is something we need to address sooner rather than later. We are in a results business and we have to win games," he said.

"But we still have a belief that it will turn around. If we were getting slaughtered and not playing well, we would have massive problems. We don't need a miracle, just a bit of luck."

As football managers so often say, the time to judge a team's prospects comes after 10 games. If Barnsley lose today – after winning only one of the first nine – they could possibly be five points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.

To make matters worse, Davey has yet to win a South Yorkshire derby, suffering two defeats to Sheffield United and taking just one point from three games against Sheffield Wednesday.

"In the face of adversity, I think I need to win one," he admitted. "It may be pivotal. It is a situation where Doncaster have not won in five games, and I don't think we have either.

"When I came into this job, I was thrown into the fire – but you have beliefs and principles as a manager and you have to make sure you do the right things. The staff know we are doing the right things but sometimes it just doesn't go for you. We can't affect the press or speculation, all we can do is affect the players to get a result."

Ironically, Doncaster's current form is worse than Barnsley's yet manager Sean O'Driscoll enjoys a position of relative comfort because his club are playing at this level for the first time in 50 years after winning promotion last season.

Expectations at Oakwell are far higher than at the Keepmoat Stadium – mainly due to the memory of staging Premier League football just a decade ago. Rovers are unlikely to sack O'Driscoll even if this season ends in relegation.

The Rovers manager said: "It doesn't happen very often in football, people often get get irate when results are not going your way. But even when we were 2-0 down against Sheffield United in midweek, our supporters stuck with us and showed that they appreciate what we are trying to do and that was appreciated in return."

O'Driscoll is not a Barnsley supporter but, if he was, he would not have been over-critical of their 3-0 midweek defeat at Ipswich Town.

"Simon Davey must be tearing his hair out," he commented. "They have played Ipswich away and forced 18 corners. The Ipswich goalkeeper gets the man of the match. Those who were not there only see a 3-0 'drubbing', those who were at the game got a completely different view."

The statistics hardly offer massive encouragement to Davey but games, of course, are never won on paper. Rovers have won the last five meetings between these clubs and have not lost to Barnsley in 29 years.

Reuben Noble-Lazarus, who became the youngster player in Football League history in midweek, is hoping to keep his place on the Barnsley bench.

Whatever happens, just sitting next to Davey this afternoon will be an education in dealing with pressure.
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Probably the most explosive story in Football today..


Joe Kinnear turns the air blue in a furious rant at the Daily Mirror. Listen to the FULL, UNBLEEPED AND UNCENSORED version HERE:
Barnsley have a major doubt over Hugo Colace for Saturday's South Yorkshire derby with Doncaster Rovers after the midfielder picked up an ankle injury.

The Reds have included schoolboy striker Reuben Noble-Lazarus, 15, in their squad for the match at Oakwell.

Doncaster have a doubt over midfielder Ritchie Wellens after he picked up a groin injury.

Rovers midfielder Brian Stock (back) will be given until the last possible moment to prove his fitness.

Barnsley manager Simon Davey told BBC Radio 'Dee Dar':

"Yes, he [Lazarus] will be in the squad. I don't know what capacity yet. If I can get him out of the papers I might be able to get him onto the pitch."

FULL INTERVIEW LINK HERE
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History:

The two clubs have met thirty times at Oakwell in the past with Barnsley having a slight advantage winning twelve to Doncaster`s ten and eight games being drawn.

Last ten meetings at Oakwell (in League unless stated):

1972/73 Barnsley W 4-2
1973/74 Barnsley W 2-0
1974/75 Barnsley L 0-1
1975/76 Barnsley L 0-1
1976/77 Barnsley D 1-1
1977/78 Barnsley D 0-0
1978/79 Barnsley W 3-0

2004/05 Barnsley L 1-3
2005/06 Barnsley L 0-2
2005/06 Barnsley L 2-5 (JPT)
Barnsley striker Jon Macken has denied rumours of dressing room unrest at Oakwell following a disappointing start to the season for the Tykes.

Barnsley have won only one of their opening nine league matches and lie second from bottom in the table, but Macken has dismissed speculation of player discontent.

The former Preston and Manchester City striker said: "It is disappointing to hear rumours about a crisis in the dressing room and that the team is not fighting from the same corner.

"You hear about people upsetting each other and it is all nonsense really.

"We are all working hard for the same cause, but it has just not happened for us yet this season.

"We know that if we do things correctly and go out and play as the manager has told us then we will get the right results. Training is fantastic here and it is a pleasure to play at this club at the moment.
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TODAY at 7pm, Barnsley FC agreed to loan Brian Howard to Sheffield United with a view to a permanent move when the transfer window opens.

As stated on Monday, this development follows confirmation by Brian Howard that he does not wish to discuss a new contract with the club and wishes to move on to a new football challenge. Further to our statement on Tuesday, the club has now received a formal response from Brian Howard's agent that their client does not wish to consider any alternative offers that might be put to him from other clubs and wishes only to join Sheffield United.

Given the intense amount of speculation about this matter, although unusual, it is appropriate to make a number of statements relating to this matter.

The club has agreed a loan fee of £200K for the services of Brian Howard and a further £300K will be paid when his transfer is completed in due course. Other improved conditional payments have been agreed based on Sheffield United's original offer, including sell-on arrangements. It has also been agreed between the clubs that Brian Howard will not play against Barnsley FC in the period of his loan to Sheffield United.

When Brian Howard signed on a free transfer from Swindon, he became the highest paid player at the club at that time. When he signed his last contract at the club on July 1, 2007, he became the highest paid player at the club at that time. In the event that Brian Howard had agreed to enter negotiations for a new contract, the Board were prepared to make him the highest paid player to-day.

There has been speculation that Barnsley FC had previously turned down offers from other clubs during the summer. This is categorically untrue. With the exception of two offers made this week, no other club throughout Brian Howard's entire career with Barnsley FC has ever made an offer for him.

There has also been speculation that the manager Simon Davey has had a fall-out with Brian. This is simply untrue. Simon has always had the highest regard for Brian as a player and a captain and has played him in every match this season until it was confirmed by the player directly that he was irrevocably committed to moving on.

Brian Howard has been an outstanding player for Barnsley FC over recent seasons and we wish him well for the future. However, the well-being of Barnsley FC going forward is always the top priority and we invite the fans to move forward and get behind the current team in our campaign in the Championship.
Episode 3

The popular 'Coca-Cola' Football League podcast is back with episode three and this week Mark Clemmit is joined by Paul Simpson, Gary Johnson, Kevin Doyle and Joe Lewis.

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We've already been to Lincoln and Leeds, via Barnsley and Darlington and now the official Football League podcast is back on the road again.

The brand new service from The Fooball League has received rave reviews and the latest edition is going make for even better listening as host Mark Clemmit joins Shrewsbury boss Paul Simpson at the Coca-Cola League 2 club. The former Preston boss talks about missing the recent Shrews game and amongst other things, shares his top decorating tips.

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