Our very own "Fab Four" pose for the camera: Stephen Foster, Kayode Odejayi, Luke Steele and Anderson De Silva.

During the International break, came the arrival of some startling news out of Oakwell. Four members of the first team squad, have united to launch their own tribute to the Beatles' classic album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

It originally came about as an idea spawned by the Ponty End hero, Anderson De Silva . He explains, "Being out of the game for a number of months, due to a serious knee injury, has been a frustrating time. However, I've tried to use my time out of the game productively."

A lifelong Beatles fanatic, since his early years in Sao Paolo, De Silva has always had a desire to experiment with sound. "I've been locked away over many an afternoon recently, I've been recording animal noises on an old 4 track system I picked up at a car boot in Barnsley market. It's been great, I've been slicing up the tape, then re-joining it and finally I've been playing it back in reverse, with a bit of flange distortion. It's been cool".

Moments after the final whistle, when Barnsley had triumphed over Chelsea in last season's FA Cup quarter final, De Silva was blown away by the interviews given by his colleague, Kayode Odejaye, in which he stated his humble appreciation of the effort put in by his Barnsley team mates.

"That was it. In an instant, I knew we had the next No. 1 smash-hit to top the charts, and I begged Kayode to sing on my version of - With a Little Help from my Friends".

News spread quickly across the dressing room, and other kindred spirits to this classic Beatles' gem began to enquire if they could lend a hand too. "I refused to let some of the lads take part" De Silva said, "Heinz Muller was desperate to sing Getting Better, but that was always going to be my track". There's even a cheeky guest appearance from Eric Winstanley on "When I'm Sixty Four" - we're told.

The final "Fab Four" were finally assembled last week. Luke Steele sings an enigmatic rendition of "Fixing a Hole", plus an eventful version of "A day in the life" from Barnsley's defensive maestro, Stephen Foster.

Has this created a stir with Simon Davey we asked. "The Gaffer's right behind us", De Silva answered. "In fact, many of the lads have gone off to do their own thing, especially since I left them out".

Apparently, Iain Hume is busying himself along with Bobby Hassell in some re-invention of the Sex Pistols' "Never Mind the Bollocks", whilst Diego Leon, Dennis Souza and Miguel Mostto are attempting to match the acoustic talents of the Gypsy Kings.
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