I will probably find more time to properly reflect on this season and no doubt seek some of the answers in the archive of this site to find my true feelings. But I suppose relief will be one emotion in there given the state of our club at just six games in.

Keep an eye out for that series of articles, plus other tit-bits, rumours and speculation.

So on to this weekend. Will we face promotion winners West Bromwich Albion in their own back yard for 90 minutes of torture? You know, you could be in for a surprise.

Since our return to the Championship, the sides have been fairly matched with two wins each and one draw. During which the Baggies have "Boing-Boinged" between the top flight and the Championship on one of the league's healthiest playing budget.

Realistically, it's a decade since our last victory on their soil and that came courtesy of Darren Barnard and his two goals back in January 2000.

Overall the league record states:

WBA Wins 23 | Draws 20 | Barnsley Wins 18

Originally known as West Bromwich Strollers, they have certainly demonstrated their ability to dominate the higher reaches of the Championship over the last six or seven years. Will their next season in the Premiership mimic the likes of Birmingham, Stoke City, Wigan Athletic or even closer neighbours Wolves?

Hopefully MR can have the fellas geared up for this one. Our season and dreams may be over, but we have it within our ability to slightly taint the promotion party at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

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