August 2013
There can be little doubt about it, but in the first few games this season Barnsley FC have certainly lacked that killer instinct in front of goal. So is it any surprise that Flicker has now turned his attention to a Viking in the hope that he will maraud his way into the opposition's box, get the goals and pillage the points to bring some momentum to our season?

At just 23 years of age, there may be fans amongst us who will question whether Marcus Pedersen has the pedigree or experience to have a successful crack at the English Championship. Others may doubt that he can comfortably carry the weight of expectation that will rest on his shoulders when goals will be demanded, not patient development. Looking at a CV that includes the likes of HamKam, Strømsgodset, Vitesse and recent loans to Vålerenga and Odense, ask the man on the street how the Scandanavian leagues compare to the Football League and their response might tally to having equal substance to a mid-table League One, but in reality is that really the case?

In his defence, he has already picked up international caps for Norway at every level of his development, including two senior caps. He can count on tournament with Norway in the recent Under 21 European Championships, which included an appearance in the 3-1 elimination of England.

It's often the case that some supporters will jump to their conclusions before Pedersen steps over the white line to represent the Super Reds. However, I'm going to be the optimist and leave you with this thought for the day. It took Alan Shearer 118 games to pick up his first English cap, having scored 23 senior goals. Maybe he wasn't the finest striker to grace the game, but he would have been a god at Oakwell. Pederson has bagged 32 senior goals in just 91 games by comparison and has two full caps.


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It's the start of a brand new campaign for the Super Reds and to celebrate Barnsley Football Club's unrivalled 73rd season in English football's second tier, On The Ponty End has formally unveiled a crisp new look for our 2013/14 journey.

Dedicated to Barnsley FC fans online and around the world, we will aim to bring you lots of opinions, mixed with a match report or two from the people who really care about what they're watching.

As always, we welcome guest posts from home and away fanatics and always have room for new writers who could contribute regularly to the site too. Get in touch.

With plans to make this season more interactive than ever, we want to re-launch the Podcast (with a difference) in September 2013. The format isn't cast in stone at this stage, so if you would like to recommend any one-off or any regular features, we would love to hear your ideas. Drop us a line regarding anything that you think would work in a live environment especially.

So, that leaves us with one more thing to add. Our very best wishes go to David (Saviour) Flitcroft, the players and staff for this highly anticipated season. You did this town proud last season. Let's keep the momentum going and really shake this league up.

Come on you Reds!

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On The Ponty End has joined forces with Fantasy Football League, the official fantasy game of the Sky Bet Championship, to give you the chance to build your ultimate team, win some money-can't-buy prizes, including exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of your favourite Sky Bet Championship club and the chance to meet your team's players and manager.

Just for fun, take on other community fans in our very own Private League.

Spend your imaginary transfer treasure chest on some of the best footballers in the country and score points for the goals they score every week. Plus, go head-to-head with your friends and rivals to prove you know the most about the beautiful game.

Enter Your Team into On The Ponty End's Private League
  • First register at Fantasy Football League and pick your squad.
  • Click "Private Leagues", scroll down to "Joining Private Leagues"
  • Enter Pin Number 3797249 in to the box below and hit 'Find League'. If you are sure you have the right league, you must then click 'Join This League' to apply.
  • Once the League Chairman has accepted you in to the league, you will be able to view your table by clicking on the relevant Private League name on your team screen.
Please note: There are no formal prizes offered directly via On The Ponty End, this is operated just for fun. Regular updates will appear on this site throughout the season.