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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Entertain Barnsley In League One Action

The Tykes travel down south to the Ricoh Arena...

14 September 2018

Factfile:

Founded: 1887
Stadium: Oakwell
Capacity: 23,287
Address: Grove Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England, S71 1ET
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: The Tykes
Year Ground Opened: 1888, renovated 1992-1999

 

Famous Game:  1912 FA Cup Final

After finishing runners up in the 1910 FA Cup Final, the Tykes reached the final just two years later as they faced West Bromwich Albion.

As Wembley did not open until 1923, the final was played at Crystal Palace where 54,434 fans saw the two sides compete a goalless draw on 20th April 1912.

Just four days later a replay was played at Bramall Lane, where the scores remained goalless, as the tie went to extra time.

Centre half Phillip Tuffnell hit a low shot to the corner of the net which flew past West Brom's keeper in the final few minutes of extra time, to seal they Tykes one and only FA Cup victory.

At the replay collections were held to raise money for the Titanic Disaster Fund, as the famous ship had sank just 10 days earlier.

 

Club Legend: Tommy Taylor

Aged just 16, centre-forward Tommy Taylor joined Barnsley in July 1949 after playing for a local coal mining team at the colliery where he worked.

After making his debut aged 18, he scored 28 goals in just 46 appearances, earning a move to Matt Busby's Manchester United in 1953 where he went on to score 131 goals in just 191 appearances.

He was widely considered as Nat Lofthouse's successor in the England time, however his career was tragically cut short as he died in the 1968 Munich Air Disaster.

Taylor would go down in history as arguably the best footballer that Barnsley have ever produced, having scored over 150 career goals by the time he was 26.

Other notable former players include Danny Blanchflower, Neil Redfern, and Mick McCarthy.

Head-to-head

Sky Blues (W): 28
Draw: 13
Barnsley (W): 18

 

Opposition

After relegation from the Championship last year, a new season brought a new manager to take on a new league, as Daniel Stendel looks to guide the Tykes back to the Championship.

Following the relegation on the final day of the 2017/18 Championship season, Barnsley began preparing for life in League One.

Life has begun well for Stendel as Barnsley remain unbeaten in League One and currently sit in third place.

Barnsley have picked up seven points on the road so far this season, with two victories over Bradford and Rochdale and a draw against Scunthorpe United.

 

Last Time We Met

The two sides met just over 18 months ago the last time Coventry were in League One, as the Sky Blues made the trip up to Oakwell.

The Tykes took all 3 points as goals from defender Marc Roberts, now of Birmingham City and Manchester United loanee Ashley Fletcher, now on loan at Sunderland from Middelsborough, gave the hosts a 2-0 victory.

The last time at home saw a 4-3 win for the Sky Blues - including a memorable Joe Cole goal. Watch the highlights below...

 

 

Trivia

In December 2017 a consortium of investors that included baseball legend Billy Beane bought an 80% share in Barnsley.

Beane is widely credited as revolutionizing baseball through applied statistical analysis known as sabermetrics, which has led teams to reconsider how they evaluate players.

He is the subject of Michael Lewis' 2003 book 'Moneyball', which was made into a film in 2011 in which Brad Pitt portrayed the then Oakland Athletics general manager Beane.

 

Sky Bet Odds

Last time the Sky Blues hosted Barnsley, City ran out 4-3 winners. Think there will be a repeat scoreline? SkyBet are currently offering 150/1 for history to repeat itself.

Meanwhile, Conor Chaplin is favourite to open the scoring at 7/1 - while the forward is 9/4 anytime scorer. 

At the other end, if you want to back Dom Hyam to open his Sky Blues account on Saturday afternoon, the defender comes in at 16/1 anytime scorer.

For the latest odds and to place your bet, click here.


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