Barnsley F.C.

Barnsley Football Club is a professional association football club in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England, which plays in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Nicknamed ’the Tykes’, they were founded in 1887 by Reverend Tiverton Preedy. The club's colours were originally blue, but were changed to red and white in 1904. Their home ground since 1888 has been Oakwell.

Full nameBarnsley Football Club
Nickname(s)The Tykes, the Colliers, The Tarns, the Reds[1]
Founded1887; 134 years ago (1887)
OwnerChien Lee
Pacific Media Group
James Cryne
Neerav Parekh
Billy Beane
ChairmanChien Lee (co-chairman)
Paul Conway (co-chairman)
Head coachValérien Ismaël
2020–21Championship, 5th of 24
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Barnsley won the FA Cup in 1912 and were runners-up in 1910. The club won the 2016 Football League Trophy, beating Oxford United 3–2 in the final, and the 2016 Football League play-offs, beating Millwall 3–1 in the final.

In 2017, a majority stake in the club was sold to a consortium led by Chien Lee of NewCity Capital, Paul Conway of Pacific Media Group and joined by Indian businessman Neerav Parekh and baseball player and executive Billy Beane.[3][4] Barnsley's rivals include fellow Yorkshire clubs Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Leeds United as their biggest rivals, with Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United also considered as rivals.[5]


Barnsley have spent more seasons in the second tier of English football than any other club in history[6] and have produced some notable talents over the years who have gone on to be successful at other clubs. One example is Tommy Taylor, who was a prolific goalscorer for Barnsley in the early 1950s and went on to win two league titles with Manchester United (as well as scoring 16 times in 19 England internationals) before losing his life in the Munich air disaster. Taylor's move to Manchester United was for a fee of £29,999 – one of the highest fees in England at the time. Taylor broke into the Barnsley team just after the sale of wing-half Danny Blanchflower to Aston Villa. Blanchflower would go on to sign for Tottenham Hotspur and be voted FWA Player of the Year twice as well as captaining the North London club to the first league and cup double of the 20th century.[7] One of the club's most notable players is John Stones, Stones came through the Barnsley youth academy to sign a professional contract in December 2011.[8] On 9 August 2016, Manchester City completed the signing of Stones from Everton for £47.5 million on a six-year deal with a potential extra £2.5 million in add-ons, making him the world's second most expensive defender in history.[9] He was chosen in England's squads for UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[10][11]

John Stones celebrates scoring for England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Beginnings and FA Cup glory

Barnsley FC was established in 1887 by a clergyman, Tiverton Preedy, and played in the Sheffield and District League from 1890 and then in the Midland League from 1895. They joined the Football League in 1898, and struggled in the Second Division for the first decade, due in part to ongoing financial difficulties. In 1910 the club reached the FA Cup final, where they lost out to Newcastle United in a replay match. However, they would then reach the 1912 FA Cup Final where they would defeat West Bromwich Albion 1–0 in a replay to win the trophy for the first time in their history. When the league restarted after the First World War, the 1919–20 season brought some significant changes to the league. The principal difference was that the First Division would be increased from 20 teams to 22. The bottom team from the previous season was Tottenham Hotspur and they were duly relegated. The first extra place in the First Division went to Chelsea, who retained their place despite finishing 2nd bottom and therefore in the relegation places. Derby County and Preston North End were rightly promoted from the Second Division which left one place to be filled. Having finished the previous season's Second Division in 3rd place (1914–15), Barnsley expected to achieve First Division status for the first time, but The Football League instead chose to call a ballot of the clubs. Henry Norris, the then Arsenal chairman, had recently moved Woolwich Arsenal north of the River Thames to Highbury, and needed First Division football to attract fans to their new home. He was later to admit some underhand dealings, allegedly including the bribing of some member clubs to vote for Arsenal's inclusion. They duly won the vote and Barnsley were consigned to the second tier of English football for another 8 decades.

Pre-war and post-war era

The club did however come close to reaching the top division in the early years. In 1922, they missed out on promotion by a single goal. During the years preceding and following the Second World War, the club found themselves sliding between the Second and Third Division.

In 1949 the club signed a 23-year-old wing-half called Danny Blanchflower from Glentoran, and he so impressed at Oakwell that two years later he was signed by First Division side Aston Villa, later signing for Tottenham Hotspur and being voted FWA Player of the Year twice, as well as being the captain of the 20th century's first league and cup double winning team in 1961.

Around the time of Blanchflower's departure, a young centre-forward called Tommy Taylor broke into the Barnsley team, scoring 26 goals in 44 games for Barnsley. In April 1953, he became one of the most expensive players in English football at the time when Matt Busby signed him for Manchester United for a fee of £29,999. Taylor went on to be a prolific goalscorer at the highest level over the next five years, winning two league titles and also scoring 16 times in 19 appearances for the England national football team, before losing his life in the Munich air disaster in February 1958.

Fourth Division era

When the Northern and Southern sections of the Third Division were replaced by national Third and Fourth Divisions for the 1958–59 season, Barnsley were still in the Second Division, but went down to the Third Division at the end of that season.

In 1965, Barnsley were relegated to the Football League Fourth Division for the first time, winning promotion three years later. They went down to the Fourth Division again in 1972, and this time stayed down for seven seasons, finally returning to the Third Division in 1979.

Revival in the 1980s

Two years later, they went up again and quickly established themselves as a decent Second Division side throughout the 1980s, although they still failed to clinch that elusive First Division place, despite the introduction of the playoffs in the second half of the decade, which gave teams finishing as low as fifth and eventually sixth the chance of winning promotion.

Division One and the Premier League

Barnsley in action against Leicester City in the 1997–98 season. The resulting 1–0 defeat condemned the Tykes to relegation

At the time of the creation of the FA Premier League in 1992, Barnsley had been Football League members for 94 years but had still not reached the top flight. They were, at least, in a decent position to make that breakthrough, as members of the new Division One (as the old Second Division was now called). In December 1989, they turned to Mel Machin, manager of Manchester City's promotion-winning side the previous campaign, to guide them into the top flight, but he left nearly four years later with promotion still to be achieved. Machin's successor Viv Anderson spent just one season in charge before quitting to become Bryan Robson's assistant at Middlesbrough, and for the 1994–95 season Barnsley turned to veteran midfielder Danny Wilson to manage the club.

Wilson's first season brought a sixth-place finish in Division One, which would normally have meant a playoff place, but a restructuring of the league meant that they missed out. They finished 10th a year later before finally emerging as serious promotion contenders in the 1996–97 season, finally clinching runners-up spot and automatic promotion and gaining the top flight place that they had spent 99 years trying to win.

Barnsley lasted just one season in the Premier League but did not go down without a brave fight, and they did reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, famously defeating Manchester United in the fifth round. They also made their record signing that season with Gjorgi Hristov for two million pounds, a record that Barnsley FC still have. Wilson then departed to take over at Sheffield Wednesday, being succeeded as Barnsley manager by veteran striker John Hendrie, who had been a key player in the promotion-winning team.

Barnsley were the only team from outside the Premier League to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in the 1998–99 season, but had a disappointing season in Division One, never really looking like winning promotion and eventually finishing a dismal 13th in the final table. Hendrie was then replaced as manager by Dave Bassett, who rejuvenated the team and took them to fourth place in 1999–2000, but they lost in the playoff final to Ipswich Town.

Mixed fortunes in the 21st century

In the following years Barnsley were not as successful, with relegation to Division Two in 2002 and administration both threatening the existence of the club. Barnsley suffered greatly due to the ITV Digital crisis. A late purchase by Barnsley's then Mayor, Peter Doyle, saved the club from folding. Doyle has since left the club, leaving Gordon Shepherd and local businessman Patrick Cryne in control. A regular turnover of managers did the club's stability no favours, either.

Barnsley had the distinction of playing in the last play-off final at Wembley before the stadium was closed for redevelopment,[12] and in 2006 won in a play-off final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, where they beat Swansea City 4–3 on penalties (2–2 after extra-time) to earn promotion to the Championship. The manager at this time was Andy Ritchie, who was in his first season in charge after replacing Paul Hart.

The team struggled in their first season back in the Championship. In November 2006, with Barnsley in the relegation zone, Ritchie was sacked in favour of Simon Davey. Davey managed to steer the team away from relegation in the second half of the season, and the eventually finished 20th. The following season, a much-changed Barnsley side managed a historic FA Cup run, beating Premier League giants Liverpool 2–1 at Anfield and defending champions Chelsea 1–0 to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1912, where they narrowly lost out 1–0 to fellow Championship side Cardiff City at Wembley.

Barnsley narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship that season, and after a disappointing start to the 2009–10 season Simon Davey. was sacked in favour of former Rotherham United boss Mark Robins.[13]

In May 2011, after a difficult 2010–11 season, Robins resigned as manager due to a dispute over the budget for the following season.[14] He was replaced by Rochdale manager Keith Hill and his assistant David Flitcroft.[15] Barnsley ended the 2011–12 season as one of only two football clubs to turn a profit in the Championship; ironically they stayed up only because Portsmouth were given a 10-point deduction for going into administration. The club's form failed to improve the following season, and Keith Hill was sacked as manager shortly before the turn of the year. David Flitcroft took over initially as caretaker manager, and after an improved run of results (combined with Sean O'Driscoll and Terry Butcher turning down the chance to manage the club) earned the job on a permanent basis.[16]

Barnsley won the Football League Trophy in 2016 after a 3–2 win against Oxford United of League Two.[17] They gained promotion to the Championship following a 3–1 win over Millwall in the play-off final later that season.[18]

In September 2016, Barnsley were caught up in an ongoing scandal in English football, with assistant manager Tommy Wright alleged to have accepted "bungs" in exchange for working as an ambassador for a third-party player ownership consortium. Wright was initially suspended before being sacked by Barnsley.[19]

International Ownership

Barnsley owners Chien Lee and Paul Conway at the Oakwell stadium before the 20/21 Championship play-off semi-final between Barnsley and Swanse

In December 2017, it was announced that Patrick Cryne and family had agreed to sell an 80% stake in the club to a consortium led by Chien Lee of NewCity Capital and Pacific Media Group, which is led by Paul Conway and joined by Indian investor Neerav Parekh and baseball legend Billy Beane have also bought part of the club as part of the international investor consortium.[3][4]

Barnsley were relegated to the third tier in 2017–18, after finishing 22nd,[20] but the new ownership quickly implement club-driven policy the way they want to play, the type of players club recruit, type of coaches they want to bring in use data approach to identify talents and focusing on young players and rebuilt the team[21] and appointed Daniel Stendel as head coach,[22] the club played high pressing, vertical football and were promoted back to the Championship the following season.[23] In 2019–20, under coach Gerhard Struber watch,[24] Barnsley pull off remarkable escape to stay in Championship and stunned Brentford F.C and Brentford F.C fell short in their bid for automatic promotion to the Premier League,[25] Barnsley finished the season with the most defensive duels in the league, most interceptions, most tackles and the second highest PPDA in the Championship and achieved all of this with the youngest squad in the league.[26][27] On 6 October 2020 manager Gerhard Struber left to manage the NY Red Bulls leaving his position vacant.[28] On 22 October 2020, Barnsley appointed Valerien Ismael as the head coach[29] who understand the project is first to play a high press and to develop young players.[30] In January 2021, the American-led ownership of Chien Lee and Paul Conway signed a loan deal with the MLS to get the 20-year-old American striker Daryl Dike from Orlando City, in an attempt to bring U.S. soccer to the European stage.[31][32]

In the 2020/21 season, Barnsley, with the youngest squad and one of the smallest budgets in the league, finished in 5th place and made it to the EFL Championship play-offs for the first time in 24 years, chasing a spot in the Premier League. According to Sky Sports, Barnsley owner Chien Lee stated that “This moment belongs to the team, belongs to the fans, and belongs to the city".[33]The Wall Street Journal call Barnsley is a Moneyball Experiment in English Soccer.[34]

Barnsley Manager Valerien Ismael


Chart of table positions of Barnsley in the Football League
  • 1887 – Founded by Tiverton Preedy
  • 1892–93 – Founder member of Sheffield League, as "Barnsley St. Peter's"
  • 1893–94 – Sheffield League Division Two runner-up
  • 1895–96 – Joined Midland League
  • 1897 – Dropped "St Peter's" to become simply Barnsley
  • 1897–98 Midland League runner-up. Also played in Yorkshire League
  • 1898 – Elected to the Football League
  • 1909–10 FA Cup runner-up
  • 1911–12 – FA Cup Winners
  • 1921–22 – Missed promotion on goal average
  • 1932 – Relegated to Division Three North
  • 1933–34 – Football League Division Three North Champions; promoted to Division Two
  • 1938 – Relegated to Division Three North
  • 1938–39 – Football League Division Three North Champions; promoted to Division Two
  • 1939–40 – Football League programme abandoned due to outbreak of war
  • 1953 – Relegated to Division Three North
  • 1953–54 – Football League Division Three North runner-up
  • 1954–55 – Football League Division Three North Champions; promoted to Division Two
  • 1959 – Relegated to Division Three
  • 1965 – Relegated to Division Four
  • 1967–68 – Football League Division Four runner-up; promoted to Division Three
  • 1972 – Relegated to Division Four
  • 1978–79 – Missed runner-up spot on goal difference; promoted to Division Three
  • 1980–81 – Football League Division Three runner-up (on goal difference); promoted to Division Two
  • 1990–91 – Missed play-off spot on goal difference
  • 1992–93 – Division Two re-designated Division One on formation of FA Premier League
  • 1996–97 – Football League runner-up; promoted to FA Premier League
  • 1997–98 – Relegated to Football League Division One. After taking only 4 points from 19 fixtures they then went on to win 4 and draw 2 from their final 6 league matches.
  • 1999–00 – Not promoted after play-offs. Finished 4th in the final table (Semi-final Birmingham City 0 Barnsley 4, Barnsley 1 Birmingham City 2, Agg 5–2; Final – Barnsley 2 Ipswich Town 4 at Wembley)
  • 2002 – Relegated to Division Two
  • 2004–05 – Division Two re-designated Football League One on formation of Football League Championship
  • 2005–06 – Promoted as Football League One play-off winners. Finished 5th in the final table. (Semi-final – Barnsley 0 Huddersfield Town 1, Huddersfield Town 1 Barnsley 3, Agg 3–2. Final Swansea City 2 Barnsley 2 (AET). Barnsley win 4–3 on penalties at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.)
  • 2007–08 – FA Cup Semi-finalists (Defeated Blackpool 2–1 Goals by Stephen Foster and Michael Coulson, Defeated Southend United 1–0 Goal by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Defeated Liverpool 2–1 Goals by Stephen Foster and Brian Howard, Defeated Chelsea 1–0 Goal by Kayode Odejayi, Lost to Cardiff City 1–0 in the semi-final)
  • 2008–09 – Fielded the youngest ever player in the history of the Football League at Ipswich Town when Reuben Noble-Lazarus came on aged 15 years and 45 days
  • 2013–14 - Relegated to League One after a 3–1 defeat at Middlesbrough
  • 2015–16Football League Trophy Champions after a 3–2 win against Oxford United in the final at Wembley Stadium. Promoted to Football League Championship through the 2016 Football League play-offs after finishing 6th in Football League One. Defeated Walsall in the semi finals, winning 6–1 on aggregate after 3–0 first leg win and 3–1 second leg win. Defeated Millwall 3–1 in the final at Wembley Stadium.
  • 2017–18 - Relegated to League One after a 4–1 defeat at Derby County
  • 2018–19 - Promoted to the EFL Championship through automatic promotion, after finished in second place in the 2018–19 EFL League One.


  • Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 1
  • Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 76
  • Seasons spent at Level 3 of the football league system: 24
  • Seasons spent at Level 4 of the football league system: 10

Barnsley have spent more seasons at the second level of English football than any other team and on 3 January 2011 became the first club to achieve 1,000 wins in the second level of English football with a 2–1 home victory over Coventry City. Barnsley are also the first club to play 3,000 games in second-level league football (W1028, D747, L1224).[35]


The name, Oakwell, originates from the well and oak tree that were on the stadium site when first built. Oakwell is a multi-purpose sports development in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, used primarily by Barnsley Football Club for playing their home fixtures, and their reserves. While the name 'Oakwell' generally refers to the main stadium, it also includes several neighbouring venues which form the facilities of the Barnsley F.C. academy – an indoor training pitch, a smaller stadium with seating on the south and west sides for around 2,200 spectators, and several training pitches used by the different Barnsley FC squads. Until 2003 the stadium and the vast amount of land that surrounds it was owned by Barnsley Football Club themselves; however, after falling into administration in 2002 the council purchased the main Oakwell Stadium to allow the club to pay its creditors and remain participants in The Football League.


According to a survey, 'The League of Love and Hate' conducted in August 2019, Barnsley supporters named fellow Yorkshire clubs Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Leeds United as their biggest rivals, with Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United following.[36]

Colours and strip

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1976–1977 Litesome
1977–1979 Admiral
1979–1980 Umbro
1980–1981 Taits
1981–1984 Hayselden
1984–1986 Brooklands Hotel
1986–1988 Lowfields Sandal Bayern
1988–1989 Intersport Lyons Cakes
1989–1991 Beaver International Shaw Carpets
1991–1993 Gola Hayselden
1993–1994 Pelada
1994–1995 ORA
1995–2000 Admiral
2000–2001 Big Thing
2001–2002 iSoft
2002–2003 Red Flag
2003–2004 Vodka Kick
2004–2005 Koala
2005–2007 Jako Barnsley Building Society
2007–2008 Surridge Wake Smith
2008–2011 Lotto Barnsley Building Society
2011–2014 Nike C.K. Beckett
2014–2015 Avec
2015–2019 Puma
2019–present The Investment Room


Home strip
Barnsleys home shirt in the 1997–98 Premier League season

Barnsley have played their home games in red shirts for most of their history. The only exception to this is the period 1887–1901, where it is speculated that the team first wore blue shirts with purple/claret arms, then circa 1890 the team wore chocolate and white stripes, before moving on to blue and white stripes around 1898. The team first wore their now traditional red shirts in 1901.[37]

Since this time, the team has worn red shirts often with a white trim. In more recent times a black trim has sometimes been used. As with most football clubs the shirt design varies from season to season. One particular design that stands out is the 1989–90 season shirt which featured white stars on a red background and has been named as one of the worst shirts ever.[38] However, the kit is fondly remembered by some fans. Sponsors names and logos were first worn in the 1980–81 season and the club has had 12 different sponsors on the shirt in total. Since manufacturers logos were added to the shirt in the 1976–77 season, the club has 12 different kit manufacturers.

Traditionally, the team has worn white shorts (sometimes with red or black trim) for their home games with the only recent exceptions coming in the early years of the 20th century. One other notable exception came in the 2000 Division One Playoff Final against Ipswich Town, where the team wore red shorts, thus having an all-red strip.[39] The Reds have also worn red shorts in their 1988–89 season.

Apart from the club's early years and the period 1921–1934 where the team wore black, the team has worn red or white socks for its home games. Again, the design changes from season to season.

For 2010–11 the kit was the traditional red, with white trim. It featured a shield style club badge to the left, with kit sponsors Lotto's logo on the opposite side. The main design was the Barnsley Building Society eagle logo, a return to the design from 2006–07.

In the 2015–16 Play Off Final, Barnsley wore the new home kit for the 2016–17 season, but with black shorts.

In the 2016–17 season, the home shirt was the traditional red, with a white Puma logo and club badge on the chest area. There was a white Puma logo on each shoulder. The shorts was all white with a red Puma logo and club badge on the front. The socks was red and white hooped with a Puma logo on the knee/shin area. The socks of the upcoming 2016–17 season were very much like the socks that Barnsley wore when they were promoted to the Premier League.

Away strip
Barnsley's away shirt in the 1998–99 season

The club's away strip (used for away or cup fixtures where there is a clash of colours) differs from season to season but usually follows the design of the season's home strip with a variation on the colours. The most common colour for the away shirt has been white but many others have been used, including blue, yellow, black, ecru, dark green and even black and blue stripes. One notable away strip was the 2001–02 "Its just like watching Brazil" kit, where the team wore the colours of the 5-time World Cup winners Brazil for their away games.

In the 2016–17 season, the away shirt was a navy blue, with a gold Puma logo and club badge on the chest area. There is a gold Puma logo on each shoulder. The shorts was all navy blue with a gold Puma logo and club badge on the front. The socks are navy blue, with a gold stripe at either side, front and back. There was a gold Puma logo on the knee/shin area. The letters 'BFC' was woven into the calf area of both socks, in gold.

Third strip

Barnsley currently as a third strip, they announced and launch their third kit for the 2016–2017 season on the club's official website on 19 October 2016.[40]

In the 2016–2017 season, the third kit was a white shirt with a v-neck collar, with a red trim on the sleeves, and the club badge on the front of the shirt. The shirt also includes the club's sponsors; CK Beckett logo was written on the front of the shirt in red. The Palmer logo was on the back of the shirt, and the Puma logo appears on the chest and sleeves of the shirt. The shorts were red with a white trim, which includes the sponsor logo, Bapp For Bolts, at the back of the shorts. The socks are white, the players were seen wearing white socks, when they were wearing the third kit, during a match against Cardiff in December 2016.[40][41]


Current squad

As of 6 February 2021[42]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK  ENG Jack Walton
2 DF  ENG Jordan Williams
3 DF  WAL Ben Williams
4 MF  ENG Callum Styles
5 DF  ENG Liam Kitching
6 DF  DEN Mads Andersen
7 DF  ENG Callum Brittain
8 MF  ENG Herbie Kane
9 FW  ENG Cauley Woodrow
11 FW  ENG Conor Chaplin
14 FW  ENG Carlton Morris
16 MF  ENG Luke Thomas
17 MF  AUT Marcel Ritzmaier
18 MF  WAL Isaac Christie-Davies
19 FW  AUT Patrick Schmidt
20 DF  ENG Toby Sibbick
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF  ENG Romal Palmer
22 DF  KEN Clarke Oduor
23 FW  ANG Elliot Simões
24 DF  FIN Aapo Halme
25 FW  ENG George Miller
26 DF  AUT Michael Sollbauer
27 MF  ENG Alex Mowatt (captain)
28 FW  AUT Dominik Frieser
29 FW  NGA Victor Adeboyejo
30 DF  POL Michał Helik
33 MF  ENG Matty Wolfe
34 DF  ENG Jasper Moon
40 GK  ENG Brad Collins
FW  SCO Jack Aitchison
FW  ENG Devante Cole
Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player


As of 10 September 2020[43]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
36 DF  ENG Rudi Pache
37 FW  ENG Aiden Marsh
38 DF  ENG Jordan Helliwell
No. Pos. Nation Player
41 MF  ENG Will Lancaster
43 DF  ENG Charlie Winfield
46 FW  ENG Cameron Simpson


As of 27 July 2020[44]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK  ENG Archie Brown
DF  ISR Amir Ariely
DF  ENG Kareem Hassan-Smith
DF  ENG Callum Walmsley
MF  ENG Joe Ackroyd
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF  ENG Bayley Hassell
MF  ENG Connor Hodgson
FW  ENG Angus Chapman
FW  AUS Jack Sherlock


As of August 2020.[45]

Ownership structure

  • Chien Lee
  • Pacific Media Group
  • Cryne family
  • Neerav Parekh
  • Billy Beane


  • Owner(s):[3][4]
    • Co-Chairman: Mr Chien Lee
    • Co-Chairman: Mr Paul Conway
    • Director: Mr Neerav Parekh
    • Director: Mr James Cryne
    • Director: Ms Grace Hung
    • Director: Mr Dickson Lee
  • Chief Executive Officer: Mr Dane Murphy[46]
  • Finance and Operations Director: Mr Robert Zuk[47]

Coaching staff

  • Head Coach : Valérien Ismaël.[28]
  • First Team Coach: Joseph Laumann.
  • First-Team Coach: Tonda Eckert.
  • First-Team Coach: Adam Murray.
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Kevin Pilkington.
  • Head Physiotherapist: Craig Sedgwick.
  • First-Team Physiotherapist: Vikki Stevens.
  • First-Team Sports Scientist: Johnny Northeast.
  • Club Doctor: Dr. John Harban.
  • Kit Men: Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Lee.

Academy staff

  • Academy Manager: Bobby Hassell
  • U23s Head Coach: Martin Devaney
  • U18s Head Coach: Tom Harban
  • Academy Chief Operations Officer: Melissa Terry
  • Designated Safeguarding Officer: Shaun Selby

Other staff

  • Supporter Liaison Officer: Ray Brammer
  • Supporter Liaison Officer: Alan Bloore
  • Supporter Liaison Officer: Lucy Thorpe
  • Supporter Liaison Officer: Heather Linney


Barnsley F.C. managers from 1898 to present

Player of the Season

Year Winner
1970 Johnny Evans
1971 Les Lea
1972 Barry Murphy
1973 Eric Winstanley
1974 Mick Butler
1975 Bobby Doyle
1976 Kenny Brown
1977 Brian Joicey
1978 Mick McCarthy
1979 Mick McCarthy
Year Winner
1980 Ronnie Glavin
1981 Mick McCarthy
1982 Trevor Aylott
1983 Ronnie Glavin
1984 Andy Rhodes
1985 Paul Futcher
1986 Clive Baker
1987 Stuart Gray
1988 Paul Cross
1989 Paul Futcher
Year Winner
1990 Steve Agnew
1991 Brendan O'Connell
1992 Mark Smith
1993 Gary Fleming
1994 Neil Redfearn
1995 Danny Wilson
1996 Arjan de Zeeuw
1997 John Hendrie
1998 Ashley Ward
1999 Craig Hignett
Year Winner
2000 Chris Morgan
2001 Kevin Miller
2002 Bruce Dyer
2003 Bruce Dyer
2004 Antony Kay
2005 Chris Shuker
2006 Nick Colgan
2007 Brian Howard
2008 Stephen Foster
2009 Bobby Hassell
Year Winner
2010 Hugo Colace
2011 Jason Shackell
2012 Luke Steele
2013 David Perkins
2014 Chris O'Grady
2015 Conor Hourihane
2016 Adam Hammill
2017 Marc Roberts
2018 Oli McBurnie
2019 Ethan Pinnock
Year Winner
2020 Alex Mowatt
2021 Michał Helik

Source: Barnsley F.C.




Football League Championship and predecessors (tier 2)

Football League One and predecessors (tier 3)

Football League Two and predecessors (tier 4)


FA Cup

Football League Trophy

Club records


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