Covering Old Ground

Last updated : 19 September 2014 By Alastair Limb (tykesmad)

This article is the first in a new feature on TykesMad in which we go back in time and revisit the last time Barnsley played at various away grounds. The Reds visit Port Vale in the Sky Bet League One tomorrow and we are going to look back to the Reds' most recent visit to Burslem as well as a couple of memorable visits.

Saturday 14 January 2006

Port Vale 3-2 Barnsley

It was a familiar face to be that sunk the Reds in their last visit to Vale Park. Sam Togwell, who joined Andy Ritchie's side from Crystal Palace the following season scored a 73rd minute winner for Martin Foyle's Vale.

Quick fire first half goals from midfielder Danny Sonner and Leon Constantine sent the Reds in at half time two goals down. Sonner driving home from 20 yards and Constantine turning in Togwell's cross-shot.

But a second half fightback saw the Reds turn the game around. Firstly, Australian midfielder Jacob Burns fired a low shot past Mark Goodlad and eleven minutes later, centre back Matt Carbon bundled home after a Tommy Wright header was saved.

But Vale and Togwell had the last laugh when the Crystal Palace loanee diverted in a wayward shot to leave Nick Colgan with no chance.

Despite this defeat, the Reds were promoted to the Championship via the playoffs four months later.

Barnsley XI: Colgan, Austin, Hassell, Carbon, Heckingbottom, Shuker, McPhail, Burns (Howard 80), Devaney, Richards (Hayes 57), Wright (Nardiello 73).
Subs not used: Flinders, Atkinson.

Goals: Jacob Burns 56, Matt Carbon 67.

Attendance: 4,468

Memorable Meetings

Saturday 23rd April 2005

Port Vale 5-0 Barnsley

An instantly forgettable afternoon at the end of the 2004-2005 season as Vale crushed a vastly inexperienced Barnsley side under Andy Ritchie as caretaker following Paul Hart's departure.

A Chris Birchall stunner and two goals apiece for Billy Paynter and Tony Dinning saw off a weak Barnsley performance as the season petered out. The Reds eventually finished 13th in League One.

Barnsley XI: Flinders, Tonge, Reid (Austin 45), Kay, Williams, Shuker, Wroe,  McPhail, Burns, Johnson (Joynes 65 (Atkinson 85)), Jarman.
Subs not used: Scarsella, Laight.

Tuesday 23rd October 1996

Port Vale 1-3 Barnsley

The last time the Reds emerged from Vale Park with a victory was in the season in which they were promoted to the Premier League. John Hendrie gave them the lead on the stroke of half time before Steve Guppy equalised for Vale.

But Dutch defender Arjan De Zeeuw and Clint Marcelle scored second half goals to hand the Reds a comfortable victory.

Barnsley XI: Watson, Eaden, De Zeeuw, Davis, Appleby, Hendrie, Sheridan (Marcelle 67), Jones, Liddell (Bosancic 78), Redfearn, Wilkinson. 
Sub not used: M.Bullock. 

Goals: Hendrie 45, De Zeeuw 62, Marcelle 88.