Barnsley F.C- A Year In The Life Of- 2008

Last updated : 01 January 2009 By Rob Miles (barnsley Boy)


2008 started off with a 2-2 draw at struggling Scunthorpe in the Championship. The Reds were 2-0 down with 15 minutes to go but a Grant McCann volley and a last gasp Brian Howard penalty earned a share of the spoils.

That epic FA Cup run got up and running next… but only just. Again The Reds fell behind- to Blackpool at Oakwell but late strikes from Stephen Foster and Michael Coulson put Barnsley into the Fourth Round.

That was followed by two defeats as Norwich became the first side to win at Oakwell since the opening day of the 2007-2008 season. Martin Devaney had given The Reds a half-time lead but second half strikes from Ched Evans, Mark Fotheringham and Dion Dublin grabbed the points for the Canaries. Norwich would be one of five teams to do the "double" over Barnsley that season.

A 1-0 reverse at Queens Park Rangers a week later ensured back to back defeats for only the second time that season.

The month finished strongly for The Reds as a stunning strike from Jamal Campbell-Ryce at old club Southend put Barnsley into a Fifth Round FA Cup meeting with Liverpool at Anfield, whilst a goal from Jon Macken at home to Colchester grabbed three points in the league. That game was memorable for the devastating knee injury that goal-keeper Heinz Muller suffered at half-time, yet he amazingly carried on for the full match!

Results: W:3 D:1 L:2 F:7 A:8 Points: 4 League Pos: 13th