Feature by Rob Miles (barnsley Boy)
Updated Thursday, 1st January 2009
March proved to be a mixed year for Barnsley with one unbelievable high but many lows, as the astonishing cup run severely hampered league form.
The month started with a depressing 0-0 home draw with rivals Sheffield Wednesday in which ex Sheffield United man Rob Kozluk was sent off in the 90th minute. 18,257 were at Oakwell- an attendance only bettered that season by the Chelsea game.
The drab draw with the Owls was followed by a cold Tuesday night trip to Blackpool in which a goal from Jamal Campbell-Ryce right on half time grabbed only Barnsley's ninth away point so far.
Four days later came one of the most amazing days in Barnsley Football Club history. A Kayode Odejayi header from a Martin Devaney cross in the 66th minute at Oakwell knocked FA Cup holders Chelsea out of the competition and put The Reds into the Semi-Finals for the first time since they won the cup in 1912. It was a scene that the 22,410 in attendance will never forget!
The confidence from that result helped The Reds then pick up their first league win in five as Ipswich were beaten 4-1 at Oakwell. A distinctly lower crowd of 11,333 were there that night as Brian Howard grabbed a hat-trick and Jon Macken again got on the score-sheet after Pablo Counago had given the Tractor Boys the lead.
The month though ended with three straight league defeats and the relegation zone perilously close. A 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace was followed by another home reverse- 1-0 to Sheffield United and a 2-1 defeat at Burnley with Howard getting a consolation left many Reds followers looking forward to Wembley with trepidation about the league results.
W: 2 D: 2 L: 3 F:6 A:7 Points: 5 League Pos: 20th