Covering Old Ground

Last updated : 20 April 2017 By Rob Miles (BarnsleyBoy)

This feature on TykesMad sees us go back in time and revisit the last time Barnsley played at various away grounds. The Reds visit Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday and we are going to look back to the Reds' most recent visit to the South West as well as a couple of memorable visits.

Saturday 28th March 2015

Bristol City 2-2 Barnsley

Barnsley went into this game against the runaway league leaders in seventh position and just a point off a play-off place following a run of six wins and two draws.

They fell behind at Ashton Gate however when Jean-Yves Mvoto brought down Kieran Agard in the area in the 13th minute and Marlon Pack stroked the penalty past Reds debutant keeper Joe Wildsmith.

The inform Reds turned the game around when first Jabo Ibehre netted for the second game in a row after controlling Martin Cranie’s ball forward a minute before the break and then forged ahead when Ibehre played in Josh Scowen eight minutes after the break to round Bristol keeper Frank Fielding.

Steve Cotterill’s side rescued a point just six minutes from time with a right-footed effort from Joe Bryan at the edge of the area.

The result actually lifted Barnsley to within goal difference of Rochdale in sixth place but they lost their next two matches – at home to Sheffield United and away to Colchester, and actually won just one more match that season – 5-0 against Rochdale on the final day to finish 11th and six points off the top six whilst Bristol City remained unbeaten (they won 10 and drew five of their final 15 games including the encounter with Barnsley) to clinch the title, eight points clear of second placed MK Dons, finishing on 99 points, the most in their history.

Barnsley XI: Joe Wildsmith, George Smith, Jean-Yves Mvoto, Lewin Nyatanga, Martin Cranie, Conor Hourihane, Ben Pearson, Josh Scowen, Cameron Stewart, Jabo Ibehre, Sam Winnall.

Subs: James Bailey (for Stewart 89), George Waring (for Winnall 90)
Subs not used: Jack Walton, George Williams, Luke Berry, Kane Hemmings, Dale Jennings.

Goals: Jabo Ibehre 44, Josh Scowen 53.

Attendance: 11,937.

Memorable Meetings

Saturday 23rd February 2013

Bristol City 5-3 Barnsley

This was the season Barnsley had looked dead and buried before David Flitcroft had replaced Keith Hill as manager and they went into this game on the back of five wins and a draw in their past six outings to rise from rock bottom to 20th and out of the relegation zone and hopes were high facing a team who were now propping up the rest of the division.

The Robins had won each of their last three at home however and comfortably made it four here with the often scourge of Barnsley Jon Stead netting twice plus efforts from Liam Fontaine, (at the time ex) and now current Barnsley centre back Lewin Nyatanga and Steve Davies.

Stead gave Bristol the lead after 16minutes with a tap in after Marvin Elliott headed on Paul Anderson’s corner and they scored another close range goal on 35, this time Fontaine finishing past Luke Steele.

Within ten minutes of the second half Bristol virtually put the game to bed with Stead finishing smartly via a deflection and then Nyatanga headed home from six yards.

Within three minutes of Nyatanga’s effort, Chris O’Grady got Barnsley onto the scoreboard stabbing home following a goal-mouth scramble but Davies netted after 67 minutes to put the hosts 5-1 up. Two late goals brought some respectability as Tomasz Cywka scored a great volley from the edge of the area (82) and then Jason Scotland netted from long range in stoppage time meaning all three Barnsley goals were scored by substitutes.

Both teams had contrasting fortunes after this match, Bristol City won only once more to finish bottom, 14 points adrift of Barnsley who finished in that final safety spot of 21st despite themselves only winning four more matches that season. A 2-2 draw at Huddersfield on the final day enough to keep them up at the expense of Peterborough. The Reds finished on 55 points, the most ever needed at this level to survive.

Barnsley XI: Luke Steele, Tom Kennedy, Stephen Foster, Jim McNulty, Martin Cranie, Rory Delap, Jim O’Brien, David Perkins, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Chris Dagnall, Marlon Harewood.

Subs: Chris O’Grady (for Foster 38), Jason Scotland (for O’Brien 56), Tomasz Cywka (for Harewood 63) 
Subs not used: Lukas Lidakevicius, Scott Wiseman, Bobby Hassell, Jacob Mellis.

Goals: Chris O’Grady 58, Tomasz Cywka 82, Jason Scotland 90.

Attendance: 13,008.

Saturday 21st August 2010

Bristol City 3-3 Barnsley

Barnsley achieved a full house of one win one draw and one defeat to start the 2010-2011 season after this six-goal thriller. The Reds had opened the campaign with a 4-0 defeat at QPR and a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace but let a two goal lead slip at Ashton Gate.

The Reds seemed to be cruising after just 12 minutes after Andy Gray netted a penalty (4) and then turned in Kieran Trippier’s cross.

However Keith Millen’s side fought back to level with two goals in two minutes; Marvin Elliott halved the deficit on 19 after he chipped Luke Steele after the Reds stopper had parried an effort from Noel Hunt before Albert Adomah turned home David Clarkson’s cross two minutes later.

The Reds were back in front on 51 minutes when Adam Hammill went on one of his trademarks runs before firing past former England stopper David James but Bristol earned a point 11 minutes later when Jay McEveley sent Ivan Sproule sprawling in the box and Clarkson put away the penalty. It was the third penalty Barnsley had conceded in three games after conceding two at Loftus Road.

This was Bristol’s second point of the season and both teams would go on to have mediocre seasons with Bristol City finishing 15th, Barnsley 17th with four points separating them, however this was Barnsley’s highest league finish for 11 years. By this point Bristol had dispensed with the services of Millen as manager with Derek McInnes in charge, Mark Robins left his post as Barnsley manager at the end of this campaign, citing budget differences with the board.

Barnsley XI:  Luke Steele, Jay McEveley, Stephen Foster, Jason Shackell, Diego Arismendi, Bobby Hassell, Kieran Trippier, Hugo Colace, Adam Hammill, Goran Lovre, Andy Gray.

Subs: Nathan Doyle (for Arismendi 82), Jeronimo Neumann (for Trippier 88)
Sub not used: David Preece, Jacob Butterfield, Martin Devaney, Steven Bennett, Iain Hume.

Goals: Andy Gray pen 4, 12, Adam Hammill 51.

Attendance: 13,585.

Recent record at Bristol City (last 10):


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