Sunday 8th May 2016
Wigan 1-4 Barnsley
Winnall pen 33
Interesting to note:
A very memorable day exactly 12 months ago as Barnsley thumped the League One champions to finish inside the play-offs on goal difference.
Seven of the players who started this would start the first game of the following season at Ipswich.
Barnsley XI: Adam Davies, Marc Roberts, George Williams, Alfie Mawson, Josh Scowen, Conor Hourihane, Josh Brownhill, Adam Hammill, Lloyd Isgrove, Sam Winnall, Ashley Fletcher.
Subs: Jak McCourt (for Isgrove 79), Harry Chapman (for Fletcher 78), Ivan Toney (for Winnall 84)
Subs not used: Nick Townsend, Lewin Nyatanga, Aidy White, Shaun Tuton.
Goals: Sam Winnall pen 33, 44, Conor Hourihane 56, Josh Brownhill 74.
Saturday 8th May 2004
Stockport 2-3 Barnsley
Interesting to note:
Despite topping the Second Division table at the start of September after winning four of their first six games and being sat comfortably in fourth as late as January 2004, a run of two wins in 17 prior to this final day win at Edgeley Park meant that the best The Reds could hope for was a top half finish and thanks to this 3-2 victory they achieved it, finishing 12th, 11 points off the play-offs.
Since winning promotion to the Premier League, this 2003-2004 is only the fifth time in 20 seasons that Barnsley have achieved a top half finish (4th 1999-2000 2nd tier, 12th 2003-2004 3rd tier, 5th 2005-2006 3rd tier, 11th 2014-2015 3rd tier, 6th 2015-2016 3rd tier)
That summer, manager Paul Hart (who had replaced the club’s first ever foreign boss Gudjon Thordarson in the March) made wholesale changes with only winger Chris Shuker starting this match and the first one of the 2004-2005 season. Seven of the starting 11 at Stockport moved on that summer although goalkeeper Ross Turnbull did return on loan in October 04.
Barnsley XI: Ross Turnbull, Craig Ireland, David Murphy, Antony Kay, Lee Crooks, Robbie Williams, Neil Austin, Chris Shuker, Alex Neil, Nicky Wroe, Gary Birch.
Subs: Kevin Betsy (for Murphy 45)
Subs not used: Scott Flinders, Brian O’Callaghan, Peter Handyside, Chris Lumsdon..
Goals: Nicky Wroe 10, Gary Birch 16, Alex Neil 72.