Barnsley started 2023-2024 off in stunning style as they recorded the biggest opening day victory by an EFL side for 62 years with this SEVEN nil triumph over Port Vale the biggest since Wolves defeated Manchester City 8-1 on the opening day of 1962-1963.
It is Barnsley’s biggest ever opening day success and their first seven goal haul for 26 years since defeating Huddersfield 7-1 in November 1998.
This is Barnsley’s biggest victory for 72 years since defeating QPR 7-0 in November 1950.
On that day Tommy Taylor netted a hat-trick for the Reds and this weekend Devante Cole took the matchball home for the first time in his career.
It is Barnsley’s first hattrick since Conor Chaplin netted a treble in a 5-3 success against QPR in December 2019 whilst it is the first opening day hattrick by a Red since Brian Joicey in a 4-2 win over Halifax in 1978.
Barnsley only led 2-0 at half time against Port Vale, but it is the first time they have led by two goals at the break on the opening day of a season since 2018-2019 when they went on to defeat Oxford 4-0 (and finished second to win promotion from League One)
This game was also the last time a Barnsley player has scored more than once on the opening day (Mamadou Thiam netted a brace against the O’s)
Liam Kitching scored Barnsley’s fifth goal, his sixth goal for the club, three of which have come against Port Vale! He has now netted in all three appearances against the Valiants.
Barnsley are unbeaten in all six games in which Kitching has scored (W4 D2)
The Reds also benefitted from an own goal, the first time this has occurred since the 1st April, in another big scoreline, a 5-0 victory over Morecambe.
Indeed Barnsley have now scored more league goals than any other EFL side in 2023. They have netted 59 so far, two more than the next best Ipswich.
Goalkeeper Liam Roberts kept a clean sheet on his debut but also received a yellow card, the first Barnsley keeper booking since Brad Collins at Oxford on the 1st February.
It is the first time a Barnsley keeper has both been booked and kept a clean sheet since Collins at Shrewsbury in November 2022.
There were six Barnsley players booked, ironically the most in a game since the opening home league game of 2021-2022 when eight were yellow carded against Coventry.
Barry Cotter is the first Barnsley player to set up two goals in a game since Adam Phillips the aforementioned Oxford game in February.
Callum Styles made his first competitive Barnsley appearance since the 27th August last year when he scored at Ipswich.
Barnsley are now unbeaten in 32 league matches when opening the scoring (W28 D4) last losing from a 1-0 lead in the final home game of 2021-2022 against Preston (1-3)
This was Barnsley’s biggest ever victory against Port Vale, surpassing a 6-0 victory in March 1929 and they have now won back to back games against the Valiants for the first time since 1996/1997 – the Reds had lost 10 of the 19 meetings in between.
1. Liam Roberts
22. Corey O'Keeffe
2. Jordan Williams
5 Liam Kitching
4. Kacper Lopata
7. Nicky Cadden
8. Herbie Kane
20. Callum Styles
3. Jon Russell
36. Max Watters
44. Devante Cole
17. Barry Cotter (for O’Keeffe 33)
14. Oli Shaw (for Watters 61)
38. Theo Chapman (for Russell 75)
16. Andy Dallas (for Cole 75)
41. Jack Shepherd (Y) (for Kitching 75)
23. Ben Killip, 43. Charlie Winfield.
Port Vale Team:
1. Connor Ripley
2. Lewis Cass
6. Nathan Smith
3. Dan Jones
14. Funso Ojo
7. Mitchell Clark
8. Ben Garrity
4. Tom Sang
15. Conor Grant
19. Gavin Massey
9. Ellis Harrison
10. Ethan Chislett (for Clark 45)
44. Josh Thomas (for Massey 56)
21. James Plant (for Sang 64)
18. Ollie Arblaster (for Grant 71)
17. Alex Iacovitti (for Harrison 71)
13. Jayson Leutwiler, 29. James Wilson
Sky Bet League One Results:
SATURDAY 5TH AUGUST 2023:
BARNSLEY (1st) 7-0 Port Vale (23rd)
Jones og 45
Blackpool (4th) 2-0 Burton Albion (19th)
Bolton Wanderers (3rd) 3-0 Lincoln City (21st)
O’Connor og 74
Cambridge United (5th) 2-0 Oxford United (20th)
Carlisle United (12th) 1-1 Fleetwood Town (11th)
Charlton Athletic (8th) 1-0 Leyton Orient (16th)
Derby County (14th) 1-2 Wigan Athletic (24th)
Northampton Town (17th) 0-1 Stevenage (7th)
Portsmouth (13th) 1-1 Bristol Rovers (10th)
Reading (18th) 0-1 Peterborough United (6th)
Shrewsbury Town (9th) 1-0 Cheltenham Town (15th)
Wycombe Wanderers (22nd) 0-3 Exeter City (2nd)
Barnsley lie in 1st place in Sky Bet League One with 3 points from 1 game. We are Goal Difference inside the Play-Offs, Goal Difference inside the Automatic Promotion Places, in First Place and 3 points above the Relegation Zone.
Up to 7/8/23
EFL Cup First Round: Barnsley v Tranmere Rovers, Tuesday 8th August 2023. Kick Off: 7:45pm
On The Road:
Sky Bet League One Matchday Two: Bristol Rovers v Barnsley, Saturday 12th August 2023. Kick Off: 3pm