The town is accessed from junctions 36, 37 and 38 of the M1 motorway and has a railway station on the Hallam and Penistone Lines. Barnsley F.C. is the local football club.

As a side, who have played in the Premier League, and more recently the Championship, but with a modest budget, I found the stadium to be quite good, and something a Barnsley fan could definitely be proud of.

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Barnsley narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship that season, and after a disappointing start to the 2009–10 season Simon Davey. was sacked in favour of former Rotherham United boss Mark Robins.[5]

The Civic, in Barnsley town centre, is a multi-purpose performance venue in a grade II listed building, The Civic was re-opened in March 2009 after a major redevelopment. The Civic has hosted high-profile acts such as Al Murray and Russell Howard. The Civic houses a contemporary art gallery that hosts touring exhibition from the V&A and the Flow Gallery in London. The Civic also curates its own work for touring, such as Little Black Dress and most recently Brazil +55.[26]

On Sunday 3 April 2016, Barnsley won the Football League Trophy after a 3–2 win over Oxford United of League Two at Wembley.[9]

Barnsley became a municipal borough in 1869, and a county borough in 1913. The town's boundaries were extended to absorb Ardsley and Monk Bretton in 1921 and Carlton in 1938.[4]

Barnsley was created a county borough in 1913, administered independently of the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972, the county borough was abolished and Barnsley became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in the new county of South Yorkshire, along with nine urban districts and parts of two rural districts of the surrounding area, including many towns and villages including Penistone and Cudworth.

When we arrived I walked up the hill in the car park to the leisure centre, where I met up with a few mates before the game. We had a couple of pints and some food in the restaurant, there were mostly Fleetwood fans here but a few Barnsley as well, we always felt at ease and never felt threatened.

In the 2015–16 Play Off Final, Barnsley wore the new home kit for the 2016–17 season, but with black shorts.

Getting out of the ground was easy enough, the problem lay at the train station however. Police officers contained around 350 Sheff United fans in an incredibly small space, only letting a few at a time through onto the train station every 10 minutes or so. We ended up being stood in this crowd for around an hour and 45 minutes!

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Barnsley College is one of the largest further and higher education establishments in Europe[citation needed] and is situated on a number of sites throughout the town centre, chiefly the Old Mill Lane Site, Eastgate House, The Sci Tech Centre, the Honeywell Site and the Construction centre. The University of Huddersfield has recently opened a campus in the town on Church Street besides Barnsley Town Hall. This is known as the University Centre Barnsley.

Traditionally, the team has worn white shorts (sometimes with red and/or black trim) for their home games with the only recent exceptions coming in the early years of the 20th century. One other notable exception came in the 2000 Division One Playoff Final against Ipswich Town, where the team wore red shorts, thus having an all-red strip.[16] The Reds have also worn red shorts in their 1988–89 season.

The current strip is manufactured by Puma and the main sponsor is CK Beckett with a rear shirt sponsor of Palmer Construction LTD. The shorts sponsor is BAPP for Bolts.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

We went straight into the ground, about an hour before kick-off, as we were seemingly led straight to the away end by police.

Three years ago Dale Jennings swapped Tranmere for Bayern. Now the Football League's Young Player of the Month is battling at Barnsley

The town was in the parish of Silkstone and developed little until in the 1150s when it was given to the Pontefract Priory. The monks built a town where three roads met: the Sheffield to Wakefield, Rotherham to Huddersfield and Cheshire to Doncaster routes. The Domesday village became known as Old Barnsley, and a town grew up on the new site.[3]

As it was a night game it was great to see 'proper floodlights' which always add to the atmosphere. The Oakwell ground still has one old stand which is nice - gives it some history. The away end was good - we had a great view; the other stands were probably developed around the time Barnsley were in the Premier League and not too much say about them - rather unimaginative!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:   It took a while. We weren't fussed. Probably about half an hour.

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Oakwell Football Ground?    

The 'Bard of Barnsley' Ian McMillan writes a column in the Barnsley Chronicle. He was nominated for a chair of poetry at Oxford University, and appears on BBC Radio 4. The Barnsley accent is starting to wear off amongst the younger generation, but it has generally been better maintained than most other Yorkshire accents. Barnsley has long been known as Tarn by locals however this seems to be heard less as the Barnsley accent seems to be spoken less amongst the younger age group.

The away shirt is navy blue, with a gold Puma logo and club badge on the chest area. There is a gold Puma logo on each shoulder. The shorts are all navy blue with a gold Puma logo and club badge on the front. The socks are navy blue, with a gold stripe at either side, front and back. There is a gold Puma logo on the knee/shin area. The letters 'BFC' are woven into the calf area of both socks, in gold.

Ken Loach's 1969 film Kes was set and filmed in several villages in Barnsley, including Lundwood and Monk Bretton, using local actors such as Freddie Fletcher. His 1977 film The Price of Coal was set at a fictional Milton colliery in the Barnsley area, although the site of filming was Thorpe Hesley, near Rotherham.

Due to an accident on the M6, we were unfortunately stuck in traffic and ended up missing the first half, however, we noticed some bars, and the typical retail park chain of fast food restaurant chains within a close proximity to the stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?  


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Barnsley lasted just one season in the Premier League but did not go down without a brave fight, and they did reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, famously defeating Manchester United in the fifth round. Wilson then departed to take over at Sheffield Wednesday, being succeeded as Barnsley manager by veteran striker John Hendrie, who had been a key player in the promotion-winning team.

Speedway racing was staged at a track near Barnsley at Barnsley Lundwood. The track entered a team in the Northern Leagues of 1929 and 1930, and currently have professional speedway rider Josh Bates hailing from Barnsley

Barnsley has a long tradition of glass-making,[2] but is most famous for its coal mines. In 1960, there were 70 collieries within a 15-mile radius of Barnsley town centre, but the last of these closed in 1994.[5]

Overall, we had a very enjoyable game at Barnsley even if we were an hour late! The ground is modern and provided excellent sight lines, and the game was entertaining as ever, the fans were extremely friendly and overall was one of my favourite away games watching Everton in the UK for a long time.

There are a number of cycling clubs in and around Barnsley, including Barnsley Road Club itself, the long-established Birdwell Wheelers and Team Cystic Fibrosis (a charity-focussed team), together covering many different forms of cycle sport and leisure. There have also been various other initiatives set up to promote cycling in the town and district of Barnsley.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Oakwell?

Very easy although the traffic was slow getting off the motorway, I followed the advice on this website and parked at the Queens Ground which was £4.

The home shirt is the traditional red, with a white Puma logo and club badge on the chest area. There is a white Puma logo on each shoulder. The shorts are all white with a red Puma logo and club badge on the front. The socks are red and white hooped with a Puma logo on the knee/shin area. The socks of the upcoming 2016-17 season are very much like the socks that Barnsley wore when they were promoted to the Premier League.

Barnsley is a former industrial town centred on coal mining and glassmaking.[2] Although both industries declined in the 20th century, Barnsley's culture is rooted in its industrial heritage and it has a tradition of brass bands, originally created as social clubs by its mining communities. It is also home of the Barnsley chop.

George Orwell mentioned the town in The Road to Wigan Pier. He spent a number of days in the town living in the houses of the working class miners while researching for the book. He wrote very critically of the council's expenditure on the construction of Barnsley Town Hall and claimed that the money should have been spent on improving the housing and living conditions of the local miners.

Barnsley (/ˈbɑːrnzli/, locally ['baːnzlɛ]) is a large town in South Yorkshire, England, located halfway between Leeds and Sheffield. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, it lies on the River Dearne. Barnsley is surrounded by several smaller settlements which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, of which Barnsley is the largest and its administrative centre. At the 2011 Census, Barnsley had a population of 91,297.[1]

Wilson's first season brought a sixth-place finish in Division One, which would normally have meant a playoff place, but a restructuring of the league meant that they missed out. They finished 10th a year later before finally emerging as serious promotion contenders in the 1996–97 season, finally clinching runners-up spot and automatic promotion and gaining the top flight place that they had spent 99 years trying to win.