Hello and welcome to Down At The Oak with, as you can see by the title, Barnsley. You may remember me starting a Blackpool story about a month ago, well it's fair to say that save really failed, the result of the story was even worse due to the fact it corrupted about two hours after writing the introduction to the story.. that was great. Anyway, I am back with a new save and a save I am very much enjoying, I also mentioned that I was doing mocks, they went brilliantly and now I am free from all school related things, hooray!
I chose Barnsley as they have a very underestimated youth academy, yes you read that correctly. With the likes of John Stones and Mason Holgate, who now play for Everton, coming through the ranks recently, Barnsley fans can look forward to the future, even now the likes of James Bree, who has been linked with top clubs in the Premier League, is one to look out for and is rated very highly. Furthermore, the club is undergoing their second season in League One, after a disappointing 11th place finish last term. I aim to take Barnsley to new heights to the days of 1997, when they played their only season in the Premier League, yet I aim to stay there. To become the best.
The club has had an interesting history, however probably not in the best of ways, spending most of it's time in the second tier, in fact, they hold the record for the most years spent at this level. One of the oldest memories of the club dates back to 1910 where they lost 1-0 to Newcastle in the FA Cup, but two years later they followed that up by beating West Brom, 2-1 in the 1912 FA Cup Final. In 1922 through to the 1980's, Barnsley found themselves struggling in the third and fourth tiers and wouldn't get back upto the second tier until 1982. The club then featured in the debut season of the Premier League as said earlier but were later relegated. Fast forwarding to 2002 when the club were in League One and they were in deep financial problems. due to the ITV Digital crisis, however were saved by then mayor, Peter Doyle. During this time there were a significant amount of managers sacked. They then won in the play-off's in 2006 and finally regain their Championship status.
The History Of The Club
Later that year they recorded two of the biggest wins in their history to Liverpool and Chelsea, after 2-1 and 1-0 wins respectively. The club continued to languish in mid-table until 2011 where they would of been relegated if it weren't for Portsmouth's 10 point deduction. However, just two years later they were relegated. Since the club was founded in 1887, they have played their games at Oakwell (which is where the title 'Down At The Oak' comes from, I'm full of original ideas you see) a stadium that can hold upto 23,000 people and his seen players such as John Stones play here in a Barnsley shirt.
The manager will be revealed in the story. If you read my Harrogate story you will be familiar by the way I updated my story, by adding to the personality of the manager each update so you knew who the character was a bit better every update. That is what I intend to do again, but with a bit more of a twist which you'll see by reading this story, bit of promotion there, sign me up if you need me Moving on though, each update shall make you understand the man a bit more! Onto the story!