View from the South Stand - Barnsley 06/11/11
Brighton and Hove Albion host
struggling Barnsley FC on Sunday afternoon
at the Amex Stadium.
We asked Tykes fan Wilky from www.onthepontyend.com
to answer some questions for us ahead of this fixture
always seem to be tipped as strugglers in the Championship.
What does it take to survive in this division season after
season and why have you become so adept at doing it?
a comment often made, but the history books show its our
natural division, having played more games in the second
tier than any other team. To survive in this league you
have to be able to support decent home form and hope you
pick up results on the road. But overall, Barnsley have
always been passionate about playing good football, meaning
that we tend to fair better against more accomplished teams.
In the end, we seem to survive on those qualities.
season you lost quite a promising young manager in Mark
Robins who resigned. What was that all about?
Mark Robins allegedly could not work with a reduced (playing)
budget. The club and Mark Robins could not work together
it is believed.
Hill did wonders at Rochdale and we were very impressed
with his side last season after two draws with them. How
is he getting on at Oakwell?
an honest man who speaks his mind. That approach sometimes
suggests that fans don't know what they're talking about
and that we should expect less of our beloved club. However,
his philosophy overall is a positive one, with discipline
and hard work at its core. Barnsley have been a far better
team as a result. This season we may not fully shine,
but the work that "Hillcroft" do today will reap rewards
in the future.
of our former players now ply their trade for Barnsley.
Jim McNulty was popular with the fans but his shocking
kidney injury effectively ended his time here while Craig
Davies was far from popular thanks to a succession of
pretty awful misses. How are they getting on?
and Davies are just settling in to Barnsley at the moment
and it would be unfair to critique their performances
just yet. Although Davies has had some near misses at
his time already at Oakwell - he has scored in his last
two games and we're sure more is to come. McNulty is probably
another of Keith Hill's "broken toys" that he's working
on, but looks a promising player at Championship level.
remembers your FA Cup run of a few seasons ago. Just how
good was it beating both Liverpool and Chelsea?
really. Whilst beating Liverpool at Anfield was the stuff
of dreams, nothing quite matches frustrating the then
Premier League champions in our own back yard. The atmosphere
is something that will live with me forever. Just the
thought that we were 90 minutes away from an FA Cup Final
What are your realistic hopes for this season?
table. But with the table and league poised as it is,
two results could catapult us in to the top ten and a
tilt at a play-off position. Consistency is the key for
any team in the Championship. But we will defy the soothe-sayers
who have Barnsley destined for the drop on a perennial
do you think Barnsley should aspire to be in terms of
the footballing pyramid? Will there ever be a return to
the top flight, even briefly?
the Championship is our natural platform, therefore that's
where our expectations are. Like any club, we know there
would be benefits in promotion, but like many more before
and after us, it can also give you massive problems. A
successful Championship team, performing consistently,with
a few cup runs to boot, would satisfy most fans.
much do you know about Brighton and Hove Albion?
little really. Seem to be a stable club with a great set-up,
with aspirations to play at the highest level. Remember
the 1983 final, with Manchester United being my second
team, but haven't really followed events at the club.
Tykes fans looking forward to the trip to The Amex, even
though it has had to be moved to a Sunday because of Lewes'
sure. A lot of fans are struggling financially at the
moment and a trip down South will not necessarily be a
well supported affair. There's always those who will use
the visit as a "trophy" occasion for their stadium bucket
list, but other than that - it's not a special fixture
in any respect. No offence meant. We tend to look out
for the games against Leeds United and perhaps Donny first.
a predicition for Sunday's game?
(We haven't won in ten if that helps you make your mind
1 - 2 Barnsley FC. I just fancy us to nick 3 points on
the road, prior to the international break and in front
of our home game against Donny
thanks to Wilky for his insight into the forthcoming fixture.
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