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Fate of the Tykes

Barnsley`s biggest game of the past decade arrives on Sunday. We all know why and we all know who we are playing, but many fans are torn in what they desire for Barnsley Football Club.

It is clear now that Barnsley are well and truly in a relegation dogfight and seeing as the squad wage bill has tripled since last season, relegation is definitely a 'no go` for the chairman and board and more importantly the glory fans who are reluctant to leave the house on a fine wintry Tuesday evening (it`s difficult to understand normal human beings).

Although the club may have made a considerable amount of money from our fantastic cup run, attendances would surely drop should the club descend into League One. It would be fair to say that attendances aren`t good enough in this division, let alone thinking about what they would be like in the third tear of English football.

It`s also difficult to imagine what our recent flux of foreign players would think of playing against the likes of Northampton, Yeovil, Leyton Orient and possibly even Hereford and Peterborough - no disrespect intended.

Barnsley have come a long way in the last five years, and more particularly in the last twelve months, the club have invested in a number of quality players by splashing (in Barnsley`s case quite a bit of) cash about. Including the likes of Anderson de Silva and Jon Macken, few would have thought to see players of their respective calibre on display at the humble ground of Oakwell.

It would be an atrocity if the reds went down, as Barnsley had a tremendous start to the season and although Simon Davey brought in some more great players, injuries haven`t been too kind to the Welshman.

Lets say Barnsley stop up and get knocked out of the Cup on Sunday, in years to come people would look back and say "that`s the season Barnsley retained their championship status". However if the tykes did go down but got hold of the F.A Cup, just imagine how long the townsfolk would be able to talk of the achievement, in a football world with billions of pounds, rich businessmen and hundreds of thousands earned every week, how a team from a small former mining town triumphed against all odds. That would be magical.

Either way, Barnsley`s cup run has been epic this season and in my eyes, along with many other true reds supporters, Barnsley are already Champions.





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Writer: MattyG Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 1 2008

Time: 3:15PM

Your Comments

All Wednesdayites want you Dingles scum to get knocked out of the FA Cup and get relegated!
will it ever happen
Enjoy your day against Cardiff,might your name be on the cup???
BlueAmigo
Good luck Barnsley boys and girls. Hope Brian does it again for ya. All the best from a Swindon Boy
Nelly180
win saturday wont paper over the cracks relegation is on the horizon dingles you have been warned
mick66owl
brian howard good enough to sign for wednesday?
aball2112
too good mate they couldnt afford him in a million years. mind you he wasnt great against us - is he abit of a 1 season wonder for you?
bladesforlife1889
carnt see it happening satdi for you lot
Looney Tune
Good Luck Sunday, beat the sheep shaggers, keep the yorkshire flag flying high
Tiny T
Good luck Sunday! Think you're gonna need it but all the best anyway.
LP-OWL
you have had the cup at oakwell a right kiss of death. gud luck though
mick66owl
good luck lads, would be unbelieveble if you got to the final- but think your luck is out now, you do really need to concentrate on the league. getting beaten on sunday might be the best thing that could happen to you right now.
bladesforlife1889
Keep It Together!!!!!
BlueAmigo
relegation will be a tough pill to swallow especially after your FA Cup exit today!
merlin
 

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