Date:Sunday May 4 2008
So here we are again, the beginning of May and the end of another football season.
How fast the season flies reminds everyone just how quick life shifts, but let`s leave philosophy aside!
This season has really been a rollercoaster one, a whole new squad with many claiming the reds could push for the play-offs, injuries, suspensions, transfer rumours and of course probably the best cup run since the tykes lifted the trophy in 1912.
One memory in particular being a tight one nil win back in November over Preston, with Heinz Muller pulling off a splendid save to deny the lilywhites a point, and ultimately prove a season double of the Lancashire side.
Although many will have wanted to have consolidated our Championship status a lot earlier on in the year, this season has been perhaps the most memorable in a long time.
Not many clubs get to grace the Wembley turf in front of more than 80,000 fans, the semi final appearance also boosted the club`s finances which obviously is tremendous.
Beating Liverpool was a highlight many thought could not be surpassed, but then a certain Kayode Odejayi nodded past Avram Grant`s Chelsea in the quarter final to send the tykes to Wembley. The comparison of each starting eleven in that quarter final went something like this:
Barnsley starting XI value: £625,000
Chelsea starting XI value: £111,900,000
Don`t these two figured have a phenomenal difference? It`s just splendid to see that money hasn`t quite ruined our beautiful game…at least not yet.
Barnsley`s acquisition of Everton`s Anderson de Silva surprised many and finally matched Patrick Cryne`s claim of signing 'box office` players. As unfortunate as his injury may be, the future looks quite bright for the reds with ambition and drive shown from the board in their backing of Simon Davey.
All that appears absent at Oakwell is a 20 goal per season striker. If the reds carry on to show this will and determination, surely one will be acquired to bolster the red`s attack. With Simon Davey`s promise to bring in at least three players, surely a number will be on their way out of the Oakwell doors.
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Date:Sunday May 4 2008
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