Writer: Andy Goodwin
Date:Friday July 25 2008
Ian Hume has looked at the example set by Stoke City and Hull City last season as an example of how it's not always the favourites that do well in the Championship.
Speaking to Barnsley's official website, Ian said: '...I would love a crack at promotion. Hull and Stoke showed just what can be done and anything is possible.'
Barnsley's third most expensive signing of all time knows that he's here to score goals but insists that despite the £1.2 million price tag, there's no pressure on him. He told the club's official website: 'The transfer fee has not put any pressure on me because that is football. Money in the game is going back up at the moment and I knew that something would happen. It was a big fee but that does not put any pressure on me. I want to go out there and play to the best of my ability.'
Barnsley fans will be expecting to see goals from the only front man Davey has signed, following the departure of two of the club's senior strikers in the close season. Kim Christensen left the club for FC Midtjylland for whom he scored a second half hat trick in the UEFA cup a week ago. Istvan Ferenczi also returned to his respective homeland this week, joining Hungarian giants Ferencvaros for an undisclosed fee.
The Tykes have had a mixture of fortunes with players that have come in at expensive prices. Fans will remember a certain Macedonian who, despite some great support from the stands, never lived up to the £1.5 million Danny Wilson paid for him.
Ashley Ward however is a name that will forever be in the Barnsley Football Club history books if only for the winner he scored against all odds at Anfield, back when the Reds mixed it with the likes of Liverpool and Man. Utd every week. He cost the club £1.3 million and was in most fans opinions, worth every penny.
Mike Sheron cost John Hendrie a joint club record fee of £1.5 million in January 1999. Sheron was perhaps the best example of the reds mixed fortunes with big money signings, blowing hot and cold throughout his Barnsley career. Sheron managed 33 goals in 152 appearances in a Barnsley shirt between 1999 and 2003. He was a technically gifted player who sometimes looked uneasy and unaware on the pitch.
Hume joins this small club of players to break the £1 million mark for Barnsley and thus instantly draws special attention from the Oakwell faithful. We will be watching...
Date:Friday July 25 2008
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