Vital Football

Latest Barnsley FC News

On This Day: Barnsley 1 Cardiff City 2

On This Day: Barnsley 1 Cardiff City 2

You don't have to think hard to recall this one. After a torrid 4 years in League 1, Barnsley sneaked back into the Championship via the back door, namely Cardiff and the Play-offs in a thriller of a penalty shoot-out against Swansea City. Their reward - a place back in the second tier of English football, where they've spent more seasons than any other club and an opening day fixture at home to Cardiff City.

Barnsley lined up against a certain Stephen McPhail on August 5th 2006. The former fans favourite had opted to join Cardiff City in the summer, despite the Reds winning promotion and the offer of improved terms to remain a Barnsley player.

Andy Ritchie included new signings Sam Togwell and Michael McIndoe in the team that started the match in front of a gate of 12,082.

Barnsley landed back in the Championship with a resounding thud when youngster Joe Ledley tapped in from 6 yards to put Cardiff City 1-0 up.

A couple of minutes later the defecit was doubled by a superb left footed volley from Thompson after a pinpoint cross from in form Ledley. 2-0 down right in front of the Ponty End and things looked bleak at Oakwell.

The Reds hit back in fashion however just after the half hour mark when Paul Heckingbottom crossed from the left, finding Brian Howard on the edge of the Cardiff box with his back to goal, who promptly chested the ball up and performed an acrobatic scissor kick which found the top corner of the net and sent the Barnsley team, bench and fans crazy.

Unfortunately for the Reds a host of missed chances meant that they began life back in the Championship with a defeat. Little did they know then that it would be a narrow loss to Cardiff City thanks to missed opportunities and another goal from that man Ledley that would later knock them out of the F.A. Cup at the Semi-Final stage to deny them their first appearance in the final since 1912.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:gooderzone
Date:Wednesday August 5 2009
Time: 10:22AM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Barnsley Articles

Moncur Has Barnsley Move Confirmed

Former West Ham academy product Moncur has completed his free transfer move to Barnsley from Colchester penning a three-year contract with the Reds.

Williams & Smith Find New Clubs

George Williams and George Smith were both allowed to leave Barnsley this summer with them confirmed as joining MK Dons and Gateshead respectively.

Northampton Cup Details Confirmed

Barnsley have today confirmed the full details of the League Cup first round tie against Northampton Town.

Digby Moves To Ipswich

Youngster Paul Digby has today completed a permanent move to Portman Road and Ipswich Town.

Archived Vital Barnsley Articles

Vital Barnsley articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Barnsley
Write For Vital Barnsley
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

PO Final - Millwall MotM
Suggested By:
Davies7%
Scowen1%
Mawson1%
Roberts5%
George Williams1%
Isgrove12%
Brownhill2%
Hourihane45%
Hammill20%
Winnall1%
Fletcher3%
Sub - Toney1%
Sub - Watkins1%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Barnsley Results (view all)

Barnsley Fixtures (view all)