“Lifting the Cup” The story of Battling Barnsley
Barnsley Football Club were formed in 1887, entered the Football League in 1898 and at the start of the 1909-10 season were facing their twelfth season in Division 2 under the direction of Manager/Secretary Arthur Fairclough.
Having finished in seventeenth place the previous season, and with little in the way of finances to spend on new players there was little to suggest that the club’s most illustrious and successful period was just around the corner. Yet over the next three seasons a magnificent Barnsley side thrilled their supporters by winning their way through to the FA Cup Final, then the most prestigious cup tournament in the World, on not one but two occasions and capping things off by beating West Bromwich Albion in the 1912 Final to capture the FA Cup for the only time, so far, in the club’s history. We should also not forget they became the first English side to avoid defeat in the ‘Championship of the World’ by drawing at the home of Celtic, the winners of the Scottish Cup, at the commencement of the 1912-13 season.
One hundred years on this book brings to life through match reports, photographs [some never previously seen before] and memorabilia the matches and excitement of these momentous times that included the extraordinary commitment shown by some Barnsley fans to see their side in the FA Cup. Against a background of major social and political change this book also examines the players who made history and became legends in their own right.
'Lifting The Cup - The Story Of Battling Barnsley 1910-12' is written by Mark Metcalf and Club historian David Wood.
David Wood was born in Barnsley in 1963 and was first taken to Oakwell by his father in 1970. He has seen 'The Reds' play matches on 124 different grounds and now serves as Official Historian to the Club. Married to Sarah, with a daughter, Rachel, David lives in Bedfordshire.
Mark Metcalf is a freelance writer with a passion for football, especially the formative histories of northern teams. His recent work includes books on Manchester United, the 1960 FA Cup and Sunderland (he's a lifelong fan). Mark has also completed a biography of the Sunderland legend Stan Anderson. Born in County Durham, Mark now resides in Halifax with his wife Ruth and two-year-old son Charlie.