News from the Trust Meeting
A full house attended the meeting on Thursday at Oakwell Executive
Suite. Barnsley manager Andy Ritchie and Assistant Manager Rick
Holden were the invited guests, along with the coca cola play-off trophy.
During the interval, Supporters were able to have their photographs taken
with the trophy along with both Andy and Rick in front of a large picture
of the players on the podium at Cardiff. If you had your photographs
taken, they will be available to collect from the Supporters Trust Office
at the next home game.
The discussion on the
night was wide ranging, with Andy and Rick praising Tom Little (fitness
coach) on getting the team fit and stronger than last season. When
Andy was questioned on the fitness of the team last season, he stressed
that the team were match fit and able to play for the full 90 minutes,
although he thought that at the final, nervous energy drained the lads,
notably during extra time. It was also commented that supporters had
seen that the goalkeeping coach, John Lukic had been training the
defenders. Rick explained that has he had experienced playing in
front of some of the best defenders in Europe he would be able to offer
advice both to Nick, who needs to be more assertive, and the defence.
Rick then decided that Lukic was the new defensive coach and decided that
he was at fault for all the goals and errors we conceded to much
amusement. On the subject of goalkeepers, Andy was asked for a
re-assurance that he would not sign Calamity James, who had just become
available (since signed for Pompey). Andy assured the fans that
Calamity was not in his plans. He then explained that the sale of
Scott Flinders was an amazing deal both for Scott and Barnsley FC.
He hoped that Letheren would become as good a prospect as Scott, but as
yet he was not ready to be number 2. He has some plans for a number
2 keeper, but it must be someone who will give a challenge to Nick Colgan.
Discussions were also
had on the playing style, the teams morale and the way that the players
team spirit is superb. Nardiello is on course to return as
estimated, but needs to get fit and become injury free. It was
mentioned about the clubs fine for poor disciplinary record on the pitch.
The players were not fined last year for their yellow and red cards but
things had changed this season. Comments on the offside rule, lack
of consistency of the referees and the dreadful challenge on Colgan by
Parkin were also made.
Andy and Rick were both
disappointed with the welcome that McPhail got on his return to Oakwell.
Andy said that the reds supporters should have cheered him before the game
for his fantastic performances and contribution last season. Then we
should have booed his every touch. He said that after half an hour,
he told the bench to boo every time McPhail got the ball, he then told
McPhail what they were going to do, and then proceeded to boo his every
touch. McPhail took it all as good fun, and went into the Barnsley
dressing room at the end of the game along with Chopra and some bottles of
wine. He also said that he had pointed out that he had told Dave
Jones that the best two Cardiff players were former Barnsley players.
The minutes of the
previous meeting was discussed and approved, these are now available
for members in the members area. Issues raised included ticket
prices, with Colchester and Birmingham notably overcharging away
supporters. Other subjects included the access via lift to the East
Stand. It is club policy that supporters will not be allowed to use
the executive lift to access the upper tier of the East Stand on health
and safety reasons. The away ticket offer for Junior Supporters was
also raised along with the Trust's
proposal to run a coach for these
games. Match sponsorship of Stoke City and Ipswich was also raised,
and it was pointed out that the deal we have negotiated is half price of
the standard match rate for similar packages in the executive suite.
If you are interested in either the ticket offer or the match sponsorships
then contact Alan Bloore as soon as possible. It was also announced
that the Trust will be holding an open meeting for all Supporters during
early mid September. The invited guests will be Gordon Shepherd and
Patrick Cryne, who will outline the plans for Barnsley FC. Details
of this meeting will be announced shortly.
The August newsletter is now available online and can be downloaded
Neil Redfearn's New Book
autobiography "There's only one Neil Redfearn" has been released. It
is available in all good book shops and can also be purchased at Amazon
through our Trust Shop. As part of the promotion for the book, Neil
is doing a series of signings for the book. Details are below
Thursday 10th August
WHSmith Sheffield 26 The Arcade, Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield, S9 1EL
Friday 11th August 12.30-1.30pm
WHSmith in Barnsley 11-13 Cheapside, Barnsley South Yorks, S70 1RQ
Thursday 17th August 5.00-6.00pm
Ottakar's Oldham 46-47 The Spindle Centre, Oldham OL1 1HD.
Away Match Ticket Offer
Barnsley FC and the Supporters Trust have agreed to join the Junior Ticket exchange
for this season. Barnsley FC Supporters Trust will be supplied with
50 tickets for away games at clubs including Norwich, Preston and Derby
County. For more details of this offer please click
Match Sponsorship Offers Announced
The Supporters Trust have again agreed some Match Sponsorship
Opportunities with Barnsley FC. For more details click