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August 2006

12th August
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. 

1st August
August Newsletter
The August newsletter is now available online and can be downloaded here in pdf format


1st August
Neil Redfearn's New Book

Neil Redfearns 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 5.00-6.00pm
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.


1st August
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


1st August
Match Sponsorship Offers Announced
The Supporters Trust have again agreed some Match Sponsorship Opportunities with Barnsley FC. For more details click here




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