Written by John Newsome, lifelong Barnsley FC fan.
An historic day for Barnsley FC down at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol taking on the Rovers of the Bristol clubs who are safe in League 1. Rovers have 51-points which is 4-points above the relegation zone with only one game to play so in effect, it should be party time for all concerned late Saturday afternoon.
The Reds sealed off a fantastic season without even playing on Tuesday night. Ironically, Joey Barton who is currently Enemy Number 1 at Oakwell after his misdemeanour against Herr Stendel a couple of weeks back, masterminded a brilliant victory for Fleetwood against Sunderland cancelling out the Black Cats potential promotion chase.
At the same time Portsmouth came from 2-goals down to go 3-2 up and keep their hopes alive. That was according to Sky Sports News who decided to go to an Ad break showing the Nail-Less Reds Fans. However, in reality, the 3rd Pompey goal was disallowed and Peterborough went up the other end and ex-Reds loanee Ivan Toney scored his 2nd and Posh’s 3rd to give Peterborough a very deserved away victory giving them hope still of a possible Play-Off place and denting Pompey’s automatic promotion chances.
The Reds faithful were ecstatic setting up a brilliant promotion party in Bristol, not least the Bristol Hilton. The last time the Mighty Reds ventured down to the Memorial Stadium was the 3rd of November 1992 with the Reds getting a brilliant 5-1 victory. The strange thing is a 5-1 victory today wouldn’t guarantee a League 1 title for the Reds.
The referee tried to spoil the Reds promotion party by showing Liam Lindsay 2 yellow cards for nothing challenges and leaving the reds to play the second half with 10 men. After a superb “We’ve got Keiffer Moore, Keiffer Moore” goal early on , the Reds couldn’t hold on for a famous win and succumbed to 2 late Rovers goals and although our beloved Barnsley lost, it hasn’t made a difference to our promotion party. Hard lines Referee.
One thing to mention is the loss of a great guy who would be here in Bristol today. A Tribute To ‘Little H’. On Sunday 16th December 2018, We lost a dear friend who was the nicest man in the world and was always there to help his friends and me. Andrew ‘H’ Holmes.
‘H’ was a massive football fan and a massive Barnsley F.C. fan who travelled everywhere to see his beloved Reds. As well as being a Barnsley FC fan, Andrew followed England football and enjoyed other sports such as Cricket and Boxing. Andrew was just 51 years old when he was taken from us and words cannot describe the way his family, friends and I are feeling at the moment. Andrew ‘H’ Holmes Rest In Peace my little brother.
Love Always. Greeny, Wak and JB