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Fjortoft, Jan Aga
Position: Striker

Jan Aga came to Barnsley mid way through our (at present) one and only flirtation with the Premiership, a solid, skilful striker, he weighed in with a handful of goals at the side of Ashley Ward, but sadly it wasn't to be enough...

Fjortoft, on his arrival at Oakwell hmade a flying start notably inspiring a bit of a run with two goals to claim 3 points against Wimbledon at Oakwell 2-1. Then followed up with another goal in the win against Southampton in the same period, committing him to hero status amongst the considerably larger Oakwell 'faithful' that year.

You may remember him rugby tackling a Barnsley fan after the debacle that was the Liverpool match at Oakwell, where every Barnsley supporter in the ground wanted to hang, draw and quarter the referee (Wilard?) and several in fact did attempt this from every side of the ground.


Futcher, Paul
Position: Defender
Games: 230 Goals: 0

One of the most assured defenders to ever grace Oakwell.. 'Side footch' was a reliable, amazingly cool defender, should have played for England... any Barnsley fan would agree.

Twin brother of other reds playing Ron, Paul played for Barnsley from 1983 to 1989 a 6 year stretch that saw him a permanent fixture in the reds back like, making 230 appearances for the reds, with the grand total of 0 goals from all these games, shows how devoted he was devoted to his defensive duties!

Although reds fans like myself will remember the uncharacteristic long range effort that nearly ended in glory when 30,000 fans watched Barnsley take on the then high flying Everton in the later stages of the FA cup, his bobby Charlton style strike crashing against the well beaten Neville Southalls cross bar. Could have been so much different, as Everton came away from Oakwell with a narrow 1-0 win.

Futcher Facts: Pauls claim to fame was that he was the most expensive defender in England when he became Manchester City's record signing for £350,000 on June 1 1978.

Futcher had twice been selected for the England squad and both times a road accident denied him fulfilling the invitation.

Glavin, Ronnie
Position: Midfield
Games: 176 Goals: 73

Ronnie banged in the goals during one of the best periods in Barnsley Football club history through 1979-1984, during the early 80's period when the team was riding high in the old second division, and narrowly missed out on promotion to the old first division (now premiership). Glavin the busy midfielder scored 73 goals in 176 appearances for the Tykes. Other notables greats in this team of that time were Mick McCarthy, Trevor Aylott, and Ian Banks.

Ronnie also played alongside some greats during his time at Celtic, alongside the likes of Kenny Daglish, Danny McGrain.

He was a more than competent performer at Celtic. Glavin however thrived after the arrival of Pat Stanton from Hibs and his goals from midfield were a big factor in the Bhoys double success of season 1976-77.

By the time he arrived at Barnsley in June 1979 he was a Scotland international and had played 149 games for Celtic, with 48 goals to his name. His time at Barnsley FC was hugely succesful from a personal viewpoint seeing Glavin establish himself as an all time Barnsley FC Legend.

Glavin Fact: Ronnie Glavin was been voted Barnsely's all-time cult hero by Football Focus viewers. Glavin won with a massive 81% of the vote, ahead of fellow Barnsley legends Clint Marcelle and Mick McCarthy.

BFCWEB Tykes Best Ever 11. (Midfield)

Gray, Stuart
Position: Left back/Midfield
Games: 120 Goals: 23

A cultured and versatile player for the reds through 1983-87, Stuart scored 11 goals from a midfield role during the 1986-87 season which saw a move the following year to Aston Villa. Later moving onto other then top tier side Southampton.

Gray had a couple of stints in management. He now is in management with Nothampton Town.

Hammill, Adam
Position: Midfield
Games: 78 Goals: 13

Adam came in on loan from Liverpool during the 2009-10 season, and after impressing at Oakwell he was signed on a permanent basis by then manager Simon Davey.

In the following seasons he has shown great potential and skill down the wing and orchestrating in midfield. But a vast step up occurred in season 2010-11 which saw him emerge as closer to the complete package with brilliant performances often capped by stunning goals this season, which further placed him on the radar of more and more Premiership clubs.

The writing was on the wall that this prodigious talent would move on from Oakwell where he greatly enjoyed his stay, he was further developed as a player by manager Mark Robins, but the reality and a certain clause in his contract made it certain that if a Premiership club came in for him, he would not be able to be hung on to.

In the end following interest from half the Premiership he was signed in January 2011 for an undisclosed fee by Wolves under the stewardship of Barnsley legend Mick McCarthy.

He has made an early entry into the Oakwell legends section, due to him immense and growing quality, I would not be surprised to hear his name mentioned in England terms within the next few years.

Hassell, Bobby
Position: Midfield/Defense
Games: 178 - Jan '10 Goals: 6

Bobby is the only present BFC player to feature in these legends pages. It is due to his un-erring committed performances for the reds in which ever position he is placed. We feel he deserves this early inclusion into the Oakwell legends section.

Everyone will remember the series of last ditch tackles and blocks when the reds saw off both Liverpool and Chelsea in THAT cup run. And week in week out he commands the respect of every supporter at Oakwell thanks to his passion, work rate and determination.

He was named Players Player of the Year, Fans Player of the Years and Disabled Supporters Player of the year for the 2008/09 Season

Hendrie, John
Position: Striker/Manager
Games: 65 Goals: 17

Soooper - super John, super Johnny Hendrie! so went the chant during his inspirational season at Oakwell.

A massive favourite of the fans . Inspirational in the run in for the reds in the promotion season to the Premiership, 1996-97. Brought in mid term by Danny Wilson, he proved to be an amazing signing, this exciting BFC legend scored some stunning goals in the run up to claiming runners up spot in the Championship and promotion to the Premiership.

Hendrie went on to manage the club for a short period succeeding Danny Wilson, he brought in notably another Oakwell player of Legendary status in the tarn (see below). Craig Hignett was secured using his links with 'Boro to bag Hignett for the reds.

Hignett, Craig
Position: Midfield

Games: 66 Goals: 35

Craig signed was signed for Barnsley by former boro team mate John Hendrie for £800,000 in 1999.

After suffering relegation from the Premiership, Barnsley were looking for a quick return to the top flight and Hignett's 20 goals in his second season at Oakwell helped them reach the play off final of the 1999/2000 season under Dave Basseett. Hignett scored twice in the final but Barnsley lost 4-2 to Ipswich Town in the final.

Hignett finally left Barnsley in 2000 after 66 appearances and 35 goals for the club; he signed for Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £2.2. million. He helped Rovers regain their Premiership status and won a League Cup winners medal in 2002 when Blackburn beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the final.

Craig was an enormous favourite of the Oakwell fans, and could get a goal out of nothing with his tremendous vision and all round footballing skill, remember the shot that bounced off the cross bar at the old Wembley during the 1999/2000 play off final.

BFCWEB Tykes Best Ever 11. (Midfield)

Hristov, Georgi
Position: Striker

Games: 45 Goals: 8

Everyones favourite Macedonian, Gerogi left his mark on Barnsley during his time at the reds. He arrived as the reds record signing in the close season prior to the Premiership season from Partizan Belgrade for £1.5m. Macedonian international and the nations star player, was never prolific for the reds (8 goals in 45 appearances) and we are not sure why he has found a spot in the legends section... but here he is. His part in the Premiership season and following seasons in the Championship took him into Barnsley FC folklore.

Hristov is the Republic of Macedonia national football team 's all-time leading scorer, with 16 goals.

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