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Neil Redfearn
Position: Midfield
Games: 292 Goals: 71 Years: 1991-98

Neil Redfearn... Redders, Captain Marvel... GOD.... the list of nicknames goes on, bestowed on a player who has the affection of every tykes fan. Redders captained Barnsley FC through our one and (so far!) only historical year in the premiership, and the preceding promotion season from the Championship, seen here celebrating promotion at Oakwell against Bradford City.

He played for the reds 292 times, notching 71 goals during 1991-1998. He scored 17 goals from Midfield inspiring the club to promotion to the Premiership in the 1997-97 season, and he finished top scorer during the clubs Premiership season, scoring 10 league goals.

There was a time when it was more or less guaranteed that Redfearn would be first goal scorer at Oakwell. An incredibly talented workhorse of a player with a powerful right foot, he led by example during his time at the club, notching many spectacular goals from Midfield, Captain of the club, and also club penalty taker. He even came out top of Midfield in the Fantasy football competitions during the Prem year, thanks to his performances, assists and goals.

This guy was the real deal. He hit goals like jackpots at Getminted.

Redfearn was a great asset to BFC and loyal servant to the club, and every player who comes to this club will be judged by the Redders Benchmark... some were only a quarter of this player... are you listening Mr Howard?

Redders Facts: Redfearn topped the Midfield charts in the Fantasy football competitions during the Prem year, thanks to his performances, assists and goals.

BFCWEB Tykes Best Ever 11. (Central Midfield)

Taggart, Gerry
Position: Defender
Games: 247 Goals: 20

Big tough North Ireland defender, uncompromising, dominating in the Barnsley defence this free scoring centre-half was a massive legends with the tykes both on and off the pitch.

Ooo Gerry Gerry, Ooo Gerry, Gerry was the imaginative but none the less catchy chant from Oakwell at the time.

Gerry came as a young lad to Barnsley from Manchester City where he had few chances to show his worh in the city team, so Taggart dropped down a division to take up the option of joining Barnsley, he spent five happy seasons from 1990 - 1995, the regular commanding displays for Barnsley saw him break into the Northern Irish national team (pictured here) whilst with the reds, Taggart spent most of his time at Barnsley under former Northern Ireland player Danny Wilson.

Big Gerry made 247 appearances for the reds, his considerable skill and powerful presence saw him net a fine 20 goals from defence, and making him a tykes cult hero.

Moved to Bolton Wanderers for £1.5m, and notably moved on and played for other (then) Premiership side Leicester City.

BFCWEB Tykes Best Ever 11. (Central defence)

Taylor, Tommy
Position: Striker

Games: 46 Goals: 28
Years: 19-

Barnsley born and bred, went onto be in busby's babes at Manchester United, sadly his career came to an end alongside others from that team in the Munich 58 air disaster.

A Monk Bretton lad, his grave is an historic land mark to a footballing legend in Monk Bretton Cemetary.

Tommy scored an amazing 28 goals in 46 appearances for Barnsley from 1950-53 before joining Manchester United where he scored an even more amazing 128 goals in 189 games.

Dickie Bird commented on his friend: "Do you know? He never wanted to sign for Manchester United, did Tommy," recalled Dickie.

"It was only because Barnsley needed the money. I think you'll find that Sir Matt Busby and Jimmy Murphy concluded the transfer in the cinema because they wanted to keep it secret."

"They also agreed a fee of £29,999, so he didn't become burdened by the tag of becoming the country's first £30,000 player.

"He may have shared digs with the likes of Bobby Charlton, but the fame did not change him. He always came home after a game and supped a pint in The Woodman. You used to in those days; players were close to their roots. Not now."

BFCWEB Tykes Best Ever 11. (Striker)

Thomas, Gwyn
Position: Midfield
Games: ? Goals: ? Years: ?

Stocky little welsh midfielder, Gwyn Thomas mixed it in the Barnsley midfield through the 80's.

Trade mark socks down, no shin pads for Gwyn, legs like tree trunks, he was probably one of the scariest midfielders ever at Oakwell.

'Thomas the Tank' was a hardworking and versatile midfielder who won Wales Under-21 caps but was injured on the one occasion he was called up to the senior side.

Scored a cracking goal the first time we thrashed Chelsea in the FA cup, he scored the first in a memorable 4-0 drubbing in the 3rd round at Oakwell... but later in the game sustained a bad injury from a bad tackle from Graham Roberts. Never really recovered from the after-effects of Roberts' tackle and left for Hull City in 1990.

Tiler, Carl
Position: Defender
Games: 71 Goals: 3 Years: 1988-91

Carl was a tall skillful defender who started his career with the reds as a youngster, playing three seasons at Oakwell, before the club was 'lured' into selling him onto one of the many top clubs who rated him, going to Nottingham Forest for £1.4 million in 1991.

In his time at Oakwell Tiler gave many assured defensive performances his speed, tackling, and aerial prowess in the area being prized assets which won his plaudits, including 13 appearances for England U21's. The fans knew around that time, anyone this good for Barnsley aint going to stay at Oakwell for long, such was the habit of palming off our best prospects* for a quick payout Which at the time was more a part of the way the club operated and sustaining its life on about 6000 attendances...

Tiler had two playing seasons at Forest, and a couple of long term injuries blighted his later career to an extent, but he did move around clubs in the top flight with varying degrees of success and failure.

(*David Hirst - who does not feature in the Legends section due to saying he was going to be rooting for Wednesday during a recent Barnsley-dee darr derby, and from a lad from Cudworth... what is happening to the world!).



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