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Barnsley Match report ~ Barnsley Football Club © BFC web, web1.1 July 2008 Barnsley Football Club ~ Barnsley Match Review

Ward, Ashley
Position: Striker
Games: 46 Goals: 20

Ashley Ward was brought into the Barnsley ranks during the early part of the Premiership campaign. His goals and tenacity made him a massive favourite amongst the Oakwell faithful, had an impressive work rate where he chased every half chance and made opportunities for himself. Scored the only goal at Anfield in which the reds held on to a memorable 0-1 win... (well, we usually win at Anfield don't we!?).

Ashley's goals nearly helped retain Premierhsip status, but sadly the gravity to the Championship proved too strong for the tykes. Ashley Ward was a big part of the most memorable season in Barnsley FC history. Some would say one of the best strikers we have had down at Oakwell.

Ashleys 20 goals in 46 appearances for the reds illustrates his form for the reds. The following season after relegation, Ashley Ward moved onto Blackburn Rovers in 1998 fora large fee of £4.5 million. He went on to play for other Yorkshire clubs including Bradford City (pictured).

BFCWEB Tykes Best Ever 11. (Striker)

Wilson, Danny
Position: Player/Manager
Games: 77 Goals: 2

Danny played for the reds 77 times scoring two goals. But he is in the legend list, for his work as Manager and getting the reds in to the Premiership for the only time in our history.

He became Player Manager in 1994-95 following Viv Andersons move to Middlesbrough.

His record reads like this:
1994-95 First season - 6th position,
1995-96 10th position, dropping away from the play-off zone as the season progressed.
1996-97 Danny guided the team to promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history.

During his early days with the reds, csom of the reds fans wanted him out... but the following season he acheived the unimaginable!

It was a magnificent achievement, but despite making Oakwell record buys during the summer Wilson was unable to keep his side in the top flight.  Nevertheless it was a memorable season with a 1-0 victory at Anfield and a good FA Cup run, going out at St James park in the Qtr finals thanks to cheating Shearer, on the way we knocked out Bolton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester Utd at Oakwell after drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford thanks to a John Hendrie goal, so all in all a very special and best year in Barnsley FC history.

One blot on Wilsons copy book is the lies with regard to his future to the club following relegation, saying he was staying at Oakwell only to leave for former club Sheffield Wednesday in the summer.  Which also coincided with the departure of Neil Redfearn to Charlton Athletic.

BFCWEB Tykes Best Ever. (Manager)

Wylde, Roger
Position: Striker
Games: 52 Goals: 19

Wylde was a dependable striker for the reds, he was good in the air but had fine skill on the ground for a tall man. He had a fine mullet when he was action for the reds, but that was just par for the course during the 80's, so don't hold it against him!

Remember seeing him score against his old side Sunderland at the old Roker Park, getting bottles thrown over by the hospitable Sunderland fans, over to our tiny sliver of an away end in the corner of one of the big home uncovered kops behind the goal... but we did send them down that day, so fair enough!

Roger played for the reds from 1985-1988, in the latter part of his playing career but left some lasting memories for reds fans. Seem to remember him also being the penalty specialist for the tykes at the time.

In his last years in football he took a degree in physiotherapy and is now the physiotherapist for Stockport County.



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