|When was Barnsley's best season?|
The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.
The nominations were:
1980/81 - Norman Hunter picked up the mantle from Allan Clarke’s transformation of BFC as the Reds returned to the second tier of English football – finishing second, only two points behind Champions Rotherham. The stars of the season were Ian Banks, Ronnie Glavin and Mick McCarthy.
1996/97 - The Reds were relegation favourites in the summer of ’96 but Danny Wilson’s side defied all odds as ‘It’s Just Like Watching Brazil’ frequently reverberated around Oakwell. Barnsley were promoted automatically to the top flight for the first time in 110 years of history.
1997/98 - Barnsley’s only ever season in the top flight may have ended in tears, but a brave battle against the big boys gave many Tykes hope and belief. Aside from a great FA Cup run to the quarter finals, a true highlight was the 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
1999/00 - Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett’s side outscored every other team in the division, but had to settle for a place in the Play-Offs. Although a Wembley defeat to Ipswich ruined the dream, Barnsley’s ‘gung-ho’ style saw many victories and memories to bring hope back to the town.
2005/06 - Manager Andy Ritchie had a ‘two-year plan’ that went out of the window when Barnsley triumphed the League 1 Play-Offs with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Swansea City to springboard Barnsley back to where they belong.
|Who is Barnsley's best ever manager?|
The FL125 Greatest Manager voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.
The nominees were:
Arthur Fairclough - Led Barnsley to their two only appearances in the FA Cup Final. Winning once in 1912.
Allan Clarke - Transformed the face of Barnsley, sparkinga rise from the basement division into the second during the late 70s/early 80s.
Norman Hunter - Expansive, attacking football was the way Barnsley played under Hunter as they enjoyed a remarkable League Cup run in 1981 - beating top-flight Man City, Swansea and Brighton before earning a replay against the mighty Liverpool.
Danny Wilson - 'It's Just Like Watching Brazil' was the song the supporters chanted as Danny Wilson guided the Reds to their only ever appearance in the top flight in 1997.
Dave Bassett - Led the Reds to their only ever appearance at the old Wembley - coming so close to securing a return to the Premier League in his first season at the helm in 1999/2000.