List of Barnsley F.C. seasons

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Barnsley Football Club is an English association football club based in the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley. Founded in 1887 under the name Barnsley St Peter's, the team played in the Sheffield & District League from the 1890–91 season and first entered the FA Cup in 1893–94. Two years later, they were accepted into the Midland League. The club changed its name to Barnsley F.C. in 1897; its team finished as Midland League runners-up in the first season under the new name, and were elected to the newly expanded Second Division of the Football League for the 1898–99 season.[1] A 16th-place finish in their second season meant they had to apply for re-election; the application was successful, and Barnsley continued safely in mid-table until 1911, when they again needed to be re-elected to the League.[2] Their cup form was rather better: either side of that poor League placing, they reached the FA Cup final. In 1909–10, they drew 1–1 with Newcastle United in the final at Crystal Palace, but lost 1–0 in the replay at Everton's Goodison Park ground.[3] Two seasons later, after taking three replays to get through the quarter-final, they played out a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion at Crystal Palace; this time Barnsley won the replay, at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground, by one goal to nil.[3]

In the remaining years before competitive football was suspended for the duration of the First World War, Barnsley established themselves as one of the stronger sides in the Second Division, placing third in 1914–15. The First Division was to be expanded by two teams for the first post-war season. Traditionally, existing top-flight teams were reprieved from relegation when such an expansion took place, but when the League chose to relegate Tottenham Hotspur, who had finished bottom, Barnsley had expectations of promotion. Instead of promoting the top three from the Second Division, the top two went up and the League opted to ballot its members as to the third candidate; Arsenal, who had finished fifth in 1915, won the ballot.[4] Barnsley missed out on promotion in 1921–22 on goal average, and continued in the Second Division until 1931–32 when they went down to the Third Division North, also on goal average. They returned to the second tier as champions two years later, were relegated in 1938, and won another Third Division title in 1939.[3]

After relegation in 1953, Barnsley won the Third Division championship for a third time in 1955, but ten years later they were in the Fourth Division. They moved between fourth and third tiers before two promotions in three years took them back to the Second Division in 1981, in which they remained for the next sixteen seasons.[3] With two matches left to play in the 1996–97 season, to the accompaniment of chants of "It's just like watching Brazil", Danny Wilson had managed Barnsley to within one win of promotion to the Premier League. At home to Bradford City, Paul Wilkinson gave them a first-half lead, and with three minutes to go, Clint Marcelle scored the goal that made sure of the win.[5][6] Barnsley's visit to the top flight was brief; they finished 19th, five points short of safety. They came close to a return in 2000 via the play-offs, losing 4–2 in the final after Ipswich Town's goalkeeper had saved a penalty and made a late save to deny them an equaliser.[7]

Two years later, they were relegated to the third tier, which combined with the loss of revenue following the failure of ITV Digital and its broadcasting deal with the Football League made Barnsley one of some thirty clubs driven into administration.[8][9] They recovered, and went on to beat Swansea City in a penalty shoot-out in the 2006 play-off final and return to the second tier, by then renamed the Championship.[10] Despite finishing no higher than 17th place, they retained their second-tier status for eight seasons. Relegated in 2014, they returned via the play-offs, beating Millwall 3–1 in the 2016 final.[11] Also in 2015–16, Barnsley beat Oxford United 3–2 in the final to win the Football League Trophy, a cup competition open to teams from the lower two divisions of the Football League, for the first time.[12] They were again relegated in 2017–18.

As of the end of the 2017–18 season, Barnsley have spent 10 seasons in the fourth tier of the English football league system, 23 in the third, 75 in the second and 1 in the top tier. The table details the team's achievements and the top goalscorer in senior first-team competitions from their first season in the Sheffield & District League in 1890–91 to the end of the most recently completed season.

Key[edit]

Details of the abandoned 1939–40 Football League season are shown in italics and appropriately footnoted.

Seasons[edit]

Season League[3] FA Cup[13] League Cup[3][14] Other[3][15] Top league scorer(s)[16]
Division[a] P W D L F A Pts Pos Competition Result Name Goals
1890–91 Sheff 14 3 4 7 22 38 10 6th[17] &
&
&
Not known
1891–92 Sheff 18 11 2 5 50 37 24 3rd[18] &
&
&
Not known
1892–93 Sheff 26 15 3 8 84 45 33 4th &
&
&
Not known
1893–94 Sheff 2 8 4 3 1 19 8 11 2nd QR1 &
&
Not known
1894–95 Sheff C 10 4 5 1 19 21 9 4th[b] R1 &
&
Not known
1895–96 Midland 28 13 3 12 62 52 29 8th QR1 &
&
Not known
1896–97 Midland 28 10 4 14 57 71 24 11th R1 &
&
Not known
1897–98
  • Midland Promoted
  • Yorks
  • 22
  • 18
  • 14
  • 11
  • 3
  • 3
  • 5
  • 4
  • 47
  • 62
  • 29
  • 27
  • 31
  • 25
  • 2nd
  • 3rd
QR3 &
&
Not known
1898–99 Div 2 34 12 7 15 52 56 31 11th QR5 &
&
Not known
1899–1900 Div 2 34 8 7 19 46 79 23 16th[c] QR4 &
&
Not known
1900–01 Div 2 34 11 5 18 47 60 27 15th QR5 &
&
Andrew Swann[21] 18 ♦
1901–02 Div 2 34 12 6 16 51 63 30 11th QR5 &
&
Not known
1902–03 Div 2 34 13 8 13 55 51 34 8th R2 &
&
Not known
1903–04 Div 2 34 11 10 13 38 57 32 8th Inter &
&
Not known
1904–05 Div 2 34 14 5 15 38 56 33 7th Inter &
&
Not known
1905–06 Div 2 38 12 9 17 60 62 33 12th R2 &
&
Not known
1906–07 Div 2 38 15 8 15 73 55 38 8th QF &
&
Not known
1907–08 Div 2 38 12 6 20 54 68 30 16th R1 &
&
Not known
1908–09 Div 2 38 11 10 17 48 57 32 17th R1 &
&
Not known
1909–10 Div 2 38 16 7 15 62 59 39 9th F[d] &
&
Not known
1910–11 Div 2 38 7 14 17 52 62 28 19th[c] R2 &
&
Not known
1911–12 Div 2 38 15 12 11 45 42 42 6th W[e] &
&
Not known
1912–13 Div 2 38 19 7 12 57 47 45 4th R2 &
&
Not known
1913–14 Div 2 38 19 7 12 51 45 45 5th R1 &
&
Not known
1914–15 Div 2 38 22 3 13 51 51 47 3rd R1 &
&
Not known
1915–19 é
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the First World War.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
1919–20 Div 2 42 15 10 17 61 55 40 12th R2 &
&
Not known
1920–21 Div 2 42 10 16 16 48 50 36 16th R1 &
&
Not known
1921–22 Div 2 42 22 8 12 67 52 52 3rd R3 &
&
Not known
1922–23 Div 2 42 17 11 14 62 51 45 9th R2 &
&
Not known
1923–24 Div 2 42 16 11 15 57 61 43 11th R1 &
&
Not known
1924–25 Div 2 42 13 12 17 46 59 38 15th R2 &
&
Not known
1925–26 Div 2 42 12 12 18 58 84 36 18th R1 &
&
Not known
1926–27 Div 2 42 17 9 16 88 87 43 11th R4 &
&
Not known
1927–28 Div 2 42 14 11 17 65 85 39 13th R3 &
&
Not known
1928–29 Div 2 42 16 6 20 69 66 38 16th R3 &
&
Not known
1929–30 Div 2 42 14 8 20 56 71 36 17th R3 &
&
Not known
1930–31 Div 2 42 13 9 20 59 79 35 19th R5 &
&
Not known
1931–32 Div 2 Relegated 42 12 9 21 55 91 33 21st R3 &
&
Not known
1932–33 Div 3N 42 19 8 15 92 80 46 8th R3 &
&
Not known
1933–34 Div 3N Promoted 42 27 8 7 118 61 62 1st R1 &
Third Division North Cup R1 Not known
1934–35 Div 2 42 13 12 17 60 83 38 16th R3 &
&
Not known
1935–36 Div 2 42 12 9 21 54 80 33 20th QF &
&
Not known
1936–37 Div 2 42 16 9 17 50 64 41 14th R3 &
&
Not known
1937–38 Div 2 Relegated 42 11 14 17 50 64 36 21st R4 &
&
Not known
1938–39 Div 3N Promoted 42 30 7 5 94 34 67 1st R3 &
Third Division North Cup DNE[f] Not known
1939–40 Div 2 3 1 0 2 7 8 2 [g] &
&
&
Bud Maxwell[23] 4
1939–45 é
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the Second World War.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
1945–46 R5[h] &
&
Not known
1946–47 Div 2 42 17 8 17 84 86 42 10th R4 &
&
Not known
1947–48 Div 2 42 15 10 17 62 64 40 12th R3 &
&
Not known
1948–49 Div 2 42 14 12 16 62 61 40 9th R3 &
&
Not known
1949–50 Div 2 42 13 13 16 64 67 39 13th R3 &
&
Not known
1950–51 Div 2 42 15 10 17 74 68 40 15th R3 &
&
Cec McCormack[24] 33
1951–52 Div 2 42 11 14 17 59 72 36 20th R4 &
&
Not known
1952–53 Div 2 Relegated 42 5 8 29 47 108 18 22nd R4 &
&
Not known
1953–54 Div 3N 46 24 10 12 77 57 58 2nd R2 &
&
Not known
1954–55 Div 3N Promoted 46 30 5 11 86 46 65 1st R2 &
&
Not known
1955–56 Div 2 42 11 12 19 47 84 34 18th R4 &
&
Not known
1956–57 Div 2 42 12 10 20 59 89 34 19th R5 &
&
Not known
1957–58 Div 2 42 14 12 16 70 74 40 14th R3 &
&
Not known
1958–59 Div 2 Relegated 42 10 7 25 55 91 27 22nd R3 &
&
Not known
1959–60 Div 3 46 15 14 17 65 66 44 17th R1 &
&
Not known
1960–61 Div 3 46 21 7 18 83 80 49 8th QF R2[i] &
Not known
1961–62 Div 3 46 13 12 21 71 95 38 20th R2 R2 &
Not known
1962–63 Div 3 46 15 11 20 63 74 41 18th R3 R3 &
Not known
1963–64 Div 3 46 12 15 19 68 94 39 20th R5 R2 &
Not known
1964–65 Div 3 Relegated 46 9 11 26 54 90 29 24th R2 R2 &
Not known
1965–66 Div 4 46 15 10 21 74 78 40 16th R2 R1 &
Not known
1966–67 Div 4 46 13 15 18 60 64 41 16th R3 R1 &
Not known
1967–68 Div 4 Promoted 46 24 13 9 68 46 61 2nd R1 R1 &
Not known
1968–69 Div 3 46 16 14 16 58 63 46 10th R3 R2 &
Not known
1969–70 Div 3 46 19 15 12 68 59 53 7th R3 R1 &
Not known
1970–71 Div 3 46 17 11 18 49 52 45 12th R2 R1 &
Not known
1971–72 Div 3 Relegated 46 9 18 19 32 64 36 22nd R2 R2 &
Not known
1972–73 Div 4 46 14 16 16 58 60 44 14th R1 R1 &
Not known
1973–74 Div 4 46 17 10 19 58 64 44 13th R2 R1 &
Not known
1974–75 Div 4 46 15 11 20 62 65 41 15th R1 R1 &
Not known
1975–76 Div 4 46 14 16 16 52 48 44 12th R1 R1 &
Not known
1976–77 Div 4 46 23 9 14 62 39 55 6th R2 R2 &
Brian Joicey[21] 25 ♦
1977–78 Div 4 46 18 14 14 61 49 50 7th R2 R1 &
Not known
1978–79 Div 4 Promoted 46 24 13 9 73 42 61 4th R2 R1 &
Not known
1979–80 Div 3 46 16 14 16 53 56 46 11th R2 R2 &
Not known
1980–81 Div 3 Promoted 46 21 17 8 72 45 59 2nd R5 R4 &
Not known
1981–82 Div 2 42 19 10 13 59 41 67[j] 6th R3 QF &
Not known
1982–83 Div 2 42 14 15 13 57 55 57 10th R4 R4 &
Not known
1983–84 Div 2 42 15 7 20 57 53 52 14th R3 R2 &
Not known
1984–85 Div 2 42 14 16 12 42 42 58 11th QF R2 &
Not known
1985–86 Div 2 42 14 14 14 47 50 56 12th R3 R2 &
Not known
1986–87 Div 2 42 14 13 15 49 52 55 11th R5 R2 Full Members Cup R1 Not known
1987–88 Div 2 44 15 12 17 61 62 57 14th R4 R3 Full Members Cup R1 David Currie[21] 28 ♦
1988–89 Div 2 46 20 14 12 66 58 74 7th R5 R2 Full Members Cup R1 Not known
1989–90 Div 2 46 13 15 18 49 71 54 19th R5 R2 Full Members Cup R2(N) Steve Agnew[24] 16
1990–91 Div 2 46 19 12 15 63 48 69 8th R3 R2 Full Members Cup SF(N) Not known
1991–92 Div 2 46 16 11 19 46 57 59 16th R3 R3 Full Members Cup R1(N) Not known
1992–93 Div 1[k] 46 17 9 20 56 60 60 13th R5 R1 Anglo-Italian Cup Prelim Not known
1993–94 Div 1 46 16 7 23 55 67 55 18th R5 R2 Anglo-Italian Cup Prelim Not known
1994–95 Div 1 46 20 12 14 63 52 72 6th R3 R2 &
Not known
1995–96 Div 1 46 14 18 14 60 66 60 10th R3 R3 &
Andy Payton[25] 17
1996–97 Div 1 Promoted 46 22 14 10 76 55 80 2nd R4 R2 &
Neil Redfearn 17
1997–98 Prem Relegated 38 10 5 23 37 82 35 19th QF R3 &
Neil Redfearn 10
1998–99 Div 1 46 14 17 15 59 56 59 13th QF R4 &
Ashley Ward 12
1999–2000 Div 1 46 24 10 12 88 67 82 4th[l] R3 R4 &
Craig Hignett 19
2000–01 Div 1 46 15 9 22 49 62 54 16th R3 R3 &
14
2001–02 Div 1 Relegated 46 11 15 20 59 86 48 23rd R3 R3 &
Bruce Dyer 14
2002–03 Div 2 46 13 13 20 51 64 52 19th R1 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Bruce Dyer 16
2003–04 Div 2 46 15 17 14 54 58 62 12th R3 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Kevin Betsy 10
2004–05 League 1[m] 46 14 19 13 69 64 61 13th R1 R2 Football League Trophy R1(N) Michael Chopra 17
2005–06 League 1 Promoted 46 18 18 10 62 44 72 5th[n] R3 R2 Football League Trophy R1(N) Marc Richards 12
2006–07 Champ 46 15 5 26 53 85 50 20th R3 R2 &
Daniel Nardiello 9
2007–08 Champ 46 14 13 19 52 65 55 18th SF R2 &
Brian Howard 13
2008–09 Champ 46 13 13 20 45 58 52 20th R3 R1 &
9
2009–10 Champ 46 14 12 20 53 69 54 18th R3 R4 &
Daniel Bogdanović 11
2010–11 Champ 46 14 14 18 55 66 56 17th R3 R1 &
Adam Hammill 8
2011–12 Champ 46 13 9 24 49 74 48 21st R3 R1 &
Craig Davies 11
2012–13 Champ 46 14 13 19 56 70 55 21st QF R2 &
Craig Davies 8
2013–14 Champ Relegated 46 9 12 25 44 77 39 23rd R3 R2 &
Chris O'Grady 15
2014–15 League 1 46 17 11 18 62 61 62 11th R3 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Conor Hourihane 13
2015–16 League 1 Promoted 46 22 8 16 70 54 74 6th[o] R1 R2 Football League Trophy W[p] Sam Winnall 21
2016–17 Champ 46 15 13 18 64 67 58 14th R3 R1 &
Sam Winnall 11
2017–18 Champ Relegated 46 9 14 23 48 72 41 22nd R3 R3 &
9

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Football League divisions are sorted according to their level within the English football league system, and separately from non-League divisions.
  2. ^ The Central Division of the Sheffield & District League was combined with the Wharncliffe Charity Cup.[19] The club chose not to enter the Midland League.[20]
  3. ^ a b Successfully applied for re-election to the Football League.[2]
  4. ^ Entered the competition in the first round and progressed to the final at Crystal Palace, in which they drew 1–1 with Newcastle United. In the replay, they lost 1–0 at Everton's Goodison Park ground.[3]
  5. ^ For the second time in three seasons, entered the competition in the first round and progressed to the final. They needed three replays to get past Bradford City in the quarter-final. They played out a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion at Crystal Palace, and this time won the replay, at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground, by one goal to nil.[3]
  6. ^ Clubs reaching the third round of the 1938–39 FA Cup were excused from entering the Northern Section Cup.[22]
  7. ^ The 1939–40 season was abandoned with three matches played when the Second World War began.[3]
  8. ^ Although the Football League did not resume until the 1946–47 season, the FA Cup was contested in 1945–46. From the first round proper to the sixth round (quarter-final), results were determined on aggregate score over two legs.[3][13]
  9. ^ The Football League Cup competition started in the 1960–61 season.[8]
  10. ^ The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win instead of two.[8]
  11. ^ When the newly formed FA Premier League split from the Football League, the remaining divisions of the Football League were renumbered upwards.[8]
  12. ^ After beating Birmingham City 5–2 on aggregate in the play-off semi-final,[26] lost 4–2 to Ipswich Town in the final.[7]
  13. ^ From the 2004–05 season, the Football League divisions were rebranded: Division One was renamed the Football League Championship, and Divisions Two and Three became Football League One and Football League Two respectively.[27]
  14. ^ After beating Huddersfield Town 3–2 on aggregate in the play-off semi-final,[28] beat Swansea City in the final in a penalty shoot-out to gain promotion to the Championship.[10]
  15. ^ After beating Walsall 6–1 on aggregate in the play-off semi-final,[29] beat Millwall 4–1 in the final to gain promotion to the Championship.[11]
  16. ^ Beat Oxford United 3–2 in the final to win the Football League Trophy for the first time.[12]

References[edit]

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    Long, Gideon (29 April 1997). "Brazil style promotes Barnsley to Premiership". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
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  13. ^ a b "The Emirates FA Cup: Past Results". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 July 2018. Individual seasons accessed via dropdown menu.
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  15. ^ For Football League Group Cup: "Football League Group Cup". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
    For Full Members Cup: "Football League Full Members' Cup". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
    For Third Division North Cup: "Football League Division Three North Cup Summary – Contents". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
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    "Sheffield & Hallamshire Association". Sheffield & Rotherham Independent. 29 April 1895. p. 7 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
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  23. ^ "Second League". The People. London. 27 August 1939. p. 20 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
    "Football results and scorers". Birmingham Gazette. 29 August 1939. p. 10 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
    "All the football results and league tables". Birmingham Gazette. 4 September 1939. p. 7 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
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  25. ^ Sewell, Albert, ed. (1996). News of the World Football Annual 1996–97. London: Invincible Press. p. 354. ISBN 978-0-00-218737-4.
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