View from the opposition – Barnsley

A bit about you

Name: Owen Scrimshaw    

Current home town: Nottingham   Birthplace: Mexborough, South Yorkshire How long have you supported your team? 32 years  

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The West Stand, a reminder of the past and how far the club have come in the last 15 years 

Favourite match played by your team & why: Bradford City home game 26th April 1997, the game that got us promoted to the premier league.  The reds won 2-0 to secure premier league football for the first time 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Ronnie Glavin, a superb attacking midfielder with an eye for goal 

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Tough one, we have so many players but I will go for Heinz Muller.  He is our goalkeeper and has installed confidence in the defence and this has helped spread throughout the team…… 

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Megson’s Last Stand

City 0 – 1 Sheffield United 

City lost 1-0 to Sheffield United on a bitterly cold Tuesday evening at the Walkers Stadium. The fans saw nothing on the pitch to warm their mood and after chants of “What a load of rubbish” and “Megson for Bolton” towards the end of a very poor game there will be few tears shed for a man who was never really at ease in the City dugout, five game unbeaten run or not. 

City began the game with some decent possession culminating in a chance for Fryatt which went just wide and a long shot from McAuley that never troubled Paddy Kenny in the United goal. Sadly this was to be the trend for the evening as chances of any sort were few and far between.  

The Blades began to put some good balls into the City penalty area courtesy of former City man Keith Gillespie, the majority being dealt with efficiently by the solid looking back line and city keeper Fulop who along with Clemence currently looks like the best of the signings made over the summer. 

Clemence however was forced to leave the field after only 18 minutes, being replaced by Newton and highlighting the critical shortage of quality central midfielders despite the size of the City squad. 

The latest man to join City on loan, Collins John, replaced DJ Campbell after 32 minutes but looked a long way from being match fit and failed to trouble the replacement United keeper Ian Bennett, who came on for Kenny after 39 minutes…..

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Next Opponents – Barnsley

Manager: Simon Davey   

Founded: 1887  

Ground: Oakwell Stadium. Address: Grove Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 1ET. Capacity: 23,000. Highest gate 40,255 v Stoke C, FA Cup 5th Rd, February 15, 1936  

Squad:

Goalkeepers: 1 Nick Colgan 22 Heinz Muller 30 Kyle Letheren  

Defenders: 12 Robert Atkinson 16 Stephen Foster 17 Thomas Harban 18 Dennis Souza 19 Jacob Butterfield 2 Bobby Hassell 23 Marciano Van Hoemoet 3 Lewin Nyatanga 3 Paul Heckingbottom 38 Luke Potter 4 Paul Mark Reid 5 Robert Kozluk 55 Dominik Werling – Rhys Meynell  

Midfielder: 10 Brian Howard 11 Grant McCann 15 Anderson De Silva 17 Rohan Ricketts 20 Jamal Cambell-Ryce 25 Martin Devaney 26 Simon Heslop 37 Dwayne Mattis 6 Andy Johnson 7 Sam Togwell  

Strikers: 13 Istvan Ferenczi 14 Kim Christensen 21 Nathan Joynes 24 Michael Coulson 34 Scott McGrory 8 Miguel Mostto 9 Kayode Odejayi 

If you spot any factual inaccuracies in the above feel free to let me know via matt.davis@foxestrust.com – thanks

FLAG FOILS FOXES

Scunthorpe 0 City 0

Only a cruel offside decision denied City a victory on their first league visit to Scunthorpe on Saturday. when Patrick Kisnorbo found the net with a header from Alan Sheehan's free-kick in the 67th minute, the visitors seemed set for their second successive away win But the celebrations were cut short by a linesman's flag, as team-mate Matty Fryatt had strayed into an offside position.

However, the judgement that he was interfering with play looked at the time to be an extremely pedantic one, and was confirmed later by TV replays. It was the second body blow to City in a matter of minutes. Earlier Iain Hume had been sent off for his second bookable offence.

Although his challenge on home defender Cliff Byrne seemed relatively innocuous, Hume had been involved in a series of skirmishes with various opponents throughout his hour on the pitch. But his mood could not have been helped by the abject lack of service given to him and Fryatt by his team-mates….

 

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View from the opposition – Sheffield United:

A bit about you:

Name: David Underhay 

Current home town: Leicester     Birthplace: Sheffield 

How long have you supported your team? 50 Years 

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: It is home 

Favourite match played by your team & why: Sheffield United 5 Cardiff 1 (1971) – Achieved promotion with that match. 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Tony Currie 

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? James Beattie – scored 8 in 10 this season (at date this article was produced) 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? As above 

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Marton Fulop – best in the division…… 

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