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Memorable Matches: Barnsley 4-3 Southampton (March 1998)

Goalscorers: Ashley Ward 17, Egil Ostenstad 24, Scott Jones 31, Matt Le Tissier 40, 70, Jan-Aage Fjortoft 42, Neil Redfearn 57 PEN


Barnsley: Dave Watson, Scott Jones (Eric Tinkler 82), Nicky Eaden, Chris Morgan, Adie Moses, Martin Bullock, Darren Barnard, Darren Sheridan, Neil Redfearn, Jan-Aage Fjortoft, Ashley Ward (Andy Liddell 37, Georgi Hristov 64)

Southampton: Paul Jones, Francis Benali, Jason Dodd, Claus Lundekvam, Ken Monkou, John Beresford, Matt Oakley, Kevin Richardson (Andy Williams 57), Matt Le Tissier, David Hirst, Egil Ostenstad

Referee: Gerald Ashby, Attendance: 18,368

Barnsley remain one of the smallest clubs to have played in the Premier League and their fans will never forget the 1997-1998 season when they rubbed shoulders in the top-flight with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

They entertained Southampton in March 1998 and were looking to make it three wins in a row after an excellent victory in midweek at Villa Park against Aston Villa. They made the perfect start here too. Ashley Ward, who had scored in that win in the Midlands, put the Tykes into a 17th minute lead. He spun away from his marker Claus Lundekvam and crashed a low shot past Paul Jones’ defences.

Southampton, who were enjoying a comfortable season in the reaches of mid-table, hit back seven minutes later. Egil Ostenstad forced home the equaliser after some patient build-up play and slack home defending. However, Barnsley were showing plenty of character in what was their debut Premier League campaign and in the 31st minute, regained the lead. Jones came for a corner and never looked like getting there. It was his namesake, Scott Jones who won the aerial battle and put the home side back into the lead. Scott Jones had been the hero recently, having scored twice to dump mighty Manchester United out of the FA Cup at the fifth round stage.

The Saints though were producing great entertainment in this topsy-turvy clash and produced a second leveller five minutes before the interval. Jason Dodd broke down the right-hand side and his pinpoint cross was headed into the net by Matt Le Tissier. Just before Le Tissier’s equaliser, Ward was forced off the pitch by a hamstring injury but 120 seconds later, Danny Wilson’s battlers earned themselves a third lead in the match. Midfielder Martin Bullock beat two Southampton players, before crossing the ball for Jan-Aage Fjortoft to smash the ball into the roof of the net.

It was 3-2 at half-time and Barnsley finally earned themselves some breathing space and a two-goal cushion just before the hour mark. Fjortoft’s shirt was tugged in the penalty area by Lundekvam. It looked like a standard jousting contest but referee Gerald Ashby decided there was enough contact to award a foul. Captain Neil Redfearn dispatched the penalty with some aplomb. Dave Jones said afterwards: “The referee told me this was his last match before he retired and maybe he wanted to go out with a bang. I just wish he’d retired before today.”

With 20 minutes left, Le Tissier produced another of his trademark free-kicks to bring the visitors back into the match again but they couldn’t find another equaliser and left Oakwell with nothing to show for their efforts. Southampton finished 12th in the final standings whilst despite going on to beat Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday in home matches during the run-in; Barnsley’s relegation was confirmed at Filbert Street on the final Saturday of the season.


Memorable Matches: Southampton 6-3 Manchester United (October 1996)

Goalscorers: Eyal Berkovic 6, 83, Matt Le Tissier 35, David Beckham 41, Egil Ostenstad 45, 85, David May 56, Paul Scholes 89, Phil Neville 90 OG


Southampton: Dave Beasant, Jason Dodd, Richard Dryden, Claus Lundekvam, Simon Charlton (Graham Potter 70), Alan Neilson (Jim Magilton 75), Ulrich van Gobbel, Matt Oakley, Eyal Berkovic, Matt Le Tissier (Gordon Watson 88), Egil Ostenstad

Manchester United: Peter Schmeichel, David May, Gary Pallister (Denis Irwin 45), Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt (Brian McClair 17), Roy Keane (SENT OFF), David Beckham, Jordi Cruyff (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 83), Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona

Referee: Jeff Winter, Attendance: 15,256

Manchester United arrived at The Dell in October 1996 off the back of a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Newcastle United six days earlier. Manager Alex Ferguson must have been shell-shocked after the scoreline at St James’ Park. He was about to get another taste of embarrassment. This result will remain one of Southampton’s greatest and one of Manchester United’s worst in the Premier League era.

This match was played six months after the ‘grey shirt’ debacle when Manchester United lost 3-1 and changed their away kit at half-time because Ferguson claimed the players couldn’t see each other! This time, he could offer no excuses. His team were simply outplayed and outfoxed by a wily Southampton outfit.

The scoring began in the sixth minute. New signing Egil Ostenstad forced Peter Schmeichel into a save. However, Eyal Berkovic was in the right place to smash the ball past the Dane on the rebound. United’s cause wasn’t helped even further when Roy Keane picked up a red card inside of 21 minutes.

10 minutes before half-time, it was 2-0. Berkovic found Matt Le Tissier, who had plenty of time outside the penalty area. He evaded challenges from Brian McClair and David May before producing a delicate lob over Schmeichel’s head. It was another amazing goal in the Le Tissier collection. The Red Devils’ did find a quick response this time. David Beckham’s trademark free-kick reduced the deficit but not for long. Right on the stroke of half-time, Ostenstad bamboozled May and then somehow squeezed a shot past Schmeichel’s defences at his near post. The scoreline was 3-1 at half-time.

Another five goals would follow in the second half. Again, Manchester United responded. Beckham’s free-kick was nodded in at the back post by May, who was making up for his own shoddy defensive display. Then, with seven minutes left, Southampton scored their fourth goal. Israeli international Berkovic crashed in his second goal of the afternoon with a venomous volley from the edge of the penalty area after a corner wasn’t properly cleared by United’s weary defenders. Worse was to come.

Ostenstad raced past May again and beat Schmeichel to make it 5-2! Paul Scholes did grab a consolation shortly afterwards but there was still time for a sixth Saints’ goal. Substitute Gordon Watson played in Ostenstad who rounded Schmeichel and found the net again, via Phil Neville’s despairing attempt to stop the ball. Although Ostenstad deserved his hat-trick, the records officially show this quite harshly as a Neville own goal.

Manchester United would lose their unbeaten 40-year home record in Europe days later to Fenerbahce but would claim a fourth Premier League title in five years. Southampton survived again and their fans will never forget the afternoon when the reigning champions were hit for six of the best.