All-Time Premier League Record
|Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Scored||Conceded||Goal Difference||Points||No of Seasons|
Most Premier League Appearances
|Arjan de Zeeuw||26|
Most Premier League Goals
|Jan Aage Fjortoft||6|
Biggest Premier League Victories
|Barnsley 2-0 Coventry City||20th October 1997||1997-1998|
|Barnsley 4-3 Southampton||14th March 1998||1997-1998|
|Barnsley 2-1 Bolton Wanderers||27th August 1997||1997-1998|
|Barnsley 2-1 Wimbledon||28th February 1998||1997-1998|
|Barnsley 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday||11th April 1998||1997-1998|
Worst Premier League Defeats
|Manchester United 7-0 Barnsley||25th October 1997||1997-1998|
|Barnsley 0-6 Chelsea||24th August 1997||1997-1998|
|West Ham United 6-0 Barnsley||10th January 1998||1997-1998|
|Arsenal 5-0 Barnsley||4th October 1997||1997-1998|
|Wimbledon 4-1 Barnsley||23rd September 1997||1997-1998|
|Manager||No of Seasons managed||Left the Club|
|Danny Wilson||1||5th July 1998|
Highest Home Attendances
|Barnsley 0-2 Manchester United||10th May 1998||18,694||1997-1998|
|Barnsley 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday||11th April 1998||18,692||1997-1998|
|Barnsley 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur||18th April 1998||18,692||1997-1998|
|Barnsley 0-2 Arsenal||25th April 1998||18,691||1997-1998|
|Barnsley 2-3 Leeds United||29th November 1997||18,690||1997-1998|
Barnsley enjoyed one season of top-flight football in 1997-1998 and their fans certainly made the most of the experience following their surprising promotion from Division One. Danny Wilson’s side fought against the odds throughout the season and although they took a few thrashings along the way, they also recorded 10 victories, including a wonderful 1-0 success at Anfield in November. However, the Tykes just lacked the cutting edge to avoid relegation and they went down on the penultimate weekend of the season. Apart from a play-off final defeat to Ipswich Town in 2000, they haven’t been close to returning to the top-flight since.
Barnsley made a wonderful start to their Premier League life, taking the lead on the first day inside nine minutes against West Ham United through a header by Neil Redfearn. However, the Hammers came back in the second half to win 2-1. Days later though, Redfearn was on-target again at Selhurst Park as the Tykes won their first away match in the division 1-0 at Crystal Palace.
Danny Wilson’s side continued to battle all season, despite taking a few pastings from the elite in the Premier League. They were beaten 6-0 at home by Chelsea, 7-0 at Old Trafford by Manchester United and 5-0 against Arsenal at Highbury. Barnsley conceded 82 in the season – an average of 2.1 goals per game and that made the battle to avoid the drop very difficult.
There were highs for the supporters. Ashley Ward – an August arrival from Derby County scored the winning goal at Anfield in November to record one of the shock victories of the season. Ward finished with eight goals – two behind the top scorer who was Redfearn. However, relegation was confirmed at Filbert Street on the final Saturday of the season. Theo Zagorakis’ goal gave Leicester City a 1-0 victory which confirmed Barnsley’s demise back to Division One. Wilson left in the summer to fill the managerial vacancy at his former club Sheffield Wednesday and since then in the last 20 years, the Yorkshire club have been flirting between the Championship and League One on a regular basis.
However, the Barnsley supporters will never forget their one-season experience in the Premier League.