Today we start to look ahead to the teams we'll be facing next season in Sky Bet League One, starting with Barnsley...
Nicknamed the Tykes, Barnsley are a South Yorkshire-based former Championship side. Barnsley have spent more seasons in the second tier of English football than any other club in history.
How did they get on last season?
The Tykes had a relatively poor start to the season which led to Danny Wilson losing his job, former Oldham Manager Lee Johnson was appointed in his place. Under Johnson’s management, their season started to gain some momentum. Towards the tail end of the season the side were hovering around the play-off spots, but due to a string of poor results which included a nine-game winless streak, they dropped out of the running finishing 11th in Sky Bet League 1 just 7 points off the final play-off spot.
Who’s the Gaffer?
Lee Johnson, started his career as a youth player with Arsenal. He played for several clubs throughout his career including the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Yeovil Town, Kilmarnock and Bristol City. He is the son of current Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson. He was appointed manager of League One side Oldham Athletic in March 2013 at the age of just 31, this made him the youngest Manager in the Football League. He took over at Barnsley in February 2015 after agreeing his departure from Oldham Athletic.
Who’s the star player?
Conor Hourihane was the Tykes' key man of the 2104-15 season – He scooped the prestigious Supporters' Player of the Year Award at the end of last season. Hourihane captained Barnsley last season and finished top goalscorer with 14 strikes in all competitions.
Before coming to Bury in December 2013, Manager David Flitcroft had spent 2 years at Barnsley, as Assistant Manager to Keith Hill and then as Manager. He was made Caretaker Manager of Barnsley when Hill was sacked during the 2012/13 season. After a good start he was appointed Manager after just 3 games. He guided the club to Championship safety on the final game of the 2012/2013 season. We also have a few players with links to the Tykes, including the likes of Kelvin Etuhu, Danny Rose and Danny Nardiello, who have all had spells with the South Yorkshire club.
About the ground
Oakwell holds just over 23,000 and is an all-seater stadium. When the Shakers play Barnsley fans are likely to be housed behind the goal in the North Stand. The journey to Barnsley is a 117.2 mile round trip for Shakers leaving from the JD Stadium.
What are the current odds on Barnsley getting promoted next season?
Barnsley are priced at 5/1 to gain promotion from Sky Bet League One this coming season - odds from betting partner Sky Bet.