Established in 1887, Barnsley has struggled to secure Premier League playtime for the last 20 years. The Tykes, as the club has been nicknamed, has been responsible for bringing up several talents who went on to have successful careers elsewhere. The club has been a regular Championship and League One participant and seems to have settled in its current position. In fact, Barnsley is the club that historically has spent the most seasons in the second tier of English football. Keeping a decent for and against goal record in the Championship has been challenging for the side, frequently finishing with a negative goal difference in the –20 region.
Barnsley Transfers and news
Tommy Tailor to Manchester United for £40,000 in 1953 – At the time of the deal, £40,000 has been a tremendous amount of money to be spent on a footballer. However, the prominent striker Tommy Tailor made the fee worth paying. He joined the Red Devils after scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances for The Tykes. For Manchester United, he recorded 131 goals in 191 outings in 6 seasons. Furthermore, he had 16 goals in 19 appearances for the English National team. Tragically Tailor was part of the Munich air disaster of 1958, where he lost his life.
Ashley Ward from Derby Country for £1.82 Million in 1997 – Throughout his career, Ward played for nearly a dozen different sides. His career started out with the Manchester clubs – bot United and City. However, it was with Crewe Alexandria that he rose to prominence. After playing for The Railwaymen, he joined Norwich and later Derby. In 1997 he joined Barnsley, and his first and only season with The Tykes has been the most productive in his career. He managed 20 goals in 46 matches, which drove his value high. In 1998 it was announced that Ward would be joining Blackburn Rovers for a fee just short of £6.30 Million setting the club's record for the most expensive player.
Conor Hourihane from Plymouth Argyle for £250,000 in 2014 – Hourihane came through Sunderland and Ipswich's youth academies, though he never made a single appearance for either of those clubs. He joined Barnsley after a successful and impressive start of his senior career with Plymouth. He played in over 120 matches helping the Tykes reached promotion to the Championship in 2016. Hourihane was up to par with the level of play of the second-tier in England. After serious transfer gossip In January 2017, the rumors got confirmed as Hourihane joined rival-club Aston Villa for £3.5 Million.
Mason Holgate to Everton for £1.4 Million in 2015 – Despite being the transfer fee being not that spectacular, Holgate has to be to the most valuable player to have played in Barnsley. The now 24-year-old's value after leaving the Reds for Everton has peaked at nearly £20 Million. Of course, the Merseyside club has a lot to do with Holgate's price going up, but it was the nine years spent with Barnsley's youth academy that gave life to the defender's career.
More rumours about potential transfers can be found below.