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League One Preview: Barnsley

30 May 2015

A look ahead to the teams we'll be facing next season, starting with the Tykes.

Who are this lot then?
A South Yorkshire-based former Championship and even Premier League side back in the early years of the division. Beat Liverpool and Chelsea in a superb FA Cup run back in the 2007-08 season, and beat us on the way to taking on the Reds – but we won't talk about that.

Did they get up to much last season?
It was quite a poor first half of the season for the Tykes, with results meaning Danny Wilson lost his job and Lee Johnson taking over the reins. Johnson's impact was impressive and they even flirted with the play-offs before falling away at the last due to a nine-game winless streak which included six draws. The Tykes will be expecting a play-off push at the very least this time around.

Who's the boss?
Lee Johnson (pictured below) is the manager of the Tykes, taking over at Oakwell from Danny Wilson mid-way through the 2014-15 campaign. Son of current Cheltenham Town boss Gary, Johnson took over in February 2015 after agreeing his departure from Oldham Athletic. As a player, Johnson represented the likes of Yeovil Town, Bristol City, Derby County and Kilmarnock. One of the few managers who are on Twitter - @LDJhepingping

Any stand out players?
Conor Hourihane (pictured below) was a shining light for the Tykes last season – his first for the club following his move to Oakwell from Plymouth Argyle. The central midfielder played over 100 times for Argyle during his time in Devon and played for Sunderland and Ipswich Town prior to joining the Greens. Hourihane captained Barnsley last season and finished top goalscorer with 14 strikes in all competitions. Sam Winnall finished Scunthorpe United top goalscorer back in the 2013-14 season and was amongst the goals for Barnsley last term in his first campaign at the club.

Any links?
Winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce joined Barnsley after departing Southend in 2007, and after playing 45 games for the Blues during his only season with us, spent three years at Barnsley before representing the likes of Bristol City, Leyton Orient, Notts County and Sheffield United. Others to have played for both us and the Tykes include Barry Conlon, Jean-Yves M'voto, Kevin Betsy and Bart Griemink 

What's the ground like?
The home of Barnsley since 1888, Oakwell holds just over 23,000 and is an all-seater stadium. For the trip, Blues fans are likely to be housed behind the goal nearest the tunnel area – the North Stand, which can hold up to almost 6,500 people.

How far away is the place?
A trek to Barnsley is a 398-mile round trip for Blues fans leaving from Southend.

Any big name fans?
Former cricket umpire Dickie Bird, well known presenter Michael Parkinson and England cricketer turned radio presenter Darren Gough.

Good memories against them?
Southend United wins: 15
Draws: 13
Barnsley wins: 13

We've won some, drawn some and lost some since first playing the Tykes was back in 1938 in the FA Cup. The last time we beat them was back in 2007 but Barnsley have picked up the wins in the last two meetings – during our Championship days and in the FA Cup in 2008.

What are the odds on that?
Barnsley are priced at 5/1 to win promotion from Sky Bet League One this coming season.

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