Capacity: 23,009 (all seated)
Address: Grove Street, Barnsley, S71 1ET
Telephone: 01226 211 211
Fax: 01226 211 444
Ticket Office: 01226 211 183
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Tykes or Reds
Year Ground Opened: 1888
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: C.K Beckett
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: White and Green
Third Kit: Royal and Navy Blue

North and East Stands
North and East Stands
Pontefract Road End
Pontefract Road End
West Stand
West Stand
North Stand
North Stand
East Stand
East Stand
External View
External View

Approximately three sides of the Oakwell ground were redeveloped in the 1990's. On one side is the particularly attractive two-tiered covered East Stand running along one side of the pitch. Opened in March 1993, this stand has a capacity of 7,100. Opposite is the classic looking West Stand, part of which dates back to 1904. It was made all seated in the mid 1990's, but is only covered at the rear. On its roof is perched an ugly precarious looking television gantry which obscures a probably more attractive gable. At the Pontefract Road End (now named the CK Beckett Stand) is an all seated, covered stand for home supporters, which has a capacity of 4,500. This stand was opened in 1995. The other end, the North Stand, was previously an open terrace, but is now a relatively new single tier, covered stand, housing around 6,000 fans. This is the most recent addition to the ground being opened in 1999 and has greatly enhanced the overall look of Oakwell. An unusual feature of the stadium is a purpose built stand for disabled supporters. This is a three floor structure that sits at the corner between the East and South Stands. There is also an electric scoreboard at one corner of the North Stand, on top of a security control room. The teams come out from one corner of the ground between the North and West Stands.

Away fans are housed in the modern North Stand, where the facilities and view of the playing action are generally good. The concourse is of a fair size and has access to an open air area if fans need to smoke. The normal allocation for away supporters is 2,000 tickets and fans are normally housed on one side of this stand on the East side. If demand requires it, then the whole of this stand can be allocated, increasing the number of tickets available to 4,700. The acoustics of the stand are not bad meaning that visiting fans can really make some noise.

I found this club to be particularly friendly from the car park attendant to the programme seller. Even the P.A. announcer had a sense of humour (although a little optimistic), when he announced that perhaps the visiting fans would like to come up again to see the next Barnsley home game, so that we could see a decent game of football!

However, I have reports of fans getting hassle in the town centre. Although I’ve never personally had any problems at Oakwell, it may be advisable to keep colours covered especially around the town centre.

Popular with away fans and in easy walking distance of Oakwell is the Metrodome Leisure Complex, which has a bar inside and also offers food.

Neil Tubby a visiting Norwich City fan, recommends the Dove Inn on Doncaster Road. This pub which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, is an outlet for the Old Mill Brewery. It is only a five minute walk away from the ground down Oakwell Lane and is happily frequented by both home and away fans. Further along Doncaster Road (on the right after the Primary School on the left) is the Barnsley East Dene Working Mens Club, which is happy to admit visiting supporters (including accompanied children) for a small donation. You can also leave your car there at a cost of £2. Kevin Downsworth a visiting Hull City fan adds; ‘The Barnsley East Dene Club was very welcoming to us as away fans for a pre-game pint. Handy parking too and only about a ten minute walk away from Oakwell”. There is also the Harbour Hills Working Mens Club on Vernon Street, which also normally admits visiting supporters.

Drinking in the town centre is generally not recommended, especially near the Bus & Train Stations, although on my last visit I had a hassle free pint (or two) in the Joseph Bramah (Lloyds No.1) Wetherspoons in the centre of town, but I should point out that I wasn't wearing colours. Alcohol is available in the away end in the form of Carlsberg bottles (£3.80), when the whole stand is allocated to away fans. Unfortunately if the stand is split between home and away supporters, then the only bar on the concourse is situated on the home side. Kieran Bleasby a visiting Ipswich Town fan informs me; 'At the back of the stand on the concourse just past the main food and drink outlets, is a small enclosed room called the 'Beer Bar. It is for over 18's only and has a doorman, but made a welcome change'.  

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Leave the M1 at Junction 37 and take the A628 towards Barnsley. Stay on this road (the ground is well signposted) and you will eventually see the ground on your right. There are a couple of car parks located at the ground, but they are mainly for permit holders only. Inbetween the ground and the MetroDome is a car park for visiting supporters, called Queens Ground, which costs £5 Cars and £20 Coaches (post code S71 1AN). Otherwise you can try parking at the MetroDome itself (although it can be slow to get out of after the game has finished) or street parking.

Oakwell Ground Post Code for SAT NAV: S71 1ET

Barnsley Railway Station is about a ten minute walk away from Oakwell. This station is served by trains running between Sheffield and Leeds.

From the train station turn left away from the town centre and head towards the bridge that the dual-carriageway runs over. Go under the bridge and turn left up the slip road and then take the first road on the right and head towards the Metro Dome leisure complex at the top of the hill. Oakwell is now clearly visible. Thanks to Ian Ambler & Bryn Williams for providing the directions.

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Barnsley operate a category system of ticket pricing (A*, A, B,C & D) whereby the most popular matches will cost more to watch than the least popular ones. Category A prices are shown below with Categories A, B, C & D prices shown in brackets:

All areas of Oakwell*

Adults £36 (A £30) (B £28) (C £25) (D £23)
Over 65's/Under 22's £24 (A £22) (B £20) (C £18) (D £16)
Under 17's £10 (all categories)
Under 12's £5 (all categories)**

* These prices are for tickets purchased in advance of matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game cost £2 more.

** Only available when purchased with an adult ticket.

Official Programme £3.

Barnsley FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

40,255 v Stoke City, FA Cup 5th Round, February 15th, 1936.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

22,650 v Manchester City Division One, March 11th, 2000.

Average Attendance

2016-2017: 13,831 (Championship League)
2015-2016: 9,499 (League One)
2014-2015: 9,768 (League One)

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Barnsley v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 13th January 2018, 3pm
Jay Thomas (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Oakwell Ground?
With Wolves flying high at the top of the Championship League and playing some great football there is a real buzz around Wolverhampton at the moment. Backed by a sell-out away end of nearly 5,000 fans and Barnsley dubbing the fixture the 'rematch of the season' it promised to be a good game. it was also the chance for me to tick off a new ground.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
A relatively straightforward journey up the M1. We left Wolverhampton at 10am and got into Barnsley at 12.30pm. We parked at the East Dene Working Mens Club for £2, although the car park was virtually full when we arrived. There was parking at the Oakwell Ground but due to 30 away coaches this was limited to a couple of hundred spaces.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
With no designated away pub, Barnsley police had advised wolves fans to head to the nearby Metrodome - a leisure complex where they had decked out the sports hall for a bar. We didn't fancy the sound of that and had heard good things about the East Dene WMC so we went in there. Even at 12.30 the place was already packed full of Wolves fans in fine voice. There was a long queue at the bar but the beer was cheap and bar staff very friendly and welcoming. After a few pints, we headed to the ground, got some food and headed to our seats.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Oakwell Stadium?
Oakwell looked decent. A fairly traditional ground with the stand behind the goal where the away fans were housed, looked as it had been recently renovated. There was also a good amount of room in the concourse. Although this stand has a capacity of 6,000, this is currently reduced to 4,700 for some health and safety/police reason. The Barnsley end was only around half full which is a bit disappointing as it's not that big a ground.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game finished 0-0 and from a Wolves fans point of view, it was disappointing. We weren't at our best and Barnsley defended very well. Saying that we had two goals ruled out for offside, we also hit the bar and missed a sitter from one yard out. The atmosphere in the away end was very good, didn't hear much from the Barnsley fans all game.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
A bit of nightmare.  The police had blocked off the way we came in, so we ended up having to take the long way around to get back to the car. There were long queues getting out of Barnsley to get to the motorway, but once on the motorway it was fine.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A disappointing result but overall a good day out. I would definitely return to see a match at Oakwell, although it might be a while with us hopefully getting promoted this year.

Barnsley v Birmingham City
Championship League
Saturday 4th November 2017, 3pm
Jason Ponting (Birmingham City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Oakwell Ground itself?
I've had numerous visits before to Oakwell, but decided this time to stay up for the weekend and to sample to nightlife of the Costa Del Barnsley.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We stayed at the Ibis just off the M1 which cost £88 for two nights (bargain) and the Oakwell ground was only two miles away, so all in all a good location.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We drank in the Wetherspoons in the town centre before and after the game (it was called the Joseph Bramah). There were quite a few Blues and Barnsley in there beforehand with no trouble whatsoever. It is a pretty decent pub, especially if you cant be bothered with the Metrodome next to the ground.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Oakwell Stadium?
I've been to Barnsley a lot in the past so seeing it was nothing new, however it does have that old school feel to it despite it being mostly redeveloped in the mid nineties. The away end is massive, which is good if you're bringing a big following.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Despite a very poor start to the season for blues, we were still optimistic, however going 1-0 down after two minutes summed it all up with the recent run of results Birmingham are going through at the moment. Barnsley fans were poor, I didn't hear a sound drop during the game from their end. Decent beers and grub in the ground with a massive concourse which is always nice.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We walked back into town past Barnsley Railway Station after the game which only took around 10-15 minutes. If you're parked at the ground expect to wait a while as traffic was tailed back quite far.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Barnsley is surprisingly a good laugh for a weekend away. If Blues don't go down (not holding out much hope) I'll do the same again next season.

Barnsley v Aston Villa
Football Championship League
Saturday 16th September 2017, 5.30pm
Jack Wilcox (Aston Villa fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Oakwell Ground?
This was my first away game in well over 10 years and going to a proper old school football ground seemed cool.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I came via coach and the ground is a short ten minute drive from the M1. There seemed to be are ample places to park for a fee.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We didn't really get to see any of the home support although the staff on the gates and bar were friendly enough.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Oakwell Stadium?
Oakwell is a proper old school ground. Four grandstands, one of which is really old. Under floodlights it's a really cool place to see a good game of football.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was great as we won 3-0. The atmosphere from the away fans was great all game. The home fans were very quiet but they didn't play very well so it is understandable. I'm sure on other nights that place is rocking. Didn't have any food at the ground although I didn't see a burger van outside which was disappointing as I would have had one.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
The coach was straight out with little traffic and got back onto the motorway pretty quickly.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
It was a good day out at Oakwell. Barnsley is well worth a visit if your team plays there.

Barnsley v Brentford
Football League Championship
Monday 17th April 2017, 3pm
Fred Martin (Brentford fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Oakwell Ground?

Bees were on their now normal late season good run of results. We had never been to Oakwell before so a new ground for us.Also, my wife used to frequently visit Barnsley many years ago as a child to see her late grandparents so she thought it would be good to revisit the area and recall some memories of her childhood.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Being Easter Monday and facing a 220 mile journey along the A3/M25/M1, we decided to leave very early and reached Barnsley in plenty of time. Oakwell is well signposted.We parked for £4 in the visitor's car park close to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We took a casual stroll around the ground and surrounding area.We did not visit any pubs or food outlets before the game and we encountered very few home fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Oakwell Stadium?

The first view of the ground was as we walked from the car park. It was like going back to the thirties ( I can't remember back that far, but I can remember the 50's which were similar) You are faced with a red painted long brick wall topped with broken glass, inset into the wall are a number of single old style turnstiles.Behind which an old corrugated iron stand can be seen.Combine this with rows of typically Barnsley terrace houses on the opposite side of the road and you can easily imagine thousands of Yorkshire folk who have just finished their shift at the mine and making their way to the ground to support their team. Magical stuff :) On entering the ground, then I would say that Oakwell is impressive and full of character with three sides being very modern and the fourth side evoking memories of bygone days.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Both teams were mid-table and had secured their place in next season's Championship League, so not much to play for, but this game was fa the from routine end of season stuff. A lively game that ended in fair 1-1 draw. The facilities were good.the stewards friendly, but the pies terrible.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The visitors parking is just across the road from the ground and getting away was very easy.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Oakwell was an excellent away day. Full marks to Barnsley Football Club for reducing prices for this game (only £10 for adults and £5 for seniors). Being a Brentford fan with our rickety old Griffin Park ground it was brilliant to see another ground where so many old features have been retained in some parts. Excellent banter with some of the car parking attendants too.My wife was driving and one attendant gave her detailed instructions of where and how to park. My wife replied "I am only a woman driver but I think I can manage." When we left the car park the attendant complimented her on her parking.and I said; "What do you expect, this lass has Barnsley roots." The attendant then spent the next ten minutes giving us a detailed description of how Barnsley had changed in the past 30 years..Lovely people and we cant wait to go again next season.

Barnsley v Ipswich Town
Football Championship League
Saturday 11th March 2017, 3pm
Kieran B (Ipswich Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Oakwell Ground?

This would be my first visit to Oakwell and my 34th ground visit out of the current 92. Another ground to cross off the list in what has been a very dull year of football. We came into this game having drawn 6 of our last 7 (or unbeaten in 7), whatever way you look at it, it hasn’t been anything spectacular.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Four of us got the train from Suffolk at about 10pm, and we arrived in Barnsley via Peterborough and Leeds at about 2pm. Oakwell is only a 5-10 minute walk from the railway station but there are numerous signposts to direct you. It is hard to miss them.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We headed to the Calypso Cove Leisure Centre (part of the Metrodome complex), which is also signposted and en route to Barnsley FC. There is a very big bar space there, which could easily accommodate a huge away following. They serve a good range of Drinks from Ales to Spirits, I’m fairly sure I saw some people eating full meals there too. It was 2:40ish by the time we left and we rarely saw any home fans en route to the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Oakwell?

Oakwell is a very nice ground. The three modern stands are impressive as is the old Main Stand to our right. Our stand was only given to us, and we were pushed to the left-hand side where about 800 of us were. You get a great view, just watch out for the odd stanchion pole at the back. Inside the stand, the concourse is spacious and its also open to an outside space to let people smoke or drink if needed. The ‘Beer Bar’ is different but nice.. It’s a little room at the back of the stand where alcohol is served. I can imagine it gets very cramped in there sometimes however.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The first half was very forgettable, and the second half stayed that way until the 58th minute when Marley Watkins scored for the hosts. If it wasn’t for Bartosz Bialkowski it would have been all over but he made a superb save in the 82nd minute to keep it 1-0. Just when all hope was lost, Brett Pitman caressed a lovely ball into the box and another player we’ve heavily relied on this season – Tom Lawrence, stole in at the back post and equalised with virtually the last kick of the game! As Mick McCarthy said, “we stole a point” and I totally agree, extremely undeserved but I’ll take it all day long. The atmosphere was good from the away end and the home end had its moments. The stewards were friendly and did not have any bother with us at all. Food was good and as was the drink – 500ml bottle of Carling for £3.80. Toilets were standard.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We had a few minutes spare before our train so we grabbed a bite to eat from Greggs and some beer from Iceland and made our way back to the station. It took us about 3.5 hours to get home and we were back in Suffolk by 9:15pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Oakwell was a good day out, made better with that last minute equaliser, although it was a very dire game to watch. Ipswich are just seven points adrift from the drop zone – if things don’t start improving soon we could be in trouble. I like Barnsley’s ground however, and the day itself was an enjoyable one. I would definitely consider coming here again in the future.

Full Time Result: Barnsley 1 Ipswich Town 1
Attendance: 11,386

Barnsley v Leeds United
Football Championship League
Saturday 21st January 2017, 5.30pm
Shaun (Leeds United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Oakwell Ground?

I always look forward to a first time visit of a ground. Plus the large away support along with it being a local derby meant we were expecting good atmosphere.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Chose to park in the Metrodome overflow car park which is used by Barnsley on match days. It's perfectly situated next to the away end of Oakwell and the only downside is if your team brings a large support (ie over 4,000) you can expect to wait up to 30 minutes to leave as the busses come in last, and so leave first (once everyone has finally found the right bus through their drunken haze!).

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

By the time we got there it was only an hour before kick off so we just went to the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Oakwell?

Oakwell is an old or traditional (depending on your point of view!) ground, however three of the four stands have obviously been rebuilt in more recent times so the view is unobstructed by pillars. Having the old style corner floodlights made a nice change. The West Stand looks like its been here since the beginning but it certainly has a bit of character about it.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Well it was a Yorkshire derby between us lying third in the table and them only a few points off the play off places. Added to that it took place in the evening with a lot of supporters well oiled by that time! So it wasn't lacking in atmosphere! It was a bit scrappy, but five goals kept the interest up. I was hoping for a win especially when we took the lead but I have to say they scored three well taken goals either side of half time which left us chasing the game. We got one, but couldn't find an equaliser. A small section of their more vocal supporters sat in the East Stand nearest us and a fight broke out after they discovered there were a few of our supporters amongst them. Their other 'vocal' supporters sit in the South Stand, surprisingly not behind the goal but in the right hand corner and a fight also broke out between a few of them and the stewards in the first half. After the game the Police made sure the fans were kept apart. That said the few stewards/staff I spoke to were friendly enough and I didn't see any overly officious stewarding. They were firm but fair and kept our more 'excitable' supporters under control.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As above. The Metrodome car park is handy but if you bring 4000+ supporters expect to wait up to 30 minutes to get out.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite losing we had a good day out, I felt Barnsley are well organised in handling large away support and hopefully the next time we go there we'll be hearing on a win.

Barnsley v Newcastle United
Football Championship League
Tuesday 18th October 2016, 7.45pm
Ryan (Newcastle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Oakwell Ground?

It was my first away game in over five seasons. As Barnsley had given us a large allocation of 5,900, I was able to get a ticket. Plus with almost 6,000 Newcastle fans in attendance I was looking forward to a great atmosphere.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I got a supporters club coach down and it dropped us in the town centre.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Walked to the Joseph Bramah, a Wetherspoons pub where already a lot of Newcastle fans had gathered. The atmosphere was great and I spoke to a few friendly Barnsley fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Oakwell Ground?

I was not impressed with the away stand, it seemed very old fashioned.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

I enjoyed the game and the atmosphere was fantastic. Newcastle winning the game 2-0 was a bonus. Stewards weren't helpful and some could do with improving their attitudes, almost provoking trouble at times.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Our coach along with the others were escorted away from Oakwell by the Police and out of Barnsley very quickly, as away fans seemed to be number one priority.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Enjoyed the day. A great result and a great atmosphere. 

Barnsley v Aston Villa
Football Championship Legaue
Tuesday 27th September 2016, 7.45pm
Andy Newman (Aston Villa fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Oakwell Ground?

I live in Derby so its not too far to travel, also I was hoping we might actually win an away game!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Very easy although the traffic was slow getting off the motorway, I followed the advice on this website and parked at the Queens Ground which was £4.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went straight to the ground but the locals we met were very friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Oakwell?

As it was a night game it was great to see 'proper floodlights' which always add to the atmosphere. The Oakwell ground still has one old stand which is nice - gives it some history. The away end was good - we had a great view; the other stands were probably developed around the time Barnsley were in the Premier League and not too much say about them - rather unimaginative!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Pies were very good and decent value at £3; the programme at £3 also good value and good content with a fair slice given up to the away team. Stewards all very friendly as well.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems and really quick back onto the motorway from where we were parked.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Apart from the result - as we conceded an equaliser in the dying minutes (yet again) we really enjoyed the trip and would recommend it for any other fans.

Barnsley v Fleetwood Town
Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Section Final 1st Leg
Saturday 9th January 2016, 3pm
Matthew Bowling (Fleetwood Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Oakwell Football Ground?    

I was looking forward to it because it was an important game with Wembley on the horizon and it was a new ground for me to visit.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I was on a supporters coach from Fleetwood. The journey wasn't too stressful we only got stuck in traffic when we arrived in Barnsley other than that the journey was fine. We were dropped off in the away fans car park which is directly next to the Oakwell ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?  

When we arrived I walked up the hill in the car park to the leisure centre, where I met up with a few mates before the game. We had a couple of pints and some food in the restaurant, there were mostly Fleetwood fans here but a few Barnsley as well, we always felt at ease and never felt threatened.

What you thought on seeing the stadium, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Oakwell Ground?    

As we were walking down towards the ground you can quite clearly see the North Stand, simply because of its size because it's open at the side. The ground looked decent and the reduced ticket prices brought out a good attendance from both teams.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Before the match any Fleetwood fan would've taken a draw from the game. But afterwards we felt we deserved the victory due to some poor finishing from the Fleetwood strikers. In my opinion Fleetwood created the better play, but in the first half Barnsley had a shot cleared off the line with it being their only clear cut chance of the half. Fleetwood took the lead in the second half when the linesman ruled a deflected Ashley Hunter shot had crossed the line to put us ahead. Fleetwood then kicked on and should've had two or three, instead it was a player making his Barnsley debut Ashley Fletcher who brought the Tykes level with a header off the underside of the bar after a cross from the left hand-side. In the final few minutes Proctor missed a golden chance to put Fleetwood 2-1 up. The stewards were friendly, there was plenty of food on offer and the toilets were spacious as well which is good when you have a large away following.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was easy to get back to the coach because they were parked directly outside but it took us a while to get away from the ground. Eventually after about 10-15 minutes we got away and once again the journey back had no real problems and we were back in Fleetwood within two hours.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, it was a good day out and with a Fleetwood still well in the tie a day out at Wembley could be on the list.


Barnsley v Walsall
League One
Tuesday 20th October 2015, 7.45pm
Zane Alpine (Walsall fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Oakwell Football Ground?    

Firstly Oakwell was a new ground for me, however prior to the game I had read that Walsall hadn't won there since the 1970's! After a surprise defeat to Chesterfield three days earlier to knock Walsall off the top of the league it would be interesting to see whether we could bounce back.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

We went up on the supporters coach, which parked a few yards away from the away turnstiles, which were quite ancient looking.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Due to there being no nearby pubs and most of the shops in the town centre being shut due to it being around 7 o'clock, we went straight into the ground. I brought a burger and a hot chocolate from the bar which was quite expensive and set me back at just over £6 for the two.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?  

 The stand we were in looked almost identical to the one for the home fans behind the opposite goal. The two tiered stand to our left looked quite impressive, however the old stand on our right looked as if it had seen better days and the roof only covered half of it. With only a few hundred people sitting in it I could see why people would prefer to sit elsewhere.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The first half was dull and pretty poor from both sides, there were no real chances of note aside from a 25 yarder which went straight at our keeper, and a shot from the edge of the box by George Evans, who had only signed on loan around 8 hours previous to the game, going just wide. In the second half an outstanding save from our keeper following a header from a Barnsley corner seemed to motivate our players somewhat and we took the lead just after the hour mark with our new signing Evans finishing smartly to give us the lead. After that we seemed to be passing the ball around more confidently and went 2-0 up when Romaine Sawyers played a well disguised pass to Milan Lalkovic who got the ball ahead of their defender and put the ball into the corner against his old side. The atmosphere from our fans was quite edgy but extremely loud once the first goal went in, however there wasn't much coming from the Barnsley end, and I can't blame them, after losing their fourth successive game and falling closer to the relegation zone.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Our journey back was fairly simple and took around two hours for us to arrive back into Walsall.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed going to Oakwell and was pleased to see us continue our unbeaten run away from home, I would definitely recommend it for other supporters.

Barnsley v Everton
League Cup 2nd Round
Wednesday 26th August 2015, 7.45pm
Bobby Rooney (Everton fan)

Why were you looking forward to going to the Oakwell ground?

I was looking forward to visiting Barnsley, as I'd very much like to complete doing the 92. Seeing that this was an excellent opportunity for me to get to stadium number 47, and ticket prices at just £5, I thought why not. With former Barnsley players John Stones and Mason Holgate both signing for Everton in recent time, I was extremely interested in watching Barnsley, and seeing their youthful side in action.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

If you're coming from the West, you'll find that Barnsley is right at the other end of town, however, it is clearly signposted. We saw plenty of car parks in the region of £2-3, which was vastly cheaper than the £7-10 expected at stadiums in the Premier League. Due to running slightly late, we were fortunate in that we actually parked outside the away fans turnstiles much to our delight, so we parked for free. Oakwell itself is tucked away between streets, so it was quite a surprise when we pulled up to see the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Due to an accident on the M6, we were unfortunately stuck in traffic and ended up missing the first half, however, we noticed some bars, and the typical retail park chain of fast food restaurant chains within a close proximity to the stadium.

What you thought on seeing Oakwell, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?    

Upon seeing the stadium, you walk behind the rather old fashioned stand, which you'd almost certainly associate with a lower league side from the 70s or 80s, however, this was the only old fashioned facet of stadium. Upon entering the stadium, there is a large outdoor section, in which the away fans were congregated, with a fan base of over 4,000, this mean there was ample room to maneuver when entering the stand. The away end itself is a large single tiered stand, which has only a couple of supporting pillars, which hold up the roof, which are located in the final couple of rows of the stand, so unless you're unfortunate, you'll receive an excellent view of the match action, and an excellent sight line of the rest of the stadium, which is made up of three modern stands and an older 'Main' Stand, which I'd previously mentioned.

As a side, who have played in the Premier League, and more recently the Championship, but with a modest budget, I found the stadium to be quite good, and something a Barnsley fan could definitely be proud of.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Having only arrived at half time, we were greeted by a very moody, and disappointed away end, as Barnsley were in fact 2-0 up. However, quickly into the second half, Everton scored through a Mirallas acrobatic effort, and a then equalised via a Steven Naismith header. However, 60 seconds later Barnsley had retaken the lead, which resulted in a rowdy crowd, which in turn helped our support create a fantastic atmosphere. After finishing 3-3, in an end to end game, the match went into extra time, where Gerard Deulofeu spun his magic twice more, forcing an own goal, and then allowing Romelu Lukaku to score, seeing Everton win 5-3  and progress to the next round.

Having arrived at half time, we were disappointed to find there was no food, or soft drinks available, however the stewards were friendly and the toilets were nice and wide to ensure no crushing.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was simply fantastic. Having parked outside the stadium, we were fortunate enough to not have to wait for the traffic to pass, and were allowed to leave the stadium immediately after, ensuring a speedy getaway. We stopped at the retail park for food on the way home, we were able to let all the match die down before a smooth return to Liverpool.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, we had a very enjoyable game at Barnsley even if we were an hour late! The ground is modern and provided excellent sight lines, and the game was entertaining as ever, the fans were extremely friendly and overall was one of my favourite away games watching Everton in the UK for a long time.

Barnsley v Sheffield United
League One
Saturday 4th April 2015, 12.15pm
Sam Rodgers (Sheffield United)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Oakwell?

I hadn't been to the ground before. Plus with both teams on form and it being a Yorkshire derby there was no better time to go.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Coming from Whitby, the easiest way to Barnsley was by train, via Scarborough and then Leeds. Getting from Scarborough to Barnsley was easy enough, and finding the ground wasn't too hard from the train station; mainly because of the large police presence along the route.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went straight into the ground, about an hour before kick-off, as we were seemingly led straight to the away end by police.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

I thought the ground looked okay, I prefer traditional four-sided stadiums to modern 'bowls' and Oakwell was traditional. The stand to our right was fairly small and dated, but had character to it. The stand opposite seemed to be a smaller version of the away stand. The stand to our left was most impressive, it looked modern and large, mainly due to being two-tiered.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was good, Sheff United played better and deservedly won 2-0. The 6,500 travelling Sheff Utd fans ensured a good atmosphere, although there wasn't much noise coming from the Barnsley supporters, although in fairness they didn't have much to shout about. The facilities in the away end were nothing special, although the Chicken Balti Pukka pie was probably the nicest pie I've had at a football game.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting out of the ground was easy enough, the problem lay at the train station however. Police officers contained around 350 Sheff United fans in an incredibly small space, only letting a few at a time through onto the train station every 10 minutes or so. We ended up being stood in this crowd for around an hour and 45 minutes!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall the day was great, and I'd definitely go to Oakwell again to see Sheff United, although ideally the policing after the game would be better, and the game would be a 3pm kick-off, so I don't have to leave Whitby at 6:30am again.

Barnsley v Preston North End
League One
Saturday 21st March 2015, 3pm
Paul Willott (Preston North End fan)

"Barnsley", "Oakwell".  Just say the names out loud; in this modern era of trips to the “Bibbleswick Building Society Stadium” and the “Crumperbund Community Care Scheme Ground” such names as Oakwell ring with even deeper nostalgia. Long may it remain “Oakwell”

I have always enjoyed and looked forward to away days at Barnsley, and this was no exception. If anything, the anticipation was even higher than usual as both teams were going into the match on great runs of form and were well and truly involved in the promotion hunt. I had spent the whole week in the build up to this fixture in a quiver of excitement; Barnsley had won 6 out of their last 7 games, and for us it was 8 wins out of the previous 9 so a truly mouth watering contest was in the offing.

With the season moving distinctly towards its business end, such form could prove crucial for both clubs as Preston were starting the day in 2nd place in the League and whilst we would obviously have been hoping to consolidate our grip on that all important prized automatic promotion spot, there would be no doubt that fans of the Tykes would be equally fervently keen that the Yorkshire club cemented their place in the play-offs, as they started the day in 6th position in the table.

To add to the spice, it had been designated our annual “gentry day” where Preston fans are encouraged to don bowler hats in memory of our one time manager, the late Alan Ball Snr, and “gentry day” usually generates a good turn out and a good atmosphere.

So it really was no hardship to zip out of bed at 7am to grab some breakfast with my partner before jumping in the car to trundle happily up north. The journey was smooth with hardly any delays, which is one of the rewards for getting going early.

Walking Down To Oakwell From The Metrodome

Walking Down To Oakwell

A note for folks travelling from the M1 by car, there are now signposts encouraging you to head north off the A628 for Oakwell but quite why I cannot fathom. The quickest way is to remain on the A628 and as you head round the town centre you will spy the floodlight pylons to the south and that’s when you will want to head off the main dual carriageway. Yes boys, its like the good old days where you drove into a town and just looked for the floodlight pylons, so put the sat-navs away!

We collected a friend from the railway station at approximately midday and then headed up Queens Road where some of the plum car parking is available for the early birds at a cost of £5. Again, one note for those travelling by car, if you really do want a quick get away after the match, then these car parks are not for you!

We took a stroll into the Metrodome leisure complex where security, although quite visible, seemed quite relaxed about letting us in the building to have a drink and a bite to eat in their restaurant and bar area.

As half-past one approached we made a move down to the ground, and as soon as the turnstiles were open, we piled in to make sure that the most excellent meat and potato pies were still as good as last time, and they didn’t disappoint. 

Another grand feature of this lovely ground is that it still features unreserved seating for away fans which again is for me a fair reward for the early bird and also I feel contributes to a more spontaneous atmosphere building up, and not only that, the speakers that play music do not try to make sure that their heard in Peterborough so not only does the atmosphere build naturally, but you can actually have a conversation with your nearest and dearest as you enjoy the build up to kick-off.

West Stand

West Stand

For my partner, this was her first ever “gentry day” and she was suitably impressed with just how many folk had travelled over from Preston for the match in not just a bowler hat but a complete suit as well!  I believe the official figure given for the away fans was in the region of 3,000 that afternoon.

The facilities on the North Stand are much improved from the old open terrace where I recall catching my death of cold one evening as a howling gale with near horizontal rain came racing down off the Pennines. Yet despite that the ground still contains considerable character; situated near the town centre amongst the residential terraces and being high up on the North Stand, one had an excellent view of the old West Stand which oozes character ; you’ve only got to look at it and you can smell Bovril and cigarette smoke! Last but not least, the already extolled floodlight pylons, now lit as it was a grey afternoon just added to the nostalgic feel.

Before the match kicked off, the atmosphere was positively electric in the away end, you could positively taste the anticipation in the air…….and yes, you’ve guessed it, the match itself was a bit of a let down really.  Both teams seemed more concerned about preserving their unbeaten records rather than going for the jugular, and given the long periods of head tennis that seemed to develop in the centre of the pitch, one couldn’t help but wish both teams would just go for broke instead and entertain us.

Such is the perils of the promotion run-in though ; given the free-scoring form of both teams they could have wowed us with a 6-5 thriller – but they didn’t.  Chances in the first half were few, most of them fell Preston’s way and top scorer Joey Garner did tuck one away to cue an eruption in the away end and a flurry of hats being flung up gaily in the air (they only cost £3.99 ish from fancy dress shops).

View From The Away Stand

View From The Away Stand

The second half continued in a similar disappointing vein except the chances seemed to fall more Barnsley’s way, and they took a deserved equaliser some 15 minutes or so before the death. There was a late flurry from the visitors, but it would have a travesty to have nicked it quite frankly. The draw was a fair result.

And so we let the crowds dissipate somewhat before heading off to the car as we were in no rush and continued to savour the lovely ground that is Oakwell.  A great atmosphere, great to catch-up with some friends, great ground, shame about the match really!

As a postscript, I must add that I couldn’t help but smile the following day when I read how the Barnsley manager had described the match as a “good advert for League One football”; I can only assume he must have been watching a different game to the one we saw. As we all agreed it was a rather poor quality match, but of course, we still at least had another point in the bag, which I think was the consolation that both sets of fans took. Both managers did agree however, that a draw was a fair result.

If, and its still a big “If”, Preston NE do secure promotion this season, I hope Barnsley come up via the play-offs and we’ll be back next season for more pies!

Plus Points for Oakwell

1 the name

2 the floodlight pylons

3 the pies

4 the unreserved seating

5 the large allocation for visiting fans

6 the overall “northern” aurora round the ground

Minus Points for Oakwell


Barnsley v  Doncaster Rovers
Championship League
Saturday, November 9th, 2013, 3pm
James Sneddon (Doncaster Rovers fan)

This was a highly contested South Yorkshire derby between two sides in a relegation battle. Doncaster had beaten their other South Yorkshire rivals in the division, Sheffield Wednesday, already and wanted to do the same at Barnsley. I was excited because it was my first time away at Oakwell and my grandad supports Barnsley (hence the family tension!).

The best thing about this away day was how cheap it was. Tickets were only £10 for Under 17's and I could get on a bus to Barnsley using my Travel South Yorkshire pass, paying only 70p for the journey. The bus I caught was the X19, which runs every hour. I caught the 10:45 to the bus station in Barnsley (which incidentally) is joined to the train station as well. I avoided going into the town centre as I was in my Doncaster shirt and I thought it was best to avoid the home fans due to the occasion. To get to the ground, I left the bus station and walked across the level crossing and turned left going up hill towards the  Metrodome, where I walked past seeing the floodlights of Oakwell beyond.  Also, going by this route brings you out at the away end and it was a straightforward enough.

As I had arrived early, I met some mates and on entering the ground, I watched the players warm up and even got a picture with Doncaster manager Paul Dickov, who happily signed programmes before the game. The stadium is very modern and suited for Championship football, but the interior of the away stand was a bit dull and the old West Stand on one side outdated. The away end was larger  than I'd expected, which helped by allowing me to get a better view of the match.

Before the game, as it was the remembrance weekend, the whole stadium observed a minute's silence. The entire stadium fell silent, which is rare as there's often one idiot who tries to spoil it by making some noise. The game was played in poor conditions, with the teams having to withstand heavy rain in the first half. Rovers conceded a penalty on 25 minutes, but Doncaster keeper, Ross Turnbull dived superbly to deny Chris O'Grady. In the second half, there was more attacking play by both teams, with the away side having the better chances, but neither side could find the back of the net, with the game ending goalless. The Doncaster team applauded the visiting fans as they left the pitch. A 0-0 draw, was probably a fair result for the occasion.

As a preventative measure the Doncaster fans were escorted by the Police back to the train station. I followed the fans and then headed for the nearby at the bus station. I got back on the X19 to Doncaster easily enough and spoke to some Barnsley fans, who also though the draw was the right result.

In my opinion, Barnsley away is a must-do for anyone who supports one of their rival clubs. The atmosphere is buzzing in the away end. Plus the ticket prices were reasonable and it was easy to get to. I thoroughly enjoyed the day out and would recommend it!

Barnsley v  Ipswich Town
Championship League
Saturday, February 12th, 2011, 3pm
Stephen Marvin (Ipswich Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I (and my son) always look forward to new grounds. As Ipswich Town fans, who live in the North, it's been a great experience to travel a one hundred mile radius to follow the team. Oakwell was no exception and we set off on a beautiful day over the Pennines and down into "Kes" territory.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey, by car, was very easy and the signposts must be the best in the UK! Very well signposted from the M1 all the way to the stadium. It was a little bit confusing once we got there, regarding where the Visitors' Car Park was located, so we ended up in Home Supporters' Car Park. Cost three pounds, which I thought was very reasonable.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We walked around the ground, through the home supporters to the away fans end with no problems. Warm, friendly atmosphere. We ate at the stadium, which was nice food and well priced. I agree with previous comments about the grilles giving it a prison-type feel, but it was nothing really, we hardly noticed.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
I really liked the ground. The away end is one of those that can be split, but there was no need as the capacity was miles from being reached. We had excellent seats and the ground was both impressive (the new stands) and quaint (the old Main Stand).
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
We were approached by a man who asked if my son would take part in a shooting competition at half time. Naturally, he was thrilled and we set off to the half way line at the interval. We were looked after superbly and my son was given a signed ball (signed by both teams) for taking part. The stewards were friendly, the toilets clean, but I don't eat pies! (Despite coming from the North!) so can't comment there. The game was exciting, if scrappy in parts. Ipswich scored in the eighty second minute only to have it cancelled out in the ninety third, but the result was fair.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
It took a while. We weren't fussed. Probably about half an hour.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A superb day, obviously made special by the shooting competition, but I love clubs like Barnsley,whose supporters shun the big Clubs and support their locals.

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Updated 19th January 2018