A Reds supporter since first taken to Oakwell as a young child by his Uncle Ernest back in the 1950’s, Patrick Cryne became in 2003 what he described as the club’s ‘buyer of last resort’ as Barnsley Football Club faced the threat of going out of business.
During his tenure as owner of the club, the Reds reached two successful playoff finals, three trips to Wembley including the first time Barnsley won a cup competition at the home of English football and produced or developed many outstanding talents through the Reds Academy.
Diagnosed with cancer soon after the Reds’ successful double-Wembley trip of 2016, a blow felt throughout the club, Patrick ploughed on and worked hard in his final months to secure responsible buyers, new owners of his beloved football club.
As the supporters flag decrees when describing the efforts of Patrick and club founder, Tiverton Preedy - ‘One Made Us / One Saved Us’.
CLUB CUSTODIAN FOR 15 YEARS
Patrick Cryne was inducted at 2018's inaugural awards ceremony