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CARDIFF CITY PREVIEW

6 August 2021

Everything you need to know ahead of the opening game of our 21/22 campaign!

The new season is upon us. Hopes, dreams and aspirations. And after the outstanding efforts of last term, we'll be starting the new campaign where we finished the last - back in Wales. 

Barnsley take on Cardiff City in the Welsh capital on Saturday 7 August, in a 3pm kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium. 

In what will be our first match without restrictions on supporters attending, the Reds are set to be backed by nearly a thousand of you in South Wales this Saturday afternoon. 

Fans will get to see Markus Schopp in the dugout for the first time, whilst his new captain, Cauley Woodrow is set to lead out a new-look Reds with potentially four debutants looking to be involved.

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With matchday squads now reduced back to 18 players, and only three subs allowed, it remains to be seen who the new Head Coach will turn to on Saturday.

With only Mads Andersen ruled out through injury, there's plenty of selection headaches for the gaffer as he looks to guide his new charges to the perfect opening day. 

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SCHOPP PRE-CARDIFF

5 August 2021

In terms of domestic streaming of matches, the EFL has returned to the position held pre-pandemic, where any games kicking off between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturday afternoons are prohibited. 

However, supporters in the UK are able to buy audio passes via iFollow Barnsley, whilst our overseas fans can still watch the game LIVE on the same service, with a match pass costing £10. 

For information on iFollow for this season, and how to activate seasonal subscriptions, please click the link below. 

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Having made a quick impact upon his appointment last season, Mick McCarthy will be looking to continue that momentum this time around. 

A bonafide Reds legend, it's not often that he tastes defeat against his hometown club. 

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With another former Barnsley man in Kieffer Moore returning to fitness this week, McCarthy's side will undoubtedly prove a tough first assignment for the Reds. 

But it's Lee Tomlin who has all-too-often been the scourge of Barnsley down the years. The 32-year-old playmaker missed most of last season, but he's netted previously against the Reds for all of Cardiff, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Middlesbrough. 

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It's been five years since we tasted success in the Welsh capital. That was the unbelievable afternoon in December of the 2016/17 season, where Ryan Williams popped up in added time to nick a 4-3 victory. 

On last season's visit, Barnsley were thumped 3-0 by the Bluebirds. 

We have to go all the way back to August of 1996 for our last opening day away league victory. A 2-1 triumph against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. 

The referee for matchday one is Mr Stephen Martin. The Staffordshire-based official last took charge of a Reds fixture in December of last year; the 2-1 win away from home against Rotherham United at the New York Stadium. 

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REDS KICK OFF THE SEASON WITH CARDIFF POINT

7 August 2021

It's a hard-earned point on the road for Barnsley on this opening day of the season.

A first Reds goal for Toby Sibbick cancelled out Marlon Pack's header, as Barnsley shared the spoils with their Welsh hosts.

The Reds had begun proceedings in a really bright and confident manner, moving the ball well through the lines and creating early opportunities. 

With around eight minutes on the clock, Carlton Morris dropped deep to link-up nicely with the overlapping Ben Williams before receiving a ball inside the box from Cauley Woodrow, and the big man went for a first-time strike, bending an effort a foot or so over the crossbar from around 14 yards out.

It was Woodrow's turn to test the hosts' goal when after some neat football and a one-two with Romal Palmer, the captain lashed a low effort a yard wide of the near post. 

But despite the dominance from Markus Shopp's side, it was the home side who should have gone ahead when Ryan Giles put over a low cross and somehow, from six yards, Leandro Bacuna half-volleyed over the bar. 

It had been a let-off for the Reds, and soon after, Palmer's raking ball to the back post was directed back to the centre of the box thanks to a cushioned Woodrow header, but Morris' attempted effort, with real power, flew over the bar from the edge of the box. 

Cardiff did have the ball in the back of the net on the half-hour mark, but the 'scorer', James Collins was offside as he headed home from a yard out. 

The Reds' best chance of the half came late, and again it was Woodrow, turning and firing in a snapshot from 12 yards out, right of centre, only to be denied by a strong Dillon Phillips hand, low down who turned the ball behind.

That forced a period of four successive Barnsley corners, but the hosts hung on until the break.

HALF-TIME: Cardiff City 0-0 Reds

Soon into the second period, Cardiff ought to have again done better, and once more it was Bacuna at the far post with the goal at his mercy but he screwed a poor effort wayward from a couple of yards out.

The Reds thought they'd gone ahead in the 51st minute when some impressive linking up between the front men ended with Dominik Frieser slotting into the bottom corner, only to see his goal ruled out for offside, which looked borderline to say the least. 

And as we've seen many times over the years, the opposition struck immediately at the other end, as the Bluebirds took the lead with Marlon Pack powering home a header from a corner kick. 

But the Reds fought back, with substitute Josh Benson, on debut, picking out a terrific long-range pass that Toby Sibbick scampered onto, and the defender buried the finish, just inside the box. 

It was the least the Reds deserved for their performance in the Welsh capital, and a good point on the opening day of the 21/22 season.

FULL-TIME: Cardiff City 1-1 Reds

Collins, Brittain, Sibbick, Helik, Kitching, B.Williams (Moon), Styles, Palmer (Benson), Woodrow, Frieser (Oduor), Morris.

Unused: Walton, J.Williams, Halme, Thompson.

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TICKET UPDATE | CARDIFF CITY (A)

2 August 2021

Tickets are now on sale for our season-opener at the Cardiff City Stadium.

We have received an allocation of 1,405 tickets for our opening fixture of the 21/22 Sky Bet Championship campaign at Cardiff City on Saturday 7 August, kick-off 3pm.

We are limited with category sales due to the tight turnaround, however, tickets will be made available in the following order:

Monday 2nd August – 21/22 Reserved Plus members
Tuesday 3rd August – 21/22 Reds Reserved members
Tuesday 3rd August – Oakwell Centenary Society members
Wednesday 4th August – General Sale

All categories, with the exception of general sale are one ticket per qualifying criteria. The away ticket purchased must match the concession category on the corresponding membership, they cannot be up or downgraded. The ticket allocation is for the member only. 

Prices
Adult: £19
Senior Over 60: £16
Young Adult (16-21 years): £10
Juvenile Under 16: £8

Ambulant disabled supporters will pay their relevant age-related category with an assistant’s ticket being free of charge if required. Prices for wheelchair users are £17/£13/£10/£7 respectively. 

Should tickets be permitted to be sold on the day prices will increase by £2. 

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 8.30am priced at £30 per seat. *Please read the additional information from Wilfreda Beehive below.

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Wednesday 3 August. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office until 12 noon on Friday 6 August, subject to availability. 

If you are purchasing away game and cup tickets for other people, we strongly advise you to correctly assign the ticket to each individual for every game. This will enable us to offer the correct privileges to supporters on occasions when tickets are on restricted sales in a category system. 

WE WILL NOT ACCEPT TICKET STUBS WHEN TICKETS ARE ON RESTRICTED SALE. ONLY TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE AND CORRECTLY ASSIGNED WILL COUNT TOWARDS ANY REQUESTED QUALIFYING CRITERIA

*Coach Regulations

  • All travellers will be temperature checked before entering the vehicle. Anyone with a temperature higher that 37.5 will not be allowed to travel
  • The hand sanitiser provided must be used on entering the vehicle
  • Face masks will need to be worn while travelling unless medically exempt
  • The seat directly behind the driver must not be used
  • Anyone feeling unwell should not travel
  • Passengers must remove their own rubbish
  • Passengers should not eat on the vehicle unless they have to for medical reasons
  • The toilet should only be used in an emergency
  • Passengers should load from the back to the front and disembark from the front to the rear 

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