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25 January 2022 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match Previews


24 January 2022

Pre-match insight ahead of our latest Sky Bet Championship fixture.

We are straight back down to business on Tuesday for more second tier football, with the rearranged clash with Nottingham Forest set to kick-off - finally - at 7.45pm, offering another chance to kick-start a revival.

Fresh from their latest 2-1 away defeat, suffered at the hands of an out-of-form Birmingham City at the weekend, Barnsley are fast running out of opportunities to begin their ascent up the Championship table.


Yet again, despite our defeat, nobody around us made any progress either. So another opportunity missed, but from a positive point of view, it means Poya Asbaghi's side didn't lose any ground themselves.

They did lose another away game though. A ninth empty-handed road trip from 13 played this term. Horrific form on the road. The only club in the division yet to pick up three points on their travels.


The game at St. Andrew's had started brightly enough, with home goalkeeper Neil Etheridge forced into making two terrific saves in the opening quarter. But slack defending saw the struggling Blues take the lead 10 minutes before half-time and, five minutes after that break, Birmingham doubled their lead.



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A rare mistake from Brad Collins and an unfortunate ricochet or two and (former Reds trialist from a decade ago) Scott Hogan duly pounced.

With time running out, Victor Adeboyejo struck a consolation goal but defeat was confirmed by the final whistle soon after. Not since April last year have the Reds tasted success away from Oakwell. 


There were knocks for all of Liam Kitching, Callum Styles and Aaron Leya Iseka at St. Andrew's, but it remains to be seen how damaging any of them were, or whether or not we'll see missing players back in the fold for Tuesday night's slightly shorter trip to Nottingham.

Our City Ground hosts have transformed their season since the arrival of Steve Cooper in the famous Forest dugout. They kicked off the campaign with six defeats and one draw, and were three points behind the Reds before the first meeting at Oakwell.



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They have since racked up 35 points and now sit just four points outside the play-offs as we prepare to lock horns tomorrow evening.


The Reds began that first clash at the end of September in decent fashion and deservedly led through a 20th minute Cauley Woodrow spot-kick. But Forest took us apart after the break, their pace out wide took advantage of our high backline and goals from Phillip Zinckernagel, Brennan Johnson and Lewis Grabban saw the visitors to a 3-1 win. 

In terms of the Reds' record at this venue, it's been a mixed bag of results over the last decade or so. Last season saw a 0-0 bore-draw, whereas the previous two visits saw defeats in 2019 (1-0) and 2018 (3-0).

You've to go back to our first game of 2017 to find our last City Ground success. In a game that Barnsley dominated, we had to wait until the final moments for a winner, when captain Conor Hourihane rocketed a strike home from 30 yards. 


Forest are coming into this game off the back of a home victory in the East Midlands derby over Derby County, where goals from Grabban and Johnson were enough despite a late Tom Lawrence strike for the Rams.

The man in the middle on Tuesday night will be Michael Salisbury. He last took control of a Reds fixture just over 12 months ago.


He was the referee for our 1-0 defeat against Norwich City on January 2 last year at Carrow Road. He'd earlier taken charge of that season's 2-2 draw away from home against Stoke City.

The big game against Forest will be broadcast live by iFollow Barnsley. 

You can buy a match pass to watch the game for £10 in the UK, just click the link below for more information.


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Match Reports


25 January 2022

A depleted and demoralised Reds side were comfortably dispatched by an in-form Nottingham Forest outfit this evening at the City Ground.

After gifting Keinan Davis a first goal in Forest colours on 15 minutes, the Reds saw the deficit doubled by Ryan Yates five minutes before the break and despite a flurry of attacking play in the second half, a Forest third, 15 minutes from time from the outstanding Brennan Johnson sealed the simplest of victories.

There was no Poya Asbaghi in the dugout for this one. The Swede was at home, under the weather and there were notable absentees from the lineup selected at the City Ground. Both of Liam Kitching and Carlton Morris were missing through injury following knocks picked up at Birmingham at the weekend.

Despite the perceived weakening of the starting XI, Barnsley, with Ferran Sibila deputising on the touchline actually started the encounter in a decent enough manner. A seventh minute Romal Palmer strike drifted a foot wide and the visitors were dominating possession. 

But an inexplicable error just before the halfway line by captain, Mads Andersen allowed Davis a free run on goal and he finished with aplomb, from just inside the box, giving Brad Collins no chance.

Forest could have doubled that early lead soon after, but James Garner dragged a presentable opportunity a yard wide from 12 yards out. 

The Reds were struggling to retain possession halfway through the opening 45, with the home side looking destined to get a second before half-time. 

But some neat work wide left from Jordan Williams and Devante Cole worked space for the latter to cross and the ball sat up nicely for Callum Styles but his shot, from the edge of the box was blocked just ahead of the goal-line. It was better from the Reds.

Collins then had to be sharp to tip a Yates header over the bar, but within 30 seconds they were two goals to the good when the same player was on hand, six yards out to stab home after Johnson had played in an inch-perfect low cross from the left flank. 

HALF-TIME: Forest 2-0 Barnsley

The second period began with a suggestion, albeit brief, that Barnsley might get back into the fixture. Plenty of well-worked attacking moves, but very little in the way of end-product. Summed up when Victor Adeboyejo found himself with a yard or two of space 20 yards from goal only to slip as he was set to strike the football. 

There was a Styles free-kick blasted 10 yards over the crossbar, and Cole shot wide, under pressure, from the edge of the box just beyond the hour-mark. 

And with 15 minutes remaining, the hosts, who’d stepped off the gas perhaps, found a decisive third goal to kill off the contest. It was the impressive Djed Spence, on the right who surged out of the full back position, unopposed and after turning Williams inside and out, leaving the defender on his backside, the on-loan Middlesbrough man found Johnson to his left and he stroked home wonderfully, unmarked from 14 yards out.

It could have been four, five, six with further Forest chances towards the end of the game, as first Xande Silva blasted against the outside of the post; Steve Cook was thwarted by a fine Collins save to his left and then finally, Silva again fluffed his lines, quite spectacularly to be honest, firing over with the goal at his mercy three yards out. 

The Reds’ wretched run continues on a cold evening here in the East Midlands. 

FULL-TIME: Forest 3-0 Barnsley

Collins, Moon (Vita), Helik, Andersen, Williams, Palmer (Wolfe), Gomes, Styles, Cole, Adeboyejo, Leya Iseka (Bremang).

Unused: Walton, Hondermarck, Sraha, Thompson.

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Ticket News


14 December 2021

Tickets for our New Year trip to the City Ground go on sale from tomorrow.

We have received a total allocation of 2,000 tickets in the Bridgford Stand Lower Tier for our upcoming fixture at Nottingham Forest on Monday 3 January, kick-off 3pm.

The Club have been issued 992 tickets in W block and 986 tickets in X block with X block being the more central.

Prices - W Block/X Block
Adult: £25/£27
Senior Over 65: £18/£19
Young Adult (18-23 years): £12/£13
Juvenile (12-17 years): £10/£11
Juvenile (4-11 years): £5 both areas

Nottingham Forest FC strongly recommends that children be of primary school age when attending fixtures at the City Ground. Babies and younger children will not be admitted for their own safety.

Tickets are available to purchase in the following order:

Wednesday 15 December – Reds Reserved Plus Members
Friday 17 December – Reds Reserved Members
Monday 20 December – Oakwell Centenary Society Members
Tuesday 21 December – General Sale



Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair users will pay their relevant age-related category with an assistant’s ticket being free of charge for those in receipt of the higher rate of either disability living allowance, PIP or attendance allowance. The 11 wheelchair bays are in block X.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 12 noon on the day, priced at £18 per seat. Strictly no alcohol is permitted. Juveniles Under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18+. *Please read the additional information from Wilfreda Beehive below.

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Wednesday 22 December. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office until 5pm on Thursday 30 December, 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. 


*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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