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Match Reports


26 August 2023

Barnsley claimed a fine 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Devante Cole’s first half strike was added to late on by debutant John McAtee as the Reds put 10-man Latics to the sword following Charlie Hughes’ early dismissal.

It was a pleasing performance from Neill Collins’ side, who shrugged off the disappointment of two consecutive home defeats to beat a dogged home side in Lancashire.

Despite making a tentative start, it was the Reds who had the first clear cut opening of the game following a crisp counter-attack as Cole slipped in strike partner Max Watters, who could only skew wide of Sam Tickle’s goal under pressure from Hughes.

Five minutes later though, the hosts were reduced to 10 men when we broke at pace again and Cole was unceremoniously scythed down by Hughes, which prompted referee Sebastian Stockbridge to brandish the red card.

Barnsley took full advantage of the numerical superiority and made the breakthrough with a superbly worked goal as Barry Cotter’s pinpoint cross was beautifully swept home at the near post by Cole.

Very much in the ascendency, the Reds looked to double their lead heading into the break and came close on numerous occasions, only to be denied by an inspired Tickle in the Latics goal.

First, the Wigan stopper got down well at his near post to tip wide Adam Phillips’ clever flick before thwarting Jack Shepherd from the resulting corner. Phillips’ long range drive was then expertly kept out as we tried to hammer the door down.

HALF-TIME: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Barnsley

Wigan came flying out of the blocks after the restart, bolstered by a vociferous home crowd still aggrieved at the dismissal of Hughes, and Jordan Williams had to fling himself in front of Callum Lang’s opportunistic effort as we weathered a storm.

On the hour, Barnsley eventually found a bit of rhythm and started to fire in a series of crosses from both flanks, with Cotter teasing one in for the stretching Cole, who couldn’t get a toe on the ball to prod it in at the near post.

Another swift counter-attack moments later saw Williams switch the ball for Nicky Cadden, and the Scotsman cut in on his right foot before curling one wide.

Introduced from the bench, McAtee was presented with a golden opportunity to open his Reds account when a long ball over the top was misjudged by Tickle, allowing the Luton Town loanee to canter through on goal, but with the angle against him, he could only drag wide of the target.

Keen to make amends for that miss, the diminutive attacker skipped beyond a couple of challenges in the Wigan area and cracked a thunderous strike off the upright as we pressed for a killer second.

We were almost made to rue those squandered chances as Lang’s towering header was tremendously tipped over by a flying Liam Roberts.

Eight minutes from time, Cole had the ball in the back of the net for a second time when he steered home Cadden’s cross, but the linesman’s flag ensured that the celebrations from all of a red persuasion were premature.

However, the game was safe deep into stoppage time when McAtee – played in by fellow substitute Aiden Marsh – fired in off the upright to seal all three points on a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon at the DW Stadium.

FULL-TIME: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Barnsley


REDS XI: Roberts (GK), Cotter (O’Keeffe, 73), Williams (C), Łopata, Shepherd, Cadden, Kane, Russell, Phillips (Styles, 83), Cole (Marsh, 83), Watters (McAtee, 65).

Not used: Killip, de Gevigney, Dallas.

LATICS XI: Tickle, Watts, Pearce, Hughes, Clare (Jones, 62), M Smith, Wyke, Humphrys, Lang (C), McManaman (Morrison, 27), Adeeko (Magennis, 77).

Not used: Amos (GK), S Smith, Sze, Balagizi.

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Ticket News


13 August 2023

We round off the opening month of the season with a trip to the DW Stadium to take on the Latics - tickets on sale tomorrow!

We have received an initial allocation of 1,000 seated tickets for our fixture at Wigan Athletic on Saturday 26 August, kick off 3pm. 

Tickets will go on sale in the following order:

Monday 14 August at 10am – 2023/24 Season Ticket Holder

Friday 18 August at 9am - 2023/24 Season Ticket Holder & Centenary Members

Monday 21 August at 9am – General Sale


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All categories are one ticket per qualifying criteria and are subject to availability. Season tickets cannot be up or downgraded. The away ticket allocation is for the named season ticket holder only. Once ticket sales are open to general sale no season ticket or membership is required but each ticket must be assigned to the person travelling. All categories are subject to availability.


Tickets are priced at:

Adult - £25.00

Senior Over 65 - £17.00

18 – 21 - £17.00

Under 18 - £10.00

Under 12 - £5.00


Ambulant disabled supporters will pay the relevant age-related category with a carer’s ticket free of charge for those on the higher/medium rate of DLA. Please note there is no facility for wheelchair users at this game.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 11.30am priced at £23 per seat. We have a strict no alcohol policy. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18+.

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Wednesday 23 August. Wherever possible can supporters please avoid choosing postage and collect their tickets from Oakwell due to the time constraints involved.

Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office until 12 noon on Friday 25 August, subject to availability.

Match day parking is available for spectators to purchase on Car Park 1, located at Stadium Way, WN5 0UN. Prices are £20 per coach, £10 per minibus and £5 per car. For any disabled parking please contact the Wigan ticket office 24 hours prior to the day of the match.

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


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