Following the sad news earlier this week that Mr Cryne had passed away, the Club can now confirm that the following tributes will take place this weekend ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match with Fulham at Oakwell.
There will be a minutes silence observed before the match, which will begin and end on the sounding of the referee’s whistle. We ask all fans to stand together and observe the silence respectfully.
The players will be wearing black armbands throughout the match as a mark of respect to Mr Cryne and his family.
A book of condolence will be available for fans to sign and leave messages in from Saturday [27th] morning, which is located in the Club Shop at Oakwell. This will be passed on to the Cryne family at a suitable opportunity when all fans have had an opportunity to leave their tributes.
Flowers and messages have already been left at Oakwell under the memorial wall at the South Stand, the Club are happy for fans to continue with this, allowing everybody to pay their respects.
BE RED has been dedicated to Patrick Cryne this weekend against Fulham, with a special edition front cover and tributes inside the programme, from social media posts including former players, fans and members of the wider footballing community.
The Club will be speaking to as many people as possible over the coming weeks and will bring an extended page number, special edition of BE RED out for the next home match with Sheffield Wednesday, where fans will be able to read the in depth thoughts and interviews with as many former players, members of staff and board members of Barnsley Football Club as possible about the influence Patrick Cryne had on them.
All of the revenue gained from the special edition programme will be donated to the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester. Corporate Fundraising Manager at The Christie charity, Danielle Carney said: “We are so grateful that at this very sad time Patrick Cryne’s family have made this hugely generous gesture and everyone here at The Christie charity thanks them and the club very much. All donations, whether big or small, make such a difference to patients and their families and take us a step closer to a future free of cancer.”
The Cryne family would like to thank everybody who has sent messages of support to them, whether this has been in person, through social media or by letters sent to the Club.