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INTERVIEW | Jamal Campbell-Ryce

A catch-up with the former Reds wide-man

9 August 2019

We caught up with former Reds winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce ahead of Saturday's big South Yorkshire Derby clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

"It's one of my greatest memories." 

The words of the man who last scored a Reds winner away at Hillsborough. 

It's been 10 years now since Barnsley made the short trip to S6 and returned home with all three points. And on that particular night in 2009, Jamal Campbell-Ryce write his name into Reds folkore.

“It’s probably up there in the top five of my career," stated Jamal when we spoke to the popular midfielder this week.

"Obviously, the occasion, playing at Hillsborough against your local rivals in front of all their fans and the army of travelling Reds, it was some night. And the type of goal it was. I think it was Michael O’Connor that I beat, couple of step-overs, and I just put it in the top corner with my left foot.

"It’s a great memory of mine.”

JCR scores the winner

Campbell-Ryce had a knack for scoring spectacular goals during his three-year Oakwell stay.

He found the net 13 times in 100 appearances and almost all of them were of a special nature, including another against a different local rival.

“The goal against Doncaster Rovers was really special." Jamal told us.

"Heinz Müller rolled it out to me on the corner of the box and I ran the length of the pitch, so that’s definitely one of my best goals. Obviously, that was against another one of our local rivals. We were 1-0 down and down to ten men as well.”

The man sent off in that game was Darren Moore who now, a decade on is now managing Doncaster.

Campbell-Ryce tells us that it's no surprise to him to see Moore and other Reds teammates now involved in management.

“Darren was always destined for that kind of job once retiring. I know that Martin Devaney and Bobby Hassell are still at the academy in the coaching department at Barnsley, which I could always see them both doing – especially Bobby, so I’m really happy for them.”

JCR

So what does 'JCR' reckon to the current Reds squad, coached by Daniel Stendel?

“I always look out for Barnsley, naturally. I had great times there.

“The FA Cup run where we beat Chelsea at home and then Liverpool away, that was incredible. We got to the semi's against Cardiff and playing at Wembley was unbelievable; we gave a fantastic account of ourselves and were unfortunate to narrowly lose it 1-0.

"In terms of the current Barnsley side, I’ve been looking at all the players they’ve brought in and it's exciting times I reckon. And they obviously had a great result at the weekend against Fulham, so I always look out for the results.

"I hope they put that record at Hillsborough to bed though on Saturday. 10 years is far too long to wait for a win.”


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