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Your #RetroReds Stories - Take Two

26 September 2019

It's the second run, as three more Reds fans reminisce over their most memorable moments...

Eleven years old at the time, Alex Gough recites a giant killing that will live long in the memory of all Reds fans.

“Throw it back to the eve of Liverpool away in the FA Cup run 2008.  We were without a fit senior keeper until an unknown Luke Steele signed on loan. It was one of my first away days as an excited 11-year-old, along with 6,000 others in the glorious Liverpool sunshine singing my heart out, not knowing what was about to unfold.

"Liverpool went in front as was expected yet nobody was disappointed, as this was the result everyone had expected. But what a second half there was in store... First, Stephen Foster popping up to power home header from a Martin Devaney cross to send us crazy in the away end, followed by some amazing, world class saves from debutant Luke Steele!

"Still at 1-1 the entire away end were happy to take Liverpool back to Oakwell, but then a huge moment arose. Sami Hyypiä brought down Brian Howard in the penalty area (physically grabbing his ankle and pulling him to the floor) but Martin Atkinson waved play-on in front of the Kop end at Anfield.

"Howard was bemused by this decision and went chasing after Atkinson, and it’s a good job he did! As the ball fell to him around 20-25 yards from the Liverpool goal with seconds to spare of the 90, he smashed the ball home left-footed into the bottom corner of the Liverpool goal, making it 2-1 to the Super Reds!

"The away end was going barmy, the players were ecstatic and a moment I will never ever forget for as long as I live was the then manager Simon Davey signalling to his players to try and calm down!  

"Unbelievable experience for everyone involved and a memory to cherish forever! You Reds.”

Carlo Van Der Watering remembers perhaps a less lauded moment, but was this the game that sparked an unbelievable season?

"It was 10/11/2015. We weren't doing great in the league and we played York in the Johnstone Paint Trophy at home. Adam Hammill was playing after signing a short term contract the day before. Hammill showed flashes of what had made him a crowd favourite in previous spells and then he got the ball on the left....went past a player, cut in and let fly....For me it was the (kick) start of what going to be a fantastic season. There have been good players for Barnsley and there have been a handful of legends... for me, Adam belongs in the latter."

Six goals all before half time; it’s a game from 1998 that Craig Studd will never forget.

"November 1998. The Huddersfield game was live on Sky but I just had to go. My then girlfriend had never been to a match before, and I’d persuaded her to come with me. The journey to Oakwell was full of excitement and anticipation for me, but full of remarks like, “I’m gonna shiver” and “Football’s boring” from her.

"Well what followed was the best 90 minutes of her life! She said that not me! From Bruce Dyer opening the scoring, to Darren Barnard’s majestic, sensational volley to make it 6-0 before half time. What a game, what a memory. She became a Barnsley fan that very night."

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Please note, tickets for the Sunday’s ‘Retro’ themed fixture against Brentford remain on sale. You can purchase in person at the Oakwell box office, over the phone on 01226 211 183 or click here to buy online.


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