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Write For The Reds: My Barnsley Journey

19 April 2020

Scarlett was a part of the Barnsley FC family as soon as she was born!

My experience with Barnsley started as soon as I was born, my name is Scarlett as it’s a shade of red!!!  I didn’t really have a choice in being a Barnsley fan, but I’m glad I am one, although we may not always win, when we do it’s awesome!!! From a young age I have been so interested in football and all its ups and downs, the players may come and go but the fans stay, and that’s what is so special about a hearty club like Barnsley.

My funny memories with Barnsley include meeting Conor Hourihane in the Co-op, buying cheese and onion crisps and Lucozade to singing “he’s got a plant pot on his head” at Rochdale.

I have been twice to Wembley to see the Super Reds win, and over the years of football collected many shirts, one for each year I’ve lived! I love the away games and have been to 32 stadiums.

I have met many of the players, but a special time was when Peter Ramage came into my school to give me a signed shirt! I had an asthma attack at the Doncaster game at the Keepmoat stadium. I wasn’t expecting it and it was a lovely surprise to see him at my school.

As I am now 13, many teenagers (stereotypically girls) would ‘grow out’ of football but I still love going to the matches every Saturday as I love the matchday experience, home and away.

I have now moved to Holmfirth, it’s still near enough to Barnsley, however, there is a downside, everyone at my school supports Huddersfield Town! I do get teased for being a Barnsley fan but it’s fine because when we beat Huddersfield, I’m the only one who can taunt them back! I will forever be a Barnsley fan and stick by my team.

 It can be upsetting when we lose but I know that at some point Barnsley will be even more amazing than they are now, then we will be the ones who can be the pride of Yorkshire!

By Scarlett Palmer, aged 13.

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