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Clarke & Hunter Inducted Into Oakwell Hall Of Fame

8 May 2020

Over the last week we've celebrated both the 1981 and 1979 promotion anniversaries and we are delighted to now announce our two latest inductees into the Oakwell Hall Of Fame!

Taking over the struggling Reds in 1978, as player/manager, Allan Clarke would usher in a period of time that would see the club go from strength to strength. 

Bringing his experience as a wonderfully exceptional, successful footballer both domestically and internationally, Clarke brought with him professionalism and would build a side on a budget that began the climb back up the pyramid, after some torturous years in the bottom tier. 

He would later leave the club for 'his' club - Leeds United - following that 1979 promotion, and indeed he returned to Oakwell for a second spell in the dugout in the 1980's. 

His replacement in 1980 was a man he knew well - the late, great Norman Hunter.

Hunter would lead the 1980/81 squad to another glorious promotion, building a side that many Reds supporters to this day, still refer to as the very best of Barnsley. 

Norman, like Clarke, had this aura of invinciblity about him and he truly put the club back on the map, with that sterling promotion and terrific scalps in cup competition. 

We sadly lost Norman Hunter in April of this year, but it is our privilege to induct both he and Allan Clarke into the Oakwell Hall Of Fame today. 


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