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CK BECKETT SOUTH STAND TO BE RENAMED

14 July 2022

Reds fans will have the opportunity to vote from a selection of Barnsley Football Club legends to rename the 'Ponty End'.

To add to the recent renaming of the North Stand after Club legend and record appearance holder Barry Murphy, we are now giving Season Ticket holders the opportunity to vote for the new name that will be present on the South Stand!

A selection of five Club legends are available for fans to choose from to adorn the 'Ponty End', with voting closing on August 8. 

We would like to thank our long-term, valued Club Partner, CK Beckett for working alongside us to make this happen, as part of the extension to their deal here at Barnsley Football Club.

Senior Account Manager, Lee Wassell spoke of his pride at retaining the partnership with CK Beckett, telling us: "CK Beckett is a household name here at the Club and within our town. We are extremely delighted to confirm the extension of their partnership with us as the South Stand Sponsor for our upcoming season.

"The continued support and passion from Chris and his team for all things Barnsley FC has been amazing. It’s a real pleasure to include CK Beckett within our partnership portfolio and strengthen our ties with local businesses around Barnsley."

Chris Beckett, owner of C.K Beckett was delighted to help make this happen whilst also continuing his company's long-held relationship with Barnsley FC.

"It's an honour to extend our relationship with the Club, in what is going to be our 14th consecutive year of involvement with the Reds.

"CK Beckett are proud supporters of Barnsley FC and we believe the renaming of the stand after another legendary figure is a great initiative."

Please see the five nominated Club Legends below, and vote for the one you'd like to see the South Stand renamed in honour of!

Ronnie Glavin

Joining the Reds in 1979 from Celtic, the skillful Scot impressed the Barnsley supporters with his displays at Oakwell under Allan Clarke.

Two years later, under the stewardship of Norman Hunter, Glavin inspired the Reds to promotion to the second tier.

After a short spell away in Portugal, Glavin returned in 1985. Across his time at Oakwell, the midfielder netted 93 goals in 215 appearances.

 

Neil Redfearn

The Dewsbury-born midfielder was top scorer for the Reds in both the 1996/97 and 1997/98 seasons, two of the most successful campaigns in the club’s history. In that famous promotion season, he smashed home 19 goals but his overall contribution was immeasurable.

He was just as impressive, if not more so in the top flight despite the Reds’ relegation. At 32-years-old he still showed his full repertoire, notching 14 goals and proving to be one of the most dangerous midfielders in the Premier League. 

Racking up 338 appearances and scoring 83 goals, Redfearn is quite easily one of the greatest players to have represented Barnsley FC.

 

Norman Rimmington

Making 29 appearances as a goalkeeper between 1945-47, it was for his longstanding loyalty to the Reds that made 'Rimmo' who he was.

Born in Staincross in 1923, Norman was a fearless ‘keeper and injuries to his hands were the only reasons he didn’t make a bigger impression in his playing career. 

When returning to the club in 1951 he held numerous posts including assistant manager, groundsman and physio. Most recently he was kitman and also worked in the laundry room.

Through his commitment and service to the club over the decades Norman became affectionately known to the fans as ‘Mr Barnsley’ - a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life to the club he loved. 

‘Rimmo’ passed away in December of 2016 at the age of 93 and there were huge crowds inside and outside the church and Grove Street was lined by Reds supporters as his funeral cortege made one final visit to Oakwell. 

 

Tommy Taylor

Born in Smithies in 1932, Taylor's first footballing experience came playing for the local mining team where he worked. 

Two years later, Taylor signed for the Reds and quickly made his mark at Oakwell. He scored seven goals in twelve appearances in the 1950/51 season. Whilst playing for the Club, Taylor carried out national service in the British Army.

After scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances for the Reds, the striker was sold to English champions Manchester United for £29,999. The reported reason for the fee not being £30,000 was so Taylor wasn't burdened with the label of being a £30,000 player. Reportedly, the spare £1 went to the tea lady.

Aged 26, Taylor, along with seven of his teammates, tragically died in the Munich air crash in on 6 February 1958. His startling form for both Barnsley and Manchester United left fans thinking how great the striker would have become.

 

Eric Winstanley

Eric had an impact on our community as a young lad, winning the Yorkshire Shield in 1960 for Barnsley Boys, before playing four times for England's youth team two years later.

In the 1962/63 season, at just 17-years-old, he would go on to play in 52 out of a possible 53 games in league and cup. 

He was ever-present in the following campaign and at the start of the 1964/65 season he was handed the captaincy at just 19, still the youngest player to lead Barnsley FC in its 135-year history. 

Probably the highlight of his career was the time he moved himself up front as a centre forward with the side 2-0 down to Watford and going on to score a superb hat-trick to win the game 3-2 in schoolboy’s own stuff. 

Eric’s 461 appearances sees him third in the all-time list behind only Phil Chambers and Barry Murphy; his 39 goals is also the record for a Barnsley defender. 

Rightly regarded as a true legend of the club and one of our own, 'Winnie' passed away in May of 2021, leaving behind a mountain of memories and a legacy that will live on forever.

Click the link below to make your vote count!

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