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19 December 2023

Club News


19 December 2023

Barnsley Football Club will be paying tribute to Norman Rimmington BEM when we host Stevenage on Saturday afternoon.

Each year, we invite you all to remember the great man, who represented our Club with such pride and distinction in so many different roles since first arriving at Oakwell as a goalkeeper back in 1945.

The Staincross-born legendary figure would go onto coach the Reds under Johnny Steele, as well as working as physio, groundsman and eventually kitman beyond his 90th birthday.

Norman sadly passed away on 29 December 2016 at the grand old age of 93, leaving behind a legacy the likes of which might never be seen again. It is perhaps fitting, then, that supporters voted for his name to be adorned across the ‘Ponty End’, which was renamed after the affectionately known ‘Rimmo’ back in May.

The annual Norman Rimmington Memorial Match will see members of his family join us as guests in the Copier Systems Legends Lounge this weekend, while the matchday programme, Oakwell Review, acts as another poignant tribute to one of the most iconic names in our rich history.

Oakwell Review front cover vs Stevenage

Supporters also have the opportunity to enjoy matchday experience in Rimmington's Lounge prior to kick-off, with ticket holders in the East Stand able to upgrade for just £5.

Norman Rimmington’s grandson, Richard Ward said: “It’s always nice that Norman is remembered around this time of year. It’s nice to get my family down, as well – it’s great to get them back at the Club.

“Norman’s family – and my Nanan – were his first love, and then football. But he absolutely loved Barnsley Football Club. He was 93 and still respected by the Club and young fans, who probably don’t know much about him, but it’s just nice to be still remembered."

Once a Red, always a Red.


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