Awayday Guide: Barnsley
Fulham’s final fixture in January sees Slavisa Jokanovic’s side travel to Oakwell to face Barnsley tomorrow afternoon. There are still tickets available – with three loyalty points on offer to supporters who fancy making the trip to South Yorkshire. Tickets have now gone off sale online, but can be ordered by calling the Fulham ticket office on 0203 871 0810 – and supporters will need to specify whether they wish to collect their tickets from the Fulham ticket office on Stevenage Road or at Barnsley prior to kick off. Tickets are priced at £23 for adults, £16 for supporters aged over 65 and between the ages of 16 and 21, £10 for supporters aged between 12 and 16 and £5 for under 12s.
Tickets will go off sale completely at 3pm this afternoon, although Barnsley will sell away tickets at Oakwell on matchday (junior tickets must be booked in advance). On the day prices are £25 for adults, £18 for supporters aged over 65 and between 17 and 21.
HOW TO GET TO OAKWELL
Exit the M1 at Junction 37 and head along A628 towards Barnsley. Continue on this road, following the signs for Barnsley FC, and the ground will come into view on the right. There are car parks at Oakwell, but these are largely for permit holders only. Between the ground and the MetroDome is a car park for visiting supporters, called Queens Ground, which costs £5. The MetroDome also offers parking at its own car park – although supporters should be warned that it can become congested and lead to long queues after the final whistle. There is also street parking around the MetroDome.
Barnsley Railway Station is about a ten minute walk away from Oakwell – and supporters heading up from London will likely need to change at either Sheffield or Leeds. Upon exiting the train station, turn left and walk towards the bridge beneath the dual carriageway. Head under the bridge, turn left at the slip road and take the first right walking down the MetroDome complex at the top of the hill and you will be able to see the ground directly in front of you.
Fulham’s official coaches will leave Craven Cottage and West Barnes Lane opposite Motspur Park train station at 8.15am. Spaces on either coach need to be booked in advance by calling the Fulham ticket office on 0203 871 0810. Coach tickets are priced at £20 for adult season ticket holders and members, £15 for junior season ticket holders and members, £25 for adult non-season ticket holders and members and £20 for juniors non-season ticket holders and members.
The Rigby Lounge in the MetroDome Leisure Centre has been a regular haunt for away fans as it is located within easy walking distance of Oakwell.
The Dove Inn (102 Doncaster Road, Barnsley S70 1TP) is a regular in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and welcomes away fans alongside Barnsley supporters. Five minutes walk away the ground, the pub offers traditional bitter from the Old Mill brewery alongside other session beers, a good selection of food as well as large screen televisions, a beer garden and a pool table.
The Barnsley East Dene Working Mens Club (111 Doncaster Rd, Barnsley S70 1UD) will also welcome visiting fans and children for the price of a small donation. There is also on-site parking available for £2 and it is around a ten minute walk to the ground. The Harbour Hills Working Mens Club (14 Vernon Street Barnsley S71 1BW) has also been very welcoming to Fulham fans in the past.
The Joseph Bramah (15 Market Hill, Barnsley, S70 2PX) is the bigger of town centre’s two Wetherspoon’s. The Old Number 7 (7 Market Hill, Barnsley S70 2PX) has been a regular haunt for Fulham fans on our previous visitis, located close enough to Barnsley train statement, and serving eight real ales from Acorn and other micro breweries and a choice of real ciders and perry, also a wide range of continental bottled beers and lagers.
PAYING TRIBUTE TO PATRICK CRYNE
Saturday’s game is Barnsley’s first home fixture since the sad death of the Tykes’ former chairman, Patrick Cryne, from cancer at the age of 66. Cryne, a local businessman, saved Barnsley from extinction around a decade ago and invested heavily in the side year after year. After writing an emotional open letter to fans revealing his terminal cancer diagnosis, he recently sold the club to a Chinese consortium of investors that also includes the American ‘moneyball’ supremo Billy Beane. The Barnsley Supporters’ Trust have asked if the travelling Fulham fans can join in a planned tribute to the late Mr. Cyrne in the 66th minute by standing and applauding as well as shining their torches or lights on their mobile phones.