We catch up with Barns­ley’s 1980-81 Divi­sion Three run­ners-up

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Neil Fissler

DER­RICK PARKER be­lieves the cat­a­lyst for Barns­ley’s pro­mo­tion 36 years ago was Leeds United ap­point­ing Al­lan Clarke as man­ager in Septem­ber 1980.

Clarke, who played his foot­ball in Don Re­vie’s Leeds United side, was not pop­u­lar in the Barns­ley dress­ing room, ac­cord­ing to Parker.

De­spite Clarke lead­ing them out of the Fourth Divi­sion, Parker thinks he would not have taken them up into the Sec­ond Divi­sion.

In­stead it was another of Re­vie’s all-con­quer­ing side, Nor­man Hunter, who took con­trol and plot­ted a sec­ond pro­mo­tion cam­paign in three sea­sons

The Tykes pipped Charl­ton to the run­ners-up spot on goal dif­fer­ence, to fin­ish two points be­hind lead­ers Rother­ham.

It was the first time that Barns­ley, who spent many years lan­guish­ing in the Fourth Divi­sion be­fore Clarke’s ar­rival, had played in the sec­ond tier since the mid-60s. They have largely re­mained there ever since – and it’s all thanks to Hunter.

“Al­lan Clarke go­ing to Leeds was a bit of a re­lief to us,” said Parker. “He was a bit strange, to say the least.

“Nor­man was much more down to earth.

“We prob­a­bly wouldn’t have won pro­mo­tion un­der Al­lan Clarke. He fell out with play­ers far too eas­ily. At the stage he left, he’d fallen out with Trevor Ay­lott, who was the best tar­get man in the divi­sion and prob­a­bly our best player.

“And, once Al­lan left, Nor­man bought Trevor back and he was un­stop­pable. In foot­ball, fall­ing out with the man­ager is an oc­cu­pa­tional hazard.


“Al­lan told him he wasn’t ever go­ing to play for the club af­ter Trevor was sub­sti­tuted in a game and threw his shirt.

“Clarkey mod­elled him­self on Brian Clough, but he was never go­ing to be Brian Clough. If I saw Al­lan Clarke in the street to­mor­row, I would tell him the same thing.

“Nor­man just en­cour­aged us to play foot­ball, at­tack­ing foot­ball, which was great. We had a run of 19-20 games un­beaten but then fal­tered.

“So, he signed two play­ers who were re­ally im­por­tant, Ray McHale and Ste­wart Bar­row­clough, for the run-in.

“They made a big dif­fer­ence, es­pe­cially McHale with the ex­pe­ri­ence he had. So many Barns­ley fans say it’s the best team we’ve had. We thought we were the best team in the league and cer­tainly bet­ter than Rother­ham.

“We needed to beat them in our sec­ond-last game to clinch pro­mo­tion. And we never thought for a minute we weren’t go­ing to beat them. We never thought ‘they are cham­pi­ons, they must be good’.

“We had beaten them ear­lier in the sea­son and just thought we’d do it again. We did, 1-0.”

1. Ian Evans: Wales in­ter­na­tional de­fender and three times in the PFA team of the sea­son. He man­aged Swansea and is now a scout.

2. Trevor Ay­lott: Striker who won a Divi­sion Three win­ners’ medal with AFC Bournemouth. Now a black cab driver and works for the Press As­so­ci­a­tion pro­vid­ing stats.

3. Martin New: Goal­keeper who started his ca­reer at Arse­nal. Now based in Notts. Worked as a lorry driver, in sales and as op­er­a­tions man­ager for MSM Hy­giene.

4. Mick McCarthy: Repub­lic of Ire­land de­fender who won Scot­tish Pre­mier League hon­ours at Celtic and has been man­ager of Ip­swich Town since 2012.

5. Bobby Collins: Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder who coached at Leeds United, worked in whole­sale fash­ion and as a driver for Leeds Uni­ver­sity. He died in Jan­uary 2014, aged 82.

6. Nor­man Rim­ming­ton: For­mer miner who acted as goal­keeper, coach, physio and kit man­ager at Oak­well for 60-plus years. He died in De­cem­ber 2016, aged 93. 7. Joe Joyce: Right-back who ended his ca­reer with pro­mo­tion at Carlisle. He was PFA head of coach­ing be­fore mov­ing to New­cas­tle United, where he is academy di­rec­tor. 8. Mike Lester: Mid­fielder who won six pro­mo­tions and is now based in Manch­ester, run­ning his own soc­cer schools. Also coached at Man City academy. 9. Neil Cooper: De­fender who won a Scot­tish Cup with St Mir­ren. He man­aged For­far Ath­letic, Aberdeen Un­der-19s and now In­verurie Loco Works. 10. Ian Banks: Mid­fielder who was in the PFA team of the sea­son in 1982. Man­aged Em­ley and Ec­cleshill. Also coaches at Rich­mond Soc­cer Academy in Leeds. 11. Bobby Flavell: Full-back who set­tled north of the bor­der and ran a fruit and veg busi­ness in Por­to­bello, Ed­in­burgh, un­til his death in Jan­uary 1996, aged 39. 12. Der­rick Parker: For­ward who also won a pro­mo­tion with Southend. Still lives in Barns­ley and has worked for a brick-maker as UK sales man­ager for more than 25 years. 13. Win­ston Camp­bell: Winger who lives in Sh­effield and was a so­cial worker for 14 years. He has since man­aged a clean­ing chem­i­cals com­pany and is the di­rec­tor of a prop­erty firm. 14. Nor­man Hunter: Works the af­ter-din­ner cir­cuit and as a sum­mariser at Leeds United games for lBC Ra­dio Leeds and York­shire Ra­dio. 15. Bobby Downes: Left-back who won two pro­mo­tions with Wat­ford be­fore run­ning Black­burn Rovers’ academy, scout­ing for Pre­ston and was head of Not­ting­ham For­est re­cruit­ment . 16. Phil Cham­bers: De­fender. A youth coach at Rother­ham and Scar­bor­ough, where he man­aged, and then went to work in a ba­con fac­tory in the town. 17. Ron­nie Glavin: Scot­land mid­fielder who won a Scot­tish League ti­tle with Celtic, was a coach at Oak­well and is now a lec­turer at Wake­field Col­lege. 18. Glyn Ri­ley: Striker who en­joyed suc­cess with Bris­tol City. Lives in We­ston-su­per-Mare and started a soft fur­nish­ing busi­ness and his own coach­ing school. NOT PIC­TURED Gor­don Boyd: Mid­fielder who be­came a sales man­ager at Carls­berg for 16 years. Now direct sales man­ager for Daniel Th­waites Brew­ery in Hud­der­s­field. Gary Pierce: Goal­keeper who won a League Cup with Wolves. Lives in Ainsworth, near Bury, and has worked as a de­liv­ery driver Ste­wart Bar­row­clough: Winger who en­joyed suc­cess with New­cas­tle United. He ran a fruit and florist firm, then be­came a tech­ni­cian for Rexam Glass in Barns­ley. Ray McHale: Cen­tral de­fender, twice in the PFA team of the sea­son. Lives in Spain. He has twice man­aged Scar­bor­ough and been Old­ham’s chief scout. Colin Walker: Striker, spent ten years coach­ing at Oak­well. Man­aged York, Don­caster Rovers’ Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence and as­sis­tant at Notts County Ladies.

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