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Where Are They Now? Barnsley’s Division Three runners-up 1980-81

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.

*This article originally featured in the May 14th edition of The FLP. 

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