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WSB 15/16 End of Season Awards

Right – it’s arrived – the WSB annual awards vote. Cast yours below.




10th Anniversary celebration – details confirmed

We’re very pleased to finally confirm details of our biggest event to date – a 3 course dinner & Q&A with the majority of the 2005/2006 League One Play Off winning squad. Details are below:

Date – 25th June
Time – 7pm until 1am (afterparty still TBC)
Tickets – £40 or £300 for table of 8
Dress code – no trainers/football shirts. Smart casual.

There’ll be a DJ on the night along with raffles, auctions, chances to meet the lads & a Q&A. All profits will be split 50/50 between Barnsley Hospice & the Barnsley Hospital Tiny Hearts Appeal.

We’re limited to only 250 tickets for the evening so be sure to get yours asap here. All tickets will be posted out nearer to the time.

We also have corporate sponsorship available – please get in touch at to discuss more.


STARS – your very, very last chance…

Now then

First of all, thanks to all who have sent kind words about the Stars shirt. We’re more than chuffed with the quality & the amount flogging so many has made for our charities – thanks again.

However, we’d be lying if we were entirely happy. Afraid we fucked up – we advised plenty of you to order a size up as we believed the sizing to be a little smaller than normal. Now we’ve got them, we’ve realised that’s bollocks.

So – this is the Stars amnesty – we’re going to order some smaller sizes over the next couple of weeks. If you want to return yours then do so & we’ll get your name down for the size of your choice. If we can swap immediately, we will. If we can’t, you’ll have to wait until we get them back probably late November.

If you do want to return one, email us at

What this also means is that we are now opening up the chance to order a shirt, even if you missed out first time. All orders, be it new or swaps, will be put in on 1st November so you’ll have to wait until the end of that month to get yours – just think though, perfect Christmas present…

Nice one as always

Yours in shite football & these shirts being the only good thing in your Barnsley FC supporting life.



10th Anniversary Promotion Charity dinner – partners/sponsors wanted

We’re very excited to announce that next year on the 25th June we’re hosting our biggest event to date – a 10th anniversary celebration of the Play Off Final win at Cardiff at The Metrodome, Barnsley. In attendance will be the full squad of players including Bobby Hassell, Martin Devaney, Anthony Kay along with Andy Ritchie and many, many more.

The event has a capacity of 300 and will include a 3 course meal, a comedian, DJ, a Q&A with some of the squad alongside an auction & a raffle with all profits being split across our chosen local charities. Tickets will be £45 per person, including VAT.

To help us raise as much as possible we’re looking for a number of sponsors to cover our initial costs. The details of available packages are shown below. We’re looking for the help of local businesses in the hope that you’ll look to support what will no doubt be a great night but also raise lots of money for our Town. However, if you feel you can offer any help at all then please do get in touch.


Headline Sponsor – £1500
Includes 3 tables of 8 for the event and wine on the evening, company logo on all tickets, press releases & advertising. Event will be billed as ‘in association with’ your company name.

Associate sponsor – £1000 (x 3)
Includes 2 tables of 8 for the event and wine on the evening, company logo on all press releases & advertising.

Partner – £500 (x5)
Includes 1 table of 8 for the event and company logo on all press releases & advertising

Contact details
Email –
Phone – 07980865620


In defence of the Individual Brilliance Zone – Dr Joseph Handsaker

Over the weekend after our disappointing loss to Shrewsbury, we got hold of a presentation document that Lee Johnson, our Head Coach, and Nathan Winder, our Head of Club Sport Science, gave at a recent Science & Football Conference. So, now we’ve all seen the philosophy documents, took the piss out of them and they’ve left some of us in the corridor of confusion. However, Dr Joe Handsaker attended the presentation and below he explains that there is more to it than meets the eye.

Earlier this year I was one of thousands of delegates who attended the Science and Football conference at St Georges Park. Whilst I attended the conference with the intention to focus mainly on the science based presentations, several of the keynote lectures were given by coaches, managers and scouts; including the Barnsley head coach, Lee Johnson.

At the time, I had no knowledge of Lee Johnson, or how well Barnsley were doing that season, so sat down with no expectations or assumptions of the man. The presenter at the conference, David Jones from Saturday Night Football, introduced Lee and explained how he had rejuvenated a struggling Barnsley FC that season, consequently earning himself a nomination for manager of the month the following month. He began by outlining his philosophy, the philosophy by which he expected all of his players to play the game. A style that appeared more Champions League than League One, but aspirational none the less. He explained the importance of this statement, in getting all the players on the same page, all knowing how football is expected to be played at Barnsley FC. Whilst this philosophy has appeared on Twitter, the slides that followed these, have not. He then went on to break this philosophy into more distinct areas, turning what may appear to be an abstract, idealistic philosophy, into distinct, achievable patterns of play that his players could look to create. Expecting players to ‘use speed down the flanks and forward areas to exploit space and create 2v1’s’ in possession (amongst 16 other points), and ‘squeeze and suffocate opposition by hunting in packs’ when not (amongst a further 16). I personally found his attention to detail impressive, and, as previously mentioned, his ambition to play attractive, attacking football really caught my attention.

He continued on to show the slide which has caught the eye of many Barnsley fans, his zonal diagram of the pitch. With zones such as the corridor of confusion and bomb alley, it may appear to be unprofessional, and quite Sunday league, but for me, this is obviously the way that he talks to his players. Football isn’t like other businesses where a certain level of professionalism must be upheld at all times, this is an industry in which a group of around twenty men in their twenties and thirties spend their days kicking a ball around. The fact that terms such as ‘spin and slide zone’ are used, I therefore don’t think should be too surprising. We’ve all heard ex-footballers use slang terms to describe certain technical and tactical facets of the game; including my pet-hate of recent years, in which footballers are said to have put ‘swazz’ on the ball (which apparently means spin, or ‘whip ‘n’ dip’ as I’d call it). So, for managers to use these slang terms was fully expected, for me at least. Similarly to the philosophy, he went on to explain what he meant by each of these zones, and how they translated into actual play, with videos of the tactics in action from the previous weeks. These videos really demonstrated how these potentially meaningless words could actually be translated into positive play, and ultimately three points.

After his tactical description of his expectations of a Barnsley team, he then handed over to his head of sport science, Nathan Winder. Whilst Nathan presented how sport science had, amongst other things, helped Barnsley to reduce injury rates by 46% from the following year, Lee (or ‘the gaffer’, as Nathan referred to him as) interjected occasionally to back up the work being done; really showing himself to be a knowledgeable manager who was open to try new things for the good of the team.

I left the talk very impressed with Lee as a manager, as did the rest of the delegates at the conference, as far as I could tell from others there that I spoke to. I felt that as a young manager with grandiose expectations and ambitions for the team, Barnsley would improve further this term. Whilst it may not be going so well this season, I saw a bright young manager that day, who I expect will have a good career ahead of him. I expect that if Barnsley fans had seen his presentation that day, they would’ve been excited and fully supportive of Lee and his plans for the team. Fingers crossed that he can turn it around and start putting into practice everything that he had meticulously planned.

Dr Joseph Handsaker
Research Associate in Sports Biomechanics, Loughborough University

WSB 2014/15 Accounts

Now then

As part of our constitution, we promised to make available each year a summary of our accounts to make it perfectly clear we’re not pocketing any of your hard earned cash you choose to send our way. Our 13/14 accounts are here.

Below numbers include some subscriptions & advertising sales for next years fanzines.

In total, WSB income was £8,754.99 in the year 1st July 2014 to 27th June 2015 & was made up of:

  • Fanzine sales of £4,633.45
  • Merchandise sales of £1,161.90
  • Event tickets, auctions & raffles of £692.56
  • Advertising sales of £2,087.08

Our total outgoings & donations for the year totaled £27,998.14 and was made up of:

  • Total donations of £22,565.74 (including proceeds from two sponsored walks, one in association with Barnsley Football Club Supporters Trust)
  • Printing costs of £1,574.20
  • Merchandise production of £1,429.40
  • Event costs of £291.73
  • Other fees (including online fees, domain registrations etc) of £300.11
  • Postage (bastard Royal Mail) of £1,836.96

Writing those numbers down is pretty humbling & seeing how much we’ve raised for fantastic local causes these last 12 months is worth every queue in the post office, every hour stood on the corner of Grove Street in the rain & every hour annoying you on Social Media. Without doubt, thanks go out to our friends who’ve helped in any way, be it walking to Chesterfield or Bradford, selling our magazines or offering advice & support.

As always, we’re looking to do more next year. We’ve got some really exciting things lined up that I hope you’ll continue to support as much as you have done these last two years. To help us raise even more, we’re looking to get some new blood on board to give us some new ideas, some extra hours and time & generally help us out. If you want to get involved, please do get in touch.

Love Barnsley. Hate Football.



ANNOUNCEMENT – WSB 10th Anniversary Promotion Dinner


2016 marks the tenth anniversary of that famous, rain soaked day in Cardiff when Andy Ritchie’s side clinched promotion back to the Championship, beating Swansea City on penalties to delight the 30,000 travelling Reds.

To celebrate that achievement, West Stand Bogs are proud to announce an evening with the promotion squad at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth on  June 25th 2016. Confirmed attendees include Andy Ritchie & Bobby Hassell along with many more of that squad.

On the night we’ll have a 3 course dinner, comedian, Q&A with the lads along with auctions & raffles with all profits, as always, going to Barnsley charities.

Bobby Hassell commented:

‘I’m really pleased to be helping WSB celebrate that great day in Cardiff – it’ll be a great occasion and one that will hopefully raise lots of cash for local causes. It’s fantastic that most of the players & management staff from the campaign have agreed to come and it’ll be great to see them all again’

Tickets will be available over the coming months with more details shared closer to the time. We’ll also be looking for main event sponsors so if you’re interested, please get in touch.

WSB 15/16 – advertising rates

Now then

We’re starting to plan and get ready for the new season at WSB towers and as always, we want to do more to help the fantastic local causes we support. However, we couldn’t do it without the help we’ve received up to now from the local & national business community.

Attached below are the advertising rates available for our mag & soon to launch Podcast. If you can help or have any questions, details are on the form.


West Stand Bogs – Advertising Rates 1516