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LEAGUE ONE INSIGHT: Barnsley FC

11 June 2015

In this feature, we will take an in-depth look at the 23 other teams in Sky Bet League One this season.

Barnsley FC

Nickname: 
The Tykes

Founded: 
1887 

Ground: 
Oakwell

Capacity: 
23,009

League position last season: 
11th - Sky Bet League One

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
Conor Hourihane (14)

Manager: 
Lee Johnson - The 32-year-old decided to swap SportsDirect.com Park for Oakwell in February 2015. 

After making the transition from player to manager, Johnson adapted to the managerial role with relative ease.

He successfully guided the club away from relegation in his first 10 games at the club after taking over from Paul Dickov in 2012.

Johnson guided Latics to 15th in his first full season in charge before overhauling the squad during the off-season.

He brought in Liam Kelly, Mike Jones and Joseph Mills and managed to get the best out of Carl Winchester as Latics challenged for a play-off position.

However, the lure of Barnsley was too much for Johnson to turn down and he succeeded Danny Wilson in the hot seat. 

After taking over the club in 16th position, he started his reign with four straight wins propelling them into the play-off positions.

That good form was about to turn, however, as they failed to pick up maximum points until the end of the season, eventually finishing in 11th.

Key player:
Mason Holgate - The young defender has emerged from the club's youth academy and made the right-back position his own. 

At 18, Holgate already has 20 Football League appearances under his belt and scored his first professional goal against Rochdale on the final game of the 2014/15 season.

The youngster has already been linked with several Premier League clubs and Barnsley could struggle to keep hold of their prized asset. 

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics have played Barnsley 80 times in all competitions, winning 31 and losing 27.

Latics suffered two league defeats over the Tykes this season but were victorious in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round clash.

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 16/1
Promotion: 5/1
Relegation: 9/1

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