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Stats pack: Barnsley vs Forest

4 September 2020

Ahead of Nottingham Forest's first ever League Cup meeting with Barnsley, we take a closer look at the men from Oakwell and the stats involving the two clubs...

With thanks to Trevor Simmons (@tvtrevstats) for his help compiling the stats and facts.

Barnsley Football Club

Stadium: Oakwell (capacity 23,287)
Head coach: Gerhard Struber (since November 2019)
Nickname: The Tykes


Last five seasons

2019-20 - 21st (Championship)
2018-19 - 2nd (League One)
2017-18 - 22nd (Championship)
2016-17 - 14th (Championship)
2015-16 - 6th (League One)

Forest fact zone

The Reds are four-time winners of the League Cup having lifted the trophy in 1978, 1979, 1989 and 1990

Forest have won eight of their last nine ties in the first round but have lost their last three away games in the League Cup, conceding 13 goals

In 2019-20, Lewis Grabban became the first Forest player to score 20 goals in a season since David Johnson (29) and Marlon Harewood (21) scored 50 between them in 2002-03.


Barnsley fact zone

Barnsley's best run in the League Cup saw them reach the quarter-finals in 1981-82

They have been knocked out at the first-round stage in each of the last two seasons

The Tykes survived relegation on the final day of last season – Clarke Odour’s 91st-minute goal gave them a 2-1 win at Brentford to secure Championship safety

They had the youngest average starting XI age in the Championship last season – 23 years and 11 days

Transfers in

Kilian Ludewig - Red Bull Salzburg - Season-long loan
Dominik Frieser - LASK - Undisclosed fee

Transfers out

Mallik Wilks - Hull City - Undisclosed fee
Toby Sibbick - Oostende - Season loan
Cameron McGeehan - Oostende - Undisclosed fee
Jordan Green - Southend United - Six-month loan
Jordan Barnett - Oldham Athletic - Free

Released: Kenny Dougall, Dani Pinillos, Samuel Radlinger, Mamadou Thiam, Jared Bird, Tommy Willard, Sam Fielding, Harry Gagen, Jake Greatorex, Keziah Martin, Chris Sang, Alex Wollerton


There are plenty of links between the two clubs...

A number of players have represented both clubs over the past 20 years, most notably…

Steve Chettle

After 13 years at Forest, making 526 appearances (third in the club’s all-time list), Chettle joined Barnsley in November 1999 and he went on to make 102 appearances at Barnsley before being released in 2002.

Marlon Harewood

Harewood spent seven years at Forest in his first spell, scoring a total of 55 goals in 211 games. After being released by Forest at end of his second spell, he joined Barnsley in August 2012. He had also spent a loan spell at Oakwell while a Blackpool player towards end of 2010-11 season and played 47 games for Barnsley in total, scoring seven goals.

Other players to play for both clubs include Michael Chopra, John Curtis, Arron Davies, Nicky Eaden, Gary Gardner, Andy Gray, Jonathan Greening, Jack Hunt, Saidy Janko, Andy Johnson, Andy Marriott, Gerry McDonagh, Stephen McPhail, Matt Mills, Chris O’Grady, Daniel Pinillos, Neil Shipperley, Emile Sinclair, Jordan Smith, Luke Steele, Geoff Thomas, Marcus Tudgay, Iain Turner, Tony Vaughan and Ian Woan.

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