Preview: Barnsley (H)

Blackpool host Barnsley on Saturday afternoon, in a 3pm kick-off at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders come into this weekend on the back of an impressive comeback victory at Middlesbrough last time out, which saw Neil Critchley's men climb out of the relegation zone up to 19th place after just eight league games.

That victory at the Riverside Stadium was Blackpool's second of the season, which is one more than Saturday's opponents have had so far.

Markus Schopp's side head to Lancashire having picked up just a single league victory so far this season, in a 1-0 win over Coventry last month. However, the Tykes have drawn five of their opening eight league matches.

Heading into Saturday, Barnsley sit in 18th place - one place above Blackpool on goal difference.

The Manager: Markus Schopp

Former Austrian international Markus Schopp replaced Valerian Ismael as Barnsley Head Coach in the summer. The 47-year-old has made a frustrating start to life in English football, winning just one of their opening eight league matches, however the Tykes have drawn five so far this season.

Schopp has spent all of his coaching career in his native Austria up until his move to Oakwell in the summer. He has managed Sturm Graz II as well as Austrian Premier Division side TSV Hartberg, who he guided to their highest ever finish.

The Key Man: Cauley Woodrow

A striker with close to one goal in every two games played since his move to Oakwell, Cauley Woodrow has been a crucial player up front for Barnsley. Signing from Fulham in 2019, the 26-year-old has hit 51 goals in 107 league matches so far for the Tykes. 
Woodrow also counts Burton Albion, Southend United and Bristol City on his list of former clubs.

Our Last Three Meetings:

  • 27/04/19 – Barnsley 2 Blackpool 1
  • 22/12/18 – Blackpool 0 Barnsley 1
  • 14/08/18 – Blackpool 3 Barnsley 1

Who Comes Out On Top?

There have been an incredible 104 meetings between Blackpool and Barnsley, with the first meeting back in February 1899, which the Terriers won 2-1. Out of all of these meetings, Barnsley come out on top with 45 victories compared to Blackpool's 31.


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The Referee: Stephen Martin

Stephen Martin will officiate the match on Saturday.His last Blackpool game was in November 2019, in a 2-2 draw at Ipswich Town.

Match Programme:

Saturday's match day programme includes interviews with Neil Critchley, former Barnsley man Kenny Dougall, Josh Bowler, ex Pool man Rob Edwards and a brief look at our opponents.

You can purchase a copy of the match day programme both online and in-store.

Download a copy to your iPhone or Android device via the Matchday Digital App. For more information on Matchday Digital, take a look here.

You can also purchase a printed copy from the Club Shop.


Tickets for the match, which has been listed as a category B game, will remain on sale at the Club's ticket office up until kick-off at 3pm. Please be advised, prices on matchday are slightly increased.

Supporters are advised to arrive early and take their seat ahead of kick-off.


Those who aren't attending can purchase an audio match pass to listen to Saturday's action. Overseas supporters can also purchase a match pass to watch the game.

For more information on Tangerine TV, please visit here.

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