They might have chanted on the terraces at Oakwell that there’s only one Mick McCarthy...but on Saturday there will be 100 of them in the Mayor’s Parade.
Young fans wearing masks of the Reds legend will help kick off a new Reds exhibition tied in with the World Cup, called It’s Just Like Watching Brazil
McCarthy’s Republic Of Ireland shirt, from the 1990 Italy World Cup, will be on one of the many items of memorabilia on show at Experience Barnsley museum, in the Town Hall, until September 14.
Alison Cooper, Freelance Designer & Exhibitions Curator, explained: “Mick McCarthy is a very popular and well known player in Barnsley so we decided to have fun and get lots of young fans wearing masks of him.
“We now hope to have 100 little Mick’s walking the Streets of Barnsley town centre in what we hope to be a spectacular sight.
“Unfortunately he can’t be with us on Saturday - but he’s entered into the spirit and been tweeting about it. And we’re hoping he will visit the exhibition at some point.”
Pictured herem trying the masks for size, are young footballers including members of Staincross Rangers Under-12s.
It’s Just Like Watching Brazil was a chant Barnsley fans used to cheer on Danny Wilson’s men to Premier League promotion in 1997.
During the 2001-02 season, in recognition of the tune, the club chose the colours of the five-time World Cup winners Brazil for their away team kit.
It mattered not that BFC were now in the relegation zone, the voices just became stronger and the words more poignant.
The Experience Barnsley exhibition looks at the International Players that have graced the Oakwell turf, the cherished 1996/97 season plus the travels of Barnsley FC fans who have followed their team, and sometimes their country, to places far and near.
Visitors will be able to find out about the team’s world class players, also including England’s Busby Babe Tommy Taylor and the Chilean brothers, George & Ted Robledo.
There will be a chance to see rare film footage, including Tommy Taylor at the height of his footballing career, playing in an All-Stars team at his old stomping ground Oakwell, in 1956;a precious pennant given by George Robledo from his days as a player with ‘Colo-Colo’, a top flight Chilean team, to his old School headmaster; a specially commissioned set of images by English photographer and producer of The Homes of Football – Stuart Roy Clarke; and learn about Barnsley lad George Raynor who went on to become the “greatest coach England never had”.
Featuring some Barnsley FC treasured items that have never been seen on public display before -the exhibition promises
something for every football fan to enjoy, not just fans of the Tykes.
Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre opened in June 2013 in Barnsley’s Town Hall. Housing the first ever museum dedicated to Barnsley’s local history, the facility incorporates object, archive and local studies collections, a learning centre, café, retail and a changing exhibition gallery.
It was delighted to open its door to its 100,000 visitor in March. The galleries and facilities provide something for all generations to enjoy.
For more details visit the Experience Barnsley web site at www.experience-barnsley.com.