Bosses are about to blow full time on Itʼs Just Like Watching Brazil, Experience Barnsley Museum’s display celebrating a summer of international football, writes Graham Walker.
The free exhibition, open daily inside the Town Hall, ends this Sunday, September 14, 4pm.
It is affectionately named after the chant Barnsley fans sung while winning matches in the 1996-97 season, when the Reds won promotion to the Premiere League.
But, tied in with the recent World Cup in Brazil, it also looks at international players who have graced the town’s Oakwell turf and fans who have followed the Reds near and far throughout its history.
Visitors can find out about Barnsley’s world class players including the Republic of Ireland’s Mick McCarthy, England’s Tommy Taylor and the Chilean brothers George and Ted Robledo.
There is a precious pennant given by George Robledo from his days as a player with ‘Colo-Colo’, a top flight Chilean team.
Rare film footage is being shown of Tommy Taylor, one of Manchester United’s tragic Busby Babes, playing at the height of his career in an All-Stars team in 1956, at Oakwell.
A specially commissioned set of images by Stuart Roy Clarke, photographer and producer of The Homes of Football, are also on display,
There’s also the story of Barnsley lad George Raynor who went on to become the “greatest coach England never had”.
The exhibition features some Barnsley FC treasured items that have never been seen on public display before.
John Dennis, a former Barnsley FC chairman and John Hendrie, an ex-player and manager, are amongst those who have already visited the exhibition.
John Hendrie said, “ The exhibition is really interesting for all ages and it’s educational, like a ‘who’s who’ and what’s been done in the history of Barnsley. It’s a ‘must’ visit attraction and once you have been, you will be so proud of Barnsley”.
Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre, which opened just over a year ago in Barnsley’s Town Hall, welcomed its 100,000th visitor in March and is the first ever museum dedicated to Barnsley’s local history.
It incorporates objects, archives and local studies collections, a learning centre, café, retail and a changing exhibition gallery.