This was the scene at Oakwell yesterday (Saturday) when thousands of fans burst into applause to honour the brave Barnsley soldier who died in Afghanistan.

Private Matthew Thornton, from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS), was killed on Wednesday (November 9) after being deployed in October. He was part of a patrol that was sent out to engage with the Afghan people but it came under fire - it was while he was returning fire that he was caught in the blast of an improvised explosive device and killed.

Tributes have been flooding in for Matthew - and Barnsley Football Club bosses contact We Are Barnsley earlier this week to see if we could contact the family on their behalf and ask permission for them to do a minute's applause to celebrate his life.

General manager Don Rowing said: "The club were saddened by Matthew's death. We wanted to pay our own respects as a club and give the wider community a chance to do the same by having a minute's applause at Oakwell."

The Football League have granted special permission for the gesture.

A tribute was read out for him before the stadium erupted - if you missed it, here's what happened: