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Local Team Disappointed By Reds' Snub

Thursday June 6 2013


Don Rowing Don Rowing


ATHERSLEY Recreation Football Club feel 'snubbed' after being denied a friendly game with Barnsley FC to mark its promotion.

The Athersley club's first team manager, Pete Goodlad, asked for a friendly match against a Barnsley FC team, be it the first team, juniors or reserves, to celebrate Athersley making it to the NCEL Premier Division.

Pete said: "Because we got promotion and got some funding to do our ground, I was hoping Barnsley FC would give us a friendly to celebrate.

"I spoke to someone at the club and was eventually told they couldn't help us out because they had already fulfilled their fixtures with the first team.

"I said we weren't bothered about who they sent and that it would help us financially and would be good for the area - but the club rejected it.

"It's very disappointing really because the club is always saying it's a community club and there would have been a good crowd turn out to make a good do of it."

Barnsley FC's outgoing director, Don Rowing, said there are a lot of disappointed clubs this year as the Reds have been 'inundated' with requests.

He said it didn't receive one from Athersley Rec FC until late on and by then the club had already made plans for the season.

"That's the reason behind it and if clubs get requests in early we can do it," he said.

"It is not a personal thing and I am sure that if there is anything we can do to send representatives or players from the club to celebrate the night then we will.

"It is not something we like, saying no."

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Reply Posted by Caroline on Thursday June 6 2013 at 12:43
Pete try barcelona

Reply Posted by Sharon on Thursday June 6 2013 at 13:00
I'm sure they could find a space in calendar to put a reserve or under 21 team out, disgusting :(

Well done on your promotion lads

Reply Posted by Mick.C on Thursday June 6 2013 at 13:03
Ask Bruce Dyer to get a team together? It sounds like he is always keen.

ps. BFC please sort Steele's contract out ASAP

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Friday June 7 2013 at 08:54
How dare BFC not rearrange their pre season fixture list to accomodate the mighty Athersely Rec

I mean it's not as if they haven't got enough on their plate really is it, after barely scraping through and staying in the championshipo last year playing community games should be right at the top of the clubs priority, playing an amateur team will enhance any of the BFC squads chances in the league next season and I'm sure they held their preseason plans up just in case Athersley Rec offered them a game for a s long as they could.

Honestly you need to get real, just cos you didn't get the game you wanted no need to bad mouth the club to the press I'm sure that will do you the world of good in future, they don't owe you anything. Barnsley FC are a community club they have a lot on their plates at the moment there are probably more worthy causes than Athersley Recs who by all accounts are doing very well.

Reply Posted by chris on Sunday June 9 2013 at 20:43
looks like we got a jealous "anti rec" fan here.......probly an aquaduck player!!....pmsl.....

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Monday June 10 2013 at 08:55
No a barnsley fan - Anti Rec, again you need to get over your ego rec are not even on my radar BFCs preseason is.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday June 10 2013 at 09:50
Ask Sheffield Wednesday, they've got a big following in Athersley I'm told.????