LEE JOHNSON’S Barnsley will start the 2015-16 League One campaign with a short trip down the M1 to near-neighbours Chesterfield on August 8.
A big contingent is likely to descend on the Proact Stadium where the Reds went down 2-1 last November in front of 2,500 travelling fans.
The game against the Spireites hands a quick reunion with the Reds for Barnsley-born Mark Crossley, who left Oakwell to take up an identical position as goalkeeping coach at Chesterfield recently.
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Barnsley’s first home clash of the campaign is against Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink’s promoted Burton at Oakwell on August 15, with the Reds facing a midweek trip to Millwall three days later.
The Reds end August with a home derby with Bradford (August 22) and a trip to Keith Hill’s Rochdale, who they did the double over last term, follows seven days later.
September sees Johnson’s side visit Blackpool on September 19 and they make the short trip to the Keepmoat Stadium to face Doncaster on October 3 - heading to Mark Robins’ Scunthorpe, who they face in the Capital One Cup, on October 31.
Sheffield United will be the visitors to Oakwell for a South Yorkshire derby on November 28, with Johnson visiting former club Oldham seven days earlier.
Boxing Day sees Barnsley travel over the Pennines to Bury, for a reunion with former manager David Flitcroft and ex-players Kelvin Etuhu and Jim McNulty with Johnson’s side ending 2015 at home to Blackpool on December 28.
The Reds are due to start 2016 with a home clash with Millwall (January 2) and visit Bradford City seven days later. Hill’s Rochdale visit Oakwell on January 23.
Home clashes with Bury (February 6) and Doncaster (February 20) are the highlights of February, while Barnsley are handed three home games out of four during April against Oldham (April 2), Chesterfield (April 9) and Peterborough (April 19).
Barnsley visit Bramall Lane in their penultimate away game of the season on April 23 and host Colchester in their final home game of 2015-16 a week later.
The Reds visit the DW Stadium to end the campaign at Wigan on May 8.
Five key dates
August 8: Chesterfield v Barnsley
October 3: Doncaster v Barnsley
November 28: Barnsley v Sheffield United
February 20: Barnsley v Doncaster
May 8: Wigan v Barnsley