Video review: Barnsley’s double delight and what lies ahead for the Reds

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A STAGGERING second half of the 2015-16 campaign made 2016 a memorable year for Barnsley.

Having at one point before Christmas propped up the League One table, the threat of relegation loomed charge for Lee Johnson’s team.

Sam Winnall celebrates his first goal with Josh Fletcher and Josh Brownhill.
Barnsley v Walsall. SkyBet League 1 Play-off semi final 1st leg. Oakwell.  14 May 2016.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Sam Winnall celebrates his first goal with Josh Fletcher and Josh Brownhill. Barnsley v Walsall. SkyBet League 1 Play-off semi final 1st leg. Oakwell. 14 May 2016. Picture Bruce Rollinson

But, first under Johnson and then continued by Paul Heckingbottom, the Reds produced an exceptional run of form that brought them two trophies and a return to the Championship.

Click on the ‘play’ button above to hear our man Leon Wobschall look back at what Barnsley achieved during 2015-16, while looking at the fresh challenges that lie ahead.

A first visit of the season to Wembley produced a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Oxford United before - and with a lot more at stake - they claimed an even bigger prize when winning the League One play-off final against Millwall only last month.

That 3-1 triumph over the Lions saw Barnsley become the first side to be promoted and win the JPT in the same season at Wembley since Grimsby Town in 1997-98.

Barnsley fans celebrate their side's return to the Championship.  Picture: Tony Johnson

Barnsley fans celebrate their side's return to the Championship. Picture: Tony Johnson

It meant the South Yorkshire club were able to reclaim their Championship status after a just a two-year absence, continuing Paul Heckingbottom’s remarkable introduction to managerial life.

But, with several loan players forming part of the club’s stunning success having returned to their parent clubs after the euphoria of their double Wembley triumph, the hard work starts now for Heckingbottom and his team as they look to adapt quickly to life in the hustle and bustl of the Championship.

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom with the League One play-off trophy.  Picture Tony Johnson

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom with the League One play-off trophy. Picture Tony Johnson

Barnsley FC's homecoming parade at Barnsley Town Hall. Barnsley player Sam Winnall lifts the cup. Picture: Simon Hulme

Barnsley FC's homecoming parade at Barnsley Town Hall. Barnsley player Sam Winnall lifts the cup. Picture: Simon Hulme

Barnsley's Lloyd Isgrove celebrates the  third goal against Millwall at Wembley with Ashley Fletcher and Sam Winnall.  Picture Tony Johnson

Barnsley's Lloyd Isgrove celebrates the third goal against Millwall at Wembley with Ashley Fletcher and Sam Winnall. Picture Tony Johnson

Barnsley's Ashley Fletcher, Adam Hammill and Conor Hourihane with the trophy .Picture by Tony Johnson

Barnsley's Ashley Fletcher, Adam Hammill and Conor Hourihane with the trophy .Picture by Tony Johnson