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Moment in Time: Barnsley

Ahead of tomorrow's fixture, we take a look at a classic encounter between The Bees and The Tykes

15 December 2017

We head back to this day in December 1934 for our Moment in Time as The Bees set a new club record against The Tykes.

The 1934/35 season was already shaping up to be a special one by the time that Barnsley made their first-ever trip to Griffin Park ten days before Christmas. Harry Curtis’s side had won five and drawn one of their previous six games, netting 19 goals in the process, and were vying with Bolton Wanderers for leadership of Division Two. Mid-table Barnsley were not expected to prove too difficult a task for the free-scoring Bees and so it proved on a record-breaking day at Griffin Park.

Billy Scott took the headlines, netting a club-record equalling five times, with George Robson grabbing a brace and Jack Holliday getting the other in the 8-1 win. The victory was The Bees biggest ever in the Football League to that point and Scott’s fifth, which saw him equal Holliday’s individual record from two seasons’ previously, put Curtis’s side top of the table on goal average.

Despite a sticky spell over Christmas and the New Year, The Bees stayed in touch at the top and hit their stride again in the Spring to secure promotion to the top flight on Easter Monday with a win over Bradford Park Avenue. The following week, Scott scored another hat-trick against Barnsley, taking his tally to eight goals in two games against the Yorkshire side as The Bees wrapped up the title too.

Scott finished the season as Brentford’s second top-scorer with 17 goals from 42 league games, nearly half of which came against Barnsley, as Division One football came to Griffin Park for the first time. By the time he left the club in 1947, Scott had amassed 87 goals in 295 appearances and had two promotion medals, plus an England cap to his name. He died in 1969, aged just 61, and was posthumously inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 2015. 

Tickets for tomorrow’s fixture can be purchased from the North Stand turnstiles, cash only, at Oakwell. Tickets will be £2 more than the advanced prices. Please note, there will be no Junior tickets on sale, Under-16s will need to buy a Young Persons ticket. 

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