There’s not a single current connection between The Bees and The Tykes ahead of this afternoon’s games and the links between the two sides going back in time are equally scarce.
Only 31 players have represented both sides all the way back to the 19th century and the majority of those who have played for both have done so this millennium. Paul Gibbs made more than 100 appearances for the two clubs at the early part of the last decade. Signed from Plymouth Argyle in 2000, Gibbs was a Football League Trophy runner-up with The Bees in 2001 before heading off to Oakwell the following March. Injuries blighted Gibbs’ time in South Yorkshire, limiting him to just 36 appearances in 18 months, before he was released from his contract to drop into the non-league.
The most famous player to have played for both sides in recent years is defender Alfie Mawson. Having come through the youth set-up at Jersey Road, Alfie turned down a new deal with The Bees to sign for then League One Barnsley in May 2005 following an impressive loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers the previous season. His debut season at Oakwell couldn’t have gone better, he scored seven goals in 48 matches as Barnsley enjoyed two successful trips to Wembley in the Football League Trophy and Play-Off finals. After just four games of the following season, Alfie was picked up by Premier League Swansea City on a four-year deal and has gone on to establish himself as a mainstay of The Swans defence over the past 18 months.
Others to have played for both clubs include strikers Isaiah Rankin, Deon Burton, and Paul Hayes; the Sky Bet League One promotion winning pair of David Button and Marcello Trotta; and Callum Elder, who spent the first-half of last season on loan at Griffin Park before moving to Barnsley in January.
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