Saturday, February 16 – 1907
The Barnsley Football Club was formed in 1887 in connection with St. Peter’s Church. The Club was elected to the second division of the League in 1898.
In 1900 the title of the Club became Barnsley. In order to raise £1,000 to level and improve the ground the club was formed into a public company, thanks to the substantial aid of Mr. F.G. Senior, of Beevor Hall, the president of the club.
Two years ago, thanks to Cup-tie and other profits, the present grand stand was erected at a cost of £600. Another covered stand and shelter in case of wet weather has been provided on the cheaper side of the enclosure.
The estimated accommodation of the ground at the present is 14,000, the present record – made last week – being the Portsmouth cup-tie, when the attendance reached 10,266.
The present season is the most successful in the club’s history. Up-to-date the receipts from Cup-ties stand at about £500, and Bury have yet to come to Oakwell. The team has not been defeated in the last 12 successive games.
Barnsley are widely known for developing players who are now making a big reputation in the highest class of football.
(Yorkshire Evening Post, 16-02-1907)