Barnsley Football Club was established in 1887 as Barnsley St. Peters, named after the church which founded the club. Over the course of the next decade, the side's fanbase increased and in 1897 the team was renamed Barnsley FC. The club is noteable for having spent more time in English football's second tier than any other team.
In 1910, Barnsley reached the FA Cup final, meeting Newcastle United. Barnsley took the lead and held it until the final minutes of the game, when a controversial equalising goal brought about a replay. Barnsley lost the replay 2-0. In 1996-97 the club achieved promotion to the Premier League for the first and only time in its history. However, Barnsley were relegated at the end of the following season. Barnsley encountered a financial crisis in 2002 after the collapse of ITV Digital and required a last gasp takeover from Peter Doyle to prevent the club from going out of business.
The one major honour in Barnsley's history came in the 1912 FA Cup. Two years on from their previous cup disappointment, they reached the final once again, this time encountering West Bromwich Albion. Yet again, the match ended in a draw and required a replay; only this time Barnsley emerged as 1-0 winners.
Their nearest rivals in te Championship are Leeds United, Scunthorpe United and the two Sheffield clubs, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.
Barnsley have produced some noteable talents over the years, with perhaps the most significant being Tommy Taylor. Taylor broke into the side during the 1950-51 season and went on to score 26 goals in 44 games before moving to Manchester United. Although Taylor tragically died during the Munich Air Disaster, he won two league titles playing for the Manchester club. In recent times, the club has developed a more international feel, signing players such as Jamaican international Jamal Campbell-Ryce and the enigmatic Egyptian striker Mido.
Barnsley's home stadium, Oakwell, was built in 1988 and has been the club's home ever since. The West Stand is the only part of the original stadium left standing, as renovations have taken place to improve the stadium over the course of many years. The stadium's capacity is 23,009.