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Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final: Barnsley v Oxford United head-to-head

31 March 2016

Barnsley and Oxford United clash at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 3rd April for the honour of lifting the 2016 Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

This will be the first time the clubs have met in any cup competition in their history, and the first time they have played each other since January 1999. 

Here, we take a closer look at their head-to-head record...

First meeting

The clubs first locked horns in the old Third Division (now Sky Bet League 2) in September 1979 at Oxford United's former home, the Manor Ground.

The Yellows won the game 1-0 but then failed to win any of the next four matches between the sides.

Last time out

The clubs meet today for the first time in over 17 years. They last clashed at the Manor Ground on 30th January 1999 when a 60th-minute strike from Dean Windass was enough to clinch a 1-0 victory for United.

Barnsley won the reverse fixture that season by the same scoreline at Oakwell with John Hendrie's goal just before the interval proving to be the winner.

High-scoring encounters

The highest-scoring fixture between the clubs resulted in a convincing 5-1 win for Oxford on 4th May 1997. 

Joey Beauchamp and Nigel Jemson both scored two apiece with Mike Ford netting a fifth following Neil Redfearn's consolation for the visitors.

Barnsley's biggest wins were 3-0 triumphs in April 1985 and October 1990. 


In total the clubs have met on 22 occasions over a 37-year period.

Barnsley hold the advantage in terms of head-to-head statistics having won 10 of those games. Oxford United have seven victories while five meetings have resulted in a draw.

Don't miss it!

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final will be covered on The Football League's social media channels, with behind the scenes content and match updates.




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