Photo credit: Stuart Roy Clarke / The Homes of Football

Photo credit: Stuart Roy Clarke / The Homes of Football

‘It’s Just Like Watching Brazil’ crooned the fans from the terraces of Oakwell almost 20 years ago now.
The chant was composed during the glorious 1996-97 season, when the team historically won promotion into the Premier League. The dulcet tones of fans could be heard across the entire borough, accompanied by the colourful and rhythmic Samba Band, as the song became the soundtrack for their beloved team. During the 2001-02 season and in recognition of the tune, the club chose the colours of the 5-time World Cup winners Brazil for the team to wear at their away games, It mattered not that BFC were now in the relegation zone, the voices just became stronger and the words more poignant.

“Its Just Like Watching Brazil” Looks at the travels and travails of Barnsley FC fans as they follow their team and sometimes their country to places far and near. Visitors will be able to find out about the team’s world class players including the Republic of Ireland’s Mick McCarthy, England’s Tommy Taylor and the Chilean brothers George & Ted Robledo.
We would like to hear from Barnsley fans and aficionados who have travelled around England to support the club and also perhaps travelled as a group of Tykes fans to watch their Country around the world? Perhaps you live outside the UK? Or maybe you are part of a BFC Fan Club based out of the town? To what lengths does your passion for the Club take you? Is your partner a ‘Football Widow’?

The Experience Barnsley museum are looking for stories, memorabilia & images, contemporary or historical, that combined with tales about the towns footballing heroes will create an informative and visual feast for other fans and the wider audience to enjoy. They are also interested to hear if you run or help with amateur teams (all ages, all abilities) around the Borough for an extra special feature in the show.
If you have a story to tell or if you are interested in loaning memorabilia to be part of the exhibition, please contact curator Alison Cooper on
If you would like your memorabilia to feature in the exhibition, you can also come along to The Discovery Centre in the Town Hall on Saturday 19th April 1000 until 1300. Staff will be on hand to hear your stories, look at your objects and see if they can possibly be included in the exhibition. Be prepared to leave your item with us, although unfortunately we will not be able to accept everything that is brought in.

We request that fans do not take objects to the Museum at any other time as staff will be unable to accept them. If you can’t make it on 19th April, get in touch with Alison on to let her know what you have and why it is important to you.

It’s Just Like Watching Brazil will run at Experience Barnsley from Sat 14th June to Sun 14th September.

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