Barnsley FC join Team Weston Park for fourth annual takeover day

Barnsley FC join Team Weston Park for fourth annual takeover day

Barnsley Football Club has shown its support for Weston Park Cancer Charity ahead of the fourth annual Weston Park Takeover Day on Good Friday when the Reds face Reading at Oakwell.


The event, which takes place each season, will aim to raise awareness of Weston Park Cancer Charity’s work to support thousands of cancer patients, families and carers across the South Yorkshire, north Derbyshire and north Nottinghamshire regions.


Weston Park Cancer Centre is the region’s only specialist cancer hospital and has provided care for more than 3,000 patients from Barnsley.


The event will see the Reds’ matchday squad play in purple socks – a unique kit change for one day only – and the players will also take to the field to warm up in Weston Park Cancer Charity t-shirts in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras.


Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we have continued to be together at every step for the one in two people diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime – caring in every sense by providing support, enabling research and enhancing treatment for people living with cancer, and their families.


Research funded by Weston Park Cancer Charity which aims to directly enhance the lives of cancer patients in Barnsley includes the Piloting an integrated pathway for physical activity within routine cancer care in Barnsley project.


Darren Hayes, Business Development Manager at Weston Park Cancer Charity, said:


“We are so grateful for the continued support of Barnsley Football Club and the wider Reds family as we aim to highlight the work of Weston Park Cancer Charity to support cancer patients across the region – including thousands of people from the Barnsley area.


“Partnerships such as this and the awareness they provide help us to continue supporting those who need us the most, while also enabling life-saving research and directly enhancing treatment.


“It’s been an extremely challenging year for us all, especially for charities in the absence of high-profile fundraising events, and for football fans unable to support the club they love in person. However, by working together we can support each other and our communities and improve outcomes for cancer patients across the region.”


Chief Executive Officer of Barnsley FC, Dane Murphy added:


“The Club are well aware of the role Weston Park Cancer Charity continue to play within our community and we’re pleased to highlight that on their fourth annual takeover day at Oakwell. Whilst raising money is imperative to the success of the charity, awareness and visibility is just as significant and we have no doubt that purple socks with a red home kit, broadcast live on Sky Sports, will get people talking!


“All at Barnsley FC are delighted to be in a position to continue the partnership with Weston Park Cancer Charity and are immensely proud to honour the commitment to support local businesses, charities and local people.”


For more information on Weston Park Cancer Charity or to pledge your support, visit


To speak to a member of our healthcare team, call 0114 553 3330 for free, confidential cancer support.