WHOLE LOT OF HISTORY
Barnsley’s only previous play-off experience at Championship level ended in defeat back in the 1999/00 season. After comfortably seeing off the challenge of Birmingham over two legs in the semi-final, Dave Bassett’s men were beaten 4-2 in the Wembley final by Ipswich.
But if Barnsley fans are looking for a good omen, the Reds have won the two play-off campaigns in which they played their semi-final first leg at Oakwell.
It’s Swansea’s second successive appearance in the end-of-season play-offs. The Jacks were eliminated at this same stage last term. After a 1-0 home win in the first leg, they were defeated 3-1 by Brentford at Griffin Park.
It was a different story in the 2010/11 campaign, however. After finishing third in the regular season, they went on to knock out Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals of the play-offs before a Scott Sinclair hat-trick helped them to a 4-2 win over Reading in the final at Wembley, securing a first season in the Premier League.