Worksop lad’s dream comes true with Barnsley debut in Capital One Cup

Academy scholar Matty Templeton
Academy scholar Matty Templeton

A Worksop teenager could scarcely believe his luck this week, when he made his professional debut for Barnsley int he Capital One Cup.

Matty Templeton came off the bench in extra-time as Barnsley eventually overcame Scunthorpe United in a penalty shoot-out to reach the second round.

For 18-year-old Templeton it was a dream come true.

Speaking the day after, the youngster said: “I couldn’t sleep last night when I got in because I was buzzing.

“Before I was came on I was really nervous. My heart was going ten to the dozen but as soon as I got on I was okay.

“Playing in front of our fans was one of the best things about it. Hearing them around gave me an extra buzz to keep going.”

Although Templeton knew on Monday that he could be in line for an appearance at Oakwell, he wasn’t getting his, or his family’s hopes up.

“The squad list came out Monday and I was on that but it was a 19-man squad so one would miss out.

“Then when I walked in the changing room I had a shirt up and a number.

“The gaffer put the team out and I saw I was on the bench. I couldn’t believe it.

“My family knew I was in the squad but I didn’t want them to come and see me in case I missed out.

“They were at home watching on Sky Sports and keeping updated on Twitter because nobody knew if I was on the bench or not. It would have been a bit embarrassing to be honest”

The left-back didn’t have to take a spot-kick, Barnsley going through 7-6 in the shootout, but the prospect was looming large.

“I was either after James Bree or Marley Watkins, so I was extra scared.

“But I loved it, I want to be involved as much as possible.”

Templeton’s task now is to keep impressing manager Lee Johnson on the training pitch.

“I want to keep going and get back in training and work hard and keep expressing myself,” he said

“I want to earn the right to be involved.”

Son of Simon and Angela, Templeton has come through the Reds academy set-up and played for the club’s Under 21s before breaking into the first team during pre-season

Pete, his grandfather, said the family were incredibly proud of him.

“Since he could walk he was kicking a football,” he said.

“This is all he lives for.”