MALCOLM Shotton says his loyalties will not be divided when former clubs Oxford United and Barnsley meet at Wembley tomorrow.

The 59-year-old had two spells as a player with the Tykes and lives within ten miles of Oakwell.

But the U’s still have a strong pull on the former centre back, who was a key part of Jim Smith’s side which won back-to-back titles to reach Division 1 in 1985.

Shotton also skippered them to victory in the Milk Cup final a year later.

While an in-form Barnsley side, who play in Sky Bet League One, will provide a big challenge, he is hoping to see Jake Wright follow in his footsteps by climbing up to lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

“I still look for Oxford above any club I was at – it still ranks as my first club,” he said. “I was there for seven-and-a-half years. It was very successful.

“To go through the leagues like a knife through butter and then win a cup final was what you dream of.

“I’m pleased for both clubs, but when I come back down to Oxford we are well received.

“You still get that nice feeling and it’s fantastic.”