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OPPOSITION GUIDE: BARROW

30 October 2020

The Bantams return to Sky Bet League Two action with a 176-mile round trip to Barrow this Saturday (3.00pm).

The Bluebirds were promoted from the National League under the guidance of Ian Evatt last campaign - and currently sit 18th in Sky Bet League Two after nine games.

We have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on tomorrow's visitors.

TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Cumbrian outfit have strengthened their squad with 17 new arrivals, with nine players heading out of the exit door…

INS: Scott Wilson (Burnley), Josh Lillis (Rochdale), Kgosi Ntlhe (Scunthorpe United), Scott Moloney (Huddersfield Town), Callum Gribbin (Sheffield United), Dimitri Sea (Aston Villa), Courtney Baker-Richardson (Swansea City), Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic), Luke James (Hartlepool United), Mike Jones (Carlisle United), Yoan Zouma (Bolton Wanderers), Jayden Reid (Birmingham City, loan), Harrison Biggins (Fleetwood Town, loan), Bobby Burns (Hearts), James Jones (Altrincham), Matty Platt (Blackburn Rovers), Chris Taylor (Bradford City).

OUTS: Morgan Penfold (FC United of Manchester), Luke Simpson (Kidderminster Harriers), Matty Elsdon (Blyth Spartans), Josh Granite (Buxton FC), Bobby Burns (Glentoran, loan), Jonathan Saltmer (Darlington), John Rooney (Stockport County), Mark Waddington (released), Byron Harrison (released).

ONES TO WATCH

Josh Kay

Josh Kay is Barrow’s leading goal-scorer of the 2020/21 campaign - registering three goals in all competitions. 

The 23-year-old midfielder joined Barrow from Chesterfield in 2018 and has made 85 appearances for the Bluebirds.

Chris Taylor

Former Bantam Chris Taylor joined Barrow on October 5, following his release from City at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Since joining, Taylor has featured six times for the Cumbrian outfit - registering three goal contributions in his 331 minutes of action.

Courtney Baker-Richardson

Courtney Baker-Richardson caught the eye of then-Premier League side Swansea City in 2017, after a prolific spell with non-league Leamington as a teenager.

The striker went on to make 17 appearances for the Swans, before joining Barrow after parting ways with the club at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

THE CAPTAIN

33-year-old Sam Hird has racked up 460 professional appearances across his 14-year career so far, for clubs such as Grimsby Town, Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield.

The Doncaster-born defender has featured 50 times for Barrow, and achieved promotion with the club last season.

THE MANAGER

David Dunn was appointed Barrow manager in July 2020 following the departure of Ian Evatt to Bolton Wanderers - his first managerial position since his tenure at Oldham Athletic concluded in 2016.

As a player, Dunn racked up over 350 seniors appearances for Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Oldham Athletic - finding the net 52 times and registering 30 assists.

LAST TIME OUT

The Bluebirds secured their first Sky Bet League Two win of the campaign with a 4-2 away victory against Mansfield Town.

Mansfield Town 2 (James Perch 35’, Harry Charsley 89’)

Barrow 4 (Bradley Barry 10’, Patrick Brough 23’, Josh Kay 61’, 79’)

Sky Bet League Two

Tuesday October 27

Barrow: Dixon, Barry, Hird, Platt, Brough, Kay, M Jones, J Taylor (C Taylor 78), Biggins, James, Angus (Reid 81).


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