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OPPOSITION GUIDE: BARROW

17 September 2021

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The Bantams will be hoping to get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two when hosting Barrow tomorrow afternoon. 

The Bluebirds currently sit 13th in the Sky Bet League Two table with two wins, two draws and three defeats so far this season. 

The Cumbrian-based outfit have not won away to City since February 1965. 

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all of the key details you need to know about our upcoming opponents. 

TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Bluebirds had a busy summer transfer window with permanently signing 10 players and seeing 14 depart the club including last season’s top-scorer Scott Quigley. 

INCOMINGS: Paul Farman (Carlisle United), Remaeo Hutton (Birmingham City under-23s), Joe Grayson (Blackburn Rovers under-23s), Festus Arthur (Hull City, loan), Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers), Robbie Gotts (Leeds United), Tom White (Blackburn Rovers under-23s), Jordan Stevens (Leeds United), George Williams (Grimsby Town), Josh Gordon (Walsall), Offrande Zanzala (Carlisle United). 

OUTGOINGS: Joel Dixon (Bolton Wanderers), Brad Barry (Stevenage), Dion Donohue (Caernarfon Town), Bobby Burns (Glentoran), Scott Wilson (Curzon Ashton), Sam Hird (Retired), Yoan Zouma (Released), Chris Taylor (Released), Callum Gribbin (Released), Courtney Baker-Richardson (Newport County), Calvin Andrew (Released), Morgan Penfold (Released), Mikael Ndjoli (Released), Scott Quigley (Stockport County). 

ONES TO WATCH

Ollie Banks 

The 28-year-old midfielder arrived at Holker Street from Tranmere Rovers back in January. 

Banks has made an impressive start to the season scoring four times in 10 matches in all competitions. 

Josh Gordon 

The forward joined from Walsall in the summer and has started every league game so far this season. 

The forward has made well over 150 career appearances throughout his career. 

Offrande Zanzala 

After signing from local rivals Carlisle United in the summer, the Congolese forward has made a promising start for the Bluebirds, scoring three times in six league games. 

CAPTAIN 

Despite only joining the club in the summer, Mark Ellis was awarded the captains armband just before the start of the season. 

The 32-year-old is an experienced defender who has made over 400 career appearances. 

MANAGER

Wakefield-born head coach Mark Cooper comes with plenty of experience having managed nearly 800 games throughout his coaching career.

He has spells at the likes of Tamworth, Kettering Town (twice), Peterborough United, Darlington, AFC Telford United, Swindon Town, Notts County and, most recently, Forest Green Rovers. 

Mark Cooper took charge of the club in the summer. He has so far overseen 10 matches, winning three, drawing three, and losing four. 

LAST MATCH

The Bluebirds were narrowly beaten by Colchester United at Holker Street in a five-goal thriller in a game where both teams were reduced to 10 men. 

Barrow 2 (Jordan Stevens 25’), (Ollie Banks 76’ pen). 

Colchester United 3 (Alan Judge 35’), (Freddie Sears 38’), (Tom Eastham 80’). 

Sky Bet League Two

BARROW: Paul Farman; James Jones (dismissed 90’), Jason Taylor (Dimitri Sea 72’), Joe Grayson, Remeao Hutton; Ollie Banks (booked 89’), Robbie Gotts, Patrick Brough, Jordan Stevens; Josh Gordon (Josh Kay 82’), Offrande Zanzala. SUBS (not used): Josh Lillis, Scott Moloney, Festus Arthur, Tom White. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Meetings: 49

City Wins: 22

Draws: 13

Barrow Wins: 14

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