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Barrow AFC boss Bayliss picks his Bluebirds dream team

BARROW AFC manager Dave Bayliss celebrated five years in the hot-seat when the Bluebirds beat Guiseley in their FA Cup first round replay.

The 36-year-old first took temporary charge, alongside Darren Sheridan and Paul Jones, when Barrow beat Workington in a Setanta Shield penalty shoot-out on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, following the sacking of Phil Wilson.

Bayliss and Sheridan became permanent joint-managers a month later, with the Liverpudlian taking sole charge in February this year.

During his tenure – which has included promotion back to non-league’s top division, FA Trophy glory at Wembley, and two great FA Cup runs – Bayliss has used around 200 players.

Here he reveals to LEE PROCTER who out of all those players would make his best Barrow AFC XI from those five years at the helm



1 I THINK he’s been the most consistent keeper we’ve had. He’s a had a couple of little dodgy spells this season, but overall he has been very consistent.

Tim (Deasy) was in and out, I thought he was brilliant and Stuey Tomlinson was a very good goalie but again a little bit inconsistent. Danny, for me, for his consistency gets the nod, probably just ahead of the Alan Martin we saw in his first loan spell here.



2 IT’S a tough one. I’d probably have to go for Spends. He was a steady-eddy, probably played over 100 games in two years and he’s a nice lad too. I have a lot of time for Spends.



3 WE’VE had quite a few left-backs, but I’d probably have to go for Gavin, based on his performances last season. I thought he was really steady and he’s a good, honest professional.



4 MACCA would be in there, without a shadow of a doubt. He did exactly what it says on the tin – he was a proper solid, old-fashioned centre-back and I thought he served us really well.



5 IT’S a really tough one between Jonah (Paul Jones) and Bolly to join Macca at centre-back. Jonah, I know is a big fans’ favourite and when we won promotion from the Conference North I thought he was brilliant, him and McNulty were superb. Just towards the end he struggled a little bit more. For overall performances, I think I’d have to put Bolly in there. He took a lot of stick from the fans but he weathered it, came through it, and scored some very important goals for us as well. He was very unsung in his performances, I thought he went about his job in a very assured manner and it was a tough decision when we released him last summer.



6 MATT Henney, without a shadow of a doubt, would be my right winger. I’ve played with lads in the Football League with less ability than Matt. Another great lad, he was a massive part of the reason why we got promotion.



7 WHEN we took over, Bondy was a right-back. We put him into his natural position and he has grown and grown. Every season he has got better and is where he is now (Colchester United) because he deserves to be there. Another great lad to work with and never gave us any trouble. He didn’t leave Barrow early when he got the offer to, he stayed to get better and better then made his move after the FA Trophy final.



8 IT’S a tough one as to who should partner Bondy. Maybe Boydy (Mark Boyd), who I thought was fantastic for us and scored some massive goals when we won promotion, Robin Hulbert too was brilliant. But I’m going to put Shez in there. As a footballer, he was one of the best midfielders I have ever played with.

When we struggled in the Conference, he would come in and steady us down. He helped the likes of Bondy and Boydy in there.



9 A FANTASTIC lad to work with. He wasn’t even in the squad when me and Shez took over, but we gave him a chance and never once in all his time at the club did he give us a problem. I’d love to work with the lad again some day.

As a local lad, I think it was written in the stars when he scored that extra-time winner in the FA Trophy final at Wembley. It was just meant to be.



10 WE’VE had lads like Jon Shaw, Richard Brodie and Nick Rogan, but I’ll say Boyesy. I think there is a lot more to come from Boyesy, to be honest. He’s only 21, which I think people forget, and won’t reach his prime for another four or five years. We have a really good prospect on our hands. He does a lot of unselfish work and that’s the type of lad he is. He hit a purple patch last season and I fully expect him to hit one again this season. I think if we can keep hold of him, that he can take us to the next level.



11 I KNOW he gets a little bit of stick off people, but if you see Ruthers in training every day, how he applies himself before a game and in matches, the lad is brilliant. If he had more goals in his game, I think he’d be playing in the Football League. As regards attitude and work ethic, there is no-one better I have been involved with in football.

I’ll always remember the FA Trophy final at Wembley when, 80-odd minutes into the game, Ruthers was shattered and had cramp, but he wouldn’t let me take him off.

He turned round, with loads of determination in his face, and said ‘you’re not taking me off, I’m going to win this game for you today’. Those words will stick with me forever. He went on to get the man-of-the-match award.

*And here, Barrow AFC reporter Lee Procter picks a Bluebirds XI (formation 3-4-3) from the last five years featuring players who made less of an impact ......

Goalkeeper: Jack Cudworth.

Defence: Andy Nicholas, Andrew Milne, Matt Heywood.

Midfield: Ashley Winn, Luke Sharry, Marc Goodfellow, Christian Smith.

Strikers: John Grant, Lee Steele, Vinny Mukendi.

Have your say

Sorry Dave but cannot agree with a couple of your selections.
How you can put Skelton or Rutherford in your eleven is a mystery.
Compared with Edwards Skelton is an absolute joke and Rutherford (the headless chicken) cannot compare with the majority of wide players we have had even though we have not been blessed with too many good wingers.
He may look good in training but as a Conference player he is out of his depth.
The rest of the eleven I would agree with Dave.

Posted by Ken Haddock on 16 November 2012 at 00:00

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