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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Captain Skelton dishes the dirt on his Barrow AFC team-mates

THE Welsh mafia, smoke machines, surprisingly-good karaoke and a new white Ford Focus......... it could only be a Barrow AFC player dishing the dirt on his team-mates. Bluebirds skipper Gavin Skelton reveals all to Evening Mail Barrow AFC writer LEE PROCTER

GOALKEEPERS

DANNY HURST

DOB: 14/11/80

Age: 31

Appearances: 35

Clean sheets: 7

“Probably the best keeper in the league. He did great last season.

“He is also my main challenger to be the club’s top table-tennis player!”

 

SHAUN PEARSON

DOB: 16/8/90

Age: 21

Appearances: 27

Clean sheets: 4

“Him, Mike Pearson and James Owen make up the Welsh mafia.

“Pretty sure all three of them discuss what they are going to wear and share the same wardrobe. I think they all model for Topman!

“Did really well last season when he came in for Danny.”

 

DEFENDERS

MIKE PEARSON

DOB: 19/1/88

Age: 24

Appearances: 131

Goals: 3

“Great to have him back from injury.

“I think he is underrated and can play in a couple of positions.

“Quiet lad and doesn’t give a lot away behind that beard, but he a top lad to have around the dressing room.

“A great pro who has been at Barrow a long time and has the club at heart.”

 

SEAN HESSEY

DOB: 19/9/78

Age: 33

Appearances: 0

Goals: 0

“Probably the best two-footed lad I have played alongside. He is unbelievable, left and right foot.

“He was like a holiday rep during our training camp in Coniston – he never sat still and was organising something all the time!

“Up to Coniston he brought his own mountain bike, a barbecue and a smoke machine for when the new lads had their karaoke initiation. It was like Stars In Their Eyes.”

 

MATT FLYNN

DOB: 10/5/89

Age: 23

Appearances: 0

Goals: 0

“Flynny is not shy for a young lad. He is quite witty as well.

“Has taken a bit of stick in pre-season off Garry Hunter for his new white Ford Focus, which, it’s fair to say, Flynny is pretty proud of!”

 

MIDFIELDERS

JAMES OWEN

DOB: 14/1/91

Age: 21

Appearances: 58

Goals: 2

“Good, funny lad, whose banter gets most of the lads laughing.

“When he is on his game and sets the tempo we play well as a team.

“He is a landlord as well to the Pearson brothers and Adam Boyes.”

 

RICHIE BAKER

DOB: 29/12/87

Age: 24

Appearances: 58

Goals: 17

“He never shuts up and you never ever win an argument with him because I don’t think he has ever been wrong!

“To be fair to him, I don’t think there will be many midfielders in this league who will score more goals than him. He has a good goalscoring record, and is a good asset to have.”

 

GARRY HUNTER

DOB: 1/1/85

Age: 27

Appearances: 0

Goals: 0

“I travel with him and Flynny to training and have got to know him quite well.

“I think he’s unfortunate to have left Morecambe. He is a really good signing for us.

“A quiet lad but I believe that changes on a nights out!”

 

ALEX-RAY HARVEY

DOB: 4/4/90

Age: 22

Appearances: 0

Goals: 0

“Top man on the karaoke, what a singer.

“He hardly speaks, so we didn’t know what his voice was like. Then he got up and, honestly, belted two songs out superbly. Some of the others thought they were good. Alex actually was good!

“Technically he is a very good footballer and can also put his foot in. As his confidence grows, we will see more and more from him.

“If gets a few breaks, he has a chance of playing back in the Football League.”

 

PAUL RUTHERFORD

DOB: 10/7/87

Age: 25

Appearances: 144

Goals: 10

“Quiet lad but a silent assassin!

“I think I played my best football last season when he was ahead of me on the wing. We had a good understanding.

“He is a clever footballer. I thought he had a good season last year but he thinks he can do better this year because last time he was carrying quite a few knocks. I think he will have a big season.”

 

STRIKERS

ADAM BOYES

DOB: 1/11/90

Age: 21

Appearances: 46

Goals: 22

“Boyesy, I think, is back to where he was. He looks sharp and has done really well in pre-season.

“I think he will have a good season.

“I worried about him with his best mate (Andy Cook) having left, but he has a new best pal now in Jay Owen.

“He is also a massive statto. If there is anything you want to know about any team, any player – I don’t mean Premier League, more about the leagues below us – he knows the lot.”

 

OBI ANORUO

DOB: 28/8/91

Age: 20

Appearances: 0

Goals: 0

“Think, for the first couple of weeks, that he thought Hessey was his taxi driver. He ferried him about everywhere.

“Quite a quiet lad but I think he will come out of his shell and have a good season for us.”

 

Burnley teenagers JOE JACKSON (striker) and TOM ANDERSON (defender) as well as ex-Stockport winger DANNY ROWE have joined the Bluebirds on loan deals from the Championship club since the interview was conducted.

* For the record, defender and skipper GAVIN SKELTON, who is 31 years old (DOB 27/3/81), has made 48 Barrow appearances and is still seeking his first goal.

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