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How they performed ... player-by-player guide to 2011/12 season


Danny Hurst: Simply outstanding. Experienced keeper commanded his box, pulled off wonder saves and proved why he is one of the best in non-league. Missed two months of campaign with serious head injury. App: 35. Clean sheets: 7. Mark out of 10: 8.

Shaun Pearson: One of Barrow’s most improved players. Has grown in stature and confidence. App: 18. Clean sheets: 4. Mark out of 10: 7.


Gavin Skelton: Solid and reliable at left-back. Vocal on the pitch and a popular member of the squad who brought valuable experience. App: 48. Goals: 0. Mark out of 10: 7.

Paul Smith: Mr versatile. Played right-back and central midfield, doing best in latter role. A fiery character on the pitch, proved to be Barrow’s best crosser of a ball. App: 40. Goals: 3. Mark out of 10: 6.

Kelvin Lomax: Failed to hold down a regular place at right-back. Often struggled with his positioning. App: 30. Goals: 0. Mark out of 10: 5.

Phil Bolland: Along with Skelton, the veteran skipper was Barrow’s most consistent in an unsettled back-four. Had several different centre-half partners throughout the season. App: 34. Goals: 3. Mark out of 10: 7.

Danny Hone: Arrived on loan from Lincoln in November. A breath of fresh air in the first four months, his form tailed off towards the end of the season. App: 28. Goals: 1. Mark out of 10: 6.

Andy Nicholas: Warmed the bench for the most part and often left out in favour of loan arrivals. Failed to really impress when given a chance. App: 23. Goals: 0. Mark out of 10: 5.

Mike Pearson: Barrow’s best defender until season was cruelly cut short due to broken leg and ankle suffered in FA Cup defeat against Rotherham. App: 11. Goals: 1. Mark out of 10: 6.

Cliff Moyo: A teenager with raw talent, showed he has potential but still a lot to learn. Had loan spells at Northwich and Droylsden. App: 9. Goals: 0. Mark out of 10: 6.


James Owen: Took over the midfield terrier role vacated by Robin Hulbert. Ran and tackled his heart out for the Bluebirds’ cause. App: 38. Goals: 0. Mark out of 10: 8.

Richie Baker: Hit a Baker’s dozen of 12 goals, six of which came from the penalty spot. Most effective when team played well. App: 44. Goals: 12. Mark out of 10: 7.

Andy Ferrell: Huge disappointment. Was expected to be the midfield leader but failed to deliver the goods. App: 19. Goals: 0. Mark out of 10: 4.

Robin Hulbert: Season wrecked by knee injury suffered in the first month. Helped manager Dave Bayliss on the sidelines. App: 8. Goals: 0. Mark out of 10: 5.

Paul Rutherford: Troubled by thigh problem, the nippy winger blew hot and cold. Right footed but played most of campaign on left flank. Now only six appearances short of 150 for the club. App: 46. Goals: 2. Mark out of 10: 7.

Jack Mackreth: A revelation on the right wing. Electric pace terrorised defenders, enabling him to set up countless goals – especially in the early months – for strikers. Made more appearances than any other Barrow player, despite struggling with foot problem. App: 49. Goals: 5. Mark out of 10: 9.


Adam Boyes: Started season on fire with 16 goals in first 19 games, including four in one FA Cup tie against Witton Albion. Struggled with confidence in months that followed, bagging six more in a further 27 appearances. Played for England C. App: 46. Goals: 22. Mark out of 10: 8.

Andy Cook: Powerhouse frontman came of age in 2011/12. Barrow’s top scorer in league with 17 goals, he bullied defenders and got his reward. Hat-trick against Fleetwood will live long in the memory. App: 43. Goals: 18. Mark out of 10: 8.



Joe Jackson:  Local striker made instant impact during loan spell from Burnley. Showed he has the talent to go far in game. App: 7. Goals: 3. Mark out of 10: 7.

Adam Quinn: Big centre-half won lots of headers but struggled for pace. App: 18. Goals: 0. Mark out of 10: 6.

Louis Almond: Attacker fell a long way short of standard shown in previous loan spell at Barrow. App: 28. Goals: 1. Mark out of 10: 4.

Alex-Ray Harvey: Worked hard in midfield and never shirked a tackle. App: 14. Goals: 1. Mark out of 10: 6.

Dominic Rowe: Diminutive winger showed plenty of potential. App: 8. Goals: 1. Mark out of 10: 6.

Paul Edwards: App: 4. Goals: 0. Darren Sheridan: App: 2. Goals: 0. Ryan Brooke: App: 5. Goals: 0. Haydn Hollis: App: 3. Goals: 1. Chris Turner: App: 5. Goals: 0. Stuart Dixon: App: 1. Goals: 0. Jack Cudworth: App: 1. Goals: 0. Mike Rushton: App: 1. Goals: 0. Ben Beresford: App: 1. Goals: 1. Michael Ricketts: App: 1. Goals: 0. Salou: App: 1. Goals: 0.

* Appearances and goals are in all competitions (Blue Square Bet Premier, FA Cup, FA Trophy and Lancs Trophy).

Have your say

I think the ratings are fair, And also am glad Bayliss has got rid of Nicholas, lomax and a couple more players. Nicholas was a under average defender and i knew he wouldnt get a contract, lomax, half decent footballer, but he needs to start all over again, get plenty of games and reach his full potential. Barrow have some good players now, i hope they sign Danny Hone as he is a free agent, id also be looking at another Lincoln player or two, If barrow can get a sterdy defence next season then i think we will have a great football package and then on see what the 2012/2013 season will bring.

Posted by Nathan Williams on 6 May 2012 at 10:33

Danny Hurst deserves at least a 9, if it wasn't for him we'd be looking at relegation again. How he's still playing non-league is a complete mystery to me.

Posted by Steve Belcher on 6 May 2012 at 09:45

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