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Goulding hopes for family affair at Barrow Raiders

BOBBIE Goulding will create a little bit of rugby league history if he turns out alongside his son Bradley in a Barrow Raiders match before the end of the Championship season.

Although it is highly unlikely that will happen at Featherstone Rovers on Sunday, the Raiders player/coach intends to feature in a match this season, and has earmarked one of the final two home games of the campaign in which to play.

Should the two Gouldings play alongside each other, it will be the first time a father and son have featured in a league match since Barrow were founded in 1897.

In the past, fathers and sons have proudly worn the blue and white jersey, but never on the field at the same time.

Those family duos to have played for the club have included Neil and Ryan Shaw, Dean and Brad Marwood, Billy and Bobby Little, Steve and Nathan Mossop, Bill and Bill Burgess, Roy and Kurt Haggerty, Tony and Ryan Wood and Denis Jackson and both his sons, Wayne and Steve.

Goulding – signed until the end of the year and in continued contract talks with the Craven Park board – is registered with Raiders as a player and he featured in three Championship games before he was red-carded in a home match against Doncaster in June. The sending off for abuse of a match official led to a five-match ban.

The suspension was completed last week and Goulding was clear to reappear at Dewsbury, where Raiders were beaten and thus officially relegated.

He is just six games short of making 400 appearances.

However, it seems certain he will feature in one of the two remaining home games, against either Keighley Cougars on August 10 or North Wales Crusaders on August 31.

Goulding would not reveal which one, but said: “I have got one game that I must play in, but I am going to keep that under wraps.”

Asked if he would like to play alongside one of his sons – Bradley or Bobbie Jnr – Goulding, 42, replied: “That would be brilliant. I didn’t think it would be our Bradley, I always thought it would be Bobbie if I ever came back, because Bob is three years older.

“But it’s just surreal to be honest, who would have thought that you would have been able to do that?

“We have got five games left and hopefully there will be a chance before the end of the year.”

Featherstone, who sit second in the Kingstone Press Championship table, will provide formidable opposition for Raiders, especially in West Yorkshire, with Goulding, who has practically ruled himself out of contention for the game, ready to rely on his half-back pairing of Liam Campbell and Ben Karalus.

“Liam Campbell is trying so hard and Ben Karalus is getting better and better each game he plays,” he said.

Also expected to face Rovers are Cumbria Academy dual-registration player Joe Hambly, who impressed in his debut at Dewsbury, and Bradley Goulding.

Shane Toal, the younger brother of Dan and also with Cumbria Academy, could also feature as Goulding prepares a squad for next year’s campaign in the Kingstone Press League 1, a division that will comprise of 14 teams.

Before that happens though, Goulding will want his side to sign off in style at Craven Park as he hopes to repay the club’s loyal fans.

“The only way I can thank them is by getting a couple of wins at home before the end of the year,” he said.

l Bobbie Goulding is hoping to attend tomorrow’s match between a Cumbria League select side and the British Army at Craven Park, kick-off 6pm. See P38 for a full preview of that game.

Have your say

i said when he was appointed that raiders would do no good but these know it all`s said we`d do right can do without these knowalls next season

Posted by paul on 3 August 2014 at 21:30

Can't the Barrow Raiders board of directors see through Goulding's delusionary vanity? And besides, his results as a coach at this club are pitiful! Maybe it's time for a new board of directors!

Posted by fwdpass on 1 August 2014 at 16:53

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