Bayliss: Strong support from fans crucial for AFC
Last updated at 22:42, Friday, 10 August 2012
THE new season is almost here – and Barrow AFC manager Dave Bayliss has called on the club’s supporters to play their part.
The Bluebirds begin the 2012/13 Blue Square Bet Premier campaign with a home game against AFC Telford United at Furness Building Society Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
Bayliss said: “The players can’t wait for the first game and hopefully we will be cheered on by a good support. If we get a good support, we can achieve anything.
“I don’t think the fans realise how important they are to us. Every opposition manager you speak to, they always say how great our supporters are. I’m not just saying that to get a story in the paper.
“It’s true, every manager says to me: ‘I wish we could replicate your home fans at our place’.
“That’s how important our fans are to us.
“We know there will be ups and downs again this season, but I hope the fans get right behind us, because what we have here is a group of players who are prepared to run all day and would even kick their own grandmothers in a match to get three points.”
Barrow – definitely missing right-back Matt Flynn (fractured cheekbone) and midfielder Alex-Ray Harvey (knee) – were last night seeking to bolster their small squad ahead of the season-opener.
Striker Adam Boyes – last season’s top scorer with 22 goals – is a doubt with an ankle problem.
Centre-half Sean Hessey, midfielder Garry Hunter and winger Danny Rowe all look set to make their competitive debuts in a starting XI that could also include Barrow-born striker Joe Jackson, who is on loan at the club from Burnley.
Hyde, who AFC play on Tuesday away, have signed defender Kelvin Lomax, who was released by Barrow at the end of last term, while former Bluebirds skipper Phil Bolland has joined Droylsden.
Barrow (from): Hurst, M Pearson, Skelton, Hessey, Anderson, Hunter, Owen, Baker, Rutherford, Rowe, Boyes, S Pearson, Anoruo, Jackson, Hoskin, Mukendi, Cole.
First published at 16:15, Friday, 10 August 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I agree with Baz EYE,where have the board been all summer, no replica kits for sale, no kit for the team to play in,No matchday sponsors only 40 in corporatewhens the AGM pleASE try and find out evening mail as the fans dont get told anything.players having to eat dominoes after the game, wheres the catering?I bet they are still wasting money traveling on that posh reays coach to away games.i really fear for the club. OUR CLUB
1041 Today is a rank bad opening day attendance......... I lay the blame squarely with the Keen's here as they have hibernated all close season & have alienated the loyal supporters and pee'd off the casual support with their AMATEURISH stewardship of the once proud club........I am a BAFC supporter who went today by the way.