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Match Preview: Barrow

25 January 2019

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The Spireites look to make it back-to-back wins in the National League when they face Barrow at the Proact on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Last week alterations were made to the way supporters can purchase matchday tickets at the Proact. The following changes have been implemented:

  • Match tickets must now be recorded against your Customer Record on our ticketing system.
  • You may be asked to provide proof of ID, including age. Please bring this ID with you.
  • Online tickets will now be available up until two hours before kick-off for collection and up until one hour before kick-off with the 'Print at Home’ facility.
  • Ticket office windows will close 15 minutes before kick-off.
  • There will be ticket checks at turnstiles on matchdays.


Team News

During Thursday’s pre-match press conference John Sheridan confirmed that there are no fresh injury concerns heading into the Barrow fixture, and stated that he is happy with the way the players have trained.

“Everyone’s training well and fighting for a starting place. The way the lads are training, I’m very pleased,” said the boss.


The Opposition

The Manager – Ian Evatt

The Barrow manager is a familiar face to the Spireites. Former player and ex-captain of the Spireites, Evatt is a Chesterfield legend, having had two spells with the club and made 232 appearances.

Last April, following the departure of Jack Lester, Evatt was appointed caretaker-manager for the remainder of the season which unfortunately ended in relegation. He became Barrow manager in the summer last year and has guided them to 12th place currently in the league.


One to Watch – John Rooney

The midfielder began his career in the youth ranks at Everton alongside his brother Wayne. However, he left Everton without making a first-team appearance, with his destination being Macclesfield Town.

After two seasons in Cheshire, the 28-year-old moved stateside and had short spells at New York Red Bulls and Orlando.

He moved to Barnsley when he returned to England in 2012 but was only at the club briefly before signing for Bury.

Rooney was loaned out to Chester whilst at Bury, and eventually signed a permanent deal at The Blues in 2014.

After making over 100 appearances for Chester, he signed a one-year-deal with rivals Wrexham.

However, the midfielder was loaned out to Guiseley in February 2017 and joined on a permanent deal at the end of that season.

Rooney joined current club Barrow in the summer of last year and has scored five goals from midfield this season.


Head to Head

Chesterfield have played against Barrow 55 times in total, winning 25, drawing ten, and losing 20 of those matches. Last time out Barrow came from behind thanks to two Tyler Smith goals to secure a 3-2 win in August.


From the dugout

John Sheridan on Barrow: “It’s going to be a tough game. They are a good team and they’ve had some good results.”


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