It’s a return to National League action for Gary Johnson’s men on Saturday, with Barrow making the long journey south to Plainmoor.

Who’s The Boss?

Born in Coventry, Ian spent his youth career at Derby County before going on to play over 30 times for The Rams. Evatt then went on to play over 500 professional games for the likes of Queens Park Rangers, and Chesterfield before a move to Blackpool saw him become an ever-present during their famous Premier League campaign. Following a return to Chesterfield, which included a spell as Caretaker Manager, Ian was appointed as the new man in charge of The Bluebirds in June 2018.

How have they been doing?

A 10th placed finish in 2018/19 marked a campaign of progress and consolidation, following the relegation near-miss in the previous season. Things have continued to improve under Evatt this season, with the recent 3-1 win over Boreham Wood seeing them rise up to 4th, with 28 points from 16 games.

Player to watch

Being the brother of Wayne, John Rooney will always face a career of comparison to the former Manchester United & England legend Wayne, however it is to his great credit that the former Macclesfield, Chester and Wrexham man has made a decent name for himself in the lower reaches of the game. Now 28, and with eight goals already this term, John will be looking to make his own headlines in the season ahead.

Played For Both

United’s club captain Asa Hall enjoyed a season at Holker Street, prior to arriving at Plainmoor in the summer of 2018. A key man in Barrow’s successful fight against relegation that season, Asa was utilised in both midfield and defensive roles until Torquay United came calling ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, a season that would end in Hall becoming the first United captain in 92 years to lift a league title.

Previous Encounters

The Gulls will be looking for a repeat of The Bluebirds’ last visit to Plainmoor, back in February 2018, as second-half goals from Sean McGinty, George Dowling and Luke Young earning Gary Owers’ side a 3-1 success, with a late penalty from Byron Harrison proving scant consolation for the visitors.

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