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PREVIEW | Barrow AFC vs Wrexham AFC

Red Dragons back on the road this weekend for Barrow trip

25 August 2023

Wrexham AFC are back on the road this weekend after back-to-back home matches at the STōK Cae Ras, with Phil Parkinson’s side travelling up north to take on Barrow AFC.

The past week saw the Red Dragons collect a total of four points from two fixtures, after a 4-2 victory over Walsall and a thrilling 5-5 draw against Swindon Town on the weekend.

Ahead of the Saturday’s match, we take a look at everything you need to know ahead of our visit to the SO Legal Stadium, below.

The hosts: Barrow AFC

It’s been a solid start to the season for the hosts, who currently occupy the play-off positions, having lost just once so far in the league this season.

Since gaining promotion to Sky Bet League Two in 2020, Barrow would be dragged into a relegation battle for their first two seasons in the division as they finished in 21st and 22nd place respectively.

After that, they consolidated their position in the league last season, improving vastly on their previous finishes to record a ninth-placed finish for the 2022/23 season.

Expectations are much higher for Pete Wild’s side this year, with Barrow hoping to build on last season and break into the play-offs.

In the dugout: Pete Wild

Wild finds himself in the unique position of being an outlier in terms of EFL managers, having never played the game professionally before making the transition to management.

In fact, his managerial career started in 2012 where he led England’s amputee football team between 2012 and 2015.

During this period, Wild also coached within Oldham Athletic’s academy, later becoming Oldham’s first-team caretaker manager after over 10 years of service at the club.

In his time as caretaker manager, he oversaw a huge cup upset, knocking Premier League side Fulham out of the competition in the third round of the FA Cup.

Another spell as caretaker manager followed, in March 2019 and he was later appointed as manager on a permanent basis after the departure of ex-Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes.

He later resigned from his role at the end of the season, before being appointed as manager at FC Halifax Town.

The 39-year-old joined Barrow in May 2022, leaving Halifax after over three years of service with the club.

Since joining the Bluebirds, he has led them to a ninth-placed finish last season, winning 18 matches in the league and registering 62 points for the 2022/23 season.

One to watch: Emile Acquah

Arriving at the SO Legal Stadium this summer, Acquah has had a great start to life at Barrow, scoring twice in 262 minutes so far this season.

The 23-year-old is currently the club’s top goal scorer, having signed from Maidenhead United.

Acquah started his career at Southend United, coming through the ranks to make his first team debut in 2019 and later being loaned out to Maidenhead on two separate occasions.

Following the expiry of his contract at Roots Hall, he would join the Magpies on a permanent basis.

His form at York Road would reward Acquah with a call-up for England’s C team as he later made his debut in March 2023.

After scoring 13 goals in the National League last season, Barrow decided to sign the striker for an undisclosed fee.

How to tune in: UK and Worldwide

UK-BASED SUPPORTERS

Should you only want to listen to live commentary, you will be able to purchase match, month or season audio passes, with our exclusive WrexhamPlayer commentary team. 

WORLDWIDE SUPPORTERS

LIVE VIDEO STREAMING

Tomorrow’s fixture against Barrow AFC, which kicks-off at 3pm BST, will be available to watch for overseas supporters live on WrexhamPlayer. Match, month or season video passes are available.

LIVE COMMENTARY

To listen to our live WrexhamPlayer commentary, you will need to purchase a match, month or season option pass. 

To view all package options, click here.

 

 

 


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