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Matchday Guide | Barrow (A)

20 January 2024

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Matchday Guide | Barrow (A)

20 January 2024

Crewe Alexandra will aim to extend their winning start to 2024 when they travel to Barrow today (Saturday, 3pm).

After making it three wins on the spin with a 2-1 success at the expense of Swindon Town last time out, Lee Bell and the squad will be targeting another three-point haul in the fourth-versus-fifth clash at SO Legal stadium.

The Opposition

Barrow sit in fourth in League Two but have only won one of their last five fixtures. Last weekend, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sutton.

The Bluebirds have brought in former Morecambe striker Cole Stockton on loan from Burton this week. He will add to their options up top alongside the likes of Ben Whitfield, who has seven goals so far this campaign.

The Gaffer

Pete Wild took the reins in May 2022 and led Barrow to a ninth-placed finish last term.

Wild has also previously managed England’s amputee football team, Halifax Town and Oldham Athletic.

Fighting talk

Ryan Dicker (Alex Assistant): “We know what’s coming. They are a well-organised team and Pete has done a terrific job with them this season, they are doing really well. They have some terrific players and they have firepower in that front line. We will have to be at it from a defensive aspect as we try to nullify them.”

Pete Wild: “A lot of times they have been down in games and they have either come back to draw or come back to win, so we are expecting a really tough encounter. We have to be highly respectful of what Crewe offer and we have to make sure our defensive plan stops what Crewe offer.”


Barrow have won 28 of the meetings between the two sides - but Crewe have taken the spoils in 45. There have been 15 draws.

Crewe fell to a 3-1 defeat to Barrow at Mornflake Stadium last month, despite Elliot Nevitt threating a comeback after making the score 2-1.

Match Officials

The man in charge is Thomas Parsons. Daniel Woodward and Bardley Hall will be his assistants and the fourth official will be Darren Williams.

Parsons has handed out 59 yellow cards and two red cards in the 12 games he has officiated this season.

How To Get There

For details of how to get to SO Legal Stadium via rail or road, click HERE.

Ticket Details



Adults £22
Senior (65+) £18
Young Adult (18-21) £18
Under-18 £8
Under-7 FREE

Elsewhere in League Two

Salford PP Colchester; MK Dons v Morecambe; Newport v Wrexham; Walsall v Accrington; Harrogate v Grimsby; Notts County v Stockport; Gillingham v Forest Green; AFC Wimbledon v Crawley; Swindon PP Tranmere; Mansfield PP Sutton; Bradford PP Doncaster.

Can’t Make the Game?

Crewe fans based outside of the UK can watch the clash with Barrow live on iFollow.

An iFollow match pass for Crewe fixtures includes graphics and replays – all for just £10 (or local equivalent).

The action is complemented by commentary from the BBC Radio Stoke team of Graham McGarry and Peter Morse.

Click here to secure your iFollow match pass today and make sure you don’t miss a minute of the contest.

Fans in the UK can listen to LIVE commentary on iFollow - CLICK HERE to purchase an Audio Match Pass for just £2.50

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