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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers Vs Barrow AFC

8 August 2023

Club News

Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers Vs Barrow AFC

8 August 2023

The Bluebirds kick off our Carabao Cup campaign away to Ian Evatt’s Bolton Wanderers side today at 19:45 in the first round of the competition.

Pete Wild’s side will be looking to build on their impressive opening-day win at Tranmere Rovers tonight.

Debutant Kian Spence stole the spotlight on Saturday when he blasted in an impressive volley from the edge of the area at Prenton Park to secure us all three points.

Dean Campbell, David Worrall, and Emile Acquah all impressed against Tranmere as they also made their full Barrow debuts.

Summer signings Courtney Duffus and Junior Tiensia were also introduced to the Barrow faithful on Saturday off the bench.

This is only Barrow’s fifth* time ever entering the League Cup, with the Bluebirds yet to go further than the second round.

Our most notable fixture throughout our time in the League Cup was when we hosted Premier League outfit Aston Villa at Holker Street in the 2021/2022 season.

*Stats are taken from Transfermarkt.

Team news

Once again we’ll be without Mazeed Ogungbo who is recovering from his torn meniscus sustained in pre-season.


The opposition

Bolton obviously has a rich history in English football having spent 11 seasons in the Premier League and won four FA Cups.

Wanderers have never won the League Cup despite reaching two finals during their many stints in the competition.

The Trotters currently reside in League One having been promoted from League Two in the 2020-2021 season under the guidance of former Barrow manager Ian Evatt.

Since Evatt took over at the Toughsheet Community Stadium things seem to be going well for Bolton who won the EFL Trophy last season, whilst also reaching the Play-Off Semi-Finals in the same year.

Their 2023/2024 campaign also started brightly as they defeated Lincoln City 3-0 at the Toughsheet Community Stadium on the opening day.


Ones to watch

Bolton seems to have a lot of firepower upfront in their side with Evatt’s team boasting the likes of former Burton Albion forward Victor Adeboyejo, former Stoke City Striker Cameron Jerome, and Northern Ireland international Dion Charles.

The trio scored a combined 35 goals last season, so Wild’s men will certainly be in for a tough challenge.



 Today’s referee is Anthony Backhouse, who will be joined by Alex James and Richard Wild.




Tickets can still be purchased here for collection.

*Please note Barrow fans will not be permitted to purchase tickets on the night.


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