Goalkeeper Paul Farman has been congratulated by his Barrow AFC manager Pete Wild on reaching 100 appearances for the football club, as reported in The Mail.
Farman has kept 27 clean sheets in his two full seasons since joining The Bluebirds and was named by readers of The Mail as Barrow’s 2022-23 Player of the Season before making his 100th appearance for the club in Saturday’s victory against Tranmere Rovers.
The shot-stopper is a consistent performer between the sticks for Barrow, ranking 12th in clean sheets kept last season and saving over 66% of shots faced as The Bluebirds managed a ninth-place finish.
What’s Been Said?
Barrow manager Wild said of his number one, “Outstanding, what a professional. He is a great servant to the football club and like I said last year to get him to sign again and stay with the football club and again I thought he was calm, cool, collected, and really composed on Saturday and I am really pleased with him.”
“He was also telling me the other day that he is not fair off 500 league appearances which again is a fantastic milestone for any footballer.”
The Bluebirds have Farman tied down until the end of this current season and, after a positive season last year, will be hoping he can help them push up the league and challenge for those playoff spots. The opening day win at Tranmere has provided the best possible start.
Who Is Paul Farman?
Farman, 33, started his career at Newcastle United before entering non league football with Blyth Spartans and Gateshead. A move to Lincoln City would see the stopper eventually make his Football League debut in the 2017-18 season after helping The Imps secure the National League title. He has since played for Stevenage, Carlisle and now Barrow in League Two.
Having watched Paul Farman during his spell with a Lincoln City it is clear he is a likeable guy and a very able keeper. I was perhaps most impressed with his attitude and team work. He was loaned to Boston a United for a short spell when Nick Townsend took his place in goal before regaining the shirt and becoming undisputed number one. He would again lose that position to Josh Vickers and then Ryan Allsop but his attitude towards his teammates was first class.
The statistics are good for the big goalie and I am sure that Barrow will look to get him tied down to a new contract to keep him as their first choice for next season. Before then, hopefully the man from Tyneside can help the Cumbrians as they look to challenge for League Two promotion.