The Christmas period is a busy time in all divisions of English football and it’s one all fans look forward to! But with supporters busy fitting in that last bit of Christmas shopping into their schedule, we bring to you three stories you may have missed from the Vanarama National League this week.
Fylde appoint Graham Barrow as Head of Football development.
AFC Fylde have added ex-Wigan and Chesterfield assistant manager Graham Barrow to their ranks.
Barrow won the National League twice with Altrincham during his playing days and he is focused on helping the Lancashire club reach the next level in English football.
“Fylde have a firm ambition to reach the Football League and believe my experience and contacts will help them to realise that dream," Barrow told AFC Fylde’s website.
“I have worked with several top managers in the past, from Kevin Keegan and Kenny Jacket to Roberto Martinez and Uwe Rosler.
“I have known the management team here, Dave and Colin, for a long time and we have kept in touch over the years. I played alongside Colin with Chester and actually signed Dave whilst I was the manager of Bury.”
Tranmere extend Banks loan
Midfielder Ollie Banks extended his loan deal at Prenton Park this week.
The 25-year-old signed with Tranmere last month from Oldham Athletic on a 1-month loan spell, but Sky Bet League One club Oldham have allowed him to stay in Birkenhead to gain valuable minutes on the pitch.
Tranmere manager Micky Mellon told the club website, “I’d like to thank Richie Wellens and Oldham Athletic for agreeing to allow Ollie stay with us for another month.”
Paul Cox swoops into the loan market
Guiseley manager Paul Cox has utilised his contacts in football to bring in loan signings James Roberts and Adam Crookes.
The Yorkshire club will become Roberts’ sixth club of his career so far but at 21 years of age he is a highly rated talent.
In 2014 he won Oxford’s goal of the season award, for his strike against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.
The striker also has National League experience with the likes of Chester and Oxford City.
Defender Crookes signs from Nottingham Forest and can play in a variety of roles but mainly in defence or midfield.
Both players loan spell’s will last until January 13th.
By Andrew Gate