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4th March 2005 20:44

Stags snare Blues youth
by Mark Buckingham - created on 4 Mar 2005

Mansfield Town have snapped up young striker Andrew Barrowman on loan from Birmingham City.
Barrowman has found himself on the periphery of the Premiership club's plans and has headed to Field Mill for a month.
The 20-year-old has made just one substitute appearance for Blues and is joining Mansfield to accrue experience.
He spent a month on loan at Blackpool at the start of the season but was restricted to just two substitute outings for the League One side.
Barrowman has now dropped down to League Two level to turn out for The Stags and could make his debut at home to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.
His signing will give Carlton Palmer added options as Mansfield's caretaker manager placed Derek Asamoah on the transfer list earlier this week.
Asamoah is highly unlikely to play for the club again, while Barrowman could stay with The Stags until the end of the season if he impresses sufficiently well enough.
Barrowman Joins Mansfield
Story by Brian Cartlidge 4 March 2005
Singing The Blues website

Andrew Barrowman has joined League Two side Mansfield Town on loan.

The 20-year-old Blues striker, who has already spent a time on loan with Blackpool this season and Crewe last season, has joined the Stags on an initial one month loan deal.

Barrowman is expected to go straight into the Mansfield side for their league game against Shrewsbuty at Field Mill on saturday.

Date of birth 27 November 1984
Height 6.0
Place of birth Scotland
Weight 12.8
Position Forward
Squad No. 27

Recent Career History By Club
Team Debut Apps (+ sub) Goals Yellows Reds
Blackpool 10/08/2004 0 (2) 0 0 0
Birmingham 13/03/2004 0 (1) 0 0 0
Crewe 14/10/2003 3 (1) 1 0 0
Recent Career History By Season
Season First App. Apps (+ sub) Goals Yellows Reds
2004/2005 10/08/2004 0 (2) 0 0 0
2003/2004 14/10/2003 3 (2) 1 0 0
Appearances 3 (+ 4 as sub); Goals 1; Yellow cards 0; Red cards 0

Evening Post, 04 March 2005

Kingstonian midfielder Giles Coke could become Carlton Palmer's latest signing.

The 18-year-old impressed during an in-house training match on Wednesday.

Coke, who has played for QPR reserves, is not under contract with the Ryman League Premier Division's basement club, and would be available on a free transfer.

Kingstonian manager Scott Steele is convinced Coke would make an impact in League Two.

"I've been trying to get him on contract all year," he said. "He's a good box to box player. I think he's good enough to play at a higher level than League Two but Mansfield could be a good stepping stone for him."

Derek Asamoah's days at Field Mill are numbered following a bust-up with Palmer on Saturday morning - and the Stags boss is keen to add another striker to the squad.

Birmingham's Finnish under-21 international Njazi Kuqi and Boston's Andy Kirk have both been linked with Mansfield.

But Palmer is looking for cover for Richie Barker and Colin Larkin rather than a replacement, which may rule out Kuqi, and Kirk's wages could scupper a move.

And Palmer will not be signing Barnsley's 6' 7" striker Fola Onibuje, after the 20-year-old failed to make an impact in Wednesday's training game.

Following the rejection of Keith Curle's appeal for wrongful dismissal, Palmer is poised to convert his caretaker manager role into a permanent position, and has been discussing a deal to keep him at Field Mill until the end of next season.

Paul Holland will be confirmed as Palmer's assistant once the deal is secured.

"I have had talks this week with the chairman," said Palmer. "He knows I want the job. It is just a case of reaching a deal and we're not far off now. We just need to finalise one or two things.

"Hopefully everything will be concluded early next week."

Jake Buxton, who has been nursing a groin strain, and Adam Rundle have been suffering from flu this week and Alex John-Baptiste has had an ankle problem, but all three players are expected to start.

Simon Brown has completed his four-game suspension and is added to the squad.

Mansfield (from): Pilkington, Buxton, Baptiste, Dimech, Jelleyman, Neil, McLachlan, Murray, Rundle, Larkin, Barker, Smeltz, Curtis, Brown, White, McIntosh, Lloyd.
Evening Post, 04 March 2005

Manager Gary Peters looks set to name an unchanged side after the 5-0 victory against Chester on Saturday.

Striker Duane Darby is out for a month with an abdominal problem while centre-back Dave Riddler (hernia) also misses out.

Stuart Whitehead, more used to playing at centre-back, is set to fill in at right-back.

The Shrews, who sold defender Darren Moss to Crewe this week for £170,000, are looking to make a new signing.

But Peters appears unlikely to bring in a new player in time for tomorrow's game.

Dead-ball specialist Jake Sedgemore and Welsh Under-21 international Jamie Tolley will line up in centre midfield, while Neil Ashton, on loan from Tranmere, will play on the left.

Ryan Lowe, the subject of interest from Chester, starts on the right flank.

Winger Sam Aiston is available again after suspension but will probably be on the bench.

Up front, Luke Rodgers - who has scored twice in three games to break an 18-match goal drought - partners recent signing Kelvin Langmead.

Shrewsbury (from): Howie, Whitehead, Walton, Tinson, Challis, Lowe, Tolley, Sedgemore, Ashton, Langmead, Rodgers, Grant, O'Connor, Edwards, Aiston, Hart, Lyng.


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