Tuesday, 18 May 2010

11. Barry Wellings

Position : Forward

Played : 1980-81 to 1982-3

Appearances : 116

Goals : 30

Barry was another popular player signed in the summer of 1980 by Peter Madden who helped Dale to a mid-table finish. He made his League debut for York after failing to make the grade at Everton and after two seasons there was on his way to Spotland.

Short, blond and barrel-chested, Barry was a penalty-box operator in the Paul Dickov mould though never quite as prolific as one might like. His Dale career came to an abrupt end in December 1982 after a home defeat to Wimbledon, a game in which he failed to convert two golden chances when Dave Beasant dropped crosses at his feet. Madden dropped him from the side and soon he moved on to Tranmere where he scored 3 in 16 appearances.

That was not impressive enough to earn him a new contract and he went to Northwich. However Tranmere gave him another chance the following season but he failed to score in 9 and he moved on to Oswestry. Here he attracted the attention of struggling Swansea in 1984-5 and scored 3 goals in 5 games. However the travelling was too much and he returned to the North West playing for Southport, Runcorn and Droylsden.

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