Date: 1st October 2008 at 10:26am
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It’s October 1st and that can only mean one thing, Barry Conlon’s birthday!

It’s not been the easiest of weeks for the Irishman after the much criticised use of 4-3-3/4-5-1 against Shrewsbury left him open to attack from the Valley Parade faithful as Bradford City failed to burst the net for the first time since 2007.

Fortunately for the birthday boy, Jarnail Singh’s outrageous antics on the field of play have deflected some of the negativity that otherwise would have ended up at Barry’s feet.

Nevertheless, the former Mansfield and Darlington striker is not enjoying the greatest of spells at the club. Last year he flattered to deceive before contributing some important goals and whilst he claimed the goal against Leeds United a few weeks ago and scored five in a reserve team fixture we are yet to see anything that has suggested Peter Thorne and Michael Boulding will be anything other than the first choice pairing.

And, as time passes, there is an increasing puzzlement that Barry Conlon is being given the nod over Billy Topp or Rory Boulding. However, given the nod he has and will be as it is clear that at times Barry’s all-round contribution is incredibly important to the side.

Last night’s wonder strike from Billy Topp might press his claim for inclusion in the side but with Peter Thorne returning to training Barry Conlon can probably look forward to ending his birthday week with the opportunity to play some part against Luton Town.

Mind you, given that every other player that has so far celebrated their birthday has ended up on the treatment table at the end of that week maybe Barry would rather be spared involvement against the league’s bottom club…

hatever happens over the rest of the season Vital Bradford would like to thank Barry Conlon for his hard work on the pitch and his contribution to the side off it and wish him a great birthday.

Keep battling for your place Barry, it should only be a good thing for us to see many strikers fighting it out to get into the Bradford City strikeforce.