Mark Trueman’s Bradford City revolution has acquired it’s sixth January addition in the form of AFC Fylde legend and Oldham Athletic dangerman Danny Rowe.
Since the beginning of the season, the Bantams have lacked in the striking department following the departure of James Vaughan to divisional rivals Tranmere Rovers. City fans begged for a replacement, but were left underwhelmed by Stuart McCall’s unjustified trust in Kurtis Guthrie- an unproven strike provided with a platform he failed to capitalise on.
Heading into January and the Bantmas fanbase called out for a new striker to partner the prolific Lee Novak up top, and were not disappointed. Both Guthrie and Austin Samuels have now exited the dressing room for the last time dawning the claret and amber of the West Yorkshire club, but Samuels was immediately replaced by Middlesbrough prodigy Rumarn Burrell, who had made his Boro debut in recent weeks.
The void left by Guthrie has now also been fulfilled- as Oldham striker Danny Rowe enters the frame at Valley Parade.
Rowe is an ideal player for City right now, as the 30-year old looks to be the ferocious frontman needed at Bradford. He’s no stranger to the pitch either, having scored an absolute scorcher at Valley Parade earlier on in the campaign.
The Blackpool born striker began his career rising through the youth ranks at Preston North End and Manchester United, so he was understandably facing heavy expectations. However, upon his contract not being extended by the European giants, he admitted in a BT Sport interview that he had fallen out of love with the game and hadn’t been in a great headspace, but thankfully found a route back into the sport by playing with friends at Blackpool Wren Rovers.
He began rebuilding his career in non-league, moving to Kendal Town and scoring emphatically, netting 9 goals in 14 games for the Mintcakes. Rowe did grasp a move to the National League, where he featured for Fleetwood Town before their drastic rise up the leagues, but unfortunately made just five appearances in his three years at the club. He did however have a number of successful loan spells from the Cod Army, flourishing for Droylsden, Stockport County and Barrow.
In 2013, he opted to depart Fleetwood and joined Lincoln City (also before their uprising), but never really fired on all cylinders and scored just 3 goals in 23 matches. However, it was after his contract expired at the Imps that he found a club he could settle at, in the form of AFC Fylde. Fylde were local to Rowe, so it was a no-brainer to commit himself to the club.
Rowe has an incredible record at Fylde, scoring 155 goals in 241 games and even scored 47 goals in 42 games in their promotion season to the National League. He was touted as one of non-league’s best players, and took Fylde from the depths of the National League North to the play-off final of the National League, but unfortunately the Coasters were bested by the financially aided Salford City. This sparked the eventual beginning of the end for his tenure at Fylde, as in the following January he requested a transfer from the club, which was reluctantly granted.
Oldham Athletic were the club who won the race for Rowe, snatching him for an undisclosed fee. He went onto score his first goal for the club in his first outing. Rowe had a healthy stint at the Latics and showed he can do it in League Two, scoring 7 goals in 25 matches.
To the present day, and following heavy rumours, Rowe was officially unveiled as a Bantam. An outstanding addition to an area of the Bradford City squad that is depleted and currently weak, but his arrival means a fresh input of confidence and sharpness up top, as well as an absolute thunderbolt of a right foot. See his goal against Exeter City, and you’ll understand.