Barrow Club Profile
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Barrow : Club Background
Barrow's Holker Street, viewed from the Crossbar end of the ground.
Not too many football clubs know their exact formation date and where they were formed. Barrow AFC came into existence on July 16th 1901 at the Drill Hall in the Strand in Barrow. They spent their first eight years trying to find a stable home, moving through the Strawberry Ground, Ainslie Street and then Little Park in Roose. By 1909 they settled on Holker Street, their current home.
During their early years, Barrow played in the Lancashire Combination, moving from the Second Division in 1908 to the First Division. They picked a good time in their history to win their first league title - the Lancashire Combination Division One title in the 1921-22 season. During that summer, the Football League were expanding their set-up to include Division Three North and Division Three South, and that meant that Barrow became members of the expanded set-up.
Barrow's early years in the Football League were uneventful, with them not straying from Division Three North until the summer of 1958, when they moved into the non-regionalised Division Four as part of a further league restructuring. It took until the 1966-67 season before their fans saw their first moment of glory, as a Don McEvoy led side reached third place in the Fourth Division and Barrow were promoted to Division Three. During the following season they reached their peak - eighth place in Division Three stands as their historical best.
Matters began to decline sharply for Barrow shortly after that. They were relegated back to Division Four in 1970, and had to put themselves up for re-election in 1971 and 1972. They were replaced by Hereford United - controversially given the Bulls hadn't even won the Southern League that season, but had rode on the back of an FA Cup victory over Newcastle United that year. Barrow's geographical location and their Board's decision to install a speedway track around the perimeter of Holker Street's pitch as a means of raising extra revenue also contributed to their downfall, ending 51 years of Football League membership.
Barrow went down to the Northern Premier League and had to remove the ill-fated speedway track in 1974 to comply with ground regulations. In 1979 they became founder members of the Alliance Premier League (now known as the National League), thus meeting Yeovil Town for the first time in their history during the 1979-80 campaign. Barrow were still a bit of a yo-yo club though, getting relegated in 1983, promoted back up in 1984 but then relegated in 1986.
Barrow's Main Stand - a newer part of the ground built in the mid-1990s.
Their next promotion in 1989 came during a period that saw Barrow enjoy some mini-success under the management of Ray Wilkie. They were FA Trophy Semi-Finalists as a Northern Premier League club in 1988 and then won the FA Trophy in 1990, beating Leek Town at Wembley Stadium. They also achieved their best ever FA Cup performance during the following 1990-91 season, reaching the Third Round, ultimately being knocked out by Bolton Wanderers. They were helped by the goals of club legend Colin Cowperthaite, whose 15 seasons with the club gave him 704 appearances and 282 goals, putting him at the top of the club charts on both counts.
Barrow's fall from grace came in unfortunate circumstances. Wilkie began to suffer health problems during the 1991-92 season, and had to step down from the job. With Cowperthaite also retiring from the game, Barrow were relegated in 1992, with Wilkie passing away at the age of just 56 years old, in December 1992. They were to spend six years back in the Northern Premier League again. In honour of Wilkie, you'll find Wilkie Road adjacent to the ground is named after him.
During the mid-1990s, it looked as though Barrow were going to be on the rise again, but it was to be a false dawn. They had been purchased by a Boxing promoter called Stephen Vaughan in 1995, who at that point was unknown in the footballing world. He put money into the club that allowed them to build an all-seater stand, and to build a squad that was promoted at the end of the 1997-98 season. Unfortunately, this proved to be a house of cards. Vaughan later went on to wreck Chester City and was found guilty of a £500,000 VAT Fraud whilst a Director of Widnes Vikings rugby club, leading to him being disqualified as a Director for eleven years, and banned by the English FA under their Fit and Proper Person Test. It transpired that whilst Barrow's owner, he had sold the Holker Street ground to a company called Northern Improvements for a mere £410,000 - a company that conveniently Vaughan had a financial interest in.
Barrow ended up being given a compulsory winding up order in January 1999, with the liquidator appointed being given the job of trying to establish exactly who the legal owners of the Holker Street ground actually were. That led to Barrow being thrown out of the Conference at the end of that season despite them avoiding relegation on the pitch. They played no football during the first month of the 1999-2000 season, with the Football Association belatedly granting them membership of the Northern Premier League after everyone else had started their seasons. It took until August 2002 before Holker Street was finally back in the hands of the club, and until 2003 before Vaughan's destruction of their club was finally undone with the FA granting the reformed club the rights to take over the football membership of the former club.
In 2005, Barrow became founder members of the newly formed Conference North division (now National League North). They finally returned to the Conference National division in the summer of 2008, thanks to a Play-Off Final win over Stalybridge Celtic, thus restoring their fifth tier position nine years after it had been lost. They won the 2010 FA Trophy Final, beating Stevenage Borough by a 2-1 scoreline, and as a result became the first club to win that competition at both the old and new Wembley stadiums.
But Barrow's yo-yo history continued. At the end of the 2012-13 season, they were relegated again, heading down to the Conference North division. Two seasons later, and they were back up again as 2014-15 season champions. Since the formation of the Conference/National League structure they've now been relegated and promoted five times, emphasising the unpredictable nature of their history. Since November 2018, they've changed ownership, with a four man consortium made up of local businessmen taking over the club, supplemented by the Bluebirds Trust - their Supporters Trust - who have purchased shares in their football club. Since their last promotion they've gained a moderate success of 11th, 7th, 20th and 11th between 2015 and 2019 suggesting that on the whole they are at present a stable club, but probably without the financial muscle to climb above fifth tier football for the foreseeable future.
Barrow's Crossbar End - named after the bar that takes up much of the room at that end of the ground.
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|Barrow : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Barrow
|03/02/1979||Home||FAT2||W||5-0||2237||Thompson, Platt(2), Morrall, Green|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Barrow
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Barrow : Club Statistics
|14/09/2019||Solihull Moors||Home||NATL||W||3-0||1152||Rooney 7, 45, Quigley 46|
|21/09/2019||Ebbsfleet United||Away||NATL||W||3-0||878||Rooney 8, Quigley 46, 70|
|24/09/2019||Chorley||Away||NATL||W||3-1||1272||Rooney 29, 67, Dyson 45|
|28/09/2019||Maidenhead United||Home||NATL||W||2-0||1401||Rooney 36, Quigley 57|
|05/10/2019||Bromley||Away||NATL||W||2-1||2043||Angus 36, Quigley 53|
|08/10/2019||Boreham Wood||Home||NATL||W||3-1||1758||Quigley 13, 82, Angus 18|
Highest League Attendance: 1758, vs Boreham Wood, 08/10/2019
Lowest League Attendance: 1060, vs Eastleigh, 10/08/2019
Average League Attendance: 1362
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||0
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||0
||Games Without Defeat: ||7
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||3
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||4
|Games Without A Draw: ||10
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||10
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||16
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||WLLWWW
|Away Results Sequence: ||DLWWWW
||Overall Results Sequence: ||WWWWWW
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Barrow : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 01229-666010
Chairman : Paul Hornby
Secretary : Russ Dodd
Safety Officer : Mike Forsyth
Press Officer : Ryan Sutherland
Manager : Ian Evatt
Capacity : 5,045
Seated : 1,000
Covered Terrace :
Record Attendance : 16,874 vs Swansea Town, 1953-54 FA Cup
Colours : Blue and White
Nickname : The Bluebirds (and formerly The Ziggers)
Ticket Prices :
Away supporters are usually allocated half of the Holker Street End terrace, which is an open standing area. There are also seats available in one section of the Brian Arrowsmith Main Stand. Entry is via Turnstile D and E.
Tickets for our 2019-20 visit are at present only on sale on the day of the match and will be priced as follows:
Brian Arrowsmith Main Stand (Seated): Adults: £18.00; Over-65s and Students: £14.00; Under-21s: £5.00; Under-16s: £3.00.
Holker Street Terrace (Standing): Adults: £15.00; Over-65s and Students: £12.00; Under-21s: £5.00; Under-16s: £3.00.
Barrow's standard allocation is to allow for 520 terrace places and up to 130 seated tickets. Segregation will be in force for this game. Turnstiles are CASH ONLY.
NOTE: Barrow are currently in the process of revamping their online ticketing system, but at present this is unavailable. If this situation changes before the game, we'll publicise what is available for Away Supporters. However, for the time being, payment on the day is the only option.
There is space for five wheelchairs in the away end; however this area is currently uncovered. A covered area with step free access is available in the home area of the ground if required. Disabled/ambulant disabled supporters will pay the concession ticket price (as per Seniors and Students), with free entry for one assistant if required.
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Barrow : Directions To The Ground
The Holker Street End - the area nearest usually houses away supporters when segregation is in force.
This is a long journey. A very long journey. Barrow is situated north of Blackpool and slightly north of Morecambe, but getting to it is made more complicated by the loop that has to be done in order to get around the Furness peninsula on the west coast. You'll be going up the M5, then up almost the full length of the M6 before coming off the M6 to wind your way down to the end of the Furness peninsula.
Leave the M6 at junction 36 onto the A590 and follow signposts for Barrow. This will mean you enter Barrow via Park Road, which becomes Walney Road. When you pass the fire station on the right, take the next left into Wilkie Road. The ground is on the right hand side.
There is a car park situated behind the Popular Side of the ground. You'll pay £2.00 with entry on a first come, first served basis. This is on the east side of the ground.
Barrow-in-Furness station is half a mile from the ground. On leaving the station, exit onto Holker Street and turn right. The ground will be on your left hand side after a small roundabout at the top of Holker Street.
Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.
As the ground is close to the town centre and close to the railway station, you shouldn't need a bus to get your way around the area.
A selection of Barrow-in-Furness taxi companies can be found here.
Barrow's Popular Side - situated opposite the Main Stand.
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|Barrow : Web Resources|
Main club website for Barrow AFC, based around an independent design.
|Web Message Boards|
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
North-West Evening Mail
Dedicated Barrow section from the North-West Evening Mail
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Barrow : Food & Drink
British seaside towns can be oddball places at the best of times; with British seaside towns cut off at the end of peninsulas seeming to have a particular tendency towards Royston Vaseyism. Barrow lies at the end of the Furness peninsula – that’s all we’re saying. With the ground 0.7 miles to the north of the railway station and the town centre to the south, the bulk of eating and drinking outlets are not particularly conveniently located for Holker Street (currently going by the name Furness Building Society Stadium).
Club Bar :
Slightly confusingly there are two outlets on the site, which also includes the Furness Rovers ground as well as Barrow AFC’s. The Soccer Bar (below) – which to further confusion a number of sites around the internet, including Google Maps and CAMRA’s WhatPub, refer to as ‘Barrow Football Supporters Club Soccer Bar’ – is an independent concern not connected to the club.
The Holker Street club house, called Crossbar, is integrated into the stadium itself. It is open to away supporters (except on the rare occasions segregation has been enforced) and has Sky and BT Sports. Only keg beers are available. Food and hot drinks at the away end are provided by that Non-League staple, the mobile burger van.
For our 2019-20 season visit, Barrow have confirmed that Yeovil Town supporters will be welcome in the Crossbar and between 2.30p.m. and 4.00p.m. they will have "all pints at £2.50". Bargain!
Local Pubs :
|Derby Hotel: Free House in the town centre, 0.8 miles from the stadium. Sports TV and live music venue. Has up to four changing Real Ales, generally sourced locally, most commonly from Bowness Bay Brewing and Cumbrian Legendary Ales. Opens 11.00 a.m. every day, closing 12.00 midnight Sunday to Thursday and 2.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.|
Derby Hotel, 246-248 Dalton Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 1PN. Tel: 01229 826592. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Duke of Edinburgh Hotel: Where the southern end of Holker Street joins Abbey Road, so couldn’t have a much more straightforward 0.7 mile walk to the stadium. Bought by Lancaster Brewery in 2006, and gradually renovated and refurbished back to its heyday across the next decade, it naturally features their own core range and any seasonal beers on hand pump, plus up to four changing guests. Keg offerings usually include up to three ‘Craft’ offerings along with the more mainstream. There’s a Main Menu for diners in the dedicated restaurant, but also a Bar Menu for those more focused on drinking. Food is served 12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 12.00 noon – 3.00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12.00 noon – 8.00 p.m. Sunday. Has disabled access, parking, Sports TV. Opening: 11.00 a.m. –12.00 midnight every day.|
Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5QR. Tel: 01229 812917. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Furness Railway: One of Tim’s fairly recent ventures into the hotel business, this one having 50 rooms for anyone who might want to stay in a Spoons in Barrow. A few hundred yards south-west of the railway station, and thus 0.8 miles from the football ground. Four regular Real Ales from the Spoons ‘House’ stable, plus six changing options. Food served 8.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. every day. Sports TV. Disabled access. Opens 7.00 a.m. (says the Wetherspoon site) or 8.00 a.m. (say the local
CAMRA branch) every day (with the usual caveat that most – though not all – Spoons tend not to serve alcohol until 10.00 a.m.), with closing at midnight Sunday to Thursday and 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.|
Furness Railway, 76-80 Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 1PQ. Tel: 01229 820818. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Soccer Bar: On the corner of Walney and Wilkie Road, this is c.150 yards from the ground. Not connected to the club (see above), it’s a modern large single storey brick and corrugated roofed Sports Bar / Music / Dance / Events venue. Does food. Beer is keg from the multi-nationals. Has car parking, Sports TV, snooker and pool tables. Opening times: 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 3.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Friday; 11.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. Saturday; 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m.
Soccer Bar, Wilkie Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5UQ. Tel: 01229 825244. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Tally Ho Hotel: A Craft Union Pub Company outlet, this is the other (see Soccer Bar, above) bar up by the ground – five minutes walk away around the bottom of Lower Ormsgill Reservoir. Opening is noon to midnight every day except Saturday, which is 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. Does food, drinks from the multi-nationals, Sports TV, pool, live music. Beer patio and car parking.|
Tally Ho Hotel, 2A Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5DN. Tel: 01229 870509. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Townhouse Bar Kitchen and Rooms: About a hundred yards south from the Wetherspoon (Furness Railway, above) – but about as far away from Spoons in conceptualisation as one might wish to get and 0.9 miles from the stadium. Plush lounge pub, hotel, restaurant, cocktail bar, cellar bar with DJ, mezzanine dining – it’s included because it (rather surprisingly!) stocks some decent beer. There are six hand pumps, with four usually in play, focusing on local beers from small independent producers. The other two sometimes dispense real ciders in the summer months. Ten keg taps have a mix of the usual multi-national suspects, but also some adventuring into ‘Craft’. Breakfast served 9.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. every day, main menu from 12.00 noon – 9.30 p.m. (9.00 p.m. Sunday). Opening hours are from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, to 11.30 p.m. Thursday, to 1.00 a.m. Friday and to 2.00 a.m. Saturday.|
Townhouse Bar Kitchen and Rooms, 211-215 Dalton Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 1PH. Tel: 01229 834519. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Southern outback town in the middle of nowhere meets a Northern outback town in the middle of nowhere. We're better off using sign language to each other.
Allow extra time to get there. And then when you've calculated that extra time, allow a little bit more. It really is a long way from home.
Looking out at Holker Street from the corner of the Holker Street End Terrace.
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Barrow : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
Barrow's original Main Stand.
Photo © John Lawrence.
Barrow's original Main Stand pictured from the opposite side.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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