The Reckless Guide to..
The Vanarama National League
Saturday 27th October 2018
Kick Off 3.00 pm
Furness Building Society Stadium, (Holker Street), Wilkie Road, Barrow LA14 LUW
Blue and White
The current manager is Coventry born Ian Evatt – Ian was a central defender and made almost 600 League appearances notably for Chesterfield, Blackpool and Derby County. He did have a short spell at QPR too. In April 2018 he took charge at Chesterfield as Caretaker Manager but they were relegated into the National League. He left when Martin Allen took over. He then joined Barrow in June for the start of the current season.
Brief Directions by Road
Its a long way to Barrow but it can be driven in around 5 hours plus breaks..........however M6 to its Junction 36, A590 signposted Barrow-in Furness. You have approx. another hour to travel into Barrow on this road. Stick with it it is a splendid drive. You will pass the Fire Station when on the outskirts and then see the stadium floodlights. Car Parking is plentiful in the surrounding area.
Directions by Train
The station is under a mile walk to Holker Street and an early morning train from Euston will take approx 5 hours with a change at Crewe and Lancaster.
Eating and Drinking Locally
The Cross Bar is the social hub of the club and welcomes away fans before and after the game. The Ambrose Hotel on nearby Duke Street junction Anson Street comes recommended by the club.
The “old school” ground leaves you in no doubt what colours the home team use! Barrow have played at the site since 1909. The modest main stand built in the mid 1990's sits on the half way line. Its appearance from the outside is a little cold and basic While opposite is the Wilkie Terrace – not many left like this terrace. Its covered in its centre. Both end are
uncovered terraces, the Crossbar End and the larger Holker Street End. A real set of four floodlight pylons grace the ground too.
Is there really any body near enough to Barrow to be classified as a rival?
Terrace Adults £15.00 Concessions £12.00 Under 18's £8.00
Seating Adults £18.00 Concessions £14.00 Under 18's £10.00
Visiting fans are normally allocated a small section of uncovered terrace between the Holker Street terrace and the main stand.
Our Last Meeting & Memories
Our last meeting at Holker Street was way back in our first Conference winning season February 1990-91. Gary Bull and Roger Willis goals were not enough in a 2-4 defeat.
It is a long way to Barrow but seeing a Edwin Stein goal to win up there in 1983 was worth the trip as was the Austin Hayes goal (remember him, 4 games 2 goals?) in 1985.
Overnight Stay Factor
I have stayed over a weekend here about 30 years ago and the little b&b was lovely as were the pubs and the locals we met. I am sure it hasn't changed. It gets a 7/10 just because it is so far away from home and was a great experience. It you are able get across to the islands of North and South Walney some great views and scenes.
Whenever I think of Barrow FC I think of the brilliant Kenny Lowe where he came from before Underhill – Barry Fry had been chasing him for a long time until he signed in 1990. There haven't been many players over the years who you would pay to watch but Kenny was one – he lives in Australia now – great player was Kenny and has a Cider in Barnet named after him!
The late great Emlyn Hughes was born here, also look out for the odd lost Blue Peter badge on the pavements as presenter Peter Purves went to school here.