Saturday the 15th of December will see FC Halifax Town play an away game against Barrow in the first round of the FA Trophy, the competition that The Shaymen famously won in 2016.
With that mind, we decided to look at ten facts that you may not know about Saturday’s opposition.
- Barrow were formed on the 7th of July 1901, making this their 117th year of existence.
- Although they have played at a few grounds, including the Strawberry Ground, Ainslie Street, and Little Park, The Bluebirds currently play at Holker Street. Opened in 1909, the ground has an official capacity of 5,045.
- The record attendance at Holker Street was set in 1954, when 16,874 fans packed into the ground to witness an FA Cup third round tie played between Barrow and Swansea. The game finished 2-2, but Swansea managed to achieve a 4-2 win in the replay.
- Barrow are currently managed by Ian Evatt, who was part of Blackpool’s squad during their sole season in the Premier League.
- The Bluebirds are the only side to win the FA Trophy at both the old Wembley and the New Wembley. In 1990, they beat Leek 3-0 at the old Wembley, whilst in 2010 they beat Stevenage 2-1 after extra time at the new Wembley.
- At the end of the 1971-72 season, Barrow were voted out of the Football League and were replaced by Hereford.
- Barrow were founder members of the Vanarama National League, taking in part in the first season (the 1979-80 season) of what was then known as the Alliance Premier League.
- Former Halifax Town striker Grant Holt has spent three spells with the club. He first signed for The Bluebirds on loan from Town in 2001, where he scored four goals in ten games. His second spell came about after a spell at Singaporean side Sengkang Marine during the summer of 2001 – he would score thirty-one goals in fifty-nine appearances over two years. Holt’s third and final spell with Barrow occurred last season, where he was a player-coach under then-manager Ady Pennock. He played twenty-four games but was unable to find the net in what would be his final season as a player.
- Last season, Barrow finished 20th in the Vanarama National League.
- Another former Halifax player involved with Barrow is Peter Atherton, who started for Town in a 3-2 loss to Hereford in the 2005-06 Conference playoff final. He is currently Barrow’s assistant manager.
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