Saturday the 19th of January see’s FC Halifax Town travel to Cumbria to take on 12th placed Barrow as the progression of the Vanarama National League resumes.
Here are 10 facts to get you acquainted with Ian Evatt’s side.
- The side are one of the oldest sides in the league having been founded at the turn of the century on the 16th of July 1901 at the old Drill Hall and initially played their games at the Strawberry Ground
- In 1903 Barrow were elected to Division Two of the Lancashire Combination and in 1908 won promotion to the first division
- In 1909 they moved to their current home stadium Holker Street which has a total capacity of 5,045, with 1,000 of it being seated
- Barrow spent over 50 years in The Football League between 1921 and 1972
- The side were last promoted to the Vanarama National League when they received promotion through winning the 2014/15 Conference North title
- The clubs home colours are blue and white which has contributed to the side being nicknamed “The Bluebirds”
- The club’s crest features a bee and an arrow in recognition to their name (“Bee-Arrow”
- Barrow are managed by Ian Evatt who made Premier League appearances for Blackpool and was named in the Premier League team of the week for match day 14 of the 2010/11 season
- There are some recognisable names in Barrow’s squad most notably John Rooney who is the younger brother of former England captain Wayne Rooney. John has respectively turned out for New York Red Bulls and Barnsley amongst other clubs
- Barrow’s best record in the FA Cup is reaching the 3rd round on 12 occasions, four of them being as a non-league club with the latest coming in the 2016/17 season.
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