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After last night’s win at home to Dover, Barrow are sat 7 points clear at the top of the National League.

This video tells the story of this season, explains the tactics Ian Evatt uses, but most interestingly explains that Evatt was inspired by our very own Ian!

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That was an excellent piece
Good luck to Barrow it looks like a weekend in the lakes next season !!
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That was really good, that.  Interesting about the tactics.  No wonder some on here were suggesting Evatt as a candidate for our new manager not long ago.  I remember him from playing for Blackpool, but didn't realise he was in IH's team.

Barrow in the Football League - that would be astonishing really.  I've googled their ground and it has all of 1,000 seats and is currently not up to scratch according to EFL rules, although it sounds like they'll get around that.

If they make it, it sounds like it'll be deserved.  I do notice though, that the conference is definitely missing a dominant team this year.
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I remember they were voted out of the FL in 1972 and Hereford were voted in. This was very unfair and based purely on the selfish geography by clubs who did not like travelling all the way to Barrow.

We poached their manager Don McEvoy in 1967 after he had taken Barrow up to the old 3rd Div but it never worked out at BP and we went into freefall until McMenemy came.


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I remember seeing Don McEvoy playing for a Grimsby Town X1 against a Showbiz X1, (may have included Des O'Conner and Craig Douglas), one Sunday afternoon at King George stadium.
Good times and all fun with proceeds for charity.

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Sorry,

Des O'Connor.
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Getting mixed up with one of my all time Grimsby favourites, D-ck Conner.
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I remember they were voted out of the FL in 1972 and Hereford were voted in. This was very unfair and based purely on the selfish geography by clubs who did not like travelling all the way to Barrow.

We poached their manager Don McEvoy in 1967 after he had taken Barrow up to the old 3rd Div but it never worked out at BP and we went into freefall until McMenemy came.


Same thing happened with Gateshead and Workington as well. How Football League chairmen had such power to vote out such clubs over a plate of sarnies was really astonishing, but viewed as somewhat democratic at the time.

Peterborough, Oxford (who came in the year after Accrington Stanley folded), Cambridge and Hereford, Wimbledon and Wigan were the six clubs who were voted in by this system in the sixties and seventies until it was abandoned. Wigan, I suppose, had fairly good travel access, but all the other five clubs show a distinct bias to clubs from the south and a nice day out instead of the six northern clubs they replaced.



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I remember they were voted out of the FL in 1972 and Hereford were voted in. This was very unfair and based purely on the selfish geography by clubs who did not like travelling all the way to Barrow.

We poached their manager Don McEvoy in 1967 after he had taken Barrow up to the old 3rd Div but it never worked out at BP and we went into freefall until McMenemy came.


Crikes...I remember being at a Barrow game around 71/72 before they were voted out. We won 2-0 if memory serves me right...or does it?










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Quoted from jock dock tower


Same thing happened with Gateshead and Workington as well. How Football League chairmen had such power to vote out such clubs over a plate of sarnies was really astonishing, but viewed as somewhat democratic at the time.

Peterborough, Oxford (who came in the year after Accrington Stanley folded), Cambridge and Hereford, Wimbledon and Wigan were the six clubs who were voted in by this system in the sixties and seventies until it was abandoned. Wigan, I suppose, had fairly good travel access, but all the other five clubs show a distinct bias to clubs from the south and a nice day out instead of the six northern clubs they replaced.



Bradford PA went out in 1970 but they were broke. I saw Town play there in that last year and I think there were about 30 of us Town fans (and not many more from Bradford!). They sold off their players and we picked up a decent left winger for very little whose name escapes me. He was never as good for Town and didn't stay long at BP though.

I felt sorry for the northern clubs. We had some connections with Workington with Charlie Wright and Bill Shankly and, apart from McEvoy, Colin Appleton also managed Barrow. Relegation could have happened sooner though because it wasn't until the 4th Div came in and the reorganisation of the non-league pyramid that re-election became a straight choice. Until then any number of non-league clubs could be vying for a place and that split the vote which was why it took Peterborough so long to make it despite being the top non-league side for year after year.





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