Holker Street Newsletter 1349 - 19th July 2004

With the Nationwide Conference North season not too far away, Barrow are still yet to sign any new players other than Phil Rowland from Brigg Town. However, a new face in the shape of Ian Kilford looks likely to be playing in tomorrow night’s friendly with Sheffield Wednesday at Holker Street. It’s also hoped that James Stansfield may also make the trip. Many of Barrow’s signatures take place at Holker Street so tomorrow we may well find out that there have been a few new signatures.

Tomorrow’s game with Sheffield Wednesday will be Barrow’s third pre-season friendly after a 1-1 draw with Queen of the South and a narrow 6-5 victory over Furness Cavaliers. The Sheffield Wednesday side will have just returned from the Mediterranean after competing in the Coppa de Ibiza where they finished as runners-up (losing to Watford in the Final on penalties after defeating Preston NE in the Semi-Final. Depending on what happened with injuries and player selections, Wednesday may well use quite a number of players in tomorrow’s match but the club may well be bringing a decent squad so a majority of their players a have run-out ahead of their season in the Coca-Cola Championship (the old First Division).

Finally a belated congratulations to Newsletter reader Dave Chubb who last week got married to Anne. The couple had been engaged for 12 years and the family (which includes three children) and are regular visitors to Holker Street.

This edition reached 675 people around the Barrow empire.

The last Newsletter that we sent out had one minor quirk that we overlooked. The date of edition HSN1348 should have read Wednesday 14 July 2004, not the day before as we quoted on the title.

Barrow AFC manager Lee Turnbull hopes to feature midfielder Ian Kilford in his squad to face Sheffield Wednesday in tomorrow evening’s friendly (kick-off 7.45pm). Kilford is likely to play and expects the player to sign on non-contract forms after tomorrow evenings game. Kilford is one of three players that he'd been chasing recently and told the players in question to decide by Friday whether they wanted to play at Holker Street next season. Turnbull was also confident of signing Bradford PA centre back James Stansfield but he has been made another offer by a fellow Nationwide Conference North team and is considering his options. The third target was defender Rob Jones of Stockport County, though it’s thought that he is unlikely to sign as he's been in talks with Darlington.

Former Morecambe winger Ryan Zico Black who featured in last week’s friendly with Queen of the South has been told to prove he's worthy of a place at Barrow by manager Lee Turnbull. The manager wants to have another look at the winger in future friendly games before he commits himself to signing the player who he thought did well last weekend. However Zico-Black has been considering a number of offers and wanted to sign immediately after last weekend’s games.

John’s note: A report on the Conference North message board says that Ryan Zico Black has signed for Lancaster City though at present there is no official confirmation of this story.

Barrow AFC reserve team player Gareth Simpson is being given serious consideration as to whether he should feature in more first team games in light of his impressive performances at the end of last season and in the pre-season friendly matches played so far. Lee Turnbull believes that players such as Gareth Simpson, Guy Heffernan and Mike Kewley will be forcing their way into the first team and be making a few appearances this season.

Thursday 15 July: Barrow AFC Under18s 3 Barrow Reserves 2
A Barrow reserves side containing some first team players in the shape of Guy Heffernan, Andy Hill, Mike Kewley and Gareth Simpson were beaten by a strong Barrow AFC under 18s team at Furness Cavaliers Rampside Road ground. If anyone was there perhaps they could inform us of some of the details.

Bootle 4 Barrow Reserves 5
Barrow AFC Reserves comfortably won their first official friendly 5-4 at Bootle today. Colin Archer had to leave the field after 37 minutes with a leg injury and assistant reserves manager Tony McMillan took over in goal to make several key second half saves. Barrow lined up as follows: Archer, McDonald, Rutherford, Treen, Heffernan, Burgess, Simpson, Hill, Mackie, McGoldrick and Ward. Subs: Seargant and Lancaster.

Against Bootle's midfield four, Barrow started well by playing neat passing football and went 1-0 up on 13 minutes when a penalty was awarded for a defender’s handball. Mackie converted. Three minutes later Burgess cut through the middle past two players and laid on Mackie to shoot Barrow 2-0 up playing down the slope. Attempts to play close passing across the edge of the penalty area resulted in a free kick to Bootle. Failure to cover the right side post at the kick led to Bootle pulling a goal back on 26 minutes. Dawson equalised on 34, then came a lengthy stoppage for archer's injury. On 43 minutes Mackie scored the goal of the game and his third taking the ball with his back to goal he brought it down, turned and lobbed a shot into the top right corner to put Barrow 3-2 in the lead at half-time. On 53 minutes a back header by Heffernan gave Bootle an equaliser, but almost immediately Barrow benefited from a great pass by Burgess to McGoldrick wide left who put a first time ball in to the middle for Mackie to score his fourth goal, hit low past the keeper. A minute later Andy Hill scored, shooting mid goal into the roof of the net from close in after Bootle failed to clear. Although Bootle pulled a further goal back on 75 minutes. Bootle tired and Barrow finished strongly with the Bootle keeper scrambling a shot clear as the final whistle went. A good first workout for the reserves, with Rutherford, Treen, Simpson, Heffernan, Burgess, McGoldrick impressing and Mackie man of the match for the four goals.

After the game a well pleased manager, Dave Staunton said that the young under 18 players who had come into the side had done well, and he thought guy Heffernan had dominated the defence, giving Bootle's Dawson few scoring opportunities. He added the team need to work harder to avoid conceding goals through trying to play their way out of defence. Full back Craig Rutherford said that it had been a good workout and he felt that the players were much fitter than this time last year and was looking forward to the next match.

From Mark Milligan

Unfortunately the whole Colin Moore saga has given me a serious case of Deja-vu. It’s not the fact that Barrow AFC have been taken to court by a 'Life Long supporter' of the club before. It's the fact that, as has happened so many times in the past, someone, somewhere has pressed the Barrow AFC self-destruct button and the fall-out undermines the team at a time when the club is really getting things together both on and off the pitch. The loyal directors and die-hard supporters are then once again left to pick up the pieces and try to get the club out of the mire and back to its rightful place in the football world. The history of this proud club is littered with such events, premature sackings, disastrous managerial appointments, devastating board appointments, need I go on. The club has also been robbed of managers who could have led us great things such as the tragic and untimely death of Ray Wilkie and the resignation of Kenny Lowe. But now at last the club has a board that we can trust (what possible gain does any supporter think the directors are making from dragging Barrow AFC back from the verge of extinction, turning the club around, and giving Lee Turnbull the tools to bring success on the field?). We also have a manager who has settled in to his solo role and shown that he can bring success to the club on the field. We also have a growing support for the club throughout the local area (and of course throughout the world!). Things certainly seem to be on the up for Barrow AFC and if you had told me back in the dark days of 1999 that in five years all this could have been achieved, I would have certainly been more than happy! If Barrow AFC had ceased to exist back then we certainly wouldn't be worried about who's name was on the kits for next season.

As far as I am aware the directors of this club have worked tirelessly and without reward for the benefit of the club. It is the directors who have stuck with the club and have got us to where we are today who deserve our support - not a self publicist who has been promising the earth in certain quarters for a place on the board. Oh no! The deja-vu’s back again - I for one certainly do not want to go down that road again!

Russell Dodd has been in touch with regards to the stories of former Barrow player, Steve Gaughan signing for Harrogate Town. It was widely publicised at the end of last season that Gaughan was being released. Once the player’s as once his non-contract registration has expired, Barrow AFC have no way of knowing who the player has signed for, as the club have no hold on him, practically speaking.

Thanks to Russell Dodd for sending this through

Hundreds of local children will benefit from a learning project to be based at Barrow AFC. The funding will refurbish club facilities to provide a state of the art study centre and teaching staff for children aged between 9 and 14 who will attend after school. The centre will focus on raising literacy, numeracy and ICT standards but the centre will also be available for promoting a wide range of family and community education initiatives. The football club, Barrow CRC and Cumbria Sure Start have developed the bid to obtain funding from the DfES, the Football Foundation and Cumbria County Council. The project is part of a national initiative, Playing for Success, which began with Premier Division clubs such as Leeds United and Manchester City, and now extends to 100 sporting clubs across the UK. The Barrow AFC initiative will be a sister project to the successful study centre created at Carlisle United FC in 2003. The Barrow AFC centre will formally open in April 2005. Barrow secretary Russell Dodd said "this is excellent news and something we, in conjunction with The Football in the Community scheme, have been working towards for sometime now. It will be a way in which the club can help the local community that supports us, and we are always looking for new avenues in that direction."

Notes: Playing for Success is part of a package of measures to increase out of school provision and improve learning attainment, supported by Charles Clarke, Secretary of State for Education.

From the Altrincham site at www.altrinchamfc.com

Graham Heathcote recently attended the meeting of Nationwide Conference League secretaries at Burton Albion and he has kindly passed on some of the initiatives which are being adopted by the Conference. The format for the Conference's League Cup competition in 2004-05 will be finalised by 12 August. From 2005/06 it is likely that all Conference North and South games will have to be videoed. This is to provide evidence for disciplinary hearings. Already, all Conference National games have to be videoed for this reason. From this season, players sent off in games will be banned from the next game. Clubs will now be able to play up to two long-term and two short-term loan players at a time. Short-term is defined as up to three months. Sponsorship for the Conference includes UKP1.9 million from the Nationwide over three years and a minimum of UKP1 million from Sky TV over three years. A website has been set up at www.conferencefootball.tv to relay Conference match action. The Conference will operate a press service and will employ someone for this purpose on a part-time basis. The BBC will pay for radio broadcasts of/from some Conference games. Umbro will be sponsoring the balls used in Conference matches. Kia Cars are providing all Conference National clubs with a car; in Conference North and South clubs can obtain a Kia car at preferential rates. A national licence scheme will be introduced for photographers at Conference games. A new "Sports Interactive Conference Managers' Game" will be marketed. This computer game will include all Conference teams, including the North and South divisions, so you will be able to "manage" Altrincham and guide them to the lofty heights of the English game. Each club will have 100 sets of the game to sell; it is likely to cost something less than UKP34.99. A "fixtures card" will be produced by the Conference, in conjunction with the Non-League Paper. This will list all Conference fixtures for all clubs rather than just the fixtures of each club individually. It is hoped that the cards will be distributed at the turnstiles of all grounds at the start of the season.

From www.nonleaguedaily.com

Owen Brown, manager of Nationwide Conference North club Vauxhall Motors, is delighted at progress of the training build-up prior to the start of the pre-season games. "The lads have been brilliant in training, and it has been a pleasure working with them," he said. "They are in great shape and they have all looked after themselves. The game against Tranmere Rovers will be a good test for us. It's great for our lads to play against professional players of their stature and experience. "If the pre-season games go as well as the training build-up has gone, then I will be really pleased." Meanwhile, Brown has made his first signings of the summer with the arrival of centre-backs James Glendenning, formerly with Droylsden, and Tony Allen from Blackpool. The Rivacre Road boss expects to make several more signings before the start of his side's League campaign on August 14th, but he insisted: "I am not in a hurry. I have made agreements with people and I don't expect any problems."

Bradford (Park Avenue) has launched an email Newsletter, if you would like to subscribe, drop an email to bulletin@bpafc.com and Kettering Town also have a Newsletter, and details can be found at www.ketteringtownfc.co.uk/mailinglist.asp

From Phil Yelland

Name. ULPD. FAC. FAT. ULC. MCT. Total. PreSea. CumTot.
Graham Anthony 25 +6 0+1 3 5+1 1 34+8 134 76
Ian Arnold 16+5 ----- 0+1 4 ----- 20+6 25 51
Simon Bishop 44 2 3 5 1 55 155 210
Scott Brough 1+5 0+1 ----- 1 1 3+6 5 14
Wayne Bullimore *1 5+3 ----- ----- ----- ----- 5+3 136 144
Dan Burgess 1 ----- ----- 0+1 ----- 1+1 1 3
Neil Campbell 29 2 3 5 ----- 39 ----- 39
James Cotterill 14+1 2 ----- ----- ------ 16+1 ------ 17
Wayne Curtis *2 9 ----- 3 2 ------- 14 ------ 14
Mike Fiddler ----- ----- ----- ----- 0+1 0+1 ----- 1
Steve Gaughan 29+5 1 3 2 ----- 35+5 105 145
Steven Gill *3 ---- ---- ---- 1 1 2 30 32
Guy Heffernan 11 ----- ----- 3 ----- 14 ----- 14
Andy Hill 25+9 1 3 4 --- 34+9 87 130
Steve Housham *4 ------ ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- 154 154
Mark Hume *5 28 2 3 ------ ----- 33 155 188
Michael Kewley 1+6 0+1 ----- 2+2 ----- 3+9 6 18
Gavin Knight 35+8 2 3 6 1 47+8 ---- 55
Ross Liddicott ----- ---- ---- 1 ----- 1 4 5
Kenny Mayers 10 ---- ----- 2 ------ 12 ---- 12
Scott Maxfield 32 1 1 3 1 38 155 193
Jon McDonald 2 ---- ----- 0+1 1 3+1 ----- 4
Michael Oliver 30+1 1 1 3 ----- 35+1 ----- 36
Michael Rankine 16+21 2 0+1 3+3 1 22+25 ----- 47
Steven Ridley 27+9 2 0+2 4+2 1 34+13 15 62
Craig Rutherford 0-1 ----- ---- 0+2 0+1 0+4 1 5
Mark Salmon 36 2 3 2 1 44 43 87
Simon Shaw 17+2 ----- 2 5 ----- 24+2 79 105
Gareth Simpson 1 ----- ------ 0+3 ----- 1+3 --- 4
Sean Singh *6 3+3 1 ----- 1 1 6+3 5 14
Ian Stevens *7 3+1 ---- ----- ------ ------ 3+1 ---- 4
Dave Swarbrick ----- ----- ----- ------ ------ ----- 2 2
Lee Warren 34+4 1 2 2 ------ 39+4 148 193

*1 - then Wakefield & Emley, Stalybridge Celtic, Belper Town, Bradford Park Avenue and now Stocksbridge Park Steels; * 2 - returned to Morecambe after 3 month loan; 3 - now Chorley; *4 - now Brigg Town; *5 - now Alfreton Town; *6 - then Ossett Town now Frickley Athletic; *7 - now Gretna

Goals UPD/ FAC/FAT/UC/LC/T/PreSea. CumTot.
Graham Anthony 3/-/-/1/-/4/9 13
Ian Arnold 5/-/-/-/-/5/9 14
Scott Brough 2/-/-/-/-/2/1 3
Wayne Bullimore -/-/-/-/-/-/19 19
Neil Campbell 14/1/2/2/-/19/- 19
Wayne Curtis 4/-/2/-/-/6/- 6
Steve Gaughan 9/-/-/-/-/9/15 24
Steven Gill -/-/-/-/1/1/- 1
Andy Hill 3/-/-/-/-/3/5 8
Steve Housham -/-/-/-/-/-/45 45
Mark Hume 3/1/1/-/-/5/43 48
Mike Kewley 2/-/-/-/-/2/1 3
Gavin Knight 12/-/-/7/1/20/- 20
Scott Maxfield 1/-/-/-/-/1/5 6
Kenny Mayers 4/-/-/-/-/4/- 4
Michael Oliver 7/-/-/1/-/7/- 7
Michael Rankine 7/1/-/1/-/9/- 9
Steven Ridley 1/-/-/-/-/½ 3
Mark Salmon 5/-/-/-/-/5/4 9
Simon Shaw -/-/-/-/-/-/2 2
Lee Warren -/-/-/-/-/-/1 1
Own Goals 1/-/1/-/-/2/

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