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Holker Street Newsletter 1394 - 17th September 2004



CLARIFICATION OF RANKINE DEAL
From John Little

I have been in touch with Russell Dodd regarding the deal that sees Michael Rankine go to Scunthorpe and have received a further explanation to that which has been published in the press. Firstly the Rankine deal is a reciprocal agreement with Scunthorpe over the deal that brought goalkeeper Adam Capp to Barrow. In our League, we are unable to play any more than two players on loan in any match and at the start of the season, as we had both Smith and Flitcroft on loan from Accrington, this meant we couldn't have any more loan players, yet we needed goalkeeper Adam Capp from Scunthorpe. As a result Scunthorpe cancelled his contract so he could play on non-contract forms for both Barrow and themselves. As the situation with Rankine arose we did the same for them as it was felt that Rankine wouldn't be worth a significant amount of cash so that's why we did the deal we did.

John’s note: I think Scunthorpe need to amend their website accordingly as their website says that Capp is on loan to Barrow, which isn't the case.


BARROW RESERVES AT HOME TO BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) RESERVES
From the official Barrow AFC site at www.barrowafc.com

Barrow Reserves are at home again this Saturday fresh from their 6-1 away win against Workington Reserves. If you cannot get to see the first team away at Bradford, you are encouraged to come and watch the young team, kick off is at 3pm.


SOME THOUGHTS
From Zigger Zagger.

It would appear that Mr Moore is happy that members for the period 1 August 2003 to 31 July 2004, as well as new members, are allowed to vote at the AGM called for the 6 October 2004. I think the question that Mr Moore should be asking is should new members joining after the 31 July be allowed to vote in what is last year’s AGM. Oh, I think he would say yes to that.

Finally, would Mr Moore confirm or deny the rumours that either him, some of his fellow Barrow Progress Group members, or people acting on their behalf, have been distributing ten Pound notes to people at a number of bars in Barrow to encourage them to become members of BAFC and vote for the Barrow Progress Group?

Ralph’s note: I approached Colin Moore, to seek a reply to this on behalf of the Barrow Progress Group, and asked for his comments. Colin replied as follows.

I will gladly confirm that neither myself, nor, to my knowledge, any members of the Barrow Progress Group has been giving money away to people to encourage them to vote for us (or indeed otherwise!). If you know who is giving this money away, could you perhaps ask them to give me a call - a few free tenners wouldn't go amiss, I can tell you! Whatever will we be hearing next, perhaps "the Barrow Progress Group has calls from influential local businessmen saying stay clear of the board?".


BARROW UNDER 18s
Tony Callister has been in touch with some more details on the Barrow U18 victory over Leigh RMI in the Preliminary Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup.

The game finished 2-2 after extra time, and went to penalties, After both sides had taken five penalties, the score was balanced at 4-4, and on to sudden death penalties, Mike Melia scored Barrow’s first, with the talented Sam Stephens saving Leigh RMI’s. And with that the U18s are through to the next Round to play the winners of the Warrington Town or Farsley Celtic tie. Next up for the U18s are Kingsley United in the First Round of the Premier Cup at Askam on this Sunday, kick-off at 2.30pm. Tony adds that over the next three to four seasons, players coming through the U18 system, will be well placed to take the role of first team squad members.


CONFERENCE LEAGUE CUP
I was wondering what was happening this season with reference to the Conference League Cup and what form it was going to take, so I contacted the webmaster of the Conference website and they told me: “I am awaiting details of the Conference League Cup, which will be published on the site once I have received - probably on the day of the draw (which I believe is taking place in the next few days).


BLUEBIRD DEVELOPMENT FUND RAFFLE RESULTS
From the Ashton United Town game, thanks to Russ Rawley

First prize: UKP50, ticket number 1808 (blue), claimed by Mr C Turnbull, Blackbutts Lane, Barrow.
Second prize: Four cinema tickets (kindly sponsored by Apollo Cinemas, Hollywood Park), ticket number 302 (blue), claimed by Mrs Margaret Blakelock, Victoria Road, Barrow.
Third prize: Autographed ball, ticket number 1174 (yellow), 2245 (yellow), claimed by Mr John Thornton, Derby Street, Barrow.
Fourth prize: Bottle of wine, ticket number 1788 (blue), unclaimed.


OPPOSITION WEBSITE REVIEWS
By John Little, Ashton United FC official website www.aufc4.freeserve.co.uk

As with many websites, the opening page is the same colour as that of their team - in the case of Ashton, red. The opening page contains the team name in the middle with menus dotted around to take users to other parts of the site. The latest news about Ashton is contained at the side of the main page so the news menu isn't in use, but also on the main page are the latest Nationwide North results. A history and honours page is interesting, but the page featuring links to other clubs hasn't been updated from last season when Ashton were in the UniBond Premier League and doesn't contain a complete list of the Nationwide North sides. Like a number of sites, there is a section offering information on the playing squad, some of whom have profiles and photos, there are some very revealing items about certain players! A youth team page is still under redevelopment, and the League table page could do with updating. The commercial section provides information on the various sponsorship packages and offers contact numbers for more details. The results page is regularly updated, and provides this season’s fixture list, with details of scorers and attendances. It also gives the corresponding result, where applicable, from last season. Whilst there is a section showing a collection of photos taken games, for someone who doesn't follow the club, it’s difficult to tell who’s who. The archive page shows the expected results and tables, as well as photos from Ashton's history, and one of these is of particular interest, as it shows Dixie Dean, who used to play for Ashton, something I'm sure few people outside the club would have known. Finally, there is an easy to use section to send email messages to the club, and a link to a well used fans’ message board. Ashton don't get large crowds and as a result, only have one person to run and update the website. There are a few good features but if the site could be updated a little more often, and feature a bit more news, then it could be a very good website.


BARROW AFC SUPPORTERS’ TEAM
By John Little, and this originally appeared in the Ashton United home programme

Many people may be unaware, but Barrow AFC have their own supporters’ team. The side trains under the auspices of Mark Ingham, a former Barrow AFC Reserve team player and a fully qualified and insured FA Coach (Leicestershire and Rutland FA). New players are always welcome, and for more details email M.R.Ingham99@student.lboro.ac.uk, phone 01229 820466 or attend the training sessions which take place twice weekly: Mondays and Thursdays at 6.30pm at Park View School playing fields. Each session last approximately 75 minutes.

During training sessions, Mark tends not to focus too much on fitness work, although fitness is a very important part of football, the main objective of the sessions are fun and enjoyment. They usually consist of a varied, quick and enjoyable warm up before either some technical work - focussing on a certain footballing technique - or some individual/team competitive exercises before ending with a conditioned game to put the techniques learnt earlier in the session into practice. There are usually up to fourteen players at each session, which for a team who has so few fixtures is impressive. Team spirit is second to none with regular nights out organised and paint-balling sessions in the pipeline.

News and regular updates about the Barrow AFC Supporters’ team can be found via Barrow AFC's unofficial website at www.barrowfc.com/cowps/viewforum.php?id=8

So far this year the Barrow Supporters’ side have played the following matches
Radcliffe Borough Supporters (H) Won 3-2
Southport Supporters (H) Lost 4-0
Southport Supporters (A) Lost 3-2
Bolton Wanderers Supporters (A) Drew 3-3 (Won 5-4 on penalties).

The BAFC Supporters’ team raises money for the Bluebird Development Fund benefits by fundraising at training sessions and games: a 50 pence charge per training session is incurred and sweeps to guess the first goalscorer, as well as other methods. So far, over UKP300 has been donated to Barrow AFC, via the Bluebird Development Fund, from the supporters team. Whilst the Barrow AFC Supporters’ team do not play in a League, they play friendlies against the supporters’ teams of other clubs, and these fixtures usually arranged depending upon where the Barrow AFC first team are playing, so that the Supporters’ team can watch the first team play as well.

Forthcoming fixtures:
Saturday 25 September 2004 (provisional date) Evening Mail
October 2004 Radcliffe Borough Supporters’ tournament.
TBA: Hucknall Town Supporters (H), Bolton Wanderers Supporters (H), Worksop Town Supporters and Preston North End Supporters.


VINTAGE PROGRAMMES
From John Dale

Football League Division Four, Barrow v Chester, Saturday 20 November 1965

News & Views from Holker Street
The hopes and dreams we had of FA Cup glory are over again. However, there could be few complaints levelled at the display given by Barrow against Grimsby Town last Saturday. In fact, as Barrow piled on the pressure in the second half, there seemed only two possible outcomes. Either Barrow were to win or Grimsby were to manage to hold out for a draw. That they would snatch the winner five minutes from time was never on the cards. They can consider themselves very lucky, although Barrow had the chances to make the score-line read different to what it eventually did. And while their work was nor rewarded, the whole-hearted effort they put into their second half display was very commendable. The question is: can this form be reproduced in League matches every week? Having seen it once, supporters will expect it every time. The tie showed that Barrow can get the following that is needed to keep the club's financial position straight and it rests with the players whether a good 'gate' figure is retained.

Today's test will be a tough one. Barrow's League position has been slipping a little in recent weeks, but Chester are still up there and well in the promotion race. They hold third spot in the table without having played as many games as the two clubs above them. However their away record is not a good one. They are unbeaten at home, but have won only one and drawn two of their seven away games, having conceded twice as many goals as they have scored. And yet last Saturday they upset Chesterfield - a feat Barrow could not manage. Barrow's attack has great potential but sometimes cannot get into its stride. However, the sooner the goals start coming, the better we will all feel. The openings are still being made so today's game could provide the goals we have all been waiting for.

Let’s hope so.

Barrow: Millard, Mallon, Edwards, Eddy, Arrowsmith, Smith, McCarthy, Tait, Alston, Mulholland, Pilkington.

Last Time We Met At Holker Street
Chester's last visit to Holker St was on April 16, and their high-scoring attack was pegged down as Barrow gained a 2-1 victory to move out of the bottom four for the first time in six and a half months. A defensive blunder let Morris in for a third minute goal but Bob Tait was the star of the game and he made a 54th min goal for Garbutt Richardson before netting the winner himself 20 minutes later.

Barrow won 4-1 in front of 4295, down considerably from the 8969 who saw the previous Saturday’s FA Cup tussle with Grimsby Town, Chester faltered in their quest for promotion that season, finishing seventh in the League, with Barrow ending up twelfth.


JOHN MOULES MONTHLY COMMENT - Nationwide North
From the official Nationwide Conference site at www.footballconference.co.uk

The season has started with many surprises packages in the north. Alfreton Town continued their form from last season to top the table in August, closely followed for most of the month by a rejuvenated Nuneaton Borough. Hinckley United have also topped the table after an extremely impressive start on the field and off it they are moving closer by the day to completing their new stadium complex. Southport have made their usual winning start to the season and are now looking to continue their run in the next month having forged ahead. Stalybridge Celtic, one of the pre season favourites, find themselves at the wrong end of the table, while Harrogate Town are certainly emerging as a dark horse for the championship. Off the field Barrow seem to have found their direction now, which has started to show on the pitch.

John’s note: I think Mr Moules should do a little more research before he writes his next comments.


HARROGATE SNAP UP DUXBURY
From the Harrogate Town site at www.harrogatetown.com

Harrogate Town announce the signing of ex-Bradford City, Huddersfield Town and Oldham Athletic midfield player Lee Duxbury from Bury. The 34-year-old Keighley-born player has a wealth of Football League experience, making 337 appearances for Bradford City, 316 for Oldham Athletic and 36 for Huddersfield Town. He has transferred for UKP750,000 during his career, moving from Bradford City to Huddersfield Town (UKP250,000), Huddersfield Town to Bradford City (UKP150,000) and Bradford City to Oldham Athletic (UKP350,000). He moved to Bury from Oldham Athletic last summer, and made 36 appearances for the Shakers. The experienced midfielder had his contract with the Shakers terminated by mutual consent earlier this week, allowing their manager Graham Barrow to bring in new players. Barrow commented: "He has been a good professional and has had a great career. "He has never let himself down on a day-to-day basis and always gave his all on the park. Maybe he has played his final League game because no-one ever knows when that day is going to come along. He goes with our good wishes because he's been a great lad." The signing of Duxbury with his experience and ability again demonstrates Harrogate's determination to continue its rise through the non-League Pyramid. Harrogate have also secured the services of Hull City striker Clayton Donaldson in a one-month loan deal. Donaldson had a short spell on loan at Wetherby Road during the 2002/03 season and impressed with five goals. It is hoped he will be named in the squad for Saturday's visit to Lancaster City. Meanwhile, a new offer has been made to Coca-Cola League Two side Shrewsbury Town for striker Jody Banim. Banim was a prolific scorer in the UniBond League before his UKP20,000 move to the Shrews from Radcliffe Borough last season.


FROM THE BARROW v REDDITCH UNITED PROGRAMME
News From The North by Phil Yelland.

Managers Of The Month: The 'Manager of the Month' awards for August for the three Conference Divisions have been announced.

In the main Conference, the award has gone to Gravesend & Northfleet boss Andy Ford. Ford had steered the Kent side back to the Conference in 2002 and they have consolidated their place since. They are still a part time club and they went unbeaten in August with three wins and two draws from their first five matches. The highlight was probably their comprehensive home win over York City. They have started September well, too, beating Stevenage Borough 2-1 at Stonebridge Road.

In our Division, the winner of the award was Alfreton Town boss David Lloyd. They won five of their first six League games to take their place at the top of the table. They have done this with several of their squad, including our former skipper Mark Hume missing games owing to injury. Last week, however, local rivals held them to a 0-0 draw at North Street which is now to be known as The Impact Arena.

In the South, former Ryman League club Basingstoke Town have enjoyed an unbeaten August which saw their boss, former Fulham stalwart Ernie Howe collect the award. However, it's a fair bet they won't win the September award having gone down 6-0 at highly fancied Hornchurch last Saturday.

Harris Goes: In the main Conference, the first managerial casualty of the season has come at Forest Green Rovers with the departure of Tim Harris. Mr Harris took over last season following the departure of Colin Addison and steered the club to safety. Now after six straight defeats he has lost his job. The caretaker manager is Alan McLoughlin, a former Republic of Ireland international, probably best known for his time at Portsmouth.

Changes At Droylsden: After a superb season, last season, everyone was expecting Droylsden to make a flying start to the current campaign. It hasn't happened amid reports of one or two difficulties. Over the summer chairman/manager Dave Pace had acquired the services of former Bradford Park Avenue manager Trevor Storton to assist the club. However, he has now left the club. It appears he was to act as a Yorkshire scout but the players he brought to the club have failed to measure up. Versatile Neil Grayston had Conference experience with Southport but he has headed back to Yorkshire and joined Guiseley in the UniBond Premier Division. Another trialist from Yorkshire, ex Worksop Town midfielder Ryan Ludlam has not been retained. However, former Bradford PA and Oldham Athletic defender Carl Serrant may sign for the Bloods once he is fit. A number of players from last season's successful squad have left the Butcher's Arms. Striker Leroy Chambers has moved to Matlock Town now back in the UniBond Premier Division after a gap of several seasons whilst another striker, Darren Wright has also moved on. More recently, former Tranmere defender Paul Challinor has also left the club and joined UniBond Premier Division neighbours Radcliffe Borough.

Changes At Trinity: Gainsborough Trinity have made an inconsistent start to their season and in the recent home defeat by Nuneaton Borough they were not helped by losing goalkeeper Jamie Holmshaw early in the game through injury. Manager Paul Mitchell has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes to his squad at this stage but has brought in a new defender in Richard Pell from Boston Town of the United Counties League. As he arrives, Paul Norton departs to join Stocksbridge Park Steels in the UniBond First Division.

Cressey For Avenue: Last Saturday saw Bradford Park Avenue record their first win in Conference North and their side included a new defender. He is Ben Cressey who was released by Chesterfield at the end of last season. Over the summer he joined Hucknall Town but he has been released and has moved the Horsfall Stadium. One worrying fact for the Yorkshire club is that the visit of Stafford Rangers attracted just 274 fans.

Celtic Sign Hindle: Those of you who travelled to Stalybridge Celtic last Saturday may have been aware that some of their regulars were missing. One new face in the Celtic line up was young forward Damien Hindle who has joined on loan from Accrington Stanley. It will be interesting to see how Celtic recover as the season goes on particularly as they are ground sharing this season with North West Counties side Curzon Ashton sharing the Bower Fold as they have a new ground built.

A Game of Two Halves: Whilst the season is only one month old, its unlikely that there will be a game quite as dramatic as the game between Ashton United and Runcorn FC Halton a couple of weeks ago at Hurst Cross. The Linnets looked dead and buried as they trailed 5-0 at half time with former Curzon Ashton striker Josh Mitten netting a hat trick. However, the Cheshire side hit back in the second half and scored four times. The sadness of all this is that a cracking game was watched by less than 300 spectators.

Holland For Hucknall: Hucknall Town boss Ernie Moss has returned to his former club Matlock Town to sign striker Danny Holland who had been top scorer for the Gladiators for the past two seasons. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to the higher level of football.

On This Day - 11 September by Phil Yelland.
1993: FA Cup First Qualifying Round, Barrow 3 Guisborough Town 1

After a poor start to the season, Barrow were looking for improved for in the FA Cup. The visitors to Holker Street in the First Qualifying Round were Guisborough Town of the Northern League. The mid-week home win over Knowsley United, the first at home of the season was a welcome boost however, manager Richard Dinnis had selection problems owing to injuries. Two of the regular defenders - Darren Heesom and Glenn Skivington were counted out. That meant a return to the team for summer signing Paul Cuddy whilst striker Steve Nugent was promoted from the bench. Barry Butler moved in to an unfamiliar role at left back with Paul Higginbotham deployed behind the main strikers. The visitors included two seasoned former Football League players in Neal Grannycombe (formerly of Hartlepools) and Dave Wintersgill who had featured for Darlington.

The first half was disappointing as neither team was able to take control of the game. As a result much of the play was scrappy and on a couple of occasions Barrow might have fallen behind after Wintersgill and Ward took advantage of hesitation in the defence. On both occasions goalkeeper Ian Senior was equal to the task.

The second half was a very different game. On 47 minutes, the visitors turned their first half threat into a goal. Ward found space on the right and twisted past a weak challenge from Colin Methven. His cross found the unmarked Martin Moore whose header had enough power to beat Ian Senior. Barrow quickly moved up a gear and on the hour Barrow equalised with a class goal. A corner from Neil Doherty fell to Darren Oldroyd just outside the penalty area. He struck the ball on the volley and the ball flew past Campbell. The visitors were now on the back foot and within two minutes Barrow took the lead for the first time with a 'route one' goal. Ian Senior launched a huge clearance which bounced well inside the Town half. Harland went to try to deal with the bouncing ball but missed leaving Jon Brady clear. He looped a header over the stranded Campbell who had advanced looking for a back pass. Barrow were now in command and brought on two further forwards in Steve Watt and Dave Smith as they went in search of more goals. Town rallied briefly without creating any chances and it was only five minutes from time that Barrow made the game safe with a third goal. Jon Brady was the scorer after Paul Higginbotham had got clear down the right and delivery an accurate cross. In the closing seconds Steve Watt might have added to the tally and Jon Brady went close to claiming a hat trick but the 3-1 win was comfortable in the end.

The draw set the team up with another home tie in the Second Qualifying Round - the visitors for the first time were to be Harrogate Town from the HFS Loans League First Division.

Barrow: Senior; Edwards, Cuddy, Methven, Butler; Doherty, Higginbotham, Oldroyd, Formby: Brady, Nugent. Subs: Watt for Nugent - 73 mins; Smith for Oldroyd - 78 mins.
Guisborough Town: Campbell; Robinson, Grannycombe, Harland, Tindle; Smith, Ward, O. McGee, Davis; Moore, Wintersgill. Subs: Osborne for Davis - 63 mins; D. McGee - unused.
Referee: Mr D. Woodhall (Shipley).
Gate: 826


HURST TO HYDE
From www.tamesideadvertiser.co.uk

Hyde United has received World Cup-winning support after Sir Geoff Hurst agreed to become the Tigers’ senior vice-president. Hurst, who remains the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, took the post because his father Charlie is a former Hyde player. He said: "I wouldn’t normally agree to fulfil a request such as this, but as my father was an ex-player of Hyde United I feel I have a connection with the club." Although mainly thought of as a southerner following his playing career at West Ham United and a spell in management at Chelsea, Hurst was born at Tameside General Hospital in 1941. He was brought up in Denton, living on Ruby Street and Cemetery Road and attending St Lawrence’s School, until his father found employment in Chelmsford in 1948. Charlie Hurst, who was born in 1919, was on Hyde United’s books in the mid-1930s and later played for Bristol Rovers, Oldham Athletic, Rochdale and Chelmsford City, as well as being player-manager at Sudbury Town. Club secretary Tony Beard said: "We are proud that such a legendary footballer as Sir Geoff Hurst has accepted our invitation to be senior vice-president of Hyde United. Because of his many commitments, both here and overseas, it is unlikely he will be able to visit Ewen Fields for a long time, but we hope to place a picture of him in the Pete O’Brien Sponsors Lounge."

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