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Onto Round 3?

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FA Cup (R2 Replay) - Barrow AFC vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Frosty » Mon Dec 13, 2021 7:14 am

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FA Cup Round 2 - Replay


Wednesday 15th December 2021 – 19:45

Holker Street



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Pre-Match Thoughts - Frosty



You have to endure brief pre-match comments from me this week due to Mike’s sudden and unexpected hospitalisation for which all of us on here hope you have a speedy recovery from mate.

It’s been a most strange season to date for many reasons. It started with the excitement of new owners investing in a new look squad which appeared division winning on paper, usual Town supporter patience while we waited for the new squad to ‘gel’, increasing frustration with Cooks tactics and inability to shut down matches and ultimately his downfall. This has led to further questions around how good is this squad?, what are the best tactics for this current squad?, do we need further changes to the squad?, how much daily influence does Ashton have in the running of the team and what is his next move around a replacement manager appointment?

Cook was obviously already ‘gone’ prior to the 1st leg of this weeks midweek FA Cup replay against Barrow when McGreal was employed under the guise of an under 23’s coach, however, I don’t believe JM will be anything more than an interim manager. The big question will be how much does he change things around tactically and try different players before a new appointment arrives?

The only things I believe as it stands today, is that based on the results against Doncaster, Portsmouth and Wycombe the squad is more than capable of winning games in this division, obviously the issue is consistency. The other thing I think we can take as ‘read’ is that the new owners are not going to be as accepting of mediocrity as the old one was. I am actually wondering whether Ashton himself has some performance expectations placed on him by ‘Gamechanger’ which is why he pulled the trigger when he did?

Wednesday nights replay I believe will be important to the clubs management from the point of additional revenue the longer you stay in the competition as well I suspect JM would ideally like to hand over the reigns with us still being in one cup competition. Sadly we are not reknowned for our cup successes over recent years. The main issue is with Sunderland on Saturday, how many of the ‘big guns’ do you employ for this fixture? Barrows next fixture is against the side running 2nd in League 2 so they may put more 'weight' on this fixture than we do.

I will be very disappointed if we can’t put Barrow away on the second attempt, this is a League 2 side which is sitting 19th in the division with only one win in 10 games. One would hope this is one of those fixtures which bring or return a striker into form, build confidence in the defensive unit and allow the midfield a fraction more time in their decision making. I am going for a 2-0 away win.

For those of you that are making the extremely long trip to this fixture, safe travels and I am in awe of your absolute dedication! COYB!





The Opposition – Barrow A.F.C.



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Barrow were founded on 16 July 1901 at the old Drill Hall (later the Palais) in the Strand, and played initially at the Strawberry Ground before moving to Ainslie Street and Little Park in Roose. The club was elected to Division Two of the Lancashire Combinationin 1903, and in 1908 it was promoted to the first division. Barrow moved to Holker Street the following year, where they still play. The club remained in the Lancashire Combination until (and after) the First World War, winning the league championship in 1920–21. The victory preceded the formation of the Football League Third Division North in the 1921–22 season, and Barrow became one of the league's founding members.


In their early years as a league club, Barrow were notable for their lack of success. Their highest finish before the Second World War was fifth in the 1931–32 season. In the 1933–34 season, Barrow finished eighth. The club remained in the lowest tier of the Football League when football resumed after the war, and were founding members of Football League Division Four in 1958–59. The 1950s saw greater success in FA Cup competition, however; the club's record crowd of 16,874 watched Barrow draw 2–2 with Swansea Town in the 1953–54 FA Cup.


The late 1960s finally saw Barrow win promotion, after a third-place finish managed by Don McEvoy in the 1966–67 Fourth Division. McEvoy's successor, Colin Appleton, lead Barrow to their highest final league position (eighth place) in the Football League Third Division the following season. The club topped the Third Division league table for one day during the 1968-69 season, the highest position they have ever held. During this period, defender Brian Arrowsmith made the most Football League appearances for Barrow. Barrow remained in the third flight of English football for three seasons, before returning to the basement in 1970.


Financial difficulties and poor performances saw Barrow twice up for re-election in 1971 and 1972. On the second occasion, at the end of the 1971–72 season, they were voted out of the Football League and replaced by Hereford United. The initial vote produced saw a tie between Barrow and Hereford for the last place in the league, with each receiving 26 votes. However a second vote saw Hereford win with 29 votes to Barrow's 20. Three factors were highlighted: Barrow's geographic isolation, Hereford United's FA Cup victory against Newcastle United, and the decision of the Barrow board to introduce a speedway track around the Holker Street pitch to offset financial difficulties. Barrow joined the Northern Premier League for the start of the 1972–73 season, and the club spent 51 years in the Football League, 44 playing seasons due to the wartime closedown.


To gain access to the Northern Premier League, the club had to promise to remove the speedway track from Holker Street (although it remained until 1974). Barrow struggled in the league, with limited financial resources. The club were invited to join the new Alliance Premier League in 1979, the first national division in non-league football. Barrow won the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy in 1981 (their first success as a non-league club since winning the Lancashire Combination in 1921), but were relegated two years later. They won the Northern Premier League title the following season under manager Vic Halom, but were relegated again by 1986. The club hired Ray Wilkie as a manager just before relegation, and Wilkie led Barrow to their most successful period to date in non-league football.


After a number of near-misses, the club was promoted back to the renamed Vauxhall Conference in 1988–89 after their Northern Premier League championship. Driven by Colin Cowperthwaite, holder of club records for appearances and goals, Barrow had two respectable finishes in the conference: 10th in 1989–90 and 14th the following season.


They won the 1990 FA Trophy, their first major trophy as a non-league club, defeating Leek Town in the final at Wembley. Kenny Gordon, not ordinarily a goal-scorer, scored the first and third goals in his final game for his hometown club before emigrating to Australia. Other notable members of the squad included Kenny Lowe, who was sold to Barnet for £40,000 (a club record at the time) after the final. The following season (benefiting from direct entry to the first round), Barrow made the third round of the FA Cup for the first time as a non-league club before losing 1–0 away to Third Division high-fliers Bolton Wanderers.


Wilkie was forced to step down during the 1991–92 season due to health problems. Barrow were relegated back to the Northern Premier League and Cowperthwaite retired after fifteen seasons with the club, 704 appearances and 282 goals. Wilkie died in December 1992 at age 56, and the road outside the Holker Street ground was later named Wilkie Road in his honour.


After Wilkie's passing and Barrow's relegation, the club had three mediocre seasons in the Northern Premier League. In February 1995, Barrow were purchased by boxing promoter and businessman Stephen Vaughan. Vaughan invested in the club, building an all-seater grandstand and signing conference-standard players. The Bluebirds were promoted to the Conference in 1997–98 under manager Owen Brown.


Vaughan (who had connections with Liverpool drug-dealer Curtis Warren) was investigated for money laundering, although no charges were brought. He left the club at the end of 1998, withdrawing the financial support which had kept it afloat. It was learned that the Holker Street ground (Barrow's main asset) had been sold for £410,000 to Northern Improvements, a company in which Vaughan had a financial interest. In January 1999, the club were the subject of a compulsory winding-up order and a liquidator was appointed to run it while efforts were made to establish the ground's legal owner. A members' company was formed to provide financial support for the club, with the long-term intention of taking it over.


Although Barrow avoided relegation in the summer of 1999, they were expelled from the Football Conference for improper administration. With support from the Football Association after a long dispute, the club were admitted to the Northern Premier League for the 1999–2000 season almost a month after the season had begun. Barrow survived in the league under manager Kenny Lowe, despite an almost-entirely-new squad. The team improved over the next few years, remaining in administration. They narrowly missed promotion to the Conference twice, finishing second and third in 2003–04 and 2004–05. The legal disputes over the ownership of Holker Street were resolved in August 2002, and the members' company bought the stadium from the liquidator. In 2003, the Football Association allowed Barrow's "football membership" to be transferred to the new company.

The club had poor form over the following two seasons, narrowly escaping relegation at the end of 2006–07. Manager Lee Turnbull, who succeeded Lowe when Lowe had work commitments, was sacked in 2005 and replaced by Phil Wilson. Defender James Cotterill was jailed for an assault committed on the pitch. In a first round FA Cup game, Cotterill punched Bristol Rovers striker Sean Rigg. The incident was missed by the referee but was caught by the Match of the Day cameras, and Cotterill was the only English player in recent history to be jailed for an offence on the pitch.


After two years as manager, Wilson was dismissed on 12 November 2007. Barrow's team affairs were shifted to players Paul Jones, David Bayliss and Darren Sheridan. Following a decent run of results, Bayliss and Sheridan were appointed player-managers, and Jones became club captain. Bayliss and Sheridan led Barrow from 20th place in the league in December to fifth, ensuring a place in the playoffs for promotion to the Conference National. They won the semi-final against Telford United 4–0 on aggregate before defeating Stalybridge Celtic in the playoff final at Pirelli Stadium in Burton upon Trent.


Barrow topped the Conference National table during the first few weeks of the following season before the club began to struggle, finding themselves just above the relegation zone by January 2009. They defeated Brentford 2–1 with goals from David Brown and Matt Henney in round two of the FA Cup, their first victory over Football League opposition since their 1972 elimination from the league. The club retained their place in the Conference, finishing twentieth.


Following alterations to the squad during the summer, Barrow began its second season in the Conference National in August 2009. The club had a good run after a poor start, losing once in 16 games and reaching the FA Cup third round. They were defeated 3–0 by Premier League side Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on 2 January 2010, watched by 7,500 travelling supporters. On 13 March 2010, a Gregg Blundell goal gave Barrow a 1–0 win at Salisbury City in the first Leg of the FA Trophy semifinal. One week later, a Jason Walker double secured a 2–1 victory in the second Leg to send the Bluebirds to Wembley. After securing their position in the Conference National in the last home match of the season, Barrow won the 2010 FA Trophy Final against Stevenage Borough 2–1 at Wembley Stadium with an extra-time goal by Walker; this made Barrow the only club to win the FA Trophy at the old and new Wembley Stadiums.


The 2010–11 season was less successful, although the club finished in 18th place. Darren Sheridan left the club by mutual consent in February 2012, and Dave Bayliss remained as manager.


The following season, Barrow were relegated from the Conference National after losing 2–1 at Cambridge United on 13 April 2013. Bayliss left the club by mutual consent on 5 November 2013, and Barrow reappointed former caretaker manager Darren Edmondson on 10 December of that year. That season, the club failed to win promotion to the Conference Premier and finished 11th in the Conference North.


On 1 May 2014, it was announced that club members had voted to allow Dallas businessman Paul Casson to complete a takeover. Barrow were 2014–15 Conference North champions, with a 2–3 win away at Lowestoft Town on the final day of the season. Casson aimed for promotion in the club's first season back in the top flight of non-league football. In November 2015, Barrow parted company with manager Darren Edmondson after a poor run left them mid-table. The club appointed former Mansfield and Torquay boss Paul Cox manager the following day.


On 20 September 2017, Barrow appointed Micky Moore as first-team manager. Moore was sacked after the club's FA Cup defeat in the fourth qualifying round away at Shaw Lane on 15 October of that year. Former Forest Green Rovers boss Ady Pennock was appointed manager on 27 October, accompanied by assistant manager Jamie Day and player-coach Grant Holt. Barrow narrowly avoided relegation, finishing in 20th place, and Pennock and the club parted company on 18 May 2018.


Former Blackpool and Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt became the club's manager on 15 June. On 24 October 2018, Casson announced that he was stepping down as chairman and selling the club; director Paul Hornby would take over as interim chairman. The 2018–19 season was much more successful under Evatt, finishing in 10th place this time. The following 2019–20 season was even more successful. The Bluebirds were top of the league for the vast majority of the season before the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The final league table was decided on a points per game basis, meaning Barrow returned to the EFL as champions for the first time since 1972.


During pre-season, manager Ian Evatt departed for newly-relegated Bolton Wanderers and was replaced by David Dunn. Barrow's first Football League game in 48 years resulted in a 1–1 draw with Stevenage at Holker Street. The Bluebirds finally won at their 9th attempt in the league, with a 4–2 win at Mansfield Town.


After 22 matches, the last 9 without a win, and with the team 21st in the table, Dunn was sacked on 13 December 2020. Following Dunn's dismissal, assistant manager Rob Kelly was appointed as caretaker manager. Michael Jolley was named as the new manager on 23 December 2020. However, on 21 February 2021, after 7 games in charge, Barrow parted company with Jolley.


Following the departure of Jolley, assistant boss Kelly was once again named as Barrow's caretaker manager, this time until the end of the season. Kelly saw an upturn of form and on 27 April 2021, with two matches remaining, Barrow secured their Football League status for the following season with a 2–0 win at Forest Green Rovers. At the end of the season, Kelly chose not to remain as manager on a permanent basis and left the club. On May 28, 2021, former Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper was appointed as manager.





The Manager – Mark Cooper



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Match Referee – James Bell



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BARROW A.F.C. 0 IPSWICH TOWN 2

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Post by BlueBalls » Mon Dec 13, 2021 12:11 pm

Im agreeing with the 0-2 prediction.

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Post by Kerry Blue » Mon Dec 13, 2021 4:46 pm

With the under 23s game postponed it looks like some of the youngsters are playing I just hope we are not embarrassed🤔😓

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Post by AzzurroMark » Mon Dec 13, 2021 7:36 pm

Just read this in EADT;

"Other than when we won the cup in 1978, all eight of our ‘live TV’ FA Cup games since have ended in defeat. The omens are not good."

That is quite a worrying statistic! 43 years and only 8 live TV FA Cup games and each ending in defeat! Let's hope we can put that right Wednesday night!

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Post by Shed on tour » Mon Dec 13, 2021 7:50 pm

AzzurroMark wrote:
Mon Dec 13, 2021 7:36 pm
Just read this in EADT;

"Other than when we won the cup in 1978, all eight of our ‘live TV’ FA Cup games since have ended in defeat. The omens are not good."

That is quite a worrying statistic! 43 years and only 8 live TV FA Cup games and each ending in defeat! Let's hope we can put that right Wednesday night!
And people have been moaning about our inconsistency. :lol:

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Post by AzzurroMark » Mon Dec 13, 2021 8:32 pm

Shed on tour wrote:
Mon Dec 13, 2021 7:50 pm
AzzurroMark wrote:
Mon Dec 13, 2021 7:36 pm
Just read this in EADT;

"Other than when we won the cup in 1978, all eight of our ‘live TV’ FA Cup games since have ended in defeat. The omens are not good."

That is quite a worrying statistic! 43 years and only 8 live TV FA Cup games and each ending in defeat! Let's hope we can put that right Wednesday night!
And people have been moaning about our inconsistency. :lol:
Very true. Had not looked at it in that way! :lol: :lol:

I know someone mentioned above about the U23 game being called off, worrying that we were going to pack out our cup side with youngsters! While this might be a point, there is also the small matter of the FA Youth Cup at Spurs taking place on Thursday, something i think will take precedence for all other than the youngsters who are on the fringe of the first team

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Post by MasseyFerguson » Mon Dec 13, 2021 9:32 pm

Thanks for stepping up to do the preview Frosty, and I'm sure we are all united in wishing Mike a speedy recovery.

In spite of the mess we are in now I expect we will win this game. 0-1.

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Post by shabba » Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:24 pm

Walton

KVY
EDMUNDSON
BURGES
PENNY

ALUKO
HUMPHREYS
EL MIZOUNI
EDWARDS

NORWOOD
JACKSON

that would be my line up, a sort of semi fringes semi strong line up. With a strong bench backing it up.
Give Carroll 30mins as well as Piggott in second half if possible.

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Post by Ricco » Tue Dec 14, 2021 9:13 am

Can't be too many teams that have faced a different manager in a replay!

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Post by AzzurroMark » Tue Dec 14, 2021 9:32 am

Ricco wrote:
Tue Dec 14, 2021 9:13 am
Can't be too many teams that have faced a different manager in a replay!
.....and hopefully that can play into our hands! It will not have helped their preparations not knowing for certain they will face a 4-2-3-1 formation!

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Post by saint jude » Tue Dec 14, 2021 4:30 pm

MCGreal needs to pick a strong line-up here. Promotion is unlikely so that only leaves this competition. All right we're not going to win it that much is clear but at least try and progress beyond each round best you can. Wouldn't want to field a team of exercise boys / trainees and allow Barrow a victory. Maybe he's just complacent in thinking whoever lines up can take care of the opposition, that would be a stupid judgment.

If we lose this not only would certain other rival fan forums whip themselves into a minor frenzy it would be not only be embarrassing for ourselves but the fact of the matter being the season will be essentially at an end even before the finish of the calendar year. f*ck that I'd be hoping for something more.

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Post by BlueBalls » Tue Dec 14, 2021 6:29 pm

Why would the season be at an end? We are 9 pts off the playoffs with 20 games (60pts) to go.

Im fairly sure there will be quite a lot of points dropped by the teams currently above us before the end of the season.

We need to get stuck in, not write the season off.

2 seasons ago we were top of the table at Christmas and then finished 10th i think. The same can happen to other people.

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Post by JamessB » Tue Dec 14, 2021 9:42 pm

BlueBalls wrote:
Tue Dec 14, 2021 6:29 pm
Why would the season be at an end? We are 9 pts off the playoffs with 20 games (60pts) to go.

Im fairly sure there will be quite a lot of points dropped by the teams currently above us before the end of the season.

We need to get stuck in, not write the season off.

2 seasons ago we were top of the table at Christmas and then finished 10th i think. The same can happen to other people.
Very true, just look at Plymouth’s last few results!

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Post by AzzurroMark » Wed Dec 15, 2021 7:48 pm

Team news is in;


Town: Walton, Vincent-Young, Nsiala, Burgess, Penney, Aluko (C), El Mizouni, Carroll, Fraser, Jackson, Norwood.

Subs: Hladky, Donacien, Woolfenden, Kenlock, Morsy, Chaplin, Morris, Pigot

Think that is along the lines of what i expected. Well done to whoever called a Jackson/Norwood strike partnership.

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Post by AzzurroMark » Wed Dec 15, 2021 7:52 pm

shabba wrote:
Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:24 pm
Walton

KVY
EDMUNDSON
BURGES
PENNY

ALUKO
HUMPHREYS
EL MIZOUNI
EDWARDS

NORWOOD
JACKSON

that would be my line up, a sort of semi fringes semi strong line up. With a strong bench backing it up.
Give Carroll 30mins as well as Piggott in second half if possible.
Are you involved in the Interim coaching set up Shabba by any chance? :lol:
Not a bad shout on team selection, 8 out of 11.

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Post by hallamblue » Wed Dec 15, 2021 7:59 pm

COYBsssssss 💙 just saying ….

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Post by hallamblue » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:00 pm

BlueBalls wrote:
Tue Dec 14, 2021 6:29 pm
Why would the season be at an end? We are 9 pts off the playoffs with 20 games (60pts) to go.

Im fairly sure there will be quite a lot of points dropped by the teams currently above us before the end of the season.

We need to get stuck in, not write the season off.

2 seasons ago we were top of the table at Christmas and then finished 10th i think. The same can happen to other people.
The wheels appeared to have come off at Plymouth as an example ….

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Post by AzzurroMark » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:31 pm

COYB

Give us a decent showing on tv just for once!

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Post by Steve and Jo » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:44 pm

Time for Edwards to shine

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Post by hallamblue » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:44 pm

Grant hilt talking out of his fat arse as per usual I see ..,, Butcher would LOVE to deck him lol !!

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Post by Steve and Jo » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:46 pm

And I totally thought that was the line up just posted with Edwards in, my bad I guess

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Post by osborne77 » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:46 pm

Oh f##k no. Bloody Matterface!

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Post by Charnwood » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:54 pm

I normally hate watching footie on itv but after ifollow this is fantastic.

COYB’s

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Post by Charnwood » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:55 pm

The last time I watched Tommy Carrol in a Town shirt was about 50 years ago.

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Post by hallamblue » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:56 pm

I fear for us tonight with this back four if I’m being honest .

They’re peeing over us right now …
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Post by Bluemike » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:57 pm

God we look sh*te

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Post by hallamblue » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:59 pm

A weak defence and non existent midfield ( again)

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Post by Dazzz67 » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:59 pm

This is poor, they are winning all the balls, shocking so far.

We dont sort it we are going to get embarrassed.

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Post by mendipblue » Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:00 pm

Does Carroll ever pass it forward ffs.

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Post by Charnwood » Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:00 pm

That was far too close for comfort, could easily be one down on 12 mins. ☹️

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