RIVERSIDERS SEASON REVIEW
Barrow Town enjoy unprecedented field success. Their 22
game unbeaten streak surpassing the 18 game run of the 1994/95
Not since the heady days of Arthur Chadburn's managership
have Barrow Town enjoyed such unprecedented on the field success.
Brian Cleaver, Louie Carr and a highly qualified back-up team
including Aly Mauchlen and Dean Wright have worked together
to mould a fit and attractive side that recently completed
an unbeaten 22 games.
This run eclipsed the 18 game run of the 1994/95 team that
finished as Senior league Premier Division runners-up to Oadby
Town. A shock 3-1 defeat at Birstall brought the record run
to an end, but the Riversiders have since bounced back to
go another 10 games without defeat to renew their title challenge.
Conceding an injury time equaliser to unbeaten Coalville leaves
the runners-up spot as a realistic target, which we achieved
by beating main rivals Thurnby 2-1 on Easter Monday and taking
a point from our final league game against Anstey Nomads
Cup success has produced another 'first' for the club. A
long overdue Senior Cup final appearance and a disappointing
1-0 defeat against neighbours Loughborough Dynamo.
Nearest previous appearance was a narrow semi-final 3-2 defeat
against all conquering Enderby Town. With the scores at 2-2,
Barrow had a goal ruled out for offside in the dying minutes
and Enderby won the tie in extra time. Billy Williamson was
manager of a young side that had just won promotion to the
then top Division One of the Senior League. The year was possibly
1969/70. Barrow have also reached the Beacon Bitter Cup final
and play division 1 champions Epworth on Monday May 12th at
Barrow Reserves have also excelled to finish runners-up for
the Combination title. Manager Lee Geary has produced a talented
side that is 90% youth team players.
Recent results and below par performances, probably attributable
to too many games has probably cost the Reserves the championship.
The potential of a talented squad has delivered the main objective
of reserve team football, not to win medals, but produce players
capable of stepping up to first team football.
The Youth team also managed by Lee Geary features the bulk
of the reserve side, attractive to watch, the team has won
the northern division of the Leics. Senior Midweek Youth League.
The crunch game came against nearest rivals Thurmaston on
April 23rd to decide the championship, which Barrow won 6-2
to take the title.
Most of this years players will form the basis of next years
squad, with first ever entry into the F.A.Youth Cup and the
chance to play Football League youth teams. Some of the this
years youth team players like Andy Newitt, Rik Allen, Joe
Moran, Dan Hodgekinson, and Lois Quinn have already featured
in first team games.
Off the field Barrow Town Football Club, junior, youth, and
senior section, continue with their ground development plans
for Riverside Park. Applications to the Football Foundation
and other supporting funding bodies have been submitted for
improvements and extensions costing in the region of £250,000.
LOCAL SPORTING EVENTS FOR THE SUMMER
Pedal Power Cycle Races - 20th July
Six Hills/Burton/Walton - 0930-11:30 & 1300-1630
Race HQ at Seagrave - Races finish 1 mile from Seagrave
Barrow Town FC Fun Day - Sunday 3 August - Riverside Park - all the usual attractions
Ladies & Mens 5-a-sides, car boot, stalls & games - Bar and BBQ opens 10.30am