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Sky Bet League Two 2021-22: Barrow

26 May 2021

During the close season, we begin a new feature taking an in depth look at all the teams in Sky Bet League Two for the 2021-22 campaign, starting with Barrow.

In 2020-21...

Final position: 21st (up four places from 2019-20)
Biggest win: 3-0 v Cheltenham Town (19/12/20)
Heaviest defeat: 2-4 v Crawley Town (12/12/20)
League Cup: 1st round
FA Cup: 1st round
Checkatrade Trophy: Group Stage

Manager: Rob Kelly (interim)

RobKelly.pngKelly's association to Barrow first came in September 2020 when he was appointed as assistant to then-manager David Dunn.

When he was sacked three months later, he took temporary charge until Michael Jolley was brought in, returning to his assistant manager role until the end of February was the former Grimsby manager was also dismissed.

He was the caretaker manager until the end of last season, steering the side to safety. At the time of writing, no formal appointment has been made but Kelly has made it clear to the Board of Directors that he does not want the role on a full-time basis.

TEAMS FROM TO GAMES WON DRAWN LOST WIN %
Barrow 22/02/2021 Present 19 8 3 8 42%
Barrow 14/12/2020 23/12/2020 2 1 0 1 50%
West Bromwich Albion 29/12/2014 02/01/2015 1 0 1 0 0
Preston North End 29/12/2009 06/01/2010 1 1 0 0 100%
Preston North End 13/11/2007 20/11/2007 0 0 0 0 n/a
Leicester City 25/01/2006 11/04/2007 63 21 19 23 33%
TOTAL     86 31 23 32 36%

Transfer news...

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BARROW

Manager: Rob Kelly (interim)
In:  
Out:  
Contract Offered: Brad Barry, Joel Dixon, Kgosi Ntlhe, Jason Taylor
Released: Calvin Andrew, Courtney Baker-Richardson, Dion Donohue, Callum Gribbin, Sam Hird, Josh Kay, Josh Lillis, Scott Moloney, Mikael Ndjoli, Morgan Penfold, Chris Taylor, Scott Wilson, Yoan Zouma
Retired: Lewis Hardcastle

Correct as of May 25, 2021

Player in focus...

ScottQuigley.pngScott Quigley

Top scorer Scott Quigley took the Fans’ Player of the Year award after firing 15 goals during his debut season in the EFL.

One of 10 players who remained under contract following the end of the season, Quigley was a shining light in a year where Barrow made their long awaited return to league football.

The Shrewsbury-born forward spent his early footballing days in Welsh football with The New Saints, before joining Caersws, Carmarthen Town and Cefn Druids before signing for Blackpool in 2017. He would have loan spells at Wrexham, Port Vale and Halifax before joining the Bluebirds in 2019.

The Progression Solicitors Stadium (Holker Street)

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Capacity: 5,045 (1,000 seated)

Distance to the Iron: 146 miles

Holker Street is a traditional old looking ground that has been improved recently with the erecting of a roof over the Holker Street End. The ground is quite striking with the use of the team’s blue and white colours on the stands around the stadium.

In July 2019 the Holker Street ground was renamed the Progression Solicitors Stadium in a two-year corporate sponsorship deal.

Away fans are mostly housed on one side of the Holker Street Terrace (towards the Brian Arrowsmith Stand) at one end of the ground. There is also some additional standing space available beside the Brian Arrowsmith Stand.

During the summer of 2020, a roof was erected over the whole of the Holker Street End, providing welcome cover for visiting supporters.

Head-to-head record...

SEASON - DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2020-21 - Sat 16 Jan LG 2 Barrow 1-0 Iron  
2020-21 - Tue 15 Dec LG 2 Iron 2-1 Barrow Eisa, Clarke
1971-72 - Sat 12 Feb DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Barrow Fletcher 2
1971-72 - Sat 23 Oct DIV 4 Barrow 0-1 Iron Kirk
1970-71 - Mon 8 Mar DIV 4 Barrow 1-2 Iron Davidson, Heath
1970-71 - Tue 22 Sep DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Barrow Keegan (p)
1967-68 - Sat 11 May DIV 3 Barrow 2-1 Iron Kerr
1967-68 - Sat 17 Feb DIV 3 Iron 2-4 Barrow Lindsey, Sloan
1957-58 - Thu 17 Apr DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-0 Barrow Stokes
1957-58 - Sat 29 Mar DIV 3 (N) Barrow 0-1 Iron Davies
1956-57 - Sat 22 Dec DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-1 Barrow Haigh
1956-57 - Sat 25 Aug DIV 3 (N) Barrow 1-2 Iron Brown, Fletcher
1955-56 - Sat 3 Mar DIV 3 (N) Barrow 2-2 Iron Callaghan, Haigh
1955-56 - Sat 22 Oct DIV 3 (N) Iron 2-0 Barrow Gregory, Brownsword (p)
1954-55 - Sat 22 Jan DIV 3 (N) Iron 3-0 Barrow Whitfield 2, Mosby
1954-55 - Sat 11 Sep DIV 3 (N) Barrow 1-3 Iron Gregory, Brown, Haigh
1953-54 - Sat Mar 20 DIV 3 (N) Barrow 1-2 Iron Gregory 2
1953-54 - Sat Oct 31 DIV 3 (N) Iron 3-2 Barrow Jones 2, Sharpe
1952-53 - Sat Dec 20 DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-2 Barrow White
1952-53 - Sat Aug 23 DIV 3 (N) Barrow 2-1 Iron Mynard
1951-52 - Thu May 1 DIV 3 (N) Iron 0-0 Barrow  
1951-52 - Sat Feb 23 DIV 3 (N) Barrow 2-1 Iron Hubbard
1950-51 - Sat Jan 13 DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-0 Barrow Boyes
1950-51 - Sat Sep 9 DIV 3 (N) Barrow 1-0 Iron  
  Barrow wins Draw Scunthorpe United wins Total
League 7 4 13 24
Total 7 4 13 24

Barrow's biggest win: 4-2 (17/02/1968)

Scunthorpe United's biggest win: 3-0 (22/01/1955)

Memorable encounter...

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Scunthorpe United (Abo Eisa, 13', Jordan Clarke, 90+2') 2-1 Barrow (Scott Quigley, 16')

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The Iron emulated their previous result against Barrow, winning 2-1 deep into stoppage time thanks to a header from club captain Jordan Clarke.

The last meeting between the two sides before to the encounter came at the Old Show Ground some 48 years prior with Rod Fletcher grabbing a brace on that particular February day.

Abo Eisa broke the deadlock for Scunthorpe, sweeping the ball home from range before Scott Quigley quickly restored parity just three minutes later.

The scores would remain level for the following 75 minutes before Clarke rose highest at the back post in stoppage time to bullet home a header to give the home side all three points.


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