Barrow A.F.C.

Barrow Association Football Club is a professional football club based in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The club plays in EFL League Two, the fourth tier of the English league system. Since 1909, Barrow have played their home games at Holker Street near the town centre, 0.7 miles from Barrow-in-Furness railway station.

Barrow
Barrow AFC logo.svg
Full nameBarrow Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bluebirds, The Ziggers (pre-1970s)
Founded1901; 121 years ago (1901)
GroundHolker Street
Capacity5,045 (1,000 seated)
ChairmanPaul Hornby
ManagerPete Wild
LeagueEFL League Two
2021–22EFL League Two, 22nd of 24
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Having initially played in the Lancashire Combination, Barrow joined the Football League in 1921. They remained in the bottom level of the competition until 1967, when they achieved promotion to the Third Division by finishing third in the Fourth Division. The club's highest league placing was in 1967–68, when they finished eighth in the Third Division. They declined quickly, however, and at the end of the 1971–72 season Barrow were voted out of the Football League in the re-election process. They then spent 48 seasons in the top two levels of non-league football, with five relegations from – and promotions to – the Alliance Premier League (later the Football Conference and the National League), of which they were a founding member in 1979. Barrow won the FA Trophy (non-league football's most prestigious cup competition) in 1990 and 2010. They returned to the Football League as National League champions in 2020. Barrow's promotion back to the Football League made them the first, and to date only, club to have been promoted back to the Football League having previously lost their league place via the re-election process.

The club colours are blue and white and their nickname is The Bluebirds. The record attendance at Holker Street is 16,874, for a match against Swansea Town in the 1954 FA Cup third round.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

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[1] and Little Park in Roose.[2] The club was elected to Division Two of the Lancashire Combination[citation needed] in 1903, and in 1908 it was promoted to the first division.[2] 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.[1]

Football League yearsEdit

In their early years as a league club, Barrow were notable for their lack of success.[1][3] 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.[4] 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.[citation needed] A few years later, it was followed by a third-round tie in the 1958–59 competition against Football League champions Wolverhampton Wanderers at Holker Street. The Wolves, captained by Billy Wright, won 4–2.

The late 1960s finally saw Barrow win promotion, after a third-place finish managed by Don McEvoy in the 1966–67 Fourth Division.[5] 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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] Barrow joined the Northern Premier League for the start of the 1972–73 season,[8] and the club spent 51 years in the Football League, 44 playing seasons due to the wartime closedown.[5]

Return to non-league competitionEdit

 
Barrow's league position since their election to Division Three (North) in 1922

To gain access to the Northern Premier League, the club had to promise to remove the speedway track from Holker Street[9] (although it remained until 1974). Barrow struggled in the league, with limited financial resources.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[12] Driven by Colin Cowperthwaite, holder of club records for appearances and goals,[13] Barrow had two respectable finishes in the conference: 10th in 1989–90 and 14th the following season. In addition to league success, Wilkie had a number of successful cup runs. Barrow reached the 1988 FA Trophy semi-final, losing to Enfield after two replays: the first at Aggborough, Kidderminster and the second at Marston Road, Stafford. The first leg, at Holker Street, attracted 6,002 supporters (a club non-league record). Enfield won the first leg 2–1, and Barrow won the second 1–0. Enfield went on to win the trophy against Telford United in a replay at the Hawthorns in West Bromwich after a goalless draw in the final at Wembley. Barrow reached the first round of the FA Cup the following season, losing 3–1 to Rotherham United.

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[citation needed]

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.[13] Wilkie died in December 1992 at age 56,[16] and the road outside the Holker Street ground was later named Wilkie Road in his honour.[citation needed]

1990s turmoilEdit

After Wilkie's departure 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.[17] Vaughan invested in the club, building an all-seater grandstand and signing conference-standard players.[18] The Bluebirds were promoted to the Conference in 1997–98 under manager Owen Brown.[17][18]

Vaughan (who had connections with Liverpool drug-dealer Curtis Warren)[17] was investigated for money laundering,[17][18][19][20] although no charges were brought.[19][21] He left the club at the end of 1998, withdrawing the financial support which had kept it afloat.[17] 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.[18][22] 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.[17][18][22] 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.[22] 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.[18] 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.[23]

The club defeated local rivals Workington in a two-legged April 2004 final in the UniBond Presidents (League) Cup. The game finished 6–6 on aggregate, with Barrow winning on away goals. After their failure to gain promotion to the Conference in 2004–05, Barrow became founding members of another division: the Conference North, which replaced the Northern Premier League one level below the Conference National.

Return to the Conference NationalEdit

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.[24]

After two years as manager, Wilson was dismissed on 12 November 2007. Although the sacking came two days after a good 1–1 draw in the FA Cup first round against AFC Bournemouth, the club's continued poor form was the cause. 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.[25]

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. Barrow drew an away match against Middlesbrough (a Premier League team) in the third round, losing 2–1.[26] More than 7,000 Barrow fans travelled to Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, the highest away attendance in Riverside's 14-year history to date.[26] The cup run earned Barrow about £250,000, allowing investment in playing resources.[27] 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.[28][29] 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 and remained in the Conference National with a 2–0 victory against Hayes & Yeading on the last day of the season.[30] Barrow failed to retain the FA Trophy, however, losing 2–3 to Conference North side Guiseley.[31] The side was more successful the following season, finishing 13th. Darren Sheridan left the club by mutual consent in February 2012,[32] 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.

TakeoverEdit

 
Blackpool players warming up before their friendly at Barrow on 20 July 2019. Barrow manager Ian Evatt was a late substitute, ending his playing career against his 2010–11 Premier League team.

On 1 May 2014, it was announced that club members had voted to allow Dallas businessman Paul Casson to complete a takeover.[33] 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.[34] In November 2015, Barrow parted company with manager Darren Edmondson after a poor run left them mid-table and a 1–0 loss to AFC Fylde knocked them out of the FA Cup.[35] The club appointed former Mansfield and Torquay boss Paul Cox manager the following day.[36]

On 20 September 2017, Barrow appointed Micky Moore as first-team manager.[37] 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.[38]

Former Blackpool and Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt became the club's manager on 15 June.[39] 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.[40][failed verification] The 2018–19 season was much more successful under Evatt, finishing in 10th place this time.[41] 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.[42]

Return to the Football League (2020–)Edit

During pre-season, manager Ian Evatt departed for newly-relegated Bolton Wanderers and was replaced by David Dunn.[43][44] Barrow's first Football League game in 48 years resulted in a 1–1 draw with Stevenage at Holker Street.[45] The Bluebirds finally won at their 9th attempt in the league, with a 4–2 win at Mansfield Town.[46] After 22 matches, the last 9 without a win, and with the team 21st in the table, Dunn was sacked on 13 December 2020.[47] Following Dunn's dismissal, assistant manager Rob Kelly was appointed as caretaker manager.[48] Michael Jolley was named as the new manager on 23 December 2020.[49] However, on 21 February 2021, after 7 games in charge, Barrow parted company with Jolley.[50] 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.[50] 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.[51] At the end of the season, Kelly chose not to remain as manager on a permanent basis and left the club.[52] On May 28, 2021, former Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper was appointed as manager.[53] On 24th August 2021, Barrow hosted Premier League side Aston Villa in an EFL Cup 2nd-round tie, losing 0-6.[54]

Colours and badgeEdit

Barrow's kit for the 2022/23 season is manufactured by Puma with the design boasting a crisp white through the body, incorporating vibrant dual shades of blue across the front to create a stylish Bluebird effect in a nod to the Club’s nickname. The shirt is paired with blue shorts and white socks which have a blue trim. The 2022/23 away shirt consists of a black body with a Puma seasonal dot graphic to the front, a shell crew neck and Raglan sleeve construction to the back. Both shirts are manufactured with 100% recycled polyester mesh and utilises Puma’s dryCELL moisture-wicking technology. JF Hornby & Co are the club’s front of shirt sponsor once more.

A kit with blue shirts and white shorts was in use by 1912,[23] although Barrow's original colours were black-and-white stripes. From 1939 to 1959, a blue shirt with a white "V" was the design.[1] Barrow's kit has varied from predominantly-blue to predominantly-white, with occasional stripes or hoops.[1] For the 2001–02 season, Barrow played in black-and-white stripes to celebrate the club's centennial.[55] Although Barrow's away colours have varied, the team wore a yellow kit with blue trim for the 2010 FA Trophy final. Barrow's second kit from 2011 to 2013 was sky blue; for the 2013–14 season, however, they opted for a yellow away kit and a blue-and-white-hooped home kit. After a year, the club reverted to a white home kit with blue sleeves for the 2014–15 season. The kits were manufactured by Puma, who had a four-year deal due to expire at the end of the 2015–16 season. The deal was reduced by a year, since the club announced on 30 December 2014 that its kit would be manufactured by PlayerLayer for 2015–16.[56]

The club badge has a bee and arrow (B-arrow) as on the Barrow-in-Furness coat of arms.[1] It features an Astute-class submarine (representing the town's shipbuilding industry), a red rose (symbolising Lancashire), and a football. The badge was created by Thomas Minnican, who at the time worked at Vickers ship yard (Now known as BAE systems) as a painter. He won the Competition to design the badge after it was advertised in the local paper.

StadiumEdit

 
Holker Street stadium at dusk

Holker Street (now known as the SO Legal Stadium[57]) has been Barrow's home ground since 1910.[2] It had previously hosted Hindpool Athletic Football Club, and had been a rubbish dump.[58] The first game at the stadium was a 5–2 win for Barrow against Eccles Borough. The ground was gradually developed, so by the resumption of football after World War Two it had four fully-covered, terraced stands.[59] Its record attendance was in 1954, when 16,784 fans watched an FA Cup third-round tie against Swansea Town. Floodlights were installed in 1963,[5] and the ground hosted speedway meetings during the 1970s which necessitated the demolition of the "Steelworks End" (previously damaged by fire), the re-positioning of the pitch and the removal of the front rows of terracing.[58] After the speedway track was removed, the pitch was moved back to its original orientation and a new leisure centre with squash courts was built.[58]

Under Stephen Vaughan's ownership, an all-seater main stand (named the Brian Arrowsmith Stand in 2017) with a capacity of about 1,000 was built on the Wilkie Road side;[18] the only significant change since then was the removal of an unsafe roof over the Holker Street-end terraces. Described as having "a traditional, old fashioned feel",[58] the ground has three sides of terracing. The Brian Arrowsmith Stand is raised above the centre of the pitch, with flat standing on either side.[59] The Popular Side, opposite the Brian Arrowsmith Stand, consists of an area of covered terracing.[60][61] In the summer of 2020, a roof was added to the Holker Street End of the ground after the club had won promotion back to the Football League.[62]

In July 2022, a deal was put in place with SO Legal Ltd[63] to rename the stadium. The stadium name was changed to the SO Legal Stadium[64] in a deal that will initially run until the end of the 2023/24 season.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 12 August 2022[65]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ENG Paul Farman
2 DF   ENG Connor Brown
3 DF   ENG Patrick Brough
4 MF   ENG Jason Taylor
5 DF   NIR Sam McClelland (on loan from Chelsea)
6 DF   IRL Niall Canavan (captain)
8 MF   ENG Solomon Nwabuokei
9 FW   ENG Billy Waters
10 FW   ENG Josh Gordon
11 MF   ENG Josh Kay
12 GK   ENG Josh Lillis
13 MF   ENG Tom White
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   ENG Harrison Neal (on loan from Sheffield United)
15 MF   ENG Robbie Gotts
16 MF   IRL Sam Foley (Vice captain)
17 FW   ENG Benni Smales-Braithwaite
20 DF   ENG Myles Kenlock
21 DF   ENG Tyrell Warren
22 GK   ENG Scott Moloney
23 FW   ZIM David Moyo
25 DF   WAL George Ray
26 FW   ENG Richie Bennett
34 MF   ENG Ben Whitfield
35 MF   ENG Jordan Stevens

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   ENG Joe Grayson (on loan to Dundee until 30 June 2023)
19 DF   POL Paweł Żuk (on loan to Glossop North End until 04 December 2022)
27 DF   ENG Mark Ellis (on loan to Torquay United until 29 November 2022)

ManagementEdit

As of 27 July 2022[66]

Position Name Nation
Manager Pete Wild  
Assistant Manager Adam Temple  
Sporting Director Iain Wood  
Head of Medical & Sports Science Mark Leather  
Head Physiotherapist Joe Kennedy  
Strength and Conditioning Coach Chace Homer  
Sport Therapist Richard Eaves  
Goalkeeping Coach Josh Lillis  
Club Doctor Steve McQuillan  
Chief Scout Vacant
Analyst Lewis Dunwoody  

ManagersEdit

As of 30 July 2022. Only league matches are counted.
Name Nat From To Record
P W D L F A Win %
Jacob Fletcher   July 1901 April 1904 78 33 15 30 146 135 42.31%
E. Freeland   April 1904 ???? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
W. Smith   ???? ???? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Alec Craig   ???? May 1907 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Roger Charnley   May 1907 ???? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Jacob Fletcher   ???? September 1909 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Jas P. Phillips   September 1909 July 1913 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
John Parker   July 1913 July 1920 114 55 16 43 232 197 48.25%
William Dickinson   July 1920 May 1922 72 37 11 24 121 82 51.39%
Jimmy Atkinson   August 1922 March 1923 30 11 4 15 44 43 36.67%
J.E. Moralee   April 1923 January 1926 112 29 18 65 121 217 25.89%
Robert Greenhalgh   January 1926 February 1926 2 0 0 2 3 7 0%
William Dickinson   February 1926 October 1927 67 12 12 43 61 182 17.91%
John S. Maconnachie   October 1927 December 1928 52 12 15 25 70 116 23.08%
Andy Walker   January 1929 June 1930 62 16 7 39 74 142 25.81%
Thomas Miller   June 1930 November 1930 16 3 3 10 17 39 18.75%
John Commins   November 1930 May 1932 65 36 5 24 137 96 55.38%
Tommy Lowes   May 1932 April 1937 204 73 47 84 351 378 35.78%
James Y. Bissett   April 1937 December 1937 19 4 2 13 14 36 21.05%
Fred Pentland   January 1938 June 1940 84 29 23 32 146 149 34.52%
John Commins   August 1945 March 1947 54 17 10 27 71 104 31.48%
Andy Beattie   March 1947 April 1949 95 36 26 33 106 95 37.89%
Jack Hacking   May 1949 May 1955 272 96 57 119 363 421 35.29%
Joe Harvey   July 1955 June 1957 92 33 18 41 137 145 35.87%
Norman Dodgin   July 1957 May 1958 46 13 15 18 66 74 28.26%
Willie Brown   July 1958 August 1959 46 9 10 27 51 104 19.57%
Bill Rogers   August 1959 October 1959 15 3 5 7 24 37 20%
Ron Staniforth   October 1959 July 1964 213 67 61 85 312 360 31.46%
Don McEvoy   July 1964 July 1967 138 52 32 54 207 235 37.68%
Colin Appleton   August 1967 January 1969 70 32 13 25 103 90 45.71%
Fred Else   January 1969 February 1969 5 0 1 4 2 14 0%
Norman Bodell   March 1969 February 1970 46 9 11 27 38 82 19.57%
Don McEvoy   February 1970 November 1971 78 15 18 45 88 142 19.23%
Bill Rogers   November 1971 November 1971 2 0 1 1 2 3 0%
Jack Crompton   December 1971 June 1972 28 10 5 13 25 40 35.71%
Peter Kane   July 1972 June 1974 92 25 13 54 98 195 27.17%
Brian Arrowsmith   July 1974 November 1975 67 12 18 37 61 115 17.91%
Ron Yeats   December 1975 February 1977 46 15 8 23 61 90 32.61%
Alan Coglan and Billy McAdams     February 1977 July 1977 21 5 3 13 26 38 23.81%
David Hughes   July 1977 July 1977 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Brian McManus   July 1977 November 1979 103 31 23 49 115 161 30.10%
Micky Taylor   November 1979 May 1983 147 52 35 60 192 206 35.37%
Vic Halom   July 1983 May 1984 42 29 10 3 92 38 69.05%
Peter McDonnell   July 1984 November 1984 17 5 9 3 27 21 29.41%
Joe Wojciechowicz   November 1984 December 1984 1 0 0 1 1 3 0%
Brian Kidd   December 1984 April 1985 19 5 6 8 14 20 26.32%
John Cooke   April 1985 April 1985 3 1 0 2 3 9 33.33%
Bob Murphy   April 1985 May 1985 2 0 1 1 2 4 0%
Maurice Whittle   May 1985 October 1985 12 0 4 8 11 29 0%
David Johnson   October 1985 March 1986 16 5 2 9 13 28 31.25%
Glenn Skivington and Neil McDonald     March 1986 March 1986 4 0 0 4 4 10 0%
Ray Wilkie   March 1986 November 1991 236 93 62 81 325 311 39.41%
Neil McDonald   November 1991 December 1991 4 1 0 3 7 9 25%
John King   December 1991 May 1992 22 5 6 11 24 36 22.73%
Graham Heathcote   May 1992 December 1992 23 10 7 6 40 31 43.48%
Richard Dinnis   December 1992 October 1993 30 12 6 12 45 40 40%
Mick Cloudsdale   October 1993 June 1994 31 14 8 9 45 35 45.16%
Tony Hesketh   June 1994 March 1996 74 32 16 26 121 101 43.24%
Neil McDonald and Franny Ventre     March 1996 March 1996 2 0 0 2 3 6 0%
Mike Walsh   March 1996 October 1996 20 11 5 4 32 20 55%
Owen Brown   October 1996 January 1999 100 49 22 29 127 95 49%
Shane Westley   January 1999 July 1999 16 4 4 8 13 22 25%
Greg Challender   July 1999 August 1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Kenny Lowe   August 1999 May 2003 176 78 46 52 307 233 44.32%
Lee Turnbull   May 2003 November 2005 102 41 28 33 164 146 40.20%
Darren Edmondson   November 2005 December 2005 3 1 2 0 5 3 33.33%
Phil Wilson   December 2005 November 2007 78 20 24 34 85 100 25.64%
Darren Sheridan and David Bayliss     November 2007 February 2012 168 59 50 59 215 220 35.11%

David Bayliss

  February 2012 November 2013 91 15 16 30 59 110 16.48%[67]

Alex Meechan

  November 2013 December 2013 4 0 2 2 3 12 0%
Darren Edmondson   December 2013 November 2015 96 46 21 29 47.92%
Paul Cox   November 2015 August 2017 86 37 30 19 43.02%
Micky Moore   August 2017 October 2017 11 1 4 6 9 14 9.09%
Neill Hornby   October 2017 October 2017 1 0 0 2 4 6 0%
Ady Pennock   October 2017 May 2018 17 6 5 6 35.29%
Ian Evatt   June 2018 July 2020 83 38 20 25 120 90 45.78%
David Dunn   July 2020 December 2020 22 2 11 9 22 28 9.09%
Rob Kelly   December 2020 December 2020 3 2 0 1 6 2 66.67%
Michael Jolley   December 2020 February 2021 7 1 1 5 4 9 14.28%
Rob Kelly   February 2021 May 2021 19 8 3 8 21 20 42.11%
Mark Cooper   May 2021 March 2022 37 8 13 16 33 43 21.62%
Phil Brown   March 2022 May 2022 9 2 1 6 11 14 22.22%
Pete Wild   May 2022 Current 2 2 0 0 6 4 100.0%

Honours and achievementsEdit

League historyEdit

From To League Level Total Seasons[68]
1901–02 1902–03 Lancashire League N/A 2
1903–04 1904–05 Lancashire Combination Division Two N/A 2
1905–06 1907–08 Lancashire Combination Division One N/A 3
1908–09 1910–11 Lancashire Combination Division Two N/A 5
1911–12 1920–21 Lancashire Combination Division One N/A 6
1921–22 1957–58 Football League Division Three North 3 31
1958–59 1966–67 Football League Division Four 4   9
1967–68 1969–70 Football League Division Three 3   3
1970–71 1971–72 Football League Division Four 4   2
1972–73 1978–79 Northern Premier League 5   7
1979–80 1982–83 Alliance Premier League 5   4
1983–84 1983–84 Northern Premier League 6   1
1984–85 1985–86 Alliance Premier League 5   2
1986–87 1988–89 Northern Premier League 6   3
1989–90 1991–92 Football Conference 5   3
1992–93 1997–98 Northern Premier League 6   6
1998–99 1998–99 Football Conference 5   1
1999–00 2003–04 Northern Premier League 6   5
2004–05 2007–08 Conference North 6   4
2008–09 2012–13 Conference National 5   5
2013–14 2014–15 Conference North 6   2
2015–16 2019–20 National League 5   5
2020–21 League Two 4   2

RecordsEdit

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