Stevenage FC make the 533-mile round trip to Cumbria this Saturday for a Sky Bet League Two clash with Mark Cooper’s Barrow…
Paul Tisdale’s men look to earn all three points on Saturday whilst Barrow aim for their first win against Boro since 2010. The Bluebirds’ will be hoping to turn their form around after falling to defeat at the hands of Hartlepool earlier in the week. Stevenage also failed to pick up points on Tuesday, losing 1-0 to Bradford City.
Barrow were founded in 1901 and joined The Football League in 1921. They remained in the bottom tier until 1967, when they achieved promotion to the Third Division. The club reached their highest league placing in 1967/68 when they finished eighth in the Third Division before, they then declined down to non-league. They spent forty-eight seasons in the top two tiers of non-league before declining further.
Barrow won the FA Trophy in 1990 and 2010 and were promoted back to the Football League in 2020 as National League Champions. So far this campaign, they have won seven out of thirty league games, drawing nine and losing fourteen. Their top scorer is Oliver Banks with eight goals to his name so far.
Boro and Bluebirds have met on just ten occasions in the past with the Hertfordshire club possessing the better win-rate. Boro have won six of the encounters, with Barrow winning just two and the sides drawing twice. This season’s reverse fixture was the first fixture of the campaign as Stevenage won 1-0 at The Lamex thanks to a Jake Reeves goal. The first encounter between the sides was in 1998 with Carl Alford the only name on the scoresheet.
Barrow have played their home games at Holker Street since 1909. Although the ground is now only used for footballing purposes, it has also been used for motorcycle speedway in the past. The stadium has a capacity of 5,400 with 1,000 seated and the record attendance was set in 1954 when 16,874 people turned up to watch Barrow vs Swansea in the Third Round of The Fa Cup.
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