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Introducing - Barrow

22 June 2015

Andy Phillips looks at the new additions to the National League. We kick off with Barrow.

Barrow will return to the National League this campaign after two seasons away following their Conference North Title victory. 

Darren Edmondson's Bluebirds finished two points ahead of second placed AFC Fylde last season, with the goals of former Mariners striker Andy Cook playing a big part in their success. 

Manager Edmondson took charge of the club in December 2013 after six years at Workington but did have a caretaker spell at Barrow back in 2005. His playing days saw him make over 200 appearances for Carlisle United before a move to Huddersfield Town and further spells at Plymouth Argyle, York City and Chester City followed.

The club play their games at Holker Street, which holds 4,414 and has been their home since way back in 1906. They also have a long history, having spent over fifty years in the Football League from the time of the First World War onwards and being non-league mainstays ever since then, securing promotion to this level on no less than five occasions.  

Town  fans will remember the Mariners having some interesting encounters against the side in the past, with, a Liam Hearn hat-trick and an Anthony Elding brace seeing the Mariners complete a 5-2 victory over the club at Blundell Park back in October 2011 before another Elding brace saw Town coming back from 2-0 down to earn a point at Holker Street a year later. The last meeting between the two clubs was a goalless draw at Blundell Park back in 2012.

With a strike partnership of Cook and ex-York striker Jason Walker, as well as astute signings like former Wrexham left back Neil Ashton being made so far, the Bluebirds are sure to provide a tough addition to the league this season.

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