As we continue to look at the teams that will make up the National League next season, Ian Evett's Barrow will be hoping to improve on a tough season, which saw the Cumbria side finish a point clear of relegation.
Barrow AFC were formed in 1901 and have enjoyed two FA Trophy wins and several FA Cup fixtures against top division sides in their history.
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Barrow had three managers throughout the course of the 2017/18 season with Paul Cox, Micky Moore and Ady Pennock all taking charge at Holker Street. The latter guided the Bluebirds to National League safety by a single point.
Orient welcomed Barrow to The Breyer Group Stadium on April 7th. The visitors took the lead in the seventh minute thanks to Luke James’ header, but Orient drew level when Dan Jones diverted the ball into his own net. In the second half, Josh Koroma’s header and a Macauley Bonne brace saw Orient emerge 4-1 winners and record their third consecutive league victory.
Ian Evatt was appointed as the new Barrow manager on June 15 2018, as the 36-year-old ventured in to full-time management for the first-time. The former Blackpool, QPR and Chesterfield defender has played over 500 career games, and spent a season in the Premier League with Blackpool.
One to watch
New signing Josh Kay could be a key in the centre of the pitch for Barrow. The attacking midfielder linked up with manager Ian Evatt who he knows from his time at Chesterfield in June 2018, and signed a two-year-deal at The Bluebirds.
Kay has played in the National League North before with AFC Fylde, before loan stints with Championship side Barnsley and league winners Tranmere Rovers last season.
Barrow have called Holker Street their home since 1909, it has a capacity of 5,045 of which 1,000 are seated. Many refer to the ground as Holker Street, despite a corporate sponsorship deal which means it is also known as the Furnace Building Society Stadium.