1. Barrow AFC is a professional football club based in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The club was founded in 1901 and is one of the oldest football clubs in the country.

2. Barrow has spent most of its history playing in the lower leagues of English football, but has enjoyed periods of success, including winning the FA Trophy twice and were Champions of the National League in 2019/20.

3. The club's home ground is Holker Street, which has a capacity of just over 5,000. The stadium has been the club's home since 1909 and has undergone several renovations and improvements over the years.

4. Barrow has a number of local rivalries, including with nearby clubs Morecambe and Fleetwood Town. The club's traditional colors are blue and white striped shirts with blue shorts.

5. In 2020, Barrow was promoted to the English Football League for the first time in 48 years. The promotion came after the National League season was ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Barrow being declared champions based on their points per game ratio. The promotion was seen as a major achievement for the club and its fans.

Home of Barrow AFC

Opened 1909

Capacity 5,045

Rating: 4.3

(369) Google Reviews

Went to the first home game of the 2023-2024 season whilst visiting family. The ground was looking great and the pitch was immaculate. Barrow bossed the game but had to score 2 late goals for a come from behind victory! A great atmosphere in the ground and rounded off by a few hours in the 'The Crossbar', Barrow's clubhouse. A very good local singer Rebecca Williams, kept the patrons entertained for 2 hours! I can highly recommend a trip to Barrow AFC for that lower league football atmosphere.
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a month ago
I go to different football league grounds in the uk and take photos of them sorta like a collection ,I turned up at Holker Street on a damp and dreary Friday afternoon to take photos of the ground and whilst doing so I met 1 of the volunteers called Ian who gave me a guided tour of the ground to my surprise this was much appreciated ,this is what grass roots football shud be like ,the owners of this football club shud be proud to have such hospitable staff like this , good on u barrow some of the bigger clubs I have been to don't like u getting too close to the stadium , c'mon the Bluebirds
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2 months ago
Wasn't bad at all. I enjoy the 3 hours trails in there
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4 months ago
Barrow was ground 61/92 that I have been to, its OK, was stood in the home end so was good to stand, like the old days. Steak Pie was lovely, loads of places to park, and a decent little pub over the road called Tally Ho. Not a bad away day....
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a year ago
First visit to Barrow AFC. Great place to watch football, when under the floodlights. Sat in the Main Stand (£20), which was a great view. A lot of work has gone on at Holker Street, since the came back into the EFL. Most of the standing area is under cover now. The game itself was an eventful affair. Enjoy my visit.
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History (from Wikipedia)

Early years[edit]

The current site of Holker Street was previously land owned by the Furness Railway,[4] who had used the land as a rubbish tip. It had been converted into a football pitch by Hindpool Athletic football club, though no stands had been built and the pitch had little grass; indeed, pieces of refuse which had been left on the site remained an obstacle for many years after the ground had been developed.[5] Barrow, who had been founded in 1901 and had spent eight seasons playing at a variety of grounds in Barrow, moved in and took a five-year rent from Furness Railway in 1909.[4] The first game played by Barrow at the ground was in the Lancashire Combination league match against Eccles Borough. The game finished in a 5–2 victory for Barrow.[6]

The first structure built at the ground was a wooden all-seater stand in 1912.
[7] By 1921, when Barrow were elected into the new Third Division (North) of the Football League, Holker Street had been developed into an "excellent ground" with fully covered terracing surrounding the three remaining sides, changing rooms and turnstiles.[7] The first match at this level was against Stockport County, with an attendance of 9,750.[8]

Football league period[edit]

Holker Street remained a good quality ground during the 1930s, with further upgrades following the Second World War seeing the wooden stand replaced by terracing.[7] Post-war attendances were the highest in the ground's history, with at least one match a year attracting over 10,000 fans in the first ten seasons after the resumption of the football league in 1946.[9] The highest attendance at Holker Street was recorded in 1954 when 16,874 fans saw Barrow draw 2–2 with Swansea Town in the third round of the FA Cup.[7] Attendances dropped to an average of between five and six thousand through the 1950s and 1960s,[8] though the last (to date) attendance of over 10 000 occurred in 1968 when 16,650 was the sell-out attendance for Barrow's FA Cup match against Leicester City.[6]

Floodlights had been erected around the ground in 1963,
[10] but the next major changes to occur were in 1972. With Barrow relegated from the Football League Third Division into the Fourth Division, the club was struggling financially and the decision was made to create a speedway track around the edge of the football pitch,[11] resurrecting a sport that had briefly been hosted at Holker Street in 1930.[1] Construction involved the demolishing of the 'Steelworks End' of the ground, and the removal of the front rows of the other terraces.[7] Matches had to be played with grass on top of boards which covered the speedway track, resulting in complaints from other teams.[8] Such problems were influential in the decision of the Football League clubs' to votes against Barrow when the team had to seek re-election to the league following a bottom four finish in the Fourth Division at the end of the 1971–1972 season,[8] and Barrow were demoted to the Northern Premier League. As it was, the speedway team 'Barrow Bombers' who operated from Holker Street did so only for two years from 1972 till 1974, when the track was removed due to its unpopularity amongst other football clubs.

Non-league era[edit]

Following demotion and the speedway era, Holker Street had become rather dilapidated. The remaining stands were demolished due to Health and Safety concerns, though a cover was retained for the 'Popular Side' and terracing was pushed closer to the pitch following the removal of the speedway track.[8] The CrossBar leisure club and bar was subsequently built at the former Steelworks End as part of a job creation scheme; this remains a dominant feature of the ground and is now the match day hospitality suite, as well as a conference centre. The other major development since the 1970s has been the construction of an all seater 'Main Stand' on the Wilkie Road side of the ground. This was built during the period when the club was owned by Stephen Vaughan and was opened in 1998.[8]

Shortly following this, however, Holker Street became a key part of Barrow's financial problems. During the writing of 
gangster Curtis Warren's autobiography, Warren claimed to a journalist that he owned Holker Street.[12] The claim lead the police to investigate Vaughan's activities, suspecting him of money laundering for Warren. Vaughan was later cleared of all charges,[13] but withdrew his financial backing from Barrow during the course of the investigation. This sent Barrow into administration, during which conflicts over the ownership of Holker Street were central. Vaughan had bought Holker Street from Barrow, transferring ownership to his company Northern Improvements.[13] Vaughan paid Barrow £110,000 directly for the ground, claiming that the full value of £410,000 was made up by the £300,000 investment that he had made into the club whilst chairman. Following a long legal battle, lasting from 1998 through till 2002 [10][13] the transaction was eventually deemed improper and the newly formed Barrow ownership were able to regain ownership of the ground.


Holker Street has remained unchanged since the redevelopment of the main stand in the mid-1990s. Described as having "a traditional, old fashioned feel",[7] the ground has three sides of terracing and one all-seater Main Stand, the latter with a capacity of around 1,000. The Main Stand, backing onto Wilkie Road is raised above the central portion of the pitch, with flat standing on either side.[7] The Popular Side now has the only covered terracing, opposite the Main Stand.[8][14] This end is dominated by the CrossBar which houses the club's offices, and which somewhat damages the aesthetics of the ground.[15] Between 1963 and 2017, the ground had large floodlighting structures in its four corners. Three of those were replaced by smaller floodlights; one was kept because it also functions as a mobile phone mast.[16]

The stadium also has basic catering facilities on match days.

The roof of the Main Stand suffered minor damage on 16 October 2017, as a result of 
Hurricane Ophelia.[17] In 2020, a roof was built on the Holker Street End of the ground after the club had won promotion back to the Football League.

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