BARROW TOWN FC

BARROW TOWN FC

After the Second World War, The Old Boys reformed in 1947 and following a public meeting at The Working Men's Club, entered the Leicestershire Senior League with immediate impact. They reached the semi-final of The Senior Cup but were beaten by Whitwick Colliery. The competition also included Leicester City Reserves.

In 1968/69 The Old Boys finished runners-up in Division 2 and were promoted to what was then Division 1. Managed by much respected local man Billy Williamson, they were also winners of The Loughborough Charity Cup and The Sileby Cup, (later renamed The Billy Williamson trophy in his honour). Soon after Barrow moved to their current headquarters at Riverside Park under the new title of Barrow Town.

The success of 68/69 was emulated by the team of 92/93 managed by two more local favourites Arthur Chadburn and Colin Sykes. This team gained promotion to the Premier Division as champions. The 94/95 season was a landmark in Barrow's history with a number of records being broken. Highest ever placings for the 1st and 2nd teams. Ian Hunter's haul of 61 league and cup goals. 119 goals scored, with an 18 game unbeaten run-in, culminating in being pipped to the Premiership title by one point. The team again consisted of the nucleus of the promotion winning side, under the same successful management team.

In recent years, the club has grown in stature and maintained their Premier Division status. Three times winners of The Loughborough Charity Cup, defeating Coalville 3-1 in 96/97, Ibstock 1-0 in 98/99 (the competition's centenary year), and under Richard Pitman defeating Shepshed Dynamo on penalties in 2000/1 after the teams were locked at 2-2 after extra time.

Riverside Park has undergone several improvements in recent years, most notably the addition of floodlighting for both the main pitch and training area; a new clubhouse and changing rooms; a 50 seater granstand; covered standing paddock; and new dugouts. The recent amalgamation of all junior, youth and senior teams, makes Barrow Town one of the largest football organisations in the county, that now caters for soccer from under eight to senior level.

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East Midlands Counties League » Premier Division

1 Thurnby Nirvana 33 76
2 Ellistown & Ibstock United 33 69
3 Borrowash Victoria 32 66
4 Blaby & Whetstone Athletic 34 63
5 Arnold Town 33 63
6 Stapenhill 32 62
7 St Andrews 32 62
8 Sutton Town AFC 33 58
9 Holwell Sports 34 58
10 Graham Street Prims 33 52
11 Bardon Hill 33 49
12 Gedling Miners Welfare 36 42
13 Holbrook Sports 33 32
14 Radcliffe Olympic 32 30
15 Radford 35 29
16 Greenwood Meadows 34 28
17 Aylestone Park 34 21
18 Anstey Nomads 34 21
19 Barrow Town 34 14

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