A Brief History of Barrow AFC
A Brief Club History by Phil Yelland
Chapter 2: Into the League
The club won Division A of the Lancashire Combination for the 1920-21 season and was duly elected to the Third Division North of the Football League. Their League career began with six straight defeats which were representative of many of the struggles to come. Over the seasons up to the Second World War, the club's best finish in the Division Three North was eighth in the 1933-34 season. On the final day of that season, the club recorded its highest ever League victory with Jimmy Shankley scoring five of the goals in a 12-1 win. That season also saw the club score over 100 League goals with 78 of those coming in just 21 home games.