A Brief History of Barrow AFC
A Brief Club History by Phil Yelland
Chapter 4: To Division Three And Back To Non League
The club continued to struggle in Division Four. In 1963, the club erected floodlights and the official opening saw Scottish First Division outfit Dunfermline Athletic visit. Fortunes slowly improved and in 1967, with Don McEvoy in charge and a side including such well known names as goalkeeper Fred Else, defender Brian Arrowsmith who holds the club record for Football League appearances and striker Jim Mulholland finished third in the Division to win promotion to Division Three. McEvoy was immediately replaced as manager by Colin Appleton who led the team to eighth place in Division Three the following season. Ill health saw him step down in January 1969 and the club slid back to the bottom of Division Four in just over two years. At the end of the 1971-72 season, the club finished third bottom of Division Four and required to make its eleventh re-election application.
In June 1972, they were faced in the ballot by Southern League Hereford United who had come to the nation's attention after a spectacular F.A. Cup success over First Division Newcastle United. The first ballot saw the votes tied at 26 each.
The second ballot saw United collect 29 votes to Barrow's 20 and, after 51 years we had lost our much prized Football League status.