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In Focus: Barrow's Record At Southend

7 January 2021

Phil Yelland dips in to the history books to search out our previous visits to Roots Hall ahead of Saturday's League Two encounter.

On Saturday we make the long trip to Roots Hall to play Southend United – and it will be only the fourth time we have visited the venue.

Our first trip to the ground took place in October 1966 as we were putting together our bid for promotion form Division Four, which was ultimately successful.

The Shrimpers had been relegated to Division Four for the first time at the end of the 1965/66 season. It was a good afternoon for us as we won 3-1 thanks to two goals from Tony Field and one from Jim Mulholland.

Our next trip to Essex was just over four years later at the start of November 1970. The game was our 17th league outing of the season and we were still without a win. We had taken points from just two draws at that stage of the season and we had also lost the two cup ties we had played at that stage.

Our fortunes changed that Friday night as we recorded a hard fought 3-2 win thanks to goals from Ron McGarry, Mick Hartland and Jim Irvine.

Our most recent trip to Roots Hall took place at the end of October 1971, when we lost for the first time at the ground to the only goal of the game.

Let’s hope we can make it three wins out of four on Saturday!

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