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From The Boardroom: Harrogate Town

3 March 2021

Read what Chairman Paul Hornby wrote in his Match Programme column for Tuesday evening's meeting with Harrogate Town.

Hello and welcome to our visitors, Harrogate Town, who visit The Progression Solicitors Stadium for the first time in the Football League. It was a fantastic achievement last season that both the stand-out teams got promoted playing some really good football and we wish them the very best. 

It’s certainly been a long week in football and, after the Morecambe game, I think it’s fair to say there was a dark cloud hanging over The Bluebirds. It was time to act and, whilst unfortunate that Michael Jolley lost his job, it was completely the right decision. Rob Kelly has, in a short period, totally galvanised the team and his decision to bring Jason Taylor and Sam Hird back into the group was inspirational. 

I’d like to personally thank Rob, as he’s stepped up to the plate and gives the owners total confidence that we are in the best position for league survival. The recent performances against Oldham Athletic and Bolton Wanderers showed real desire, grit and determination. If we play like that for the rest of the season, we’ll have nothing to worry about.

I’d also like to thank Jason and Sam, who have been so professional and shown how much they care for Barrow. Sam has also taken on a new role as assistant to Rob for the rest of the season, which again is another popular decision with the lads.

There have been lots of coming and goings player wise in the last few weeks and this is the first opportunity I’ve had to wish Dior Angus all the best on his move to Wrexham. Dior was part of a very special period and we’ll never forget his contribution to the Championship season. It is our final link severed with my ‘favourite’ football agent – however, his obsession with Barrow continues as he witters away in the background!

There was a really good question at the Q & A event last Thursday about any anecdotes we could share about owning a football club. Tony said he was bemused by some of the people who operate in and around football advising the players. I’m going to share my memories in a book starting from day one with that ill-fated FA Cup match when we lost 3-2 at Chorley after leading 2-0. I’m sure my ‘favourite’ will get a mention too! 

Enjoy the game, everyone.

Paul.


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