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In Focus: Barrow's Record At Exeter City

6 May 2021

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St James' Park is home to Exeter City

Phil Yelland takes a look at how The Bluebirds have fared on previous visits to Exeter City ahead of this weekend's encounter.

We finish the season with a trip to St James’ Park on Saturday to play Exeter City.

When the fixtures were published with this as the final game of the season, it undoubtedly took older supporters back to our last visit to the ground on 29th April 1972. We went their needing a win to avoid finishing in the bottom four and, as the history books show, we lost 7-1 and six weeks later we were voted out of the Football League.

Now we go there looking to complete the double this season.

Our first ever trip to the ground coincided with our first ever away game in the newly formed Division Four in 1958. We lost 4-0 and it was not until our fifth visit, which came in October 1963, that we recorded out first win, thanks to goals from Jimmy Armstrong and Stan Howard. That victory followed two draws and another defeat there.

Our second – and most recent - win came in February 1967 as we were looking to push for promotion. We triumphed 2-1 thanks to goals from Roy McCarthy and George Smith, which saw us complete the double having won 5-0 in Barrow at the start of the previous October.

Back in Division Four, in March 1971, we also struggled as City won 4-2.

So, to date it’s two wins three draws and four defeats at City. Hopefully, we can make it three wins on Saturday and finish the season in style.

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