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Preview: Barrow v Crewe Alexandra

28 October 2022

Brian Moxham
A view towards the Steelworks End, as Barrow host Crewe Alexandra at Holker Street in August 1971.

Barrow vs Crewe Alexandra
Saturday 29th October 2022, kick-off 3pm
SO Legal Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

Opposition
Founded in 1877, the club’s name symbolises Princess Alexandra. They would go onto play their first match against North Staff’s which resulted in a 1-1 draw.

They would become one of the founding members of the Second Division in 1892,
in which their first game would end in a 7-1 defeat at the hands of Burton Swifts. Crewe have seen themselves as FA Cup Semi Finalists in 1888, They would go onto be defeated by Preston North End 4-0, who finished runners up to West Brom Albion.

The club have been victorious at Wembley when they lifted the Football League Trophy, thanks to goals from Luke Murphy and Max Clayton which saw them defeat Essex outfit Southend United 2-0 Infront of just shy of 44 thousand.

Alex Morris' side come to SO Legal Stadium sitting in 14th place, without a win in their previous 5 fixtures. A 62nd minute equaliser from Rio Adebisi delivered The Railwaymen a point from Plough Lane in midweek. Alex have managed 19pts from their opening 15 league fixtures, although without a win since their 1-0 home victory over Crawley Town on 17th September.

Head To Head
The two sides have met each other 85 times in competitive fixtures, in which Barrow have won 26 times, drawn 15 and lost 44.

The first competitive game between the sides happened in the 1921/22 Division Three (North) campaign, where The Railwaymen defeated The Bluebirds 2-1 at Holker Street.

Alex last visited Holker Street in a league game in August 1971, when Barrow ran out as 2-1 winners.

However, the last outing between these sides came in a 1-0 pre-season friendly victory at Holker Street, July 2018. Lee Molyneux and Callum Saunders played for both sides and were pitched in then-Ian Evatt’s Barrow squad.

Referee
The man behind the whistle this afternoon is Marc Edwards, he will be partnered by Mark Cunliffe and Paul Newhouse. Fourth official has been designated to Matt Corlett.

He has overseen 6 EFL Fixtures this campaign, with his last being AFC Wimbledon’s away win against Rochdale at Crown Oil Arena last Saturday. Edwards dished out 5 yellow cards as the South-West London outfit walked away from Greater Manchester with all 3pts.

This won’t be his first visit to SO Legal Stadium. He officiated Barrow’s thumping 3-0 victory over Cheltenham Town in December 2020. A fixture that would end The Bluebirds’ 5 game winless streak under the steady hands of new Caretaker boss Rob Kelly and the first Football League victory with fans in Holker Street since 1972.

Later in the campaign Cheltenham would go onto secure promocon to League One.

Tickets
As always, tickets for The Bluebirds' home games can be purchased at the SO Legal Stadium prior to the game or purchased online.

Live Streaming
We are not allowed to live stream games in the UK between the hours of 2.45pm and 5.15pm on a Saturday, so this weekend’s game will not be available to domestic supporters.

Barrow fans outside of the UK will be able to access a live stream via iFollow and you can purchase the match in the usual way ahead of kick-off

Live Commentary
We will be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our link-up with BBC Radio Cumbria.

Fans will be able to listen to exuberant commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by long-time Barrow fan John Goodwin at the SO Legal Stadium to describe all the action as it unfolds.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.


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