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Preview: Harrogate Town v Barrow

17 March 2023


Preview: Harrogate Town v Barrow

17 March 2023

Check out everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game with our full and in-depth preview of the action at Wetherby Road.

The club was due to be formed for the 1914/15 season however, due to the Great War, all games were postponed before fixtures could take place. After the war, Harrogate were formed for the 1919/20 season to play in the West Riding League.

The first competitive game was a 1-0 win at the Starbeck Lane Ground on Saturday 30 August 1919 against Horsforth

Harrogate Town’s first major trophy arrived in the form of the West Riding County Challenge Cup as Fryston Colliery were beaten 3-1 at Elland Road on 9th May 1925; a trophy that would be won again two seasons later.

The 2017/18 season was one that will live long in the memory of Town fans, as the club achieved promotion to The National League for the first time in their history. History was once again made in the 2019/20 season as Harrogate earned promotion to the Football League.

Weaver's side were second in the table, four points behind league leaders Barrow in early March when the season was brought to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic
. The club also reached the Third Round of the FA Cup for the first time, defeating Wrexham and Portsmouth before eventually suffering defeat away at Championship Luton Town.

Currently, Harrogate Town sit in 21st place, and last time out they tasted a 3-1 defeat away to Crawley Town, who also find themselves in the relegation battle.

The Venue
Home of Harrogate since 1919, Wetherby Road was modernised following Town's promotion to the National League in 2018, increasing the capacity to 4,000.

Improvements were implemented again in 2020 following Harrogate's promotion to the EFL, with the removal of the stadium's artificial playing surface.

Harrogate’s record attendance came in 2021/22 season when 3,180 fans saw Town defeat Scunthorpe United 6-1.

Head To Head
Earlier in the season, Barrow defeated Harrogate at the SO Legal Stadium. Josh Gordon's goal on the stroke of half time was enough to give Barrow a 1-0 victory.

At the end of a dominant first half for his side, Gordon sent in a hopeful cross from wide on the left. The ball sailed over keeper Pete Jameson and dipped just enough to drop underneath the crossbar for a deserved, if fortunate, goal.

The man with the whistle at Wetherby Road will be Will Finnie. He’ll be assisted by Paul Stonier and Paul Newhouse; Chris Isherwood has been assigned to Fourth Official duties.  

Finnie’s last refereeing appointment came between Barnsley and Plymouth, where Barnsley defeated their promotion rivals 3-0 last weekend.

Over the last 12 months, Will Finnie has refereed 35 games, comprising of 14 League Two Games, 16 League One games, 3 FA Cup games, 1 EFL Trophy game, and 1 EFL Cup game. In addition, he has been a Fourth Official 42 times.

During this period he has issued 38 yellow cards at a rate of 1.09 per game and 1 red card at a rate of 0.03 per game.

At time of writing, there are still a small number of tickets available online.

There will be NO ticket sales on the day at the stadium, and once the online allocation has sold out, we are advised that there is no additional tickets available.

Purchase tickets online by clicking here.

The Bluebirds Trust are offering coach travel to the game, click here for more info.

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 charismatic commentator Adam Johnson and Furness football stalwart John Goodwin 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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