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‘The Away Match’ Framed Photo

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On the 3rd September 1910 Barrow visited Fleetwood for an FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round tie which Barrow won 3-1.

In those days the Furness Railway operated a small fleet of steamers between Fleetwood and Piel Pier on Roa Island, served by the railway from Barrow via the causeway from Rampside. The main purpose was to attract visitors to Lakeland on day tours of varying itineraries and naturally a large part of their trips would be by Furness Railway services as well as lake steamers (guess who operated them) and charabancs.

A well-known but rare photo shows the Furness Railway Paddle Steamer/Tug ‘Walney’ crossing Morecambe Bay with a relief service for Barrow AFC supporters visiting Fleetwood for the match.


It was taken by Edward Sankey who, before the end of the 19th century as a young master printer, started his own printing works in Barrow-in-Furness which would ultimately become one of the most significant postcard producers in the North of England. At the start of the 20th century he bought his own half-plate camera and began photographing street scenes, places, railways, shipping and events to produce postcards for sale as well as for business commissions. With the involvement of his sons Raymond – also a photographer – and Eric, the business continued until 1970 with postcard production reaching a peak of 100 000 cards a year in the 1930s and again the 1950s.

The postcards form a tremendous social, cultural and economic record of life in the north-west counties. Many have been published in a range of books, the National Railway Museum holds a copy of 300 or so prints of railway subjects and original postcards are much sought-after by collectors.

The ‘PS Walney’ photo is quite rare, having never been produced as a postcard although it has appeared in a number of publications, but Mrs Joan Sankey gave her permission to reproduce the image with profits going to Barrow AFC Community Sports and it is available as a photographic reproduction of an original Sankey print.