Read the Chairman & Managers programme notes from Saturday’s game!
As the 2018/19 season draws to a close, we played our final home game on Monday with a 1-0 win over Hartlepool United.
Both the Chairman and Manager thanked supporters for your fantastic support this season, and you can now read both of their programme notes from the game below!
Paul Hornby – Chairman
So here we are at the final home game of the season and it seems quite appropriate there will be a party atmosphere, as our visitors Hartlepool will be in good number and in fancy dress. What a fantastic effort and I hope they all have a great day. Hopefully our own crowd will be swelled too and this could be our largest gate of the year. Personally, I’ve been encouraged by the numbers through the turnstiles in the last few weeks and I’d just like to say thank you as it gives us a great base to build on.
It’s been a strange season and I don’t intend to go over recent history again. What we’ve achieved and the momentum we have built in the last few months gives the Board and Ian Evatt a great platform for next year.
The 2019/20 season starts the day after we finish at Gateshead with lots planned off the pitch, along with the player recruitment on it. I outlined the ground improvements we are planning at our Awards Evening last night, we hope they will make the experience of coming to Barrow a better day out for supporters and their families. This includes better facilities, food options and an improvement on the overall look of the stadium.
On the pitch supporters will have noticed we are signing up players for next season. Along with the lads we have on 2 year deals, I think we’ve got 8/9 of the squad secured already with Ian still to make his mind up on the others. We’ve identified a good number of summer targets and already spoken with them or their agents, so we are about 3 months ahead of where we were last year.
We’ll certainly have a busy time over the next few months. Pre-season friendlies are nearly all arranged, season tickets are nearly ready to roll out and commercial deals are getting finalised.
All that’s left to say is enjoy the summer and we’ll see you back here in a couple of months!
Ian Evatt – Manager
Good Afternoon and welcome back to the Furness Building Society Stadium for one last time this season. A warm welcome to Craig Hignett and all of the players, officials, staff and supporters from Hartlepool.
As we reach the end of my first full season as manager of Barrow, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on the past 9 months, it’s certainly been eventful. I’d be lying if I said I expected a change in ownership halfway through the season when I signed, but huge credit has to be given to Paul and the rest of the board for the way things have been handled. Things couldn’t have gone better and we are in a strong position moving forward.
The momentum gathering off the pitch at this football club is excellent and the board and the rest of the staff who work at the club are doing a magnificent job in creating that. The atmosphere is fantastic and the right decisions are being made off the pitch. It’s my job to get things right on the pitch and I have a clear idea of what I need to do and where I need to do it. There will be some big decisions to be made in all sorts of areas and I won’t be afraid to make them.
One of the key things we need to do over the summer is to get everyone believing in the potential of our team and of this football club. I will work ever so hard with Peter Atherton and the rest of the staff to embed that mentality into the players, into the town, into the board and into whoever, so that next season everyone believes that this squad and this club can reach the football league. I firmly believe we can.
Your support has been superb this season both home and away, so thank you for that. Football is nothing without supporters and your backing is hugely appreciated.
Enjoy the summer and see you back here for our first friendly in July.