Furness Building Society Stadium
(But known to many fans as Holker Street)
Capacity: 4,256 (Seats 1,000)
Wilkie Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5UW
Telephone/Fax No: 01229 823061
Team Nickname: Bluebirds
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Year Ground Opened: 1909
Home Kit Colours: Blue & White
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What are the grounds like?
A traditional old looking ground that has been brightened up by replicating the team’s blue & white colours on the stands around the stadium. On one side is the colourful looking Main Stand, which is seated and covered. It has some supporting pillars along the front of the stand and runs for around half the length of the pitch. It is situated on the half way line and is raised above pitch level, meaning that you have to climb a small staircase to access it. The areas to either side of the stand are flat standing spaces.
Opposite is the Ray Wilkie Popular Side. This is a terrace which is covered towards the centre. The Crossbar Terrace (also known as the Steelworks End) at one of the stadium, is on one side, a small open terrace, whereas the other side is not really used for spectators. In fact this area houses the Club Offices which tends to be detrimental to the overall look of the ground. Opposite is the larger Holker Street Terrace, which although open to the elements is the traditional home end of the ground. The stadium is completed with a set of classic looking floodlights (although one is relatively new, doubling as a mobile phone mast).
What is it like for visiting supporters?
Away fans are mostly housed on one side of the Holker Street Terrace (towards the Main Stand) at one end of the ground. There is also some additional standing space available beside the Main Stand. Oddly the Club have elected to segregate supporters at that end by the use of a large scaffold, which means that no fans (home or away) can stand directly behind the goal.
This standing area is open to the elements, so it may be an idea to head for one of the seats made available to visiting supporters in the covered Main Stand. Catering inside the ground is in the form of the obligatory burger van. With the stadium being largely open it is difficult at times to get a real good atmosphere going, however the Barrow fans are a hardy bunch and do their best to raise it. If demand requires it, then the whole of the Holker Street Terrace can be allocated to away supporters.
Where to drink?
The Club has its own club house bar called the ‘Crossbar’. This bar welcomes away supporters and has SKY Sports television. Elaine Warden informs me; ‘There is a pub next door to the ground called the Soccer Bar which is independent from the club and popular with visiting supporters as well as home fans’.
Otherwise if you along Walney Road (A590) towards the town centre firstly passing Asda. Turn left onto Duke Street for the town centre itself, before which you will find the CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed Ambrose Hotel. Alternatively continue on the A590 passing first ‘The Owl and The Pussycat’ pub (food available) before you will reach a retail park that has a number of eating outlets including a McDonalds and KFC as well as a Tesco Extra.
If you have a bit more time on your hands you might park at the Holker Street end of the ground then you can take the 10-15 minute walk down Holker Street into the town centre. Peter Naylor adds: ‘At the junction of Holker Street and Abbey Road, near the railway station, you will find a fine action statue of Emlyn Hughes, who came from Barrow. Across the road is ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’, a developing four star hotel with a good selection of drinks generally, real ales in particular, while walking a further block to your right you will encounter ‘The Furness Railway’, a Wetherspoons pub themed to the company that led to the development of Barrow.
How to get there and where to park?
Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and take the A590 towards Barrow-in-Furness. As you enter the outskirts of Barrow you will pass a fire station on your right. You should now be able to see the floodlights of the stadium over on your left. Turn left into Wilkie Road and then right into Holker Street. Plenty of street parking is available.
Barrow-in-Furness railway station is located just under a mile away from the ground. It is served by trains from Lancaster & Carlisle. John Stafford informs me; ‘emerge from the station and the small station entrance road leads directly onto Holker Street. Look right and you will be able to see the the floodlights of the ground further up Holker Street’.
Adults £15, Concessions £12, Under 16’s £6, Under 7’s £3*
Adults £14, Concessions £11, Under 16’s £6, Under 7’s £3*
Family tickets (any part of the ground):
2 Adults + 2 Under 16’s £34
1 Adult + 1 Under 16 £18
Concessions apply to over 65’s and Students with valid NUS card. Photo ID is required for concessions.
* When accompanied by an adult.
Workington, Lancaster City and Fleetwood Town.
Barrow AFC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)
Record and Average attendance
16,874 v Swansea City
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 1954.
2011-2012: 1,260 (Blue Square Premier)
2010-2011: 1,214 (Blue Square Premier)
2009-2010: 1,254 (Blue Square Premier)