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Barrow AFC boss hopes to reap financial rewards of FA Cup run

BARROW AFC manager Dave Bayliss says his wild FA Cup touchline celebrations were sparked by a feeling of financial relief.

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Barrow AFC players celebrate their FA Cup win over Guiseley

The Bluebirds boss leapt off the bench and sprinted down the side of the pitch after seeing Garry Hunter hit a spectacular stoppage-time winner in the first round replay victory over Guiseley at Holker Street on Tuesday night.

Rarely since his emotional embrace with then joint-manager Darren Sheridan in the FA Trophy final win at Wembley two-and-a-half years ago have Barrow supporters seen such an outpouring of joy from 36-year-old Bayliss.

“I was happy and I think it showed,” said the Liverpudlian, who has now been in charge for five years.

“I wasn’t the only one. I think (club chairman) Brian Keen and (club director) Dave Ryder were doing cartwheels up the stairs in the main stand behind us when Garry scored that goal.

“It was relief more than anything because money is tight and that extra money will hopefully cover holes in the club.

“I’m not talking out of turn because we are struggling financially, everyone knows that, and so it was a relief because the money will be in the bank for the next round.”

The 1-0 win over Guiseley – played in front of a season-high crowd of 1,402 – earned Barrow £18,000 in prize money and a second round home time against Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Macclesfield Town, to be played on Saturday December 1.

The Bluebirds also pocketed £12,500 from their victory against Tamworth in the previous round, taking the total amount of prize money banked so far to £30,500.

Given this season has seen a sizeable fall in attendances at Holker Street, it is a welcome and much-needed windfall.

And better could still be yet to come. If Barrow can beat Macclesfield they will bag another £27,000 and potentially – just like they did in 2009 and 2010 against Middlesbrough and Sunderland respectively – a lucrative third round tie against a Premier League big gun.

Bayliss added: “I’m delighted that we have got money coming into the club, it was very important to do that.

“I was worried before Tuesday’s game because Guiseley are a top side and had we got beat it would have made everyone else panic, I think.

“But we won and it’s a relief, I suppose. We are not in a great financial position and clubs like us need the financial input that can come from an FA Cup run, both in terms of prize money and gate receipts.

“I hope we can get a bigger crowd again in when we play Macclesfield at home in the second round.

“We want the players and supporters to enjoy that buzz the FA Cup brings. We know it will be a really tough game against Macclesfield but if we can get through that one then who knows what might happen next.”

While much of the money made from the FA Cup run will likely be used to cover the losses incurred by a fall in attendances, Bayliss hopes he may be able to use some to strengthen his squad.

The Barrow manager, whose relegation-battling side host high-flying Forest Green Rovers in Blue Square Bet Premier on Saturday, said: “We do need one or two more players and we know that.

“Hopefully the FA Cup windfall will help us do that.

“We have one or two loan players going back soon as well so it’s important we plug the gaps.

“We know where we need to strengthen and have players in mind we would like to bring in.”

* Winger Chris Moore, who made just one start for the Bluebirds, has left the club by mutual consent. Fellow winger Sean McConville has signed a further one-month contract extension until December 13.

* Barrow or Marine will travel to AFC Fylde in the Lancashire FA Co-operative Trophy quarter-finals. The re-arranged second round tie at Marine is due to be played on Tuesday, November 27.

The full quarter-final draw is: AFC Fylde v Marine or Barrow; Padiham v Bamber Bridge or Burscough or Rochdale Town; Kendal Town v Southport; Bacup Borough v Daisy Hill.

Have your say

Ram, You cant blame the Fans for not wanting to turn up to watch a team that is shackled by a board that season after season lack any vision, you can have a team that has all the heart in the world, but the fact is, If you have a board of directors that are not interested in the Town or the Club, Dont blame the Fans for showing there frustration by staying away? A bad workman always blames his tools!

Posted by Wally ! on 16 November 2012 at 19:19

@ram, ok where did the money go? You need to take those rose tinted glasses back to specsavers

Posted by S Harper on 16 November 2012 at 18:24

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