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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Barrow AFC hope for long FA Cup run

BARROW AFC chairman Brian Keen hopes the prospect of another glorious FA Cup run will get the club’s ‘super fans’ buzzing again.

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HERE WE GO Alex Meechan scores one of Barrow’s four goals at Atherstone to leave the travelling fans in good voice (inset, above) and chairman Brian Keen (below) hoping for another extended cup run

Dave Bayliss’s new-look squad – which only includes two players from last term’s roster – have made a stuttering start to their Conference North campaign.

Last weekend they were held to a 1-1 draw at Vauxhall Motors after conceding a last-minute equaliser, leaving them languishing in 16th, having won just two of their 12 league clashes.

But Saturday’s FA Cup final qualifying round assignment at Conference North rivals at Brackley Town could lead to more exciting times – with a place in the first round proper and £12,500 of prize money up for grabs.

Looking ahead to the tie, Keen said: “I am excited. It’s a very important game for us and, fingers crossed, a draw to bring them back up here would be okay, but a win would be fantastic.

“And I think it’s good for the club as well – we’ve got to get the interest back and get the fans buzzing.”

He added: “Right from the beginning it’s been tough. He (Bayliss) had 18 new players this season and you can’t knit them overnight, and it’s coming now.

“I thought we should have won on Saturday but another 90th-minute goal and you get a point instead of three.”

Bayliss – along with former joint-manager Darren Sheridan – has previously led the Bluebirds to memorable third-round cup ties against Middlesbrough and Sunderland in recent years.

“I’ve still got the best regard for all of the fans, all right you get elements in there,” added Keen.

“But they are super fans, they turn up everywhere and they deserve a lift – they deserve something back and something to make them smile.

“They have been used to it in recent years when we’ve had good cup runs and ended up playing at Sunderland and Middlesbrough. We deserve another one of them, let’s see if we can put a run together in the cup and the FA Trophy.

“And it just breaks up the league games and creates interest. If we could win and can get a decent draw (in the first round proper) perhaps at home, we might get a gate of 1,500 to 2,000. Holker Street hasn’t had that for a long time.”

Have your say

a long fa cup run yes another 90 mins is my prediction with bayliss in charge. going out on saturday.

Posted by mogsy on 24 October 2013 at 12:40

Recent online polls showed the vast majority of BAFC supporters want Bayliss out but the Keens are sticking with their man regardless. This shows that the club is run on the basis of what the Directors want. That's their prerogative of course; but don't expect the supporters to flood through the gates to watch them take the club down to an all time low on and off the field.

Posted by Old John on 24 October 2013 at 11:25

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