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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Bluebirds aim to build on proud big screen record

BARROW AFC’s results in live TV matches since promotion four-and-half years ago will fill the club’s players with optimism ahead of tonight’s televised home clash against Hereford United, writes LEE PROCTER.

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TALK US THROUGH IT: Match-winner Paul Rutherford and then player-manager Darren Sheridan interviewed by Premier Sports following Barrow’s 1-0 win over Altrincham in March 2011

The Bluebirds have played six times in front of the cameras since August 2008, winning five of those matches and losing just once.

Barrow’s promotion-clinching Blue Square Bet North play-off final against Stalybridge in May 2008 was also screened live.

The club’s last appearance on pay-for channel Premier Sports was 21 months ago when Paul Rutherford’s wonder-strike earned them a 1-0 victory against Altrincham under the Holker Street floodlights.

Barrow will pocket £5,000 from the TV channel for staging tonight’s game, while Hereford will receive £1,000.

Commentator Steve Bower and ex-Everton ace Ian Snodin are expected to be behind the microphones.

BARROW AFC’S RECORD IN LIVE TV MATCHES SINCE PROMOTION

Barrow 3 Oxford United 0 (August 7, 2008)

BARROW kicked off life in Blue Square Bet Premier in style, beating Oxford United at Holker Street.

Mark Boyd opened the scoring with a trademark free-kick, with Steve McNulty and Paul Brown also netting.

 

Barrow 2 Brentford 1 (November 28, 2008)

HOLKER Street was rocking as 3,120 fans cheered on the Bluebirds in the FA Cup second round.

David Brown put AFC in front from the penalty spot then Matt Henney secured the win late in the game.

 

Burton Albion 2 Barrow 1 (January 26, 2009)

THE Bluebirds faced a tough task when they visited the league leaders.

Jason Walker scored a 20-yarder, but it was no more than a consolation goal as AFC lost 2-1.

 

Weymouth 0 Barrow 3 (March 28, 2009)

HUNDREDS of fans who could not make the long journey packed into the Crossbar to watch AFC destroy struggling Weymouth.

Boyd smashed the opener, and Paul Jones claimed a brace.

 

Barrow 2 Stevenage Borough 1 (May 8, 2010)

BARROW repeated the heroics of the club’s 1990 legends and lifted the FA Trophy at Wembley.

Lee McEvilly headed an equaliser to take the final to extra-time before local lad Walker won it in spectacular fashion.

 

Barrow 1 Altrincham 0 (March 8, 2011)

THE Bluebirds escaped the Blue Square Bet Premier drop zone with a narrow victory over relegation rivals Altrincham.

Winger Paul Rutherford scored the only goal of the game with a 25-yard stunner.

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