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Evening Mail Sport Review of the Year Part Four: October to November

THE Evening Mail sportsdesk team take a look back on the events of 2012 in the fourth and final installment of our four-part review of the year


BARROW Raiders lift their Grand Final gloom by signing former Super League full-back Dean McGilvray from Leigh Centurions. Forwards Kurt Haggerty, Danny Jones and Brad Brennan follow him to Craven Park.

Hawcoat Park are left to wonder at the new Cumbria League structure after their 119-0 win over Kirkby Lonsdale A.

Barrow AFC sign new keeper Dave Stevenson as cover for their match at Braintree Town – which the Bluebirds win 3-2 after being 2-0 down, Danny Rowe scoring the winner.

Barrow boy Ben Harrison is left disappointed as his Warrington Wolves side lose the Super League Grand Final 26-18 to Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford.

Another Bluebirds comeback sees Barrow beat Southport 3-2 at Holker Street having been 2-0 down. Richie Baker’s late bullet seals the win after an Adam Boyes double.

Roy Moxham wins the South Lakeland Financial Consultants Grand Masters crown with a nail-biting 21-20 triumph over Barry Lowden in the final.

Leeds Rhinos youngster Sean Casey is the latest Barrow Raiders recruit, while skipper Liam Harrison is named RL World Championship One Player-of-the-Year and collects a hoard of awards at the club’s presentation night.

Evergreen rugby league ace Derek Hadley finally gets his England call, aged 58, as he represents England against Australia in an RL Masters match in Leeds.

Liam Conroy wins his second professional fight, beating Dan Blackwell on points in Manchester.

AFC extend their unbeaten run with a 0-0 home draw against high-flying Dartford.

Hooker Nathan Mossop re-signs for Barrow Raiders after a season with South Wales Scorpions.

Duddon Wildwater Racing team regain the British Wavehopper title with a supreme display in Northampton.

More than 400 flounder are landed as the RNLI Open proves a big hit at Canal Foot.

Karate ace Jack Dixon is crowned world kata champion after an impressive performance in Serbia.

Paralympian Dean Miller gets a funding boost from the National Lottery, but 10,000m Olympic runner Chris Thompson misses out.

Talented RL youngster Matthew Heaton inks a new deal with Salford City Reds.

Barrow AFC advance to the first round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 home win over Tamworth, Louis Almond and Adam Boyes on target.

Millom are the last South Cumbrian team standing in the Lancashire Amateur Shield after they beat Vickerstown 4-2, thanks in part to a Jamie Pattinson brace.

Liam Finch agrees to stay at Barrow Raiders for another year.

Windermere win the hockey derby against South Lakes 3-1 and stay unbeaten in North West Men’s Division Three North.

Walney Terriers play their first American Football match at the Strawberry Grounds, falling to a 21-6 defeat against Carlisle.

England call up Furness football ace Georgia Stanway to face Ireland at under-15s level – she scores on her debut.

Barrow AFC are denied victory by an injury-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Nuneaton.

Raiders forward Martin Ostler calls time on his professional RL career, aged 32.

Mountain biking ace Reece Langhorn rides his way to the British downhill championship. 

Millom RL reach the second qualifying round of the Challenge Cup with a 28-14 victory over rivals Askam.

Ulverston take the North West Men’s League Division Three title after their 24-20 win against Bamber Bridge.


ULVERSTON golfer Oliver Carr is making a name for himself in the ultra-competitive world of American college golf for Jacksonville State University.

Dave Bayliss is named Blue Square Bet Premier manager of the month and avoids the dreaded curse as AFC scrape a 2-2 draw with Guiseley in FA Cup, and win the replay 1-0. However, AFC’s next game, in the league at Stockport, results in a 3-1 defeat.

Barrow’s Warrington Wolves pack ace Ben Harrison wins his third England cap in a 44-6 hammering of France. 

Furness RU beat Cumbria League rivals Millom 30-13, while league leaders Hawcoat Park march on with an 18-3 victory over Windermere. Meanwhile Furness young guns Will Mallinson, Rhys Studt, Ethan Guy and Sam Dutton are picked for Cumbria Under-20s.

Furness Gymnastics Club aces win five medals at the Cumbria Intermediate Championships.

Askam march into final of the Barton Townley Cup with a 20-10 derby triumph over Dalton.

Ulverston Ladies hockey team record their first win of season – a 6-1 thumping of Mossley Hill, while South Lakes win 5-1 at Keswick.

The biggest talking point of Barrow Raiders’ close-season is resolved as skipper Liam Harrison signs a new one-year contract. A few days later he picks up the Barrow Borough Sports Council Sportsperson of the Year award.

Barrow and Furness Striders’ cross-country runners win the team prize, while other winners are table tennis starlet Emily Bolton (Junior Sportsperson), Askam RL under-14s (Junior Team) and Brogan Stewart (Young Volunteer). There are Service to Sport awards for Tommy Jefferson (rugby league) Matt Graham and Danny Miller (karate) Dave Tyson (football) Bob Woods (Hawcoat Park servant) Joanne Irvine Lee (dance troupe) and Jeff Moses (boxing).

Barrow Thorns under-14s girls storm to the top of the English Basketball League Northern Conference with an 87-79 victory over Bury Blue Devils.

Second rower James Gordon leaves Barrow Raiders due to work and family commitments, but veteran Mike Whitehead signs up for a third spell, along with former Salford City Reds young prop Jack Spencer. Dean Marwood is back on the coaching staff.

Bluebirds fall back into drop zone with a 2-1 home defeat against Lincoln, then draw 2-2 with Forest Green. However, their winning form in cup competitions continues as they snatch a late FA Trophy equaliser at Hyde and win a replay.

Askam United gain revenge for a recent defeat to Walney Island with an 11-2 massacre.

Millom RL destroy Eccles 40-12 at home to progress in the Challenge Cup.

Furness Catholic Amateur Boxing Club’s Mel Lawson narrowly misses out on a regional title. Some of her young stable-mates put on a great show at the annual Dinner at the Ringside event. 

Ambleside win the men’s and ladies’ team prizes at the Dunnerdale Fell race.

Furness CC sign up Sri Lankan all-rounder Ian Daniel for a third season.

The Monday League snooker, darts, billiards and don masters sweep the board to beat Friday League in their annual charity challenge.

Paralympian Dean Miller wins the Disability Performance of the Year at Cumbria Sports Awards, while Pennington School swimmers pick up the Junior Team prize and Brogan Stewart adds to her borough prize by scooping the Young Leader award.

Lee Fallows is crowned the Furness Fishing Association Coarse Section Autumn League champion.

Askam Village School show their athletic prowess with victory in the Furness Sportshall Final and Ulverston Victoria High School regain the British Schools Championships Large School trophy at orienteering.

FA Trophy heroes Neil Doherty and Kevin Proctor recall their memories of great Barrow AFC manager Ray Wilkie on the 20th anniversary of his death.


FOREST master Alex Allingham conquers treacherous conditions to win the 2012 Grizedale Stages Rally. First-time winner Allingham is involved in a mighty tussle with 2009 champion Paul Bird until the very last stage.

Footballer Tom Beadling, 16, born and raised in Barrow before moving to Australia, signs a two-year scholarship contract with Premier League club Sunderland.

Duddon Wildwater Racing Team complete a season double with victory in the National Youth Wildwater Racing Championships. The talented young canoeists, aged between nine and 16, conquer the River Irwell at Burrs Activity Centre, Bury, to add to their Wavehopper Championship.

Barrow AFC manager Dave Bayliss responds to criticism from fans following the 1-1 draw at AFC Telford United. Speaking after the game at New Bucks Head, Bayliss, who was told by radio media that several supporters had contacted the station calling for his head, said: “You can guarantee half of them texting in or emailing in are cowards behind keyboards who weren’t here tonight.”

Hoad Hill Harriers celebrate the start of their 25th anniversary year with a record 309 runners taking part in the annual Christmas Pudding 10k road race won by Mike Sawrey, from Ireleth, who now runs for Stockport Harriers, in a great time of 31.59. In the women’s race non-club runner Rebecca Sheffield, from Windermere, wins.

Three committed Raiders supporters boost the club’s floodlight fund by £9,000 by joining the new Vice President Scheme.

Barrow AFC sink to the bottom of the Blue Square Bet table after suffering a 2-0 home defeat against Hereford United.

Boxer Liam Conroy vows to come back stronger after a shock 58-57 points defeat by Gilson De Jesus. The Barrow ABC youngster loses a punishing six-round super-middleweight contest at Bowlers Exhibition Centre. Conroy, 20, went into the Battle of Manchester show unbeaten in his first two bouts.

Windermere make it a perfect 10 for their season in the North West Men’s Hockey League Division Three North with a 5-4 win at Urmston.

A frozen Holker Street pitch sees the postponement of Barrow AFC’s FA Cup second round tie with Macclesfield. The match ends 1-1 later in the month and the replay sees the Silkmen go through 4-1 (see below).

Jack Pedley’s rugby league career looks to be over at just 23. He requires reconstructive surgery on both shoulders and is set to call time.

Furness Catholic Amateur Boxing Club ace Melanie Lawson, 17, to head to Sweden in January to take part in the Golden Girl Box Cup.

Talented St Helens youngster Greg Richards is on track for national rugby league recognition with the England Academy side. The Urswick youngster, 17, a developing prop, has been selected to represent his country next year – when the side face off with France.

Barrow AFC march into the last 16 of the FA Trophy after thrashing lower-league Chesham United 5-1 in Buckinghamshire. They are handed an away tie at Blue Square Bet rivals Gateshead.

Askam United move to the top of the Bay West Lancs Division Two following a 4-2 home win over Croston Sports.

Furness rugby union club rise to fourth in the Cumbria League after a 32-8 win over Kendal seconds.

Bo Turner earns herself a place in the Barrow Celtic history books by being the first girl to score for a Celtic boys team in a competitive match.

Flying doctor Rebecca Robinson from Bowness beats both men and women to win the Sticky Chocolate Trail Run in Cartmel.

Former Raiders skipper Gary Broadbent returns to his roots to take up the head coach’s job at Walney Central.

Barrow AFC endure an unhappy Christmas. A 2-0 home defeat to Gateshead on Boxing Day leaves them rock bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier table, and three days later they miss out on the chance to host big guns Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round, losing their second round replay 4-1 at Macclesfield Town.

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