Never before will Barrow AFC's mascots have been so well-dressed, after newlyweds Chris and Joy Turnbull led the team out before last Saturday's match against Dover Athletic.

The happy couple had held their wedding at the Bluebirds' Holker Street stadium earlier in the day, 19 months after having their first date at the ground.

While they had a few pre-match nerves, it was certainly a day the bride and groom will never forget - even if the result didn't go their way, as AFC ultimately threw away a 2-0 lead in the last 20 minutes to lose 3-2 to their visitors from Kent.

Joy, a long-term Barrow fan, said: "It was absolutely brilliant, but I was shaking like a leaf. We'd just come down from upstairs and the captain [Josh Granite] was like 'you'll be fine, don't be worried. He was awesome."

Joy and Chris quickly discovered they had a mutual love of football when they got in touch on a dating website and the decision to hold their big day at the venue where they first met came earlier in the Bluebirds' season.

"We've been in corporate quite a bit and we've been with the man-of-the-match sponsors and things," Joy said.

"We were just sat in corporate about six months ago and it was all decked out in the style of a wedding and I said 'it's a shame we can't have our wedding on a matchday' and the club were like 'you can, if you want.'

"It was full steam ahead from there, let's go for it."

Joy is proud of the fact she's been able to 'convert' Chris into a Barrow supporter - he'd previously followed Manchester United and Carlisle United.

There's certainly no questioning their commitment to following AFC, as they'll be cheering them on in their Good Friday fixture at Maidenhead United, while they'll also be handing out an award at Sunday's end-of-season dinner.

Joy said: "We do get some negative comments, but I'm not posh, I sometimes find weddings boring and I didn't want it to be in a big hotel. It's not me.

"It's where we had our first date, so that's where it all began and it made sense for us to do it there. How many men can say they got to watch football on their wedding day?"