It's a great time to be a Barrow AFC supporter at the moment, particularly if you've been following the club for as long as co-owner Tony Shearer.

Just over a year has passed since Shearer took a 40 per cent share in the Bluebirds as part of the consortium that inherited ownership from the Casson family and great efforts have been made since to modernise the club.

Facilities at Holker Street have been improved, supporters have a greater say in how the club is run, but the biggest reason to be cheerful is the performances of the team this season.

Going into this afternoon's away game at Maidenhead United, AFC are one point clear at the top of the National League and in with a real chance of getting back into the Football League for the first time since 1972.

Shearer freely admits following Barrow hasn't always been a happy existence, saying: "I went to my first game in the old Third Division during the 1960s and I have never felt this positive about the team as I do today.

"We've never been top of the league at this time of a season, as far as I know, for the last 50 years - I can remember us getting booted out of the League.

"The momentum and the positive energy is fantastic and I think we are very lucky to have Ian Evatt as a manager.

"He's a good guy, he loves the club, he's supported us and we've had a few challenges, with Fylde approaching him, but he wanted to stay.

"I've never felt this positive and it's so pleasing - I've had Barrovians from all across the world saying 'this is fantastic' and it's not because of me, it's because of Ian, the team and the co-owners."

The board have worked hard on modernising the stadium, with the Cross Bar, hospitality suites, manager's office and physio's room all being refurbished and a temporary 'fanzone' being set up where the Western Terrace once stood.

A more permanent facility will replace that in the New Year, while AFC are looking into the possibility of putting a canopy roof over the Holker Street as early as next summer.

Shearer said: "I was back in July for the Blackburn game and I was back for the Q&A and even the back wall of the Holker Street End was painted blue. It sounds silly, but it just looks much more professional.

"We've done all the work with the huts and the concessions and now we're going to be building the fanzone, we've got plans for the canopy roof at the Holker Street End, if it gets approval.

"It should do and it's going to be done over the summer hopefully. I'm just really pleased because this ground is a money pit."