It’s hard to convey the scale of achievement of Barrow AFC being promoted back to the English Football League after 48 years away.

When Ian Evatt was appointed as their new manager two years ago, he had to pick up the pieces of a wretched campaign where they were fortunate not to be relegated from the National League.

He has since implemented a playing style that was the envy of other clubs in their division and one that ultimately propelled them to what is arguably the greatest achievement in the Bluebirds’ 119-year history.

They’ve been aided by a board that has worked tirelessly in improving the matchday experience at Holker Street, with developments at the stadium still ongoing, and making sure their supporters have a say in how the club is run.

Together, what they have done is reconnect the football club with the town, where kids are now wearing AFC replica shirts, rather than just the usual Liverpool, Manchester United or Barcelona.

Pride in the team has rarely been as high as this and the day fans are allowed back in to watch their heroes can’t come soon enough.

There have been some dark times during the Bluebirds’ lengthy non-league odyssey, but this will hopefully be the start of a very bright future for them.