Fans of Barrow AFC have been left ecstatic after the club's season-long battle to retain their Football League status for another season was completed.

With the football club playing the majority of their home games behind closed doors this season, Steve Herbert of the Bluebirds Trust said he was excited to see supporters watching league football at Holker Street again.

He said: “I am absolutely ecstatic for our wonderful support, staff, players, the board and everyone in the area.

“This year has been a real struggle at points with many ups and downs – but we all pulled together, and Rob Kelly and the lads have saved our season.

“What’s more, they have kept our dream alive.

"Roll on a packed Holker Street next season for league football!”

Next season will be the first time that some Barrow AFC fans will have ever watched the side play in the Football League, with the club’s 2020 promotion ending a 48-year absence.

The side’s first season back in League Two was a difficult one for the team and fans, but Frazer Stewart believes their spirit encapsulated the town.

The chairman of the Trust said: “It’s fantastic.

“The squad really pulled together under Rob Kelly and showed a true Barrow spirit.

“I can’t wait to see Holker Street full and rocking.

“Supporters have waited so long for our return to the Football League and now we can excited to do it proper next year with a bouncing Holker Street.”

The return of home supporters will also mean away fans travelling to Holker Street to watch their team play Rob Kelly’s side.

Chris Altree, the club's supporters liaison officer, believes the area will now begin to see the benefits of the Football League.

He said: “It is good news for everyone and the town.

“There is like a relief as well as being really happy.

“As long as everything continues the way with Covid, we might have a season where we can have fans in the ground and follow the team home and away.

“It is huge; it's not just the club that gets the boost, it is the community.

“The EFL has bigger grants that can be spent on community engagement.

“If we have crowds, then we will more away support, who will be staying in our hotels, they are going to drink in the pubs, use our taxis, everything – it will boost the local economy.

“We have sort of missed out on the going-up party and the staying-up party, but if restrictions are lifted then there will be a big party in August for our first game of the season.”

After beating Forest Green Rovers 2-0 on Tuesday evening, Kelly’s Bluebirds ensured they will be in League Two next season.

It was a tough start to the campaign for Barrow, with new manager David Dunn failing to live up to expectations and sacked 17 games in.

Michael Jolley followed, but he failed to make an impact too, leaving Holker Street after seven games.

Under current caretaker boss Rob Kelly’s control, the side have been transformed, winning eight games from 17.