The Sound of Football: Barrow (Andrew)

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Nickname: The Bluebirds

Ground: Holker Street

Stadium Capacity: 5,045

Song: No official song or goal music.

In September 2020, The Mail, a local newspaper covering Barrow-in-Furness and the eastern Lake District, published a world exclusive. A woman had met a comedian at a wedding, and the Mail had the breaking story of how, at this wedding three years previously, the comedian, Jon Richardson, posed for a photo with a woman – and “It was lovely.” 

We tell this story to explain perhaps that nothing much happens in the Barrow-in-Furness. But in May 2020, there was genuinely big news. After nearly 50 years of being out of the football league, Barrow won promotion back into League Two after being promoted as champions from the National League. It was an outstanding achievement but, sadly, happened in silence as the COVID-19 pandemic meant no fans in the ground to celebrate. 

If there had been, they would have devised an ingenious song to sing. While their most famous chant is “All Bluebirds Are Blue,” the club’s small but passionate support is known for creating one-off songs, such as the time the traveling fans turned down a wedding to head for Histon, only to fall 3-0 behind. According to Levi Gill, Bluebird Trust director:”  ‘gone to the wedding, we should have gone to the wedding’ to the tune of Guantenemara sent a loud and clear message to the bench of our feelings.”

And, if they’d gone to the wedding, they might have met Jon Richardson.

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