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Holker Street - Barrow AFC Ground Guide

Pliny Harris

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How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
By car it's M6 J35/36, connecting onto the A590 and you simply keep on the A590 until it comes up on your left (you just enter the town properly and the coast is to your right). A larger ground, also blue, comes up on that road slightly later. Wrong choice. That's the egg chasers' ground. The A590 is 568 miles and goes up and down like a bride's nightie, but it is the obvious way. From the railway station, you get off parallel to Holker Street. Follow it as along to the end.

If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?
Barrow is 99% terraced streets. Most of them are non-permit. Easy as.

Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
Everywhere is close to the pitch, and unimpeded apart from the home terrace. Both touchlines are raised slightly above the pitch too.

How Were The Stewards on The Day?
Took the "Barrow's a shithole, makes Bratfud look nice" chant well, which is all you need.

If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
N/A

How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?

Few sheltered options although they're the most popular sides anyway. Away end is uncovered and the whole place is very exposed to the Irish Sea. Plus it's Cumbria, so it rains. On top of that, Barrovians seem to be a very quiet bunch collectively, but do like to give it out individually. The resultant atmosphere is pretty terrible really, rarely heard 1,200 home fans cheer so quietly.

How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
Chose the Mill in Ulverston for food and drinks. The town is eight miles away but very easy on the eye, and you go through it anyway. The food and drink was fantastic and the atmosphere there was top. Had enough time then to trek over to Walney Island, straight across the bridge from Barrow, to the Queen's Arms in Biggar. Good god what a pub that is. Characterful old building in a tiny village by the Furness saltmarshes, hens greeting you outside, wonderful beer and barley wine inside with a homelier feel than my own home, and guitars sat around that you're free to play. I watched us lose 4–1 in the rain today, but that pub meant I haven't felt it.
Human faith is a great thing: even Barrow has a tourist information centre. The town itself is pretty unique. The centre is almost entirely terraces, the coast is host to a massive BAE Systems complex, and the actual retail area seems too small to believe, considering that Barrow's a decent sized place. However, go in any direction and you've got a good one. Biggar over the bridge, mellow coastal villages to your east, and the best hills in the country just north.

Overall Score Out of 10?
Grim place, grim score, cracking day, but I can't weigh that up with a rating...
 

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