Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Emlyn, a King and Blackpool Tower - on a Good Day! 20 Things You Never Knew about Barrow THERE Was Plenty of Research to Be Done When Boro Were Draw against the Minnows of Barrow in Tomorrow's FA Cup Third Round Clash. ERIC PAYLOR Reveals What He Found Out

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Emlyn, a King and Blackpool Tower - on a Good Day! 20 Things You Never Knew about Barrow THERE Was Plenty of Research to Be Done When Boro Were Draw against the Minnows of Barrow in Tomorrow's FA Cup Third Round Clash. ERIC PAYLOR Reveals What He Found Out

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Byline: ERIC PAYLOR

1. When previous manager Phil Wilson was dismissed in November 2007, Barrow appointed no fewer than three managers in his place. David Bayliss, Darren Sheridan and Paul Jones were squeezed into the hot seat, though Jones returned to his playing duties and is club captain.

2. The one and only road into Barrow is the A590.

Locals refer to it as the longest cul-de-sac in the world.

3. The legendary Liverpool and England captain Emlyn Hughes was born in Barrow in 1947. He died of a brain tumour in 2004 and his memory is commemorated by a bronze stature in the town centre.

4. One of the islands offshore from Barrow is Piel Island. It has its own king. It's not a hereditary title. The king is traditionally the landlord of the one and only pub on the island. Piel Island is accessible only by boat, and only on a still day.

5. There are few significant football links between Boro and Barrow, though former Boro midfielder George Smith spent two seasons in the Division Four with the Bluebirds before signing for Portsmouth in 1967. He joined Boro two years later.

6. On a clear day, you can see Blackpool Tower from Barrow.

7. Despite their northerly position, virtually every member of the Barrow squad is English. Only one is from north of the border. That's goalkeeper Alan Martin who is on loan from Leeds United.

8. The biggest tourist attraction in Barrow is the Dock Museum. But don't go on a Monday or a Tuesday, because it is closed.

9. Barrow's shirts are manufactured by Carlotti, who were unable to supply extra shirts in time for the cup tie. So Barrow brokered a special deal with Adidas to supply shirts especially for this game.

10. There are two major sports stadia in Barrow.

The football club play at Holker Street, which has been their home ground since 1909, while Barrow Raiders Rugby League club play at Craven Park.

11. The capacity at Holker Street is 4,256, though Barrow's biggest attendance was 16,874 against Swansea in the third round of the FA Cup in 1954.

12. Barrow were humbled by 10-1 at Hartlepools United on April 4, 1959. …

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