Afternoon, all. So we entertain today the Bluebirds from Holker Street. It’s been a while you know. If (and we should) discount nine seasons of purgatory aka The Conference Years, then the last time we faced off was 15 April 1972, at the Abbey. I can’t be bothered to work out the number of days but it’s more than 48 and a half years ago. Anyway, they have a nice badge too, do Barrow. Bit of thought gone in to it….
I did my usual metaphorical stroll down Cut Throat Lane in the week to check out home games from the past on this date.
The focus for today and programme feature is the Newport fixture back in 1970, just three months in to our inaugural campaign. Our ninth home game of the season saw us turn the Ironsides over 3-2 (read the Light Blue from 1970 below) with a brace for George Harris and one for Ivan Hollett, (photo below) his first of the season, who ended up our top scorer that season with eleven. The crowd was 3,608 which was 600 down on the previous home game five days earlier although we did lose to Workington.
Those were the days! Good to see that fickleness isn’t a modern day phenomenon. Enjoy the programme and see what one shilling bought you in the day.
Bye for now,