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Match Previews


1 January 2022

Match Previews


1 January 2022

The Bantams will contest their first game of 2022 at Holker Street on New Year’s Day where they will take on Barrow with the backing of a sold-out away end.

Many City supporters will have never seen their team play at Holker Street in the flesh. The last time the two sides went head to head there, with fans present, was on 1st December 1969, when the Bantams ran out 1-0 winners.

We have compiled a handy Away Day Guide - packed full of useful information ahead of the 3.00pm contest.


The Dunes Hotel Stadium

Holker Street

Wilkie Road 


LA14 5UW


Prior to the ground’s build, Holker Street was used as a rubbish tip by Furness Railway.

Barrow AFC moved to the stadium in 1909, initially renting the site from Furness Railway, and played out their first game in the Lancashire Combination League, beating Eccles Borough 5-2.

By 1921 - when Barrow were elected into the English Third Division - the stadium had been developed into a terraced ground with an all-seater stand.

Holker Street underwent redevelopment in the 1990s which remains to this day. The ground contains a seated stand with three terraces. 


City supporters are reminded that tickets for this afternoon's clash are completely SOLD OUT

Over 650 Bantams are set to travel to Cumbria on New Year’s Day, and will be housed in the Holker Street Terrace, with 130 seated and the rest standing.

Please do not travel to the game without a valid match ticket, as there is no pay-on-the-day option available. 

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets purchased but either not received in the post or collected from the Utilita Energy Stadium can be collected from the main reception at The Dunes Hotel Stadium on matchday. 


Liberata, situated a few minutes' walk from Holker Street on Phoenix Road, offers free matchday parking on a first-come-first-served basis.

Otherwise, street parking is available in the ground's vicinity, but supporters are reminded to check for any potential restrictions via roadside signs.


To drink:

The Holker Street fanzone is accessible to supporters of all ages, and serves a variety of beverages - both alcoholic and non-alcoholic - from 12.00pm.

Visiting supporters are also welcome in The Cross Bar, which is close to the main reception on Wilkie Road and serves a range of pre-match drinks.

Drinks are also available in the Holker Street Terrace, with alcohol served pre-match as well as at half-time.

To eat:

The Holker Street Terrace serves hot and cold food from 2.00pm until just after half-time.

There is a Wetherspoon's in the town centre named ‘The Furness Railway’ for a pre-match meal in familiar surroundings.

On the A590 there is a retail park which houses a number of eateries, including a McDonalds, KFC and a Tesco Extra. 


By car: 

Follow the A650 to Cougar Park where you will take the second exit on the roundabout onto the A629.

Continue along this route until you see signs for the A65, where you will take the second exit and follow the road for 30 miles through Settle and Kirkby Lonsdale.

Continue on Kendal Road and exit the A65 onto the A590 at the roundabout.

Follow the A590 until you reach Park Road and travel 2.8 miles before turning left onto Wilkie Road where you should see Holker Street on your right.

By train: 

The closest train station to Holker Street is Barrow-in-Furness, just under a mile from the station.

Upon your arrival, exit the station onto Holker Street and turn right where you will see the stadium after a short walk.


City fans should prepare for a wet afternoon in Cumbria, with mild highs of 11 degrees awaiting them. It is set to be a rainy afternoon, though, with clouds throughout.

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