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📝 Match Preview: Barrow (A)

All you need to know ahead of our trip to Cumbria

31 December 2020

Exeter City kick off 2021 with a lengthy trip to Cumbria to face Football League newbies Barrow at the Progression Solicitors Stadium.

City were last in action on Boxing Day when they drew 1-1 at home to Forest Green having seen Tuesday's fixture at Newport called off two hours before kick off. 

The Cumbrians were in action in the week, taking a point at home against Tranmere Rovers following a 1-1 draw. 

Manager's Thoughts

"They've brought in an experienced manager and they will be right up for it," Taylor said ahead of the first clash between the sides since 1972.

"We watched their game on Tuesday and you can see the impact of the new manager. They were unlucky not to to get more. But that's the opposition and as I always say, I can only focus on ourselves.

"It is a long journey up there and hopefully we beat the weather!"

Hear more from Matt here, which includes his highlights of the past 12 months 👇

How to Watch

Sadly fans can't be at the match but you can get the next best thing by purchasing a match pass at the cost of just £10 in the UK. The stream includes BBC Radio Devon commentary, score overlay and replays.

To purchase a match pass please click here.


Matchday Coverage

As usual, we’ll have the match covered across our social media channels and we’ll have a post-match interview with manager Matt Taylor and a player as they reflect on the result.

Exeter City on social media

The Stadium

  • Name: Progression Solicitors Stadium
  • Capacity: 5,045
  • Year opened: 1909
  • Record Attendance: 16,874 (vs Swansea Town, FA Cup Third Round 1954)
  • Address: Wilkie Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5UW

Though the official address is Wilkie Road; Holker Street Stadium has been home to Barrow AFC since 1909. Previously the Bluebirds played at The Strawberry Ground (1901), Ainsley Street (1905), and Little Park in nearby Roose (1909).


The first Football League game played at Holker Street was against Stockport County in 1921, where 9,750 budding spectators were in attendance. The capacity record came in 1954 when over 16,000 fans watched Barrow’s 2-2 draw with Swansea Town (* Now City) in the FA Cup.

In 2019 the ground was renamed the Progressions Solicitors Stadium for sponsorship reasons.


Barrow 1 Tranmere Rovers 1 | 29/12/20 | Sky Bet League Two

Scott Quigley's penalty five minutes from time rescued a point for the ten-man Bluebirds. James Vaughan put the Wirral side ahead before Harrison Biggins was sent off for the home side midway through the second half.

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