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📝 Match Preview: Barrow (A)

All you need to know ahead of our trip to Cumbria

12 April 2021

Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Barrow (A)

All you need to know ahead of our trip to Cumbria

12 April 2021

Exeter City will be hoping it's third time lucky as they make the mammoth trip to the Progression Solicitors Stadium on Tuesday night to face Barrow in a 7pm kick-off.

The match was originally due to be played on January 2 but was called off due to an unplayable surface. It was then due to be played on February 9 but was called off close to kick-off for an unplayable surface. So let's hope it's third time lucky!

The Grecians go into the match in a confident mood, having dispached league leaders Cambridge United 4-1 on Saturday. City will be looking to make it back-to-back wins and keep the pressure up on those in the play-off places.

The match against Barrow is the first meeting of the two sides since 1972, where City registered a huge 7-1 win.

Pierce Sweeney's thoughts

Exeter City defender Pierce Sweeney says the Grecians should be going into Tuesday night's clash with Barrow with confidence after Saturday's thumping win over Cambridge United.

Pierce knows however, it will be a tough match, coming up against a side fighting to stay in the football league.

"It's the third time we've tried to play them at their place." said Pierce. "It's going to be a tough game, I think any team we play between now and the end of the season are either in a relegation battle or fighting for promotion.

"Barrow are going to be doing everything they can to win the game and might fancy themselves  to beat us as we've sometimes struggled against teams that have played similar football to them but we know we've got to go there and win the game.

"We've got a game plan so we will be ready for it and we should be confident like always."

In a season that's been like no other, the Grecians will play Barrow twice in a few weeks and that could make tomorrow's match even tought.

"We don't really know what to expect having not already played them. We've been looking at games over the last few weeks. This whole season has been strange and it's just another strange things it's thrown at us, that we play them tomorrow and at the end of the season."

You can watch Pierce's full interview 👇 

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.

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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.

Seasons So Far


Barrow's Last Match

Barrow AFC 2 Carlisle United 2 | 6/2/21 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Barrow were forced to settle for a point after Carlisle United struck a late leveller to secure a share of the spoils from an absorbing encounter at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

The hosts looked on course for a derby victory after goals from Scott Quigley and Patrick Brough saw them recover from conceding an early opener to lead until Offrande Zanzala’s penalty twelve minutes from time.

Previous Meeting:

Exeter City 7 Barrow 1 | April 29, 1972

Those Barrow fans old enough to rememeber this game, certainly won't like to be reminded of it as it was a defeat that made sure the Bluebirds finished in the re-election places in Division Four and subsquently resulted in them losing their Football League status after they were voted out by the other member clubs and replaced by Hereford United. 

Head to head

  • Exeter City wins: 5
  • Draws: 8
  • Barrow wins: 5

Did you know? 

Barrow is famous for its steel and at the turn of the 20th-century Barrow Hematite Steel Company Limited operated the largest steel mill in the world.

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