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« on: May 16, 2018, 11:33:28 PM »

As we enter our fifth season, I believe it is important to reflect on what has worked and what has not worked so far... Almost £4m have been ‘invested’ in the club and the return on that has been one promotion, a new boiler system, new floodlights and a nice 3rd round FA Cup tie. While we are proud of these accomplishments, we know we have to do things differently if we want to leave a legacy beyond these. There needs to be a renewed focus on putting money on projects and people that will benefit the town and the club for more than just the short term.

The second key takeaway is that, currently, Barrow is not capable of sustainably competing for promotion in the National League with its current level of support. The club cannot continue to operate outside its means on the back of crowds around 1000. The club is also limited by not having an academy and having no external facility such as proper training facilities in the town for the first team and youth teams, which can also be used as a revenue stream.

The third takeaway is that the team needs to represent the town, through its players, its identity and its work ethic. Year over year, the team has seemed to become more and more distant from the town and has turned into a team from elsewhere that occasionally played a home match in Barrow. I think this is why our home record was so poor this past season. I also believe this has had an effect on the commitment and size of our support in the last couple of years.

The fourth takeaway is that football is changing. The business model we have followed thus far is broken and clubs cannot continue to leverage their future [by] betting on promotion. We saw this nearly broke several teams at our level and below. Money is consolidated at the top and the financial benefits of getting promoted are not what they once were. However, clubs like Accrington and Macclesfield show that a team built on a budget and characterized by team spirit and toughness can experience success.

All of this means that next season will mark a dramatic transformation in the way the club does business from the first four years. Barrow AFC will go from a club that exists off external investment, to one that runs off the revenue it generates while having an owner who can and will put money in towards projects that generate a return.

Key changes [include]...

The structure and cost for the first team will be closely analysed and brought in line with club revenues. While the scope of the changes required is still being determined, we enter the summer season with a much different ambition for the next year or two. We will be more realistic with our expectations for every season, with our primary aim being to put together a team that works hard, plays good football, and plays with pride for the badge on their shirts.
My focus in the next 18 months will be on controlling costs and pushing forward plans to develop both an academy and a secondary facility that can support the football club...
In terms of the ground, the idea that we will be redeveloping it or building a new stadium is well and truly laid to rest
I will be looking for more contributions from the various supporters' groups....
The Community group will be a continued focus, as it is crucial not only to developing and retaining talented local footballers, but to also help people throughout the town develop a positive relationship with the club
In my brief time working in football, I have learned that a club that is reliant on a single shareholder cannot achieve lasting success. This is because we all work a little less hard than we should because we think the money will bring success... We need volunteers who come down and help make the ground a nice place to come on a match day. We need supporters who convince their friends and co-workers to come down to a match on a Tuesday or Saturday so that we have crowds of 2,000 and not 1,000. All of these things are possible, and the next 12 months will decide what kind of club we want Barrow AFC to be."

This is a club owner recognising the reality, from first hand experience of trying to run and fund a club of similar size to Alty,... and basically this new strategy,.......   is the strategy Alty have been following these past 10 years.

Food for thought ehh Wink Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 04:03:07 AM »

They’ll be very disappointed to be playing evostick league football
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 05:43:57 AM »

They’ll be very happy to be in existence and on a sound footing.
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2018, 07:57:42 AM »

This statement is usually followed in appox 6 months by "spiraling costs force administration" afc barrow anyone, indeed in the evostick
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2018, 08:13:34 AM »

A million quid a year pumped in with barely any new infrastructure is barmy. Bit odd too that they are turning against the one owner bankrolling clubs model yet quote Macc and Accrington as examples to follow.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2018, 08:41:59 AM »

A million quid a year pumped in with barely any new infrastructure is barmy. Bit odd too that they are turning against the one owner bankrolling clubs model yet quote Macc and Accrington as examples to follow.

Macc and Accrington pull the wool over everyone's eyes with their SOS stunts every other year. I'm pretty sure Accy had close to the biggest budget in the league when they won the Conference.

I suspect we'll see the likes of Barrow in the NLN the season after next - although I did say that about Solihull and they seemed to steam towards safety in the Spring.
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 09:42:54 AM »

I'm not cynical enough to suggest that he's put this out there just as the town is on a high because they've got the contract for another submarine.....
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2018, 12:28:07 PM »

It doesn't make him right.
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2018, 12:54:21 PM »

This is why it is so important  to keep expectations in touch with reality. Sadly AFC Barrow seems a possibility
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2018, 01:49:59 PM »

There are similar noises being made at Guiseley.

Chester seem to be a bad example of the opposite scenario. Run badly by a committee.

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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2018, 07:08:24 PM »

Sadly AFC Barrow seems a possibility

Again (effectively).
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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2018, 09:29:49 PM »

This is why it is so important  to keep expectations in touch with reality. Sadly AFC Barrow seems a possibility

Why does it seem it's a possibility?
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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2018, 09:31:25 PM »

The second key takeaway is that, currently, Barrow is not capable of sustainably competing for promotion in the National League with its current level of support. The club cannot continue to operate outside its means on the back of crowds around 1000. The club is also limited by not having an academy and having no external facility such as proper training facilities in the town for the first team and youth teams, which can also be used as a revenue stream.

Yeh it's a pisser you being stick out in the sticks rather than the suburbs of a major population centre with excellent transport links....
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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2018, 09:58:22 PM »

The second key takeaway is that, currently, Barrow is not capable of sustainably competing for promotion in the National League with its current level of support. The club cannot continue to operate outside its means on the back of crowds around 1000. The club is also limited by not having an academy and having no external facility such as proper training facilities in the town for the first team and youth teams, which can also be used as a revenue stream.

Yeh it's a pisser you being stuck out in the sticks rather than the suburbs of a major population centre with excellent transport links....to Old Trafford and The Etihad, top 2 teams in the EPL on the doorstep.

Corrected for you Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2018, 10:00:44 PM »

Yeh it's a pisser you being stick out in the sticks rather than the suburbs of a major population centre with excellent transport links....

You can’t get a submarine in Barrow, then 3 come at once........

Perhaps they’ll sink without trace.
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