Ewen Fields Hyde v AFC Barrow
Blue Square Premier
14th 2012, 7.45pm
By Mike Kimberley
visiting all of the Blue Square Premier
(Conference) grounds last season I was
keen to visit one of the newly promoted
clubs’ grounds and also see my first
Barrow match of the campaign.
I travelled to Newton For Hyde by train
from Manchester Piccadilly which only
takes fifteen minutes. I followed the
directions Had been given and
noted that Sheffield Road is not well
sign-posted resulting us walking the
wrong way initially. Fans should note
that the first main road encountered is
Commercial Brow where you should turn
left towards the motorway over-bridge.
The ground has a pleasant setting, with
rolling hills behind the Main Stand and
it was a warm and balmy night, unusual
for summer 2012. The branding around the
ground shows a heavy influence of near
neighbours Manchester City which
personally I welcome: it is good to see
the large clubs supporting clubs further
down the football pyramid.
The burgers at £2.50 were of
slightly superior to many encountered
elsewhere. There was a good atmosphere
in the 798 crowd which included about
one hundred and fifty travellers from
Barrow who enjoyed the recent removal
for the “United“ from Hyde’s name with
chants of “you sold your history”.
The staff and stewards that I met in the
ground were pleasant and friendly, with
no “jobsworths” encountered.
The superior pitch that appears to be a
legacy of the City connection ensured
some quality football from Hyde who
probably should have shaded the game,
particularly after beating Danny Hurst
in the Barrow goal only to be denied by
the crossbar. Barrow took up the mantle
of positive passing in the last fifteen
minutes but without the killer blow to
kill the game off. The 0-0 result was
probably fair ending but all in all an
Barrow AFC fan and Ninety-Two Club
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