15 Facts About Barrow Raiders


Barrow Raiders are a semi-professional rugby league team in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England.

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Barrow Raiders compete in the RFL Championship, the second tier of rugby league, after being promoted from the RFL League 1 in 2021.

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Barrow Raiders joined the Second Division of the Lancashire Senior Competition and became champions in their first season.

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Barrow Raiders moved to Little Park, Roose, three miles from the centre of town.

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In 1929, it had been realised that rugby league in Barrow Raiders was approaching a precarious period, as the attendances at Little Park were gradually decreasing.

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Barrow Raiders fluctuated between divisions but had three consecutive years in the top flight between 1980 and 1983.

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Barrow Raiders were down to merge with Whitehaven, Workington Town and Carlisle to form a new club called Cumbria based in Workington which would compete in the Super League but ultimately this did not happen and Barrow Raiders were not part of the new competition.

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Barrow Raiders enjoyed mixed fortunes under Paul Charlton with two top-ten finishes in the Northern Ford Premiership in 1999 and 2000, before the club's fortunes took a turn for the worse in the 2001 season, which resulted in Paul Charlton not being offered a new contract.

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Barrow Raiders initially lined up former Widnes coach Steve McCormack to take over until he received an offer of a position with Super League club Hull KR.

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On Thursday 2 November 2007 Barrow Raiders announced that former player Welsh-born Aussie Dave Clarke would take over, with Dean Marwood as his assistant.

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Barrow Raiders finished fourth in 2010 with coach Steve McCormack leaving the club to take up a teaching post.

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Success in Championship 1 during 2012 meant that Barrow Raiders were promoted directly back up to the Championship the following year.

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Barrow Raiders achieved a better than expected start to the 2018 season with strong results on the field including holding League favourites Toronto to a draw.

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Barrow Raiders finished their inaugural Championship season in 10th place avoiding risk of relegation.

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Barrow Raiders club launched its Hall of Fame in 2001 with 1950s legends Willie Horne, Phil Jackson and Jimmy Lewthwaite its inaugural inductees.

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