Just the ticket for Barrow Raiders supporters

BIG time rugby league is back at Barrow and supporters can watch all of the Championship home games at a remarkable rate.

While coach Paul Crarey has been busy assembling his squad – which includes two international players so far – for a crack in the competition, chairman David Sharpe has been looking at the best way to repay the Barrow faithful who have supported the Raiders in the past seasons.

Promotion means Barrow fans will now be able to watch all 14 Championship home league games with teams like Leigh Centurions, Toulouse, Featherstone and the highly ambitious Toronto Wolfhounds heading to the JF Hornby Stadium.

But if they want to watch them at a cut price offer, supporters will have to be quick to grab hold of the Early Bird deal, which begins on Monday and runs until the end of November.

Adult Barrow Raiders early bird season tickets are just £180 – which equates to a saving of £30 over the season, while concession tickets are £110.

Barrow are also repaying their loyal supporters by freezing last year’s adult entry fee next season, with the price staying at £15.

As well as being the club chairman, Sharpe is a big rugby fan and he wanted to reward the Barrow supporters. He said: “We thought hard about the best way to show our gratitude to our super supporters and felt the Early Bird was a good deal for them.

“We’ve also kept the entrance price the same as last year as a thank you to our supporters.

“I am just a supporter like everyone else who loves Barrow Raiders, but myself and the board wanted to give something back for the loyalty shown.”

Crarey led his side to promotion last season following a nail biting 10-6 win over Whitehaven in the League One play-off final. He also took his team to the Challenge Cup Sixth Round where they faced Super League Leeds Rhinos and also to the League One Cup Final at Blackpool where they defeated North Wales Crusaders to land their first bit of silverware during the season.

He has already brought in highly-rated Aussie prop Alec Susino, an Italian international who is ready to feature in the World Cup Down Under.

Joining him in that competition is Scotland international Shane Toal, who set League One alight last season with 24 tries, and his brother Dan.

More names are ready to follow the on their way to Barrow – and don’t be too surprised if other internationals also head to Cumbria.

As Sharp added: “I can’t wait for the season to begin when we will compete with the best teams outside Super League.

“Leigh Centurions were in Super League last year and will be itching to get back, while big spenders Toronto have their own ambitions.

“We haven’t seen Toronto at the JF Hornby Stadium yet, although we faced them twice, in Canada last season, and I cannot wait for all of the team match ups against Barrow Raiders.”

Anyone wanting an Early Bird season ticket, either for themselves are as an early Christmas present for a friend or relative, should visit the Rugby Shop in Scott Street, Barrow. You can also order and pay for your ticket by contacting them on 01229 824454, or email barrowrugbyshop@btconnect.com for further details.


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