"I believe that football is there as an entertainment industry. Supporters work hard, 9-5, five or six days a week, to be able to afford to come to football. If my team are just going to set up to win games by set pieces and long balls, it’s not what I would want to spend my hard-earned money to watch.” - Ian EvattFebruary 14, 2020
Barrow currently sit top of the National League, heading for promotion with a seven-point lead after 33 games. With their commitment to style over pragmatism, Ian Evatt’s side are attracting admiring glances from throughout the non-league game, especially due to their commitment to playing out from the back.
Yet Barrow are doing much more than playing attractive football. They are top despite having a bottom-six budget and on course to return to the Football League for the first time in almost half a century.