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MATCH PREVIEW: Barnoldswick Town (H)

FC Isle of Man will be frustrated with the result last week vs Squires Gate, mainly at not putting their chances away on the night to kill the match but should be encouraged with the amount of chances created as they set their sights to another home match against Barnoldswick Town on Saturday where they will look to get all 3 points. 

You can hear the post match interview and highlights from that game below and the match report is available here.

The opposition this week is Barnoldswick Town who currently sit just one position behind the Ravens in 10th. Due to recent weather across the UK there have been several games postponed in the last few weeks. This has impacted Barnoldswick, they haven’t played in the league since 25th November, a game vs Squires Gate at home which ended in a 2-2 draw. Their most recent game was on Tuesday 28th November in the West Riding County Cup Second Round vs Ossett United who play in the Northern Premier League Division One East, a game that they lost 4-0.

Squad News

Looking at the squad for the weekend, manager Paul Jones has made two changes with Sean Doyle & Charlie Higgins returning to the squad with Phil Kelly & Dean Leece both dropping out.

  • Jamie Corlett 
  • Jacob Crook 
  • Sean Doyle
  • Tiernan Garvey
  • Danny Gerrard
  • Charlie Higgins
  • Frank Jones 
  • Alex Maitland 
  • Dean Pinnington
  • Eoghain Sherrard 
  • Callum Sherry
  • Dan Simpson 
  • Kyle Watson 
  • Michael Williams 
  • Ste Whitley
  • Ben Wilkinson

The history of our opposition (Barnoldswick Town)

The club was founded as Barnoldswick United (1972) at a meeting of two pre-existing clubs, Bethesda F.C. and Barnoldswick Sports Club F.C. Which was held in the Cross Keys in Barnoldswick on Tuesday 28th June 1972.

Brian (Bill) Bowditch who had been instrumental in organising the merger became club secretary. Two teams were entered into the Craven Football League and the first ever game was played on

Saturday 16th September 1972. The next major landmark in the club’s history came in 1983 when Bill Bowditch, ably supported by civil engineer and player Ian Nutter had plans approved to lease their own ground from Pendle Borough Council.

In the 2021-22 Season they saw a couple of changes welcoming back some familiar faces to the club to take over running the NWCFL Team. The NWCFL team currently proudly holding premier

division status under the management of Andy Harrison and his team.

Game Day

If it is your first time watching the Ravens or you have have travelled to the Island to watch the game this evening (welcome!), we have everything covered below in terms of the game day details!

FC Isle of Man’s home stadium “The Bowl” is based in our capital Douglas.

The pitch is a 3G surface and there are seats for up to 3,500 spectators, including a viewing platform for disabled users.

Getting here

Just a twenty minute walk from central Douglas, there is car parking on site and many bus services drop off on Peel Road, just a minute’s walk from the ground.

Address
The Bowl
Peel Road
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM2 1AD

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Gates to the ground will open at 5pm ahead of the 6pm kick off. We have two entrances, one at the main car park (Gate A) and another at the National Sports Centre end of the ground (Gate B).

We operate a strict no alcohol policy at The Bowl. If you are looking to meet up with fellow fans pre-match a number of supporters usually head to The Pinewood Social Club from around 4pm onwards. This is open to both home and away fans.

Tickets

Tickets are available from TicketCo here and will also be available at the ground where cash or card is accepted. We do encourage purchasing your tickets online to avoid any delays getting into the ground.

General Admission £10.00
Concession (Ages 12-16, Students / Over 60s / Disabled) £5.00
Junior (Ages 5-11) £3.00
Child (Under 5) Free

Matchday Hospitality

In case you missed it yesterday the club announced a partnership with The Food Cellar to offer Matchday Hospitality.

Recently opened on the doorstep of The Bowl, The Food Cellar is the newest café, deli and events space on the Island bringing you a place to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself before heading into The Bowl to cheer on the Ravens.

The hospitality package is priced at £45 and includes:

  • Festive Sandwich
  • 2 beers or glasses of wine
  • Matchday Programme
  • Team Sheet
  • Match Ticket
  • Priority Seating (half way line)
  • Complementary tea or coffee at half time

Read more about hospitality tickets and how to purchase here.

Matchday Programme

Our brilliant programme editor Manuela Swiatek along with The Ravens 12th Man put in a lot of work each week to deliver a high standard match day programme. The programmes printed locally by BHW Printgroup and are priced at just £2. They are available from both entrances as well as The Pinewood Social Club and this week in the programme we cover:

  • A welcome from Russ Kent
  • Thoughts from manager Paul Jones
  • History of Barnoldswick Town
  • Historic Manx Football Connections
  • Sam Baines, Player Profile
  • IFGL Quiz
  • and much more

You can of course receive a FREE digital programme each week by becoming a Ravens Official Supporter. More details on that can be found here.

A pound for the ground & golden goal

To help raise money for the club we run two competitions on game day and it is your chance to support the club whilst being in with the chance of winning some money! Cash or card is taken for both and tickets can be purchased from the merchandise table.

Golden Goal

Each ticket for golden goal costs just £2 and contains a concealed minute, if the goal is scored in the minute you have then you have won! The winner will be announced over the PA when the first goal of the game is scored. The winner will receive £90!

A Pound for the Ground

New to FC Isle of Man and currently on a trial basis is a pound for the ground! The tickets are just £1 each and the winner takes 40% of sales. This operates like a tombola, where for each £1 you get a ticket with a unique number on. It is then drawn from the Ravens tombola box at half time.

Merchandise

We have a small merchandise table at the ground which is located next to Gate A. This week we will have:

  • Mugs
  • Water Bottles
  • Air Fresheners
  • Key Rings
  • Pint Glasses
  • Christmas Baubles
  • Adult & Kids Hoodies
  • Kids Raven T-Shirts
  • and more!

The Isle of Man Welcome Centre which is located in the Sea Terminal on Douglas Promenade are our current only stockists of FC Isle of Man Merchandise and stock a greater range than what is available at the game. You can get all of the above at the Welcome Centre as well as Home Replica Shirts.

They are open from 8am until 4:30pm, Monday to Friday and from 8am until 4pm on a Saturday.

Catering

We will have both Douglas Pizza Company and Prep Fresh at the ground on Saturday to keep you watered and fed! Douglas Pizza Company will be offering hot dogs, tea, coffee and confectionary. Prep Fresh will be offering brisket baps, tea, coffee and confectionary.

Please do support them.

Staying up to date with the game

We would love to welcome you to The Bowl but if you can’t make it due to other commitments or not being on the Island, don’t worry we have you covered!

Live Stream

Our live stream accompanied with the commentary from Manx Radio is available to purchase for just £6 or £4 if you are an Official Supporter. That can be purchased here.

Social Media

Our media team will also have you covered with a running text commentary on X with the half time & full time score also being published on Facebook & Instagram. They will also have a pre-match interview with Paul Jones & Mikey Williams followed by a post-match interview with Paul Jones. These can all be watched on YouTube, make sure to subscribe to the official FC Isle of Man channel to be notified on all new videos!

We look forward to welcome you to The Bowl on Saturday

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