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Saturday, 20 September 2014

THE RAIDING PARTY: The future’s bright, it’s RED and white!

WELL, the big day is now looming on the horizon and I for one cannot wait until 2pm Sunday when the match kicks off.

This sort of occasion seemed a lifetime away when I joined the board of directors last December and I have to keep pinching myself to make certain I am not dreaming.

While we are all going there to enjoy ourselves, can I just stress the need for us all to behave in a proper manner. Please take a look at the club’s website (www.barrowrlfc.com) and read the information regarding the Grand Final.

Please take heed of this notice as just a single spectator entering the field of play after the match could result in the club being heavily fined and none of us want that. Barrow Raiders supporters have an excellent reputation across the rugby league world so let’s keep it that way please.

The team will be playing on Sunday in the red and white “away” strip. The choice of kit is not our own and we have been directed by the RFL that we must wear red and white on this occasion.

Many of our fans do have the replica red and white jerseys but I expect the vast majority of our following will stick with the club’s traditional first choice colours of blue and white. Either way I am certain that the Barrow fans will be prominent whatever colours they wear on the day.

Away from the big match, can I remind you all that the club’s presentation evening is taking place on Friday October 12 at The Nines in town. Tickets are priced £5 each and are available at the Rugby Shop. I am sure I don’t need to tell you this will be a sell-out so get your ticket as soon as you can.

Speaking of tickets, our 2013 early bird season tickets will be put on sale from Tuesday October 2 at the Rugby Shop at Scott Street. The cost of the early bird tickets will be just £135 for adults and £90 for concessions. In 2013 the season ticket will apply to all 13 Championship home league fixtures. Should the club be drawn at home in either the Northern Rail Cup or Challenge Cup then these matches will be all-pay.

Pay-On-The-Gate prices in 2013 will be £15 for adults and £10 for concessions so buying an early bird season ticket will represent savings of £60 and £40 respectively if you attend all league matches. Basically you will be paying for nine matches and getting four for free.

The cost of junior season tickets is set by the RFL (as they cover both home and away games) and the cost of these will be released once it is known. Under-16s paying on the gate in 2013 will pay £5. The early bird offer will run for six weeks after which the price of the season tickets will be £145 for adults and £100 for concessions.

The price of these early bird season tickets represents fantastic value for our supporters and it should also be noted that our pay-on-the-gate prices are as cheap as anybody in the Championship for 2013.

I can only close this article by wishing all the best to our coaching staff and players ahead of Sunday’s match. You have done yourselves proud this season lads so now go get yourselves some silverware and a medal apiece – you most certainly deserve it for all the hard work and commitment you have put in throughout 2012. All the supporters are very proud of you.

And remember FOR THIS WEEK ONLY ……. the future is bright; the future is RED AND WHITE. See you all at Warrington.

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