Casson’s Barrow AFC takeover gets final FA approval

The new chairman of Barrow AFC, Paul Casson, is in the town this weekend to cheer on the Bluebirds, who are currently top of the Conference North division.

It follows the announcement this week that Mr Casson’s takeover of the club has finally been given FA approval.

In April, more than 90 per cent of club members voted in favour of his plans to invest £1.8m in the first two years. More specific details about the new owner’s plans will be revealed next week.

At this Saturday’s match against Worcester City, Mr Casson, alongside local dignitaries, will also make a special presentation to former chairman Brian Keen.

Mr Keen who helped save the club from liquidation will be made life president. During his tenure, the Bluebirds won the FA Trophy, reached the third round of the FA cup twice and were promoted to the Conference Premier division

His successor Paul Casson said:

“I’m extremely grateful to Brian for the work he has done over the years and his support in recent months

“I hope fans will turn out in force to honour him and show their appreciation for what he achieved

Speaking about the season so far, Mr Casson said:

“It’s been an extremely positive start and the town has really got behind the team.

“Attendances are up almost 90% on last season and we have already begun to implement our business plan which will see the club back in the Football League within five years.”

Mr Casson’s new board is Jamie Reid, Austin Straker, Russell Dodd, Steve Patton and Pete Garbacz who is also interim chairman of the supporters trust.

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