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The Canaries

Kirkby Road Sports Ground, Kirkby Road
Barwell, Leicester LE9 8FQ
01455 843067
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From Club Website: The Club played for the first time in the Midland Combination under the name of Barwell FC in the 1992/3 season when Hinckley FC joined forces with Barwell Athletic from the Leicestershire Senior League. Barwell became one of the founder members of the Midland Football Alliance League on its formation in 1994/95. The Sports complex with its bowling, cricket, and football facilities and sports club is situated just out of the centre of the village making it an ideal venue for local residents. The facilities of the complex include a cricket pitch - which was used for two Leicestershire first eleven county championship matches just after the Second World War, is a current venue for some Leicestershire second eleven and youth team matches. There is an outdoor bowling green and a magnificent indoor bowls centre complete with bar and restaurant serving a wide range of drinks and meals at prices to suit all pockets. Floodlights were installed prior to the 1992/93 season and have been updated to comply with current FA lighting regulations. A new cantilever stand to seat 500 spectators was built prior to 1996/7 season and during the 1997/8 close season the ground was enclosed, an important step in our quest for higher status. Towards the end of 2000/01 season a new cantilever stand was erected at Kirkby Road, and officially opened by goalkeeper Chris Kirkland on 31st July 2001 - a Barwell lad. Barwell reached the last sixteen of the FA Vase in 1995/6 losing 3-1 away at Flixon. In 2009/10 they reached the semi final narrowly losing out to eventual winners Whitley Bay after two keenly contested legs. Other honours include the Leicestershire Senior Cup in 1996/7, the Presidents Trophy in August 1997. They have also reached the final of the Westerby Cup (played at Filbert Street and latterly the Walkers Stadium) in 1999/2000, 2000/01 and 2004/5 unfortunately losing all three finals to Leicester City, Hinckley Utd and Oadby Town respectively then beating Quorn in 2008/09 and narrowly losing to Loughborough Dynamo the following year. Barwell also reached the League Cup Final losing after extra time to Rushall Olympic. A new Manager, Bob Steel, took over the reins at Barwell in February 2004 and brought in Steve Greenhill and Ian Blyth as Assistant Managers (with Ian also being coach). He has steadied the side and instilled his way of playing into the players and gradually collected the squad he wanted. 2006/7 finally put some silverware on the shelf when Barwell won the Polymac services league cup final at Walsalls Bescot Stadium, beating Leamington 3-1. 2006/07 saw Barwell finish in a disappointing 6th position and come runners up in both the Westerby Cup and the Rolleston Charity Cup. It was also the first season for Barwells Youth team who played in the Leicestershire Midweek Floodllit Youth League finishing a creditable 6th in the League and to round things off, the reserves also finished 6th with a great run of results to finish the season. 2007/08 was a somewhat mixed season for the Club. The first team saw two changes of manager. Bob Steel stood down in November to take on the running of the Sports Bar on the complex and his Assistant Ian Blyth took over as manager. After a run of indifferent results and the team slipping towards the bottom three, the Club decided to appoint a new manager in Marcus Law. Marcus took over the reins in February and with a run of good results lifted the Club to a respectable mid-table finish. The Reserves had a great season, despite losing a lot of players to the First Team, finishing 3rd with the Youth Team finishing runners up. 2008/09 was Marcus first full season at the Club and he has brought in Paul OBrien as his Assistant with Coach Lee Knibbs, Goalkeeping Coach Pat Pattinson and Sports Therapist Alan Cooke. They finished runners up in the League on 91 points and also won the Westerby Cup beating Quorn 2-0 at the Walkers Stadium. 2009/2010 Last year saw the clubs most successful season ever with Marcus attaining promotion to the Evo-stik League First Division South at his third attempt. The year started well with a 4-0 victory in the Joe McGorian Cup over previous League winners Market Drayton Town. The team broke all club records gaining 114 points and scoring 125 league goals whilst maintaining an undefeated League record. Barwell also reached the semi final of the FA Vase where they narrowly lost out to Whitley Bay after a nail-biting two legged encounter which saw a massive 1279 crowd at home and 2730 at Whitley. In addition, the Canaries reached the final of the Westerby Cup, narrowly losing out to Loughborough Dynamo 2-1 and beating Hinckley United 3-0 to win the Rolleston Charity Cup. 2010/2011 … again proved to be a very successful season. The season started where the last one had finished … on a winning streak. In September the Manager, Marcus Law, left with our best wishes for a full time post at Kettering Town. Assistant Manager Paul O’Brien took over with Jimmy Ginnelly taking the post of Assistant Manager. Unfortunately Paul had to step down due to work commitments and so he and Jimmy swapped places for our third change in two months. As always with a new manager there are comings and goings but Jimmy managed to retain most of the squad and won the League at the first attempt. During the closed season, Barwell were put into the Evo-stik League Southern Premier Division and so for the first time will be competing at level 3. Paul O’Brien left the club during the closed season to take up a coaching position with ex manager Marcus Law, now at Tamworth. Martin Hier stepped up to Assistant Manager and Craig Woodley joined the Club as coach. Rob Lawrance also came on board as goalkeeping coach. Everyone is now looking forward to the new league, visiting new grounds, meeting new people and to what will hopefully be a good season. 2011/2012 … was Barwell FC’s first ever season at Step 3 or equivalent in the club’s history. Jimmy Ginnelly brought in a number of players to consolidate the team’s position and others inevitably moved on to other clubs. Matches were increasingly challenging but Barwell took some notable scalps with wins over the top teams in the division. Rising to sixth place in the table at one point, the Canaries ended the season in a very creditable ninth place. Craig Woodley left the club after one season as a coach to take up a similar position in the USA. The Reserves saw a significant change with Steve Greenhill stepping down to leave Andy Gray in sole charge. Results did not go their way for much of the season and they finished tenth out of twelve teams in the Midland Combination Reserve Division One. However, they reached the semi final of the Midland Combination Challenge Trophy where they narrowly lost out to Chasetown after two keenly fought matches.
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Home 2 0 0 2 3 - 11 -8
Away 1 1 0 0 3 - 1 +2
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 +0
Total 3 1 0 2 6 - 12 -6

Date Comp. Venue Score Stadium Crowd
07.03.2020 Southern League / Premier Division Central Home 1 - 4 Victoria Ground 846
29.10.2019 F. A. Trophy / 1st. Qualifying Round Home 2 - 7 Victoria Ground 544
22.10.2019 Southern League / Premier Division Central Away 3 - 1 Kirby Road 236