Barrow AFC chairman Paul Hornby has penned a statement to supporters regarding the club’s new consortium of owners.

Dear Supporters,

It was just over a month ago that I took up the role of interim Chairman, with the task of finding a new owner / owners for the Club. We are currently going through the formalities with The FA and The National League, but I’m pleased to report it’s mission complete and we now have our new investors on board. When Sid Blain and I met the National League they informed us they are looking to confirm the change of ownership at their December meeting.

I appreciate there has been speculation around the town as to who the new owners are, therefore the purpose of this statement is to simply disclose the names as follows;

Tony Shearer – Tony was born in Barrow and attended Barrow Grammar School. He recently retired as CEO of one of the world’s largest food service companies and he resides in South Carolina, USA. His financial skills will be invaluable going forward.

Mark Hetherington – Mark was born in Barrow and currently owns and runs two global recruitment companies. He spends most of his time in the town and is looking forward to giving back to the community; such is his passion for football.

Kristian Wilkes – Kristian resides locally and is the owner of Process Pipework Services in Ulverston. His skills are in construction and project management.

Paul Hornby – I’m sure I need no introduction! Born in Barrow, I’ve been involved with the club for the last few years and run J F Hornby & Co in Ulverston.

The Bluebirds Trust – As you will have seen, the Trust have taken up a percentage of the shares to be the supporters voice in the consortium.

I will remain in the position as Chairman until the end of the season when we will assess the position. The current board members of myself, Sid Blain, Russell Dodd and Jamie Reid will be joined by the new investors in due course.

Finally, thank you for your patience during the changeover – the support and kind words have been appreciated and will hopefully continue on the journey ahead. I would just ask that we all get behind Ian and the team now. They are working so hard to end this run of results, so let’s get a good crowd against Wrexham next Tuesday and give them a real lift.




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