Evo-Stik League Southern Barton Rovers are making international headlines after splashing out on a big signing on transfer deadline day!
Sadly for Rovers manager Jimmy Gray, he won’t be worrying about the club’s latest arrival being cup tied for Tuesday night’s quarter-final clash with St Ives Town at Sharpenhoe Road. Instead of a new player, the spoof-loving media team at the EVO-STIK League Southern Division One Central club took to Twitter to post a picture a new rake they’d bought in a local DIY store for their ground staff!
The tweet from @bartonroversfc – “Deadline day signing news, not to be out done by the ‘Big Boys’ we have spent £6.99 at Homebase on a new rake #NonLeague its how we roll” – went viral within hours with clubs around the world spending millions on new players and was even picked up by the giant Fox Sports network in the United States.
— Barton Rovers FC (@bartonroversfc) January 31, 2017
On Twitter the club’s jokers were inundated with responses from tickled fans, one posting: “I must say it is an impressive rake. Tall, sturdy, and at under seven pounds, I’d say the price is right. A good deal if you ask me.” Another wit wasn’t so impressed with the club’s latest acquisition, responding: “Panic buy. It won’t pan out.”