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Paul Casson

Paul Casson



Well a lot was revealed when the Dallas-based Barrovian appeared to fans at  The Forum for the first time to tell an expectant audience about his life, his love of the club and his plans and ambitions for the Bluebirds.

Virtually every seat was taken as M People’s hit Search For The Hero blasted out.

A video showing a potted history of the club appeared on a big screen on the stage and Casson, looking dapper in black cowboy boots, a white shirt, jacket and a mic attached to his tie, took to the stage.

The images which had flickered across the screen depicting images such as Barrow’s big FA Trophy final day at Wembley in 1990, a wall in town with the words Barrow Rule the Third etched on it in white paint and scenes from around Holker Street, were still fresh in everyone’s minds as Casson began his speech.

The crowd warmed to Casson when his passion for the club began to show. He told them about his Holker Street baptism when, as an eight-year-old he was invited to the ground but had to wear a suit and was not allowed to cheer because he was in the directors’ box.

He recalled names of former stars and said as a supporter he used to arrive at the ground about two hours before kick-off, at times being the only fan there as he munched away on a Cornish pasty.

The prospective Barrow owner, looking more comfortable as the evening wore on, brought out the first bit of laughter when he talked about the recent sunshine Barrow has enjoyed, saying “Casson brings out the weather – that Dallas weather”.

He produced more laughter when he answered the question: “what will you do if you die?”

“I don’t know, I hope the funeral is good!” he replied.

Later and looking more and more relaxed, the telecommunications businessman took questions from the floor.

One fan told Casson: “I’ve been going to Barrow football for 47 years and what I have heard is the best thing that’s ever happened.”

After the applause died down, Casson joked: “I can assure you he is not a relative!”

He also said that taking over control of Holker Street was not an ego trip and that his aim was to leave a lasting legacy, something his late father, a former Barrow shipyard fitter and turner, would have been proud of.

The former Barrow Grammar School pupil had certainly proved a big hit with many who attended, and as the two-hour session drew to a close, Casson left to rapturous applause.


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