The 2009 – 2010 season saw Barrow grow from a single British League team to two.
Throughout the season, Barrow I performed consistently and matched last season’s performance finishing third in Division 1 North. In doing so, the team once again achieved a British League Play-Off place.
Unlike last season, Barrow I were able to field a full strength team during the play-offs. Throughout the play-offs the team performed beyond expectations, particularly Jonathan Crawford who came away with a 100% record. The team itself won the play-offs and in doing so gained promotion to the British League Premier Division. This is a truly remarkable and historic achievement for Barrow which now ranks the team amongst the top 8 teams in Britain!
The newly formed second team, Barrow II, competed in Division 2 North of the British League and found things a lot more difficult.
Throughout the season, Scott Crawford was Barrow II’s lynchpin with a strong 86% winning average. However, the rest of the team struggled to back-up Scotty’s victories. As a result, Barrow II found itself propping up the league table right through to the final weekend of the season.
During the final weekend, the team came together, drew on the experiences gained throughout the season and remained calm. This resulted in a superb, but dramatic victory over second from bottom Elgre Nottingham II. This win saw the team move from the foot of the table into 2nd from bottom. A position Barrow II held onto, thus guaranteeing British League Division 2 North table tennis next season.
After a tough start to the season, Barrow finish third in the British League 1st Division North. This was enough to secure Barrow the second play-off position (Ormesby were not eligible as they already had a team in the Premier Division).
Regarded as the tightest finish in the history of the British League (count back went to difference in ends), Barrow won the British League 2nd Division North.
Going into the final day of the final weekend of matches, Barrow just had to hold things together. However, as we all know, Barrow never makes things easy for themselves!
Jonathan Crawford, a heavy sleeper by his own admission, was responsible for bringing Scott Crawford, an equally heavy sleeper, and Steve Dixon to the match. As you have probably deduced, he slept in. Against all odds and road traffic laws, he made it to the venue on time and Barrow went on to win British League Division 3 North.