Back at non-league's top table after a two-year absence, Barrow AFC return with far greater ambitions.
Dallas-based millionaire Paul Casson completed a takeover of his hometown club in May 2014 and spoke of his intent to lead the Bluebirds into the Football League.
Twelve months later and stage one of that mission has been completed.
Casson's investment enabled manager Darren Edmondson - who spent the 2004-05 season with Chester City - to strengthen significantly last summer.
Ex-Workington Town boss Edmondson steered the club to the Conference North title, holding off a determined challenge from AFC Fylde.
Edmonson and his assistant Alex Meechan - another with Chester connections - flew to the USA for talks with Casson last week, and the owner has made it public he expects another promotion push.
The pair have a good chunk of last season's squad signed up already, but it could be another busy summer at Holker Street as the Bluebirds look to continue soaring.
Who are they?
Founded in 1901 and moving to Holker Street eight years later, Barrow became a Football League club in 1921 as founder members of Division Three North.
The Bluebirds remained in the Football League until 1972 when the club failed to gain re-election, losing their place to Hereford United.
Barrow dropped into the Northern Premier League but were invited to join the Alliance Premier League - later the Football Conference - in 1979.
The club has moved between those two leagues with varying degrees of success in the past 30 years or so.
An FA Trophy win at Wembley in 1990 was followed not long after by the darkest period in the Bluebirds' history under the ownership of Stephen Vaughan.
Barrow went into liquidation in 1999 and almost disappeared altogether but survived, adopted a fan-owned business model in response.
In the last decade the club has won a second FA Trophy in 2010 while continuing to experience regular promotions and relegations, although Casson's takeover now has supporters looking upwards.
Last meeting with the Blues
Chester fans won't be thankful for a reminder of the club's most recent encounter with Barrow in November 2013.
Neil Young had hoped the FA Trophy first round tie would give his struggling team a much-needed confidence boost.
Things started well enough with Chester taking the lead in the third minute through Gareth Seddon and going into the break 1-0 ahead.
However, the second-half performance was abysmal and Marcus Carver scored twice to seal a 2-1 win and send the Bluebirds into round two.
Players to watch
Former Carlisle United forward Andy Cook spearheaded Barrow's title success, topping the club's scoring charts with 23 goals and collecting the player-of-the-season award. The 24-year-old had a couple of loan spells at Holker Street before joining on a permanent basis in January 2010, scoring 17 times in 2011-12. He moved to Grimsby Town for an undisclosed fee in June 2012 and spent two seasons with the Mariners before rejoining Barrow last summer.
Barrow-born Jason Walker contributed 16 goals in a fruitful strike partnership with Cook and the well-travelled 31-year-old provides valuable experience. His career began in Scotland before linking up with his hometown club in 2007, scoring the winner in the 2010 FA Trophy final. Luton Town paid a reported £45,000 for Walker but sold him to York City for £60,000 just eight months later. He helped the Minstermin win promotion to the Football League in 2012 but was released at the end of the following season. Short spells in Sweden with Östersunds FK, Forest Green Rovers and on loan at Southport followed before he returned to Holker Street 12 months ago.