After 20 years of writing about my club in Barnet matchday programmes, which sold to about 500 souls on a good day, now with this Blog Site everyone can read my ramblings, memories, interviews, experiences, features, guides to away grounds and pure love of everything Barnet Football Club. Enjoy and digest and tell your friends.
Reckless - Potters Bar March 2014.
Oh Yes, thank you to"Al" without whom.......that is all
Coyne is the current Caretaker Manager at Shrewsbury . Danny played
in goal for notably Tranmere Rovers Grimsby Town, Middlesbrough and
Burnley. He also won 16 full international caps for Wales
Directions by Road
the trusty M1 veer off onto the M6 and onto its junction 10a. Turn
off onto the M54 towards Telford. At the M54 junction 7 the road
becomes the A5, signposted North Wales and Shrewsbury.
about seven miles, you will meet a roundabout junction with the A49.
Bear left at this roundabout staying on the A5. At the next
roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the Thieves Lane B4380. Over 2 more
roundabouts following the road which becomes Oteley Road. Follow this
road until you reach the ground on your right. The ground is very
well signposted from all approaches.
easy this one I'm afraid. The stadium car park
is by permit only and the club encourages the Park & Bus Ride
schemes available from the town centre and surrounding areas. Look
out for them on the way in - £2.50 well spent and hassle free trust
is prohibited in the nearby Retail Park and nearby streets, so to
find some street parking you may have to drive a bit further away.
There is a car park at the Meole Brace Bowling Club, which is a short
walk away and offers parking at £5 per car.
from London Euston changing at Crewe and/or Wolverhampton take
approx. 3 hours. The station is a good 40 minutes walk from the
station, so a taxi is your best option.
and Drinking Locally
As the ground is
basically plonked in a field on the outskirts of town the retail park
close by is the only facility for food. However unfortunately it
offers the normal Hooded Fried Chicken and Asbo Burger take aways and
very little else. The catering inside the ground is fairly varied and
alcohol is also available inside the stadium. The local pubs (10-20 minutes walk away) are The Brooklands Hotel which also offers parking
for visiting fans and the Charles Darwin. Both of these, rather
conveniently, have Chippies in close proximities too!
best of the lot if you are making a morning of it is The
Prince of Wales Hotel on Bynner Street near the town centre –
terrific grub and great range of beers, worth a visit.
New Meadow, the Greenhous Meadow or possibly next year the Billy
Meadows is a modern lower league stadium and four very smart and
ultra efficient blue seated enclosures await. Architecturally
memorable it is not but we are now in the 21st
century Reckless. All four are 18 rows high with executive boxes
behind the seats in the main or East Stand. The North or Pro-Vision
CCTV Stand will
be our home for the afternoon; it has room for around 2,000
spectators and overlooked by a very foreboding Police control room!
£22.00 Concessions, Students and Disabled £17.00, Juniors from
Meetings and Memories
Our last meeting was
in October 2011 in League 2 and a 3-2 defeat featuring Bees goals
from Ricky Holmes and Mark Marshall.
Underhill “power cut game” of February 2006 saw a debut goal
from Tresor Kandol in a 1-0 Bees win and the Chairman putting an end
to the Hospitality free bar in the Durham Suite before kick off rule
while an end to end 2-2 draw at Gay Meadow in September 2005
contained Barnet goals from Nicky Bailey and Louis Soares. Sad times
indeed on May 3rd 2004 and the second leg of the Play Off semi final.
After a 2-1 win at Underhill in the first leg, a 0-1 defeat at Gay
Meadow sent the game into extra time and penalties, and you all know
first game of our relegation season 2000/1 in Division 3 saw a very
comprehensive Bees 3-0 victory over the Shrews although Lee Harrison
was especially resplendent early on - Scott McGleish, Wayne Purser
and Darren Currie were on the scoresheet. Gay Meadow witnessed an
extremely rare occurrence in 1998 as the diminutive Billy Manuel in
actual fact scored a goal for Barnet. After the initial shock wave of
disbelief from the players subsided Bill tried desperately to join
the faithful band of stunned Bees travellers on the away terrace to
celebrate but the fence was nearly 3 foot high and he was unable to
get over it!
is very tempting to stay overnight here especially as Shrewsbury is a
very picturesque town. The Monastery and Castle are steeped in
English history. The surrounding countryside is pleasant and there
are many splendid Inns and hostelries to be found. What better than a
morning punt down the river after a hearty full English breakfast
with the local delicacy Shropshire honey smoked bacon?
logical explanation himself Charles Darwin, born 1809 hailed from
this part of the world, as does Tony Blair’s mum. Ex MP’s include
Benjamin Disraeli (Silly Party) and Clive Of India (Monster Raving
Loony Party). Regular sightings have/had been reported of Roy
(Wizzard) Wood and the late great actor Pete Postlethwaite plus Frank
Bough (pronounced boff).