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
David Bloomfield Road Seasiders
Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ
Colours Tangerine and White
current Manager at Blackpool is Gary Bowyer. Manchester born Gary's
father is Ian Bowyer a two time European Cup winner with Nottingham
Forest. A long coaching career for Gary, notably at Derby County,
preceded a spell as Manager at Blackburn Rovers.
Directions by Road
and M6 to its Junction 32. Pick up the M55 towards Blackpool. Simply
follow signs from this route which is very straight forward and
extremely well identified.
stadium is basically half way between the two most iconic landmarks
in the town, the Tower and the Pleasure Beach and about 10 minutes
is a very large Pay and Display car park literally outside the
ground, cost from £3.50.
parking (although restrictions apply) is available in the immediate
London Euston train to Blackpool North will take about three hours
but getting back home straight afterwards will be about as likely
as..............I have to be careful not to get sued or upset
somebody. The station is a couple of miles from the ground – cabs
it is then!
and Drinking Locally
on it's Blackpool – you don't need me to tell you what to do, If
you must.....the club recommends The Old Bridge House on Lytham Road
(10 minutes from stadium), The Waterloo in Waterloo Road (5 minutes)
or the Auctioneer near Blackpool South Station which is Wetherspoons
outlet. The food on offer inside the ground is really good with a
heavy reliability on you “pie” lovers.
ground has completely changed on all four sides since our last visit
- now three smart single tier interlocked stands adorn the West
(Stanley Mathews Stand), North (Stan Mortensen Stand) and South
(Jimmy Armfield Stand) with the temporary East Terrace just left for
development to complete the picture. The ground has a capacity of
around 18,000. Away
fans are housed in the Stan Mortensen (North) Stand, at one end of
the ground. Up to 2,500 supporters can be accommodated in this area.
£22.00 Concession £18.00 Juniors £10.00
Meetings and Memories
have some fantastic memories of Blackpool for Bees away days although
we have lost on all four visits. The 1992 play-off second leg was too
much to bear as frankly we were the better team over the two
games....honest. The 3-2 defeat in April 2001 was also a bitter pill
to swallow as it set up the “winner takes all” game against
Torquay at Underhill which......yeah I know. Nicky Evans scored in a
1-3 defeat in 1993 in a game that we were a million miles ahead of
the opposition but sometimes it doesn't happen for you does it? Nicky
seemed to score everywhere though.
will not name the B and B I booked for the Reckless Family one year
with a couple of other Barnet supporting families but we caught the
owner serving us draught beers in the bar into the early hours at
£3.00 a pop but realised they were being poured from cans @4 for
£3.00! Still, I had wealth in those days!
spending some time with your Bees buddies on a beach-combing,
banter-filled, bar visiting, black pudding balm cake black and amber
beano to Blackpool always made up for the misery of defeat......well
Century Icon John Lennon's first wife Cynthia Powell was born here as
was TV presenter Zoe Ball, Really funny comedians Lennie Bennett and
Syd Little (and Large) plus actors David Thewlis and Ricky Tomlinson also hail
from these parts.