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
ABEX Stadium, London
Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 8AL
Club Colours: Blue &
White Nickname: The Posh
Grant McCann is the current
Manager of Peterborough. Belfast born Grant was a Youth at West Ham
before enjoying a playing career with notably, Cheltenham Town,
Scunthorpe United and Peterborough. He was capped 40 times for
Northern Ireland. He took the reins at London Road in May 2016 and
this is his first taste of Management.
Brief Directions By Road:
The A1 and A1 (M) to
junction 17 and take the A1139 signposted Peterborough. This road is
known as the Fletton Parkway. Follow it until its junction 3. The
club then recommend turning left onto the A1260 Nene Parkway and then
turning right into Oundle Road (A605) where you will see the signs
for the ground. My preference is the A1 until its junction 16 and
onto the A15 (London Road) were you simply follow your nose staying
on this road until you see the floodlights on your right. This route
can be a little stop and start but it allows you plenty of scope for
a stop for a bit to eat or a pint or two.
to my spies there is now no parking available to visiting fans at the
Fair Meadow council and Railworld car parks are opposite the stadium
are other Pay and Display Parks locally over the River Nene otherwise
street parking is available on side streets on Oundle Road although
please check carefully for restrictions.
Directions By Train:
This will be a preferred
travel option for a goodly number of Bees fans as trains from New
Barnet or Potters Bar will take about an hour and a half but might
involve a change at Hitchin. From Kings Cross the journey is around
45 minutes and direct. Peterborough station is north of the ground
and is about a 20-minute walk - head for the river bridge and look
out for the floodlights on your left.
Eating And Drinking
The club’s own catering
facilities at the main entrance to the ground are held in high esteem
by many visiting fans and are well worth a visit if my sources are
reliable. The normal everyday fast food outlets as always infest the
The Palmerston Arms and the
Peacock are the two pubs closest to the ground as the old favourite
Cherry Tree has now closed.
Another option of course is
Charters Boat Bar and Restaurant which offers Oriental Cuisine in a
separate restaurant on an upper deck and a great selection of beers
and interesting bar snacks below deck. It can be found moored by the
town bridge 10 minutes walk north of the ground.
No alcohol is on sale to
visiting fans in the ground and in the past there has always been a
strict no away fan policy in the Posh Social Club before the game.
sides of London Road epitomise football ground design from the
1950’s. The main Grandstand was built in 1956 holds around 6,000,
and is a more modest version of the main stands still found at St
Andrews, Birmingham and Elland Road, Leeds. To the right is the
London Road end, a sturdy covered terrace which was identical to the
other end where the Moyles Road end use to stand before the single
tier all seated Motorpoint stand which went up in 2014. We will sadly
no longer more and more be able to enjoy this once common place type
of terracing at a football ground. Opposite the main stand is the
Glebe Road stand. It is now called The Family Stand, has seating for
around 5,000, was completed in the summer of 1996 and replaced a
shallow open terrace. London road was one of only a handful of
Football League grounds that had covered terracing at both ends and
an open side terrace. The Valley and The Goldstone Ground were
similar. We won’t count Lower Mead Wealdstone! The stand has clean
lines, and row of executive boxes.
Rivals: Cambridge Utd
£23, Over 60's/Under 22's £14, Under 18's £10.
Our Last Meeting &
The last visit to London
Road was in February 2008 for a Coca Cola League 2 fixture where it
was a wet journey home having lost 0-1.
Giuliano Grazioli has now
been completely forgiven for his 5-goal haul in the 9-1 mauling in
1998, as has Barry Fry as he will always have a huge space in his
heart for Barnet FC. Keeping the Barnet/Posh connection going, ex
manager the late Keith Alexander spent a very successful two seasons
at Underhill in the late 1980’s teaming up with Dave Sansom and
Nicky Evans up front, while the likes of Andy Clarke, Kenny Charlery, Lee Harrison,
Ian Hendon, Greg Heald, Chris Plummer and Mark Arber have also
represented both clubs. John Still has managed both clubs. The Posh
kit Manager for years was Gordon Ogbourne – Oggie was the kit man
at Underhill for nearly 10 years and of course Liam Hatch made the
£150.000 move from Barnet to Peterborough – nice one Barry.
1999/00 playoff semi final tie was heartbreaking but The Posh have
generally held the upper hand in meetings between the two clubs over
the years. Two home defeats in the FA Cup in 1977 and 1980 in front
of bumper attendances are very vivid memories for me and I can still
see the packed Underhill terraces and unfortunately recall the eras
habitual crowd trouble.
1960’s pop idle Cat
Stevens “Loves Walking His Dog” when “Morning Has Broken” in
the London Road. Once the worlds strongest man Jeff Capes lived just
a shot putt from the ground and his neighbour was actor and singer
Paul Nicholas, although they were only “Just Good Friends”. You
also might just hear Bees fan 'Westy' joined by local celeb actress
Ruth Maddock for his Hi De Hi rendition at the game while the ghost
of “wife number two” Anne Boleyn has been roaming around the
grounds of Peterborough Cathedral since 1536 but be careful as she is
not quite right in the head.