Over 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
those of us lucky enough to be part of the promotion winning season
from the Conference back into the Football League in 2004/05 there
were a quite few magical games. However there was an evening when
we all began to realise that more than one individual was at his peak
and the team were becoming rather special.
set the scene, the world unites at the Athens Olympics, Greece win
Euro 2004 and we are watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Azkaban and Troy at the cinema.
winning goal was worth the entrance fee alone” was Manager Paul
Fairclough's description of Dean Sinclair’s stunning 35 yard
injury time dipping volley that capped a wonderful Bees performance
at Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium which had become a fortress with
Town so far unbeaten. Nearly 3,000 fans, including a very boisterous
contingent form Barnet, upped the atmosphere.
a 15 minute delay – allowing late comers to find a spot on the
terraces – the game started and the The Bees took control mainly
thanks to what was one of the strongest three man midfields that the
club has ever fielded. However they were almost made to pay for their
first real lapse after 27th minutes when, after receiving a short
wayward throw from Scott Tynan, Ismail Yakubu miss-controlled and
presented the ball to Allan Tait on the edge of the penalty area.
Tait then seemed to hurry as he dragged his shot wide.
later the home and the visiting supporters were applauding a technically
perfect Giuliano Grazioli finish as a telling Liam Hatch cross was
met perfectly on the volley by the Bees goal machine. Time and time
again during that campaign Graz would astound the audience with his
variety of clinical finishes.
Graz scores again
the second half and shortly after the restart Graz added his and
Barnet's second, holding off Joe Dolan while chipping the ball
perfectly over the advancing Paul Smith courtesy of another Hatch
assist – a classic striker's goal. Danny Davidson gave Crawley some
hope pulling a goal back with 20 minutes remaining converting a Ben
Judge cross but the last word was left to Sinclair.
A weak Smith
clearance was beautifully cushioned and teed up by Richard Graham for
Deano to control the ball with his knee and crash the ball into the
bottom corner of the net. Seriously wild celebrations followed (one of the best stacks of all time) and the game was
perfectly summarised by Fairclough, "Three class goals that would
grace the Premiership. If you see three better goals than that, then
please tell me.”
What was more the
result left Barnet with a plus 37 goal difference and a massive 10
points clear at the top of the table with Carlisle United in 2nd
place – now that sounds great doesn't it?
Scott Tynan – Ian Hendon, Ismail Yakubu, Simon King, Simon Clist –
Nicky Bailey, Dwane Lee, Dean Sinclair, Richard Graham – Giuliano
Grazioli, Liam Hatch.
Ben Strevens, Lee Roache, Damien Batt, James Elmes and Ricky Millard.