I am very lucky to say I keep in contact with and continue to meet ex Barnet players and many have become dear friends. Alf is one in particular and I caught up with him at a recent Barnet home game at the Hive - so I felt compelled to update this tribute, originally written in 2014 to him.
His debut for the first team came in April 1953 as an inside forward (Number 10) in the following line up in 2-1 defeat away at Tooting & Mitcham.
Stevens - Livermore, Duncan - Bennett, Clark, Cooper - Gerrans, D'Arcy (D), Phipps, D'Arcy (A), Scott.
|Dennis and Alf|
Alf and I talk on the phone regularly, he is keen to know the ins and outs and who and why at Barnet FC. As I said I am very proud to call him a dear friend too now. Every summer he hosts a huge Bar B Q in his garden for his 4 sons, 11 grandchildren plus his close friends – most of them ex professional footballers. His hospitality reflects his personality, warm and generous.
He won't feel embarrassed when I tell you he looks great and when it comes to football and tactics his mind is as sharp as a tack.
|With Chairman Tony Kleanthous|
|Alf April 2014|
Football is still strong in the D’Arcy family most notably with his nephew Henry Lansbury who is at Aston Villa. “He is a strong player and I have tried to teach him to be blinkered because that is how you succeed nowadays but I want him to get as much pleasure as I did from playing the game. I have had a brilliant and exciting career and a great life from doing what I always wanted to do and that was simply kicking a football!”
|Reckless and Alf 2009|