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Reckless - Potters Bar March 2014.
Oh Yes, thank you to"Al" without whom.......that is all
next in the spotlight is a richly talented midfielder, oozing class
with a great touch and vision – “What was he doing at Underhill
on a pitch resembling Hackney Marshes then?” - BFC Captain Edwin
this series of Look Back in Amber I will always state any personal
bias where applicable so therefore I declare that “Johnny Marge”
will always hold a special affinity with me as a player and
nonchalantly wanders into my all time Barnet FC line up. - Reckless.
was born 20th October 1955 in Bushey and his boyhood dream came true signing as
a Youth in 1971 at Tottenham, turning professional in April 1972. He
moved to Fulham in 1975 lining up alongside George Best and Rodney
Marsh, had spells with Orient, The Kansas City Comets in America and
Wealdstone before trying to settle his family in Holland.
didn't work out and I came home. Barry Fry phoned me out of the blue
and offered a deal at Barnet in summer 1983.” John's debut in a
Barnet shirt was in August 1983. With the club ravaged by injuries to
Nicky Evans, John Docker, Bill Baldry and Kevin Millett among others,
the unfamiliar line up for the a 2-1 home defeat to Nuneaton Borough
was as follows;
Phillips, Chris Kinnear, Colin Hardman, Mike Pittaway, Tony Bennett,
Edwin Stein, Margerrison, Steve Ragan, Peter Brown, Stuart Atkins,
Steve Mahoney. Subs: Bob Pittaway and Lawrence Ashworth.
think it is fair to say that Margerrison’s first real performance
in an amber shirt, at least the first one that made supporters sit up
and realise what a major influence he was going to have on the team,
was in the 10-0 thrashing of Trowbridge Town in the Alliance League
Trophy. In his first season, helping Barnet to 9th in the
Alliance Premier League and finish runners up to Scarborough in that
Alliance Cup, John featured in an incredible 60 league and cup games
scoring 7 times.
was an era of serious under achieving at Underhill, especially in
view of the individual player quality we possessed, but an era that
all who witnessed it remember with affection the wonderful football
and great times – risqué stories are in abundance regarding the
exploits of the squad and manager back then. Marge has told me “Team
talks were always such fun too and Barry used to say ‘right Steiny
do this, Nicky you do that, so and so do this’ then he would look
over at me and say ‘you just do what you want Marge!’”. In
1984-85 John made 42 appearances scoring 3 goals.
John Margerrison 1985
Fry moved from Underhill to Maidstone United in 1985 he persuaded
many of his favourite players to follow him but Marge resisted making
33 appearances and scoring twice. “I told him I didn't fancy it.
When he returned that was when I thought to myself we really do have
the makings of a great side here. It was disappointing finishing 2nd
to Scarborough but we played some tremendous football. Stan Flashman
was also responsible for a great deal of the success, one season we
were travelling in a draughty old coach next season we were getting
on board waitress service and being treated like Kings”.
1986-87 Conference season was without doubt Margerrison’s finest in
a Bees shirt. Not only did he score eleven goals from 43 starts but
also he literally controlled the midfield strolling around the pitch
albeit assisted by Stein, Barry Little and Robert Codner in an almost
casual manner. He was extremely modest in his response to that
statement. “When you had the likes of Evans, Sansom, Mahoney and
Alexander to set up it was a pleasure to play”
two seasons hindered by injury in 1987 and 1988, much to the
disappointment of the fans and especially the West Bank, Onion (as in
Onion Bhaji - Margie) was released in early 1989 and joined
Wealdstone for just £2,500 – a snip. He became a bit of a
journeyman for some 10 years after that turning out for St Albans,
Harlow Town, Dunstable Town and finally finishing his career with
Brache Sparta managed by ex Bees Steve Brinkman and Bill Baldry.
These days he is a fit 60 plus year old BT technician still playing
regular “vets” football, living in St Albans with wife of nearly 40 years, Sue.
Reckless and Marge
had some brilliant times at Barnet and I simply loved it just because
they always played the way I wanted to play”.