A name synonymous with Barnet Football Club and the 1960’s is Roger Figg. The reasons? Well, over 250 goals in eight seasons is one for a start. Couple that with nine goals in nine England Amateur Internationals and then add that he formed lethal strike partnerships with both Tony Harding and Les Eason in Barnet teams that won 3 championships in a row between 1963 and 1966 and we might begin to understand.
|Roger with the North Terrace Underhill behind in 1965|
Born in Park Street St Albans – he still lives in his childhood house - in 1939, he became an apprentice gas fitter at 14, an occupation that has supported him throughout his working life, and signed for Hitchin Colts. By 17 he was in the first team as a right winger. “It wasn’t until I signed for Barnet that Dexter Adams really saw my potential as an inside forward. The team were obviously lacking something at the time and Dexter said ‘do you fancy a go?’ I told him I would give it a try and loved it. It suited me because you are always in the game and I loved being involved”. The fact remains that even as a winger Roger scored goals galore at Hitchin and indeed at St Albans where he had a short spell in the late 1950’s.
|Roger Figg 1968|
|Roger and my old mate Richard Dumayne or "Figgy Bee" - just for you Sunshine!|