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
superb defender who spent four season as the lynch pin in the Barnet
defence while adding some glamour with his boy band looks.
promotion season of 2005 was won not only for the quality of a
midfield containing Bailey, Lee, Sinclair, Graham and Strevens or the
scoring record of Grazioli but also from a secure back line
containing the calm and coolness of Simon King.
Daniel Roy King was born in Oxford in April 1983. “I started at
Whitney Vikings FC before being spotted by Oxford United scouts”.
While with Oxford United he made 4 first team appearances.
Allen watched me in a couple of reserve games and I jumped at the
chance to move to London and Barnet” he recalled. Martin officially
introduced Simon to Barnet FC at the Supporters AGM in July 2003 and
had signed him on a free transfer. “It was a huge step up for me, I
was just a kid really, out of my comfort zone for a while, but it was
exciting arriving at Underhill sitting next to Ian Hendon at the
meeting who was great. I soon got really close to Strevs and Graz and
we are still close friends today” says Simon.
made his debut in the following Barnet line up at home to Telford
United Saturday August 8th 2003;
Naisbitt, Ian Hendon, Simon King, Danny Maddix, Chris Plummer, Guy
Lopez, Mark Rooney, Tony Taggart, Joe Gamble, Ben Strevens, Giuliano
Grazioli. Subs: Lee Pluck, Lee Roache, Soloman Henry, Lewis Hogg and
2-0 (Strevens and Own Goal) Attendance 1,319
conclusion of that first season, in which King made 40 appearances,
was agony as the club narrowly lost out in the Play-offs to
Shrewsbury Town but by then Paul Fairclough had taken the reins as
Manager and immediately saw Simon's potential as a centre back. Simon
took his position alongside Ismail Yakubu, Ian Hendon and Simon Clist
the for the first game of the 2004-5 season and that foursome
produced outstanding performances week in and out to help win the
club the GM Vauxhall Conference. “That was a very very good side
and I have some fantastic memories from that season”
the 3-1 win over Halifax Town at Underhill, that game that saw the
club win the Conference Trophy, King fittingly scored one of the
goals, putting the icing on the cake of a fine season personally. “
I was on the same score sheet with my mates Strevs and Graz that was
very special”. He would have won Player of the Season had it not
been for Grazioli's goal scoring feats but he was to collect that
award two years later. Simon had made 42 appearances scoring 4 times.
“I didn't score many but my all time favourite was in the 2-1 win
against Plymouth at Underhill in the League Cup”. I ventured
that the fans all time favourite was the last minute screamer scored
at the Aldershot Recreation Ground in the 3-2 win November 2004!
Player of the Year
Fairclough selected him for England National C team and he won three
caps for this country scoring the winning goal on his debut against
Italy. “That was a real honour to play in an England shirt and the
trip to Italy was a fantastic experience, the facilities and the way
we were treated was unbelievable”.
continued to impress the following year in the Football League
including playing in the side that lost at Old Trafford to Manchester
United in the Carling Cup. “What an experience that was, so
exciting”. He made another 37 appearances, scoring once. In 2006-7
he made 48 further appearances with two goals.
final appearance was in the following line up at home to Wycombe
Wanderers Saturday 5th May 2007;
Harrison, Ian Hendon, Simon King, Joe Devera, Adam Gross, Dean
Sinclair, Nicky Bailey, Jason Puncheon, Barry Cogan, Adam Birchall,
Oliver Allen. Subs: Ross Flitney, Liam Hatch, Nicky Nicolau, Giuliano
Grazioli, Magno Viera.
2-1 (Sinclair, Viera) Attendance 2,707
was hot property and happy with life at Underhill but the club, to
cut their losses, allegedly transferred listed in him May to avoid a
free transfer the following season. Good business? Well the facts are
that Gillingham came in with a £200,00, 3 years deal offer and Simon
same commitment and flair was soon being witnessed and appreciated by
Gills fans where Simon made 112 appearances in all winning a Wembley
Play-off medal in 2008/9 whilst being voted Player of the Season. The
1-0 win over Shrewsbury, must have been very gratifying and
coincidently was made alongside five other future Bees – Albert
Jarrett, Josh Wright, Barry Fuller, Stewart Lewis and Curtis Weston.
A further honour followed with a place in the PFA Football League 2
team of the season.
Simon missed the next 18 months of football due to a serious ankle
injury which was to plague the rest of his professional career. “I
don't know how I got through that period but it is then you realise
the value of your family and friends to spur you on to get through
the bad times”.
August 2011 Simon was loaned to Plymouth Argyle before being released
by Gillingham in May 2012. In July 2012 after a pre season training
stint with Barnet he briefly joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle and
made 5 appearances in the SPL for Manager Terry Butcher. “A
beautiful place to live and work, I loved it in Scotland but I
injured my other ankle and started to struggle at what was very high
level”. Sadly at still only 29 Simon had to retire from
Professional Football shortly afterwards. Taking a break for a year
in August 2013 he was approached by Mark Stimson and joined Thurrock
FC in the Isthmian League. “I lost the weight I had put on fairly
quickly picked up a training routine again and I can tell you the
ankles are holding up OK though a bit sore on a Sunday” he laughed.
“I train hard two days a week while trying to develop a career in
Personal Training”. Simon is currently living just outside
Brentwood in Essex.
was blessed with boyish good looks, was always extremely well groomed
and was a regular after game presence in the social club at
Underhill comfortably mingling with fans. Talking to him now he still
retains that effervescence and freshness and has promised to visit us
at the Hive soon. You will be made very very welcome young man.