Being at Wembley Stadium to watch my team in a cup final as an 11 year old was very very special. In 1972 the FA Trophy competition was in its infancy having been born two years previously. It was basically a revamp of the old FA Amateur Cup and Barnet had made the semi final in its first season narrowly loosing out to Macclesfield Town in the semi final stage but the run up to this final was I have to say graced with some of the finest football ever seen at Underhill. What is even more fascinating is that it was achieved with a first team squad of just 15 regular players.
The meagre 727 attendance was due to the fact that the game was played on a Tuesday afternoon, kick off 2.15pm. It was a time of industrial strikes and a three day working week plus the Electricity Board were enforcing power cuts left right and centre therefore no Underhill floodlights – I had the mumps that day honest!
|Plume Penalty at the County Ground|
|Ben Embery and Jack McClelland|
For that season in 63 first team matches in which Ben Embery appeared in 61 of them and Les Eason in 60, manager Tommy Coleman called on the services of just 15 regular players. In hindsight was this the reason why a season that promised so much and was so memorable was not the great one that it should have been? I can tell you that in those 63 games 125 goals were scored with Lou Adams netting 28, Powell 27,Eason 24 and Flatt 15, an incredible goal ratio for a forward line. Finally a list of those 15 names for you ‘oldies’ to study and enjoy. Jack McClelland, Mick Coffey - who shared the goalkeeping duties, Jimmy Lye, Peter Jenkins, Ben Embery, Gerry Ward, Gordon Ferry, Barrie King, Paddy Powell, Les Eason, Lou Adams, Colin Flatt, Dickie Plume, Ian Fusedale and Jimmy Godfrey.
Plume, Ward, Ferry, Powell, Flatt
Embery, Lye, Adams, Eason (Insert Coffey)