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
supporters of the era can remember Barnet’s Conference winning
squad heroes – Gary Bull, Andy Clarke, David Howell, Harry Willis
etc. However Barry Fry did have a huge squad available to him that
season and there were a few unsung heroes including Tony Lynch.
Lynch joined the club from Wealdstone for a big £15,000 fee in the
September 1990 and actually remained at the club for nearly
four seasons. An out and out winger with pace and tricks he had made
an unforgettable debut scoring with his first touch of the ball and
added another goal to the total within minutes in the 8-1 drubbing of
Fisher Athletic at Underhill. Tony’s appearances for the club would
probably have doubled had it not been for the arrival of Paul Showler
in 1991. He remained loyal to the club through the difficult summer
of 1993 and was outstanding in the Cup games that season at Southend
and Chelsea. His best goal - surely the dipping 35 yarder at home to
Doncaster Rovers in February 1993? Hold on though, what about the
wonder strike when QPR came along in September 1993 in the League
Cup? “Don’t Flinch It’s” Tony Lynch certainly knew where the
goal was given the chance.
Christmas 1990 approached the club surprisingly were on a poor run of
form and desperately needed a victory to get back on track. The lads
delivered it at Yeovil’s new (and then still incomplete) Huish
Park. The team had an unfamiliar look with Wayne Turner running the
midfield alongside Paul Richardson and Hakan Hayrettin.
sustained pressure the Bees took the lead after 22 minutes. A
perfectly weighted Gary Bull pass allowed Lynch to volley home with
style. As ever Gary Phillips performed acrobatics in the Bees goal to
keep the score to 1-0 at the interval.
Gary Phillips and Tony Lynch
10 minutes of the restart they were 3-0 up and Lynch had bagged a
quality hatrick. A brilliant Bull flick-on left Lynch clear at half
way. Accelerating clear of the defence he finished with a precise
cross shot wide of Bond in the Greens goal. The inch perfect lob for
his third goal was thanks again to Bull and Andy Clarke’s
brilliance in the set up. Unfortunately a knee injury ended Lynch’s
involvement in the game after an hour and Willis replaced him. He
quite rightly took the applause from the Barnet Army with a huge
smile on his face while being helped off. Not to be outdone Clarke
crashed the ball home to complete the Barnet scoring before Robbie
Carroll grabbed a last minute consolation for Yeovil.
It seemed whatever the list of names or the formation that Fry put out it would entertain the public - would it pay off today?
: Gary Phillips – Gary Poole – Geoff Cooper – Mick Bodley
–Richard Nugent – Paul Richardson – Wayne Turner – Hakan
Hayrettin – Andy Clarke – Gary Bull – Tony Lynch. Subs Harry
Willis and Edwin Stein.