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Reckless - Potters Bar March 2014.
Oh Yes, thank you to"Al" without whom.......that is all
promotion to the Football League 1991 was exhilarating, not a care in
the Barnet FC world, then something happens to bring everybody
associated with the club back to earth.
one remembers the closed season of 1991 it was one of excitement for
the club and supporters as we had secured promotion to the Football
League for the first time in May at Fisher Athletic. However we also
lost the services of a very gifted and respected player in June of
that year time from the very illness that I was thankfully helped with in 2009 – Kevin Durham.
Kevin with the GM Trophy
and his family were holidaying in Majorca when he suffered a fatal
heat attack. The whole of the football world was shocked that this
could happen to a very fit full-time athlete. Manager Barry Fry was
quoted as saying “Kevin played 48 games for us that season and was
a very fit player. There was no indication of any sort of problem and
his death came as a serious shock to us all. He was excellent company
and the sort of player who always kept the dressing room happy. His
death put a real dampener on out celebrations and put everything into
was born in Oxford April 6th
1962 and started his footballing career with Oxford Schools FA. He
turned out for Abingdon Town and Pressed Steel in the Hellenic
leagues before signing with Oxford City then managed by the legendary
Bobby Moore with assistance from Harry Redknapp. He joined Wycombe
Wanderers in August 1986 spending four seasons gaining promotion to
the Conference, FA representative honours in 1989 and the admiration
of the Chairboys supporters for his 100% commitment.
time target of Barry Fry, Barnet secured Kevin’s services in
September 1990 for £15,000 – a snip! Many Wycombe fans were
seething with anger at the time believing he was worth a lot more.
Kevin made is debut at home to Kettering Town on Tuesday 4th September 1990 in the following line up which lost 0-1 in front of a 4,261 attendance.
Gary Phillips, Paul Wilson, Geoff Cooper, Mick Bodley, Richard Nugent, Kevin Durham, Edwin Stein, Paul Harding, Andy Clarke, David Regis and Roger Willis. Subs Paul Sugrue and Steve Welsh. In the following game in a 3-0 win at Kidderminster Harriers, Kevin opened his goal account for the club and a week later he scored in the FA win against Clapton.
who normally operated in left midfield joined the club while they
were in the middle of a fabulous run of form. September 1990 saw us
win seven and lose just one game during the month including a 3-2 win
over Kevin’s old club in front of a massive 4,579 attendance at
The highlight of his Underhill career apart from being
selected in the starting line up at Fisher Athletic in the promotion
winning game was I believe officially scoring the winning goal at
Northampton Town in the FA Cup 2nd
round direct from a corner – the goal had been credited to Andy
Clarke at one point and it seems that many Barnet players staked a
claim on getting a touch!
end of the season with the Vauxhall Conference trophy safely in the
boardroom Kevin realised a life long ambition and signed professional
forms with the club. He was all set for a well-deserved summer
holiday and a new stage of his career. Barry Fry said, “We hardly
discussed terms because Kevin was so happy just to be a professional
Barnet programme Editor and club aficionado the late Tony Holmes, who
was very close to Kevin has said in one of his articles in a Bees
programme – “Kevin was simply overjoyed when Barnet won
promotion. When the final whistle went at Fisher, he flung his arms
in the air and sunk to his knees and the look of exuberance on his
face left no-one in any doubt exactly what it meant to him.”
The Durham Suite in mid construction
club awarded a well-attended benefit match to Kevin’s family in
September 1991, the opposition? Wycombe Wanderers of course. In a
further gesture towards him the newly built administrative and social
club was renamed “The Durham Suite” in his memory.