After 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
John Coleman took
the reins at Southport in December 2013. He had a 20 year playing
career mainly for a host of non league clubs in the North west from
1979. A prolific striker who scored over 500 goals, John was
appointed player-manger at Ashton United before joining Accrington
Stanley in 1999. He became their longest serving manager before
joining Rochdale in 2012.
Directions by Road:
and onto the M6. Onwards and northwards leaving the M6 at junction 26
and joining the M58. Stay on the M58 until junction 3 and take the
A570 signposted Skelmersdale and Southport. Onto and through the very
pleasant town of Ormskirk remaining on the A570 (via 1 way system),
then onto Southport. Follow the A570 Into Scarisbrick New Road and
you will find Haig Avenue on the right, half a mile before the town
centre. Please note that the ground is really well signposted from
edge of town and the floodlights and main stand are visible from some
is no car park at the ground and Haig Avenue is usually blocked off
on matchdays. However there is ample street parking available close
to the ground.
Euston is your starting point and a 4 hour journey awaits you with
changes at Crewe and/or Wigan. Southport British Rail is a around a
mile and a half from the ground. Turn left out of the station and
into Chapel Street. Then take the 2nd left into Eastbank Street. At a
roundabout turn into Scarisbrick Road (signposted A570 to Ormskirk)
and you will see Haig Avenue on the left after a short walk. A taxi
will cost you about £5.00, made for sharing. By Bus -the routes D
and D1 run to Scarisbrick Road and directly to the ground from the
station and town centre.
and Drinking Locally:
Thatch and Thistle is located at the end of Haig Avenue junction
Butts Lane and serves food and a good selection of beers. It also has
a car park and away fan friendly too. The club recommend the Richmond
on the A570 Scarisbrick New Road which will look after all your
Grandstand Bar is accessible and neighbourly and situated behind the
main stand. Please note that the club bar closes 15 minutes before
kick-off and until after the game.
Ave more than copes with Skrill Premier football with a main stand
that holds 1800. The Jack Carr home terrace is partially covered with
the uncovered Popular Side also a home fan only area. The ‘away’
terrace is called the Blowick End which is uncovered, very ‘open’.
Entry to this terrace is through turnstiles 3 and 4.The view from the
main stand is excellent and an area there is allocated to away fans
with entry via turnstiles 5 & 6.
Terrace £13.50 Concession £10.00 Under 18's £5.00
Meetings and Memories:
last visit was recently as November 2011 when Clovis Kamdjo and
Charlie Taylor goals secured a 2-1 FA Cup 1st round win.
Two conference away games - Mark Gower's strike was not enough in
March 2003 as the Bees lost 2-1. The
previous season saw the third win on the spin for the club at the
time. The doughnut munching (in joke amongst a few of us travellers
that afternoon) Bees fans in the 946 attendance saw that man Mark
Gower miss from the penalty spot and a winning goal poached by Wayne
to be a massive 9/10 for this one. Come on its the seaside and we
won't get many chances of a Kiss-me-Quick type overnighter.
galore soaked up the sun in Southport - The delightful actress
Miranda Richardson was born here (she does not look 56) as was
“Confessions of” actor Robin Askwith. Anthony Quayle he of
Lawrence of Arabia and Guns of Naverone too! Jeff Searle lookalike
Marc Almond busked on the pier as did Opportunity Knocks singer song
writer Berni Flint
Kenny Dalglish, and Alan Hanson have homes here as does the long
serving ex-Barnet crowd favourite Mark Lawrenson.