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Reckless - Potters Bar March 2014.
Oh Yes, thank you to"Al" without whom.......that is all
After that fine 5-0 win at Chester I was reminded of the last time we ran up a 5-0 Hawaii? It was in front of Sky TV customers too!
it really the best part of 10 years ago that this game was played?
the clubs met way back in 1972 in The London Challenge Cup, The Daggers were in a previous life known simply as Dagenham, and it is
only relatively recently in 1981 that they have gone head to head on
a regular basis. In the 1980's non league days Barnet usually had the
upper hand but then we did have some very good sides challenging for
the Conference title.
best thing to come out of Dagenham (apart from the A13) as far as
Barnet is concerned is a player by the name of Edwin Stein. Ed joined
Barry Fry's army in 1981 and became his lieutenant for many
years playing in over 500 games for the club and as captain lifted
the GM Vauxhall Conference Trophy in 1991.
A very young Edwin Stein
above picture of Ed proves my much ridiculed story that until he arrived the netting
behind the North terrace at Underhill was much lower. He
allegedly fired dozens of crosses, shots and corners into the gardens
of Westcombe Drive and eventually the club had lost so may balls they lashed out on some new fencing. Even to this day if a Barnet player miscues,
the crowd still chant Oh Eddie Eddie, Eddie Stein - and most of the
voices are too young to truly understand why they do it!
cherished memory of a Barnet v Dagenham game was way back in 1985 and
a 3-3 draw in the FA Trophy in arctic conditions. The Bees
feared front man Steve Ragan took a lot of backchat from Daggers
fans that day, not so politely suggesting that he was in their
opinion clumsy, overweight and couldn't run. He crashed in what
can only be described as a magnificent goal (he only scored
'magnificent' or 'can't possibly miss' goals did Rags) and ran
straight up to the bunch of verbal Daggers fans picked up a big
handful of snow and threw it at them! It hit one guy straight on the
Magnificent Steve Ragan scores at Victoria Road in 1985
I digress - that's unusual...................A decade later with
the Bees back in non league re-born Dagenham & Redbridge
secured three very comfortable consecutive wins by 5-1, 5-2 and 4-2.
Revenge came in October 2004 when a cavalier Barnet side marshaled by
Paul Fairclough, who were to win the conference by a country
mile, went Hawaii Five-0 in front of the Sky TV Cameras.
Paul Fairclough 2004
to Underhill, Daggers Manager John Still lined up four players with
past and future connections with Barnet – defenders Lee Flynn and
Anwar Uddin plus midfielder Glen Southam and striker Tony Boot.
Barnet started the afternoon without leading goalscorer Giuliano
Grazioli who had flu, and on the back of a brilliant 3-0 victory in
midweek at Exeter City. Barnet actually racked up 17 goals in just
five league games during the month.
game was all but over as a contest after just six minutes as Captain
Ian Hendon powered down the the right and opened the scoring with a
miss hit shot that evaded Tony Roberts. Ben Strevens then grabbed his
first goal of the season with a perfectly placed header thanks to a
beautifully flighted cross from Richard Graham. Liam Hatch wasted a
glorious chance by blasting wide shortly afterwards latching onto a
Nicky Bailey through ball but was unlucky to pick up a painful arm
injury which left him sidelined for 3 weeks. Hatch was substituted by
half time Damian Batt replaced Ismail Yakubu but it wasn't a day for
defenders as Graham and Bailey ran the show from the Bees midfield.
Hendon's long ball set up Roache who joyfully slotted the ball home
for 3-0. Enter Nicky Bailey for the fourth goal. Picking the ball up
35 yards out Bailey moved quickly forward and curled a wonderful shot
past the despairing Roberts into the top corner – an exquisite
finish that was shown over and over again for Sky viewers to drool
over! His effort was voted Goal of the Season by Supporters.
Dean Sinclair burst into the box and was tripped by Flynn
allowing Capt. Hendo to thrash the ball home for number five. The
theme music from the 1970's TV Show Hawaii Five-0 then echoed around
the ground from the terraces and stands accompanied by the actions of
propelling an Outrigger Canoe – because supporters have to take
their chances when given them too!
resounding result put Barnet 3 points clear of Carlisle United at the
top of the table and these two were to meet the following week in
Cumbria in front of nearly 10,000.
Tynan – Ian Hendon – Ismail Yakubu – Simon King – Simon Clist
– Nicky Bailey – Dean Sinclair – Dwane Lee – Ben
Strevens – Richard Graham – Liam Hatch. Subs Lee Roache –
Damian Batt – Danny Maddix – Guy Lopez – Ricky Millard.