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
at Melbourne Stadium is Mark Hawkes. He has had previous experience
at Heybridge Swifts and replaced previous manager Dean Holdsworth in
DIRECTIONS BY ROAD
Junction 28 of the M25 take the A12 sign-posted Chelmsford. After
approximately nine miles take the exit sign-posted Chelmsford/Harlow
A414. Continue along this road for two miles until you reach the
first of two roundabouts. Go straight across the first roundabout and
at the second roundabout take the first left, signposted Chelmsford
Crematorium/Widford Industrial Area following the signs for the Town
Centre and Hospital A&E.
traffic lights take the A1060( Rainsford Road) go straight on at
first set of lights and at the second set of lights get into the
right-hand filter lane and turn right. This is Chignall Road. Soon
you will reach Melbourne Avenue where you turn right and then turn
first left into Salerno Way and the stadium.
are spaces available at the Stadium but they are for early birds, street
parking is also available but limited. Chelmsford are requesting that
visiting fans use car parking and then public transport from the Town
Centre. The numbers 54 and 56 buses run to the ground and the
journey should take around 15 minutes. The Bus Station is
situated on Duke Street.
Railway Station is served by trains from London Liverpool Street. A
taxi is the best option other than the aforementioned buses. A taxi
rank can be found behind the station and the fare to the stadium
should be around £6.00
supporters Coach will leave the Hive at 12 midday with earlier pick
up points at Potters Bar Station. Barnet (3 separate places),
Whetstone and Edgware starting from Potters Bar at 11.00am. The price
is £20.00 return.
further information on the Bees Travel Club, please call the ticket
office on 020 8381 3800 and select option two or visit The Hive in
AND DRINKING LOCALLY
nearest pub to the stadium the Red Beret on Melbourne Avenue while
another option is The Flyer which is part of the Hungry Horse chain
found on Copperfield Road.
Clarets Bar is open from 11.30am and offers an extensive bar menu
too. Early birds can experience a Full English Breakfast served up
until 1.00pm while pints are on special at £2.50.
Stadium was designed for athletics and more than copes with
Conference South attendances. The club moved there in 2007 after
ground sharing for a decade with Malden Town and then Billericay
Town. Older fans will remember the old Whittle Street Ground which
was demolished in 1997. The new stadium is dominated by the front
loading main stand which has room for around 1,000. The is a small
section of seating/terracing directly opposite with small temporary
terraces behind each goal. The capacity is 3,000.
Visitors terrace at Melbourne Stadium
prices are Adults £13.00 Concessions £9.00 Under 16 £5.00. Family
Ticket 2 Adults and 2 Under 16's £25.00.
MEETINGS AND MEMORIES
City were regular opponents back in our Southern League Days and
fairly intensive rivals too it must be said! A very early memory for
me was a 1-0 away win in 1970 in front of a what was a big crowd of
around 4,000. Lou Adams scored but as usual missed about 8 other
chances on the day - bless him.
last visit to City was in an FA Cup 1st round replay in 1990, when
after a 2-2 smoke bomb enhanced game at Underhill, Andrew Clarke and
Harry Willis were on target in a 2-0 win.