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
Personnel: Gateshead born Neil
Aspin is in charge at The Shay and had a long playing career as a
defender with Leeds United, Port Vale and Darlington between
1982-2001. He managed at Harrogate Town before joining FC Halifax in
the Locals: The
club was originally formed in 1911. FC Halifax Town formed out of the
ashes of Halifax Town who went into administration during 2007-08
season. Debts of £2million with over £800,000 owed to HM Revenue
and Customs saw the club wound up. The Shaymen reformed in July 2008,
be it three steps further down the pyramid, the FA placing them in
the Unibond League Division One North.
Directions by Road:
the M62 exiting at junction 24, follow signs for A629 Halifax (quite
complicated after the slip road, just keep focused) and into
Calderdale Way which becomes the Huddersfield Road After approx 4.5
miles on this A629 keep
right into Shaw Hill where you will find the ground
on your left and parking.
is parking at the ground at a small charge but street parking
locally is freely available.
by Train: A mid morning train
from Kings Cross will take around 3 hours with a possible change at
10 minute walk awaits - out of the station through the car park and
turn left onto Church Street. Over the roundabout into South Parade
and then straight onto in Shay Syke. You will see the ground to your
supporters coach will leave the Hive at 8am with earlier pick up
points at Potters Bar Station, Barnet (3 separate places), Whetstone
and Edgware starting at 7am. The price is £30.00 return.
For further information on Bees Travel Club please call the ticket off ice on 020 8381 3800 and selection option 2.
and Drinking Locally:
Three Pigeons, which you pass on the left when walking from the
station serves up very decent pints. The Town Centre pub The
Barum Top Inn is a good bet for food and beer selection.
Nearer to the town centre you will find The Pump Room in New Road.
My Reckless recommendation – which is a tough pub to find but a
real gem tucked away behind the old Mill building to the east of the
ground, is the Shears Inn.
You will find this very splendid establishment in Paris Gates off Boys Lane HX3 9EZ. It is the oldest pub in town and the range of real ales and food is scummy. Hot sandwiches with a side order of chips and a gravy dip!
The Shears Inn
South Stand bar is open to all before and after the match.
ground was originally laid out in 1921 and remained a very basic
stadium with some area simple grass banks until as late as the early
1980's. The club now have an arena that could grace the Football
League with very few problems.
recently refurbished east stand has room for around 4,000 and houses
all the office facilities plus changing rooms and corporate
hospitality. At each end of the ground are huge “old school”
covered terraces each offering a fabulous view of proceedings.
Opposite is the old Skircote Stand, the oldest of the structures
which has been converted from terrace to seating. The current
capacity is a healthy 14,000.
fans are often housed in the Skircoat Stand and although covered
it does have a number of supporting pillars that may hinder your
view. Around 2,000 away supporters can be accommodated here. For
a small away following (we I suspect will include us) then the
Northern section of the Main Stand is allocated.
£17 Concessions £13 Under 17's £6 Under 7's £3
traditionally, but the club are surrounded by some pretty fierce
opposition. Oldham to the south east, Rochdale and Bury to the west,
Bradford to the east and Burnley to the north. To the south lies
Huddersfield and horror of horror the hooligan infested Holmfirth
Meetings and Memories:
last visit was in September 2013 when a Curtis Weston goal was not
enough in a 2-1 defeat.
our visit in August 2004 saw us 2-0 down at half time but after an
own goal, a strike by Liam Hatch and a sublime perfectly executed lob
by Giuliano Grazioli saw the Bees win 3-2. The previous season we
picked up a 2-1 win (thanks to Graz and Ben Strevens) and even the
terrace drum joined in the celebrations tumbling down the high
terrace towards Shane Gore in the Bees goal............it could have
killed someone for sure.
I also had the absolute
pleasure of visiting Halifax in the 2000/1 season by stretch
limousine. Our little party shared numerous pints and vodkas in the
lounge bar with John Doolan’s Dad before the game and numerous more
after it. John was desperate to join in but had to get on the coach! The result that day was......I can’t remember!
John Doolan - top man he was!
list of famous persons is mind blowing - US President George W Bush’s
family tree was traced back to Halifax and his ancestors emigrated to
Massachusetts in the 16th century. The Poet Laureate of 1984 Ted
Hughes OBE lived in Halifax. 1970’s legendary Blue Peter presenter
John ‘Get Down Shep’ Noakes, wrestling giant ‘Shirley Crabtree’
aka Big Daddy, TV weatherman John Kettley and John Christie the
infamous gas murderer/body burier of ‘10 Rillington Place’ in the 1940’s
also hailed from these parts.
Both of these buried bones!
Daniel Defoe allegedly wrote the novel
‘Robinson Crusoe’ whilst staying in Halifax around 1718. When you
are driving home in the dark after witnessing another Barnet victory
you should forever think of Halifax as the ‘cats eyes’ that
illuminate the road markings were invented here too by Mr Percy Shaw.
Mr Shaw has a Wetherspoons Pub in the Town Centre named in his