Tuesday 14th July 2015
Once inside the ground the all-wooden Main stand which runs virtually the length of the touchline but incorporates offices at one end was built in 1922 and evidently has a preservation order on it. Once again If you are interested in architecture, but this time inside a football ground, it is well worth a closer inspection as these type of stands are very much a thing of the past and disappearing fast. Ironically the view from inside is not the best! The terracing around the ground is sturdy and there is a small amount of cover opposite the main stand. Finally may I draw your attention to the wonderful perimeter posts because if you look closely some even have impressions of the clubs crest on the side. I’ll get my coat now shall I?
Up until recently John ‘Motty’ Motson (part time Bee supporter and broadcaster) lived in Marshalswick.
David Essex lives in the area and is often seen walking his dogs in Clarence Park. The only Englishman ever to have been made Pope, Adrian IV comes from these parts and Prof. Steven Hawking attended St Albans School.
In 2008 we were soundly beaten 3-0 in the same competition. A 1977 4-2 win in a 3rd Qualifying FA Cup tie at Clarence Park in front of about 2,000 spectators in the days when everybody played in black and white! In a red-hot game Jimmy Greaves was outstanding, scored a beauty and put at least 1,000 extra punters through the turnstiles. If memory serves it got a also got bit heated amongst rival fans walking through the park afterwards. I wore my black Crombie coat with a red satin top pocket lining, two toned trousers, white socks and black quarter-tipped loafers - cool or what?
|Standard Issue Barnet FC Supporters c. 1977|