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
The Memorial Stadium, Filton
Avenue, Horfield, Bristol BS7 OBF
0117 909 6648
COLOURS Blue and White
The Pirates or Gas Heads
in charge at The Memorial is Mansfield born Darrell Clarke, who has
held the reins since March 2014. He had previously managed at
Salisbury Town and as an attacking midfielder played for Mansfield
Town and Hartlepool United
Catching a Fish or describing the Rovers support - Exaggeration
DIRECTIONS BY ROAD
until its junction 19. Turn onto the M32 and carry on until its
junction 2. Take the third exit at the roundabout signposted Horfield
and Southmead where you will begin to see signs for the Memorial
Stadium. Carry on for approx. a mile and a half until you reach
traffic lights and crossroads. Turn left here into Filton Avenue
where you will find the ground almost immediately on your left. These
directions are courtesy of Bristol Rovers FC.
parking is available but very difficult unless you arrive early. The
club recommends Muller Road or Gloucester Road, which will leave you
with a 10-minute walk to the ground.
London Paddington to Bristol Parkway train will take about 90
minutes. Bristol Parkway is 2 miles from the ground and the 73 and 74
buses run past it. A taxi will cost around £6.00 so grab a chum or
two and share.
AND DRINKING LOCALLY
Queen Victoria, which is a 5 minute walk from the ground is the best
bet for a pre match beer and a snack. However there are numerous
pubs in the vicinity of the stadium. The Social Club is available to
away fans in small friendly numbers according to my spies.
Memorial Stadium, formerly owned by Bristol Rugby Club became Rovers'
home in in 1996 after a ten-year ground share with Bath City at
Twerton Park. Previously they played at Eastville Stadium but more of
that later. The capacity is around 12,000 with about 4,000 seats. The
West Stand is a strange looking affair with its prominent executive
boxes along the roof the focal point with a fairly small seated area
behind a paddock of terracing. Adjacent and to the left is the Family
Stand whose roof was bought and paid for by the Supporters
Association. Opposite sits the tall and narrow cantilevered Dribuild
Stand, which has a slightly larger seating area behind a bank of
unsheltered terracing. If you suffer from vertigo it is not
recommended that you sit in the back rows, as the rake is very steep.
Either side of it is open terracing part of which will be our home
for the afternoon along with some seating in the South Stand- if it
is a wet day bring a brolly or suffer the consequences To the left of
the DAS Stand is the home fan stronghold the Blackthorn End, a low
fully covered terrace. At the other end of the pitch is the
aforementioned South Stand, which is a similar bank of seats to
Underhill’s old Montgomery Stand only larger. It runs for 2/3rds of
the touchline from corner flag to far edge of the 6 yard box.
All those people! They need a bigger ground.
Under 16's £8. Depending on the category our game is given, i.e. A
or B, these prices may be rounded up by a further £2.00.
MEETINGS AND MEMORIES
last visit was in November 2014 when a Luisma Villa Lopez goal was
not enough in a 2-1 defeat in front of over 6,000 paying customers!
Two old gits...pigs in poo!
rather satisfying visit to Rovers was in November 2011 when Izale
McLeod and Mark Byrne goals secured a 2-0 in front of over 5,000
recall November 1983 two months into his Barnet career and Nicky
Evans was at his most majestic at Rovers old ground Eastville in a
replayed FA Cup 1st round tie. We lost 3-1 but Nicky’s goal and
performance was perfection bearing in mind the pitch condition that
evening. The is also some very grainy film of this game available on
YouTube. The Pirates made an offer for Evans of probably £3,000,000
or even more after the game but he chose to stay at Underhill, truly
the master in the box. The wonderful exhibition from the Barnet
midfield and Gary Phillips in goal in the first contest at Underhill
helped end the game 0-0 and the attendance was given as 2,650. Yeah
OK there wasn’t about 700 Rovers fans on the East Terrace, the West
Bank wasn’t packed to the rafters and the Queens Arms didn’t had
to re-cover their pool table, repair their fruit machine and replace
numerous windows the next day.
Agogo and Giuliano Grazioli played for both clubs and would have made
a splendid partnership at Underhill. Lord Jeffrey Archer lived
locally and can be seen most mornings picking up his copy of the
Daily Mirror in News ‘n’ Chews. Top 60’s and 70’s British
songwriting team Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway (I’d Like To Teach
the World To Support Barnet was one of their best) came from these
parts as did Rod Hull & his Emu before his fall from the skylight
I mean limelight.