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
Head Coach at Wolves is Kenny Jackett (Don't forget your “Kenny”
has been football supporter slang for years!)
spent his whole playing career at Watford (he also made over 30
appearances for Wales) until knee injuries forced him to retire into
coaching alongside Graham Taylor. His first taste of managing was in
1996 when Taylor briefly took on the role of Director of Football at
Vicarage Road. Kenny has also managed at Swansea City and Millwall
before joining Wolves in May 2013.
Jackett without his "Kenny"
Directions by Road
the most straightforward route, these directions are supplied by
to its Junction 10 taking the A454 signposted Wolverhampton. Stay on
the A454 into Wolverhampton until you reach the intersection with the
ring road. Here turn right. As you approach the 2nd set of traffic
lights you will see clear signs for football parking. Turning left at
this intersection will take you to the town centre where there are
numerous pay and display areas and a 20 minute walk to the ground.
Civic Hall Parking is recommended by the club and will cost about
£3.00 for the evening. Car parking at the ground is up to £8.00 but
is limited. My spies tell me getting away after a game is a
“nightmare” so parking away from the stadium is advised.
Station is a short 15 minute walk away from Molineux but trains back
south after the game are limited please check carefully times and
and Drinking Locally
fans are not generally permitted in the pubs close to Molineux
although there are very good bar facilities once inside the stadium.
The Stonehouse Bar in the city centre is a pub specifically reserved
for visiting fans and security is excellent – will we need this
Kafuffle, no or course not, the club can normally expect 2-3,000
visiting fans for a League game in the Championship our support will
be a little more modest I suspect.
George Wallis in Victoria Street and the Lady Wulfrun in Lichfield
Street also come recommended by the club.Food
outlets around the stadium however are shall we say numerous!
impressive stadium and one that will develop even further in the next
few years – it is of Premiership quality. The Stan Cullis Stand
behind one goal is huge and can be seen quite clearly from miles
around. To its right and left are the Steve Bull and Billy Wright
stands, Both two tiered with hospitality boxes running along the
middle. At the other end of the pitch is the Jack Hayward Stand, part
of which will be our home for the evening. This stand replaced the
incredible old South Bank Terrace with in it heyday could hold 30,000
standing. I have stood there back in the 1970's and its appearance
made Molineux look quite massive.
South Bank to the right.
for this fixture were unavailable at time of writing but normal
admission prices are Adults £24.00 and Concessions £14.00.
Meetings and Memories
only previous visit was in August 1998 (was it really 17 years ago?).
After securing a brilliant 2-1 lead at Underhill in the first leg of
the League Cup tie thanks to goals from Darren Currie and Scott
McGleish we were squashed 5-0 thanks to a Steve Bull hatrick and a
brace from an 18 year old Robbie Keane in front of over 15,000 fans!
The Bees line up that evening for those who like to reminisce was –
Harrison, Stockley, Goodhind, Ford, Basham, Onwere, Simpson, Currie,
Doolan, Devine and McGleish. Subs Harle, Manuel, Charley Wilson and
Rust. We wore a pale blue kit that evening as Wolves had nicked our
club colours a few years earlier.
Sammy Stockley and Steve Bull during that game.
books at the ready – Edward Elgar the most prominent of English
composers was a regular visitor to Molineux, while the most famous of
Women's cricketers Baroness Rachel Heyhoe Flint was born here. So too
was ex Barnet defensive coach Don Howe. Olympians Denise Lewis and
Tessa Sanderson hail from these parts as well. The greatest Glam Rock
band Slade plied their trade here too in the 1970's. Our Graham Stack
is a celebrity in Wolverhampton having made four appearance on loan
for them in 2007. And a late item of news reaches me that Catherine
Eddowes, the fourth victim of Jack the Ripper was born in