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
Goodchild Way, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 3PB
020 8547 3528
Colours Blue and Yellow
The Wombles or Dons
Manager Neil Ardley spent the
majority of his playing career at Wimbledon between 1991 and 2002.
Spells at Watford, Cardiff City and Millwall followed before he
retired from playing in 2007. He also made 10 appearances for England
under 21's. He then spent five years as manager of the Cardiff City
Academy before taking the managerial post at AFC in October 2012.
Directions by Road From the M25 exit at junction 10
joining the A3 northbound towards London. Look out for signs to New
Malden and Worcester Park turning left into Malden Road (A2043)
signposted Kingston. Straight on to the roundabout taking the first
exit into Kingston Road (still the A2043) and Kingsmeadow is one
approx mile on the left. From the A3, via the North Circular A406,
out of London head for New Malden and Worcester Park and you will
eventually rendezvous with the A2043 – see above.
Parking Car parking at the ground is at a
premium and the surrounding streets, although fairly unrestricted is
very congested so be prepared for a walk to the ground when you do
find a space.
is the nearest British Rail station to the ground which is served by
London Waterloo. A 15 minute walk awaits from Norbiton. New Malden is
another station option with a slightly longer (25 minutes) walk to
the ground but this option offers more “amenities” if you know
what I mean? The 131 bus from here passes the ground.
and Drinking Locally
Close to New Malden station you
will find The Fountain and the Glasshouse which both come recommended
by my spies.
Nearer to the ground you will find
the Duke of Wellington and The Prince of Wales, both on Kingston
Road. Reckless Recommendation for a bit of class? The Glasshouse, 14
Coombe Road New Malden, Surrey KT3 4QE – nice menu and very
comfortable according to my contacts. The social club did admit away
fans for our last visit, although one is scrutinised quite thoroughly
before entry is allowed. There is a Chip Shop directly outside the
ground for which I have received mixed reviews – a chip is not
just a chip and a piece of battered haddock is not just a piece of
As you are aware AFC Wimbledon
ground share with Kingstonian and various improvements have taken
place since AFC took over the leasehold. The Paul Shrank main stand
has been extended and now has room for nearly 1,300 although is only
8 rows deep. The recently built Nongshim stand is behind one goal and
is all seated The Your Golf or East side terrace is joined by the
Chemflow terrace at behind the other goals. Our home for the
afternoon will an area of the aforementioned Your Golf terrace.
£16,00 Concessions £10,00 Under 18's £4.00
Meetings and Memories
April 2013 was our last visit. The Bees came home with the much
needed three points thanks to a debut goal from Keanu Marsh-Brown.
There have only been four recent
meetings between the two clubs unless we go way back in time to the
days of the Southern League when we were frankly bitter enemies in
footballing terms with Wimbledon. But I then ask you, are AFC the
same club? All I can say is that we had 10 years of head to heads
between 1966 and 1976 always in front of better than average
attendances. One of my first ever Barnet away games was Boxing Day
1968 when a Les Eason goal was not enough in a 2-1 defeat at the old
Les Eason was an outstanding player for Barnet
time reckless hell raiser Oliver Reed was born here as were actors
Martin Clues and Margaret Rutherford. Naturalist Kate Humble, TV's
Davina McCall and The Wombles (annoying furry creatures with
obsessive compulsive disorder – was one of them John Cosgrove?) also live nearby. Allegedly one of my
non sporting heroes, Steve-o from Jackass TV, was born in Wimbledon
before emigrating to the USA.