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
Park Stadium Warwick Road, Carlisle Cumbria CA1 1LL
Colours Blue and White
Curle is the current Manger at Brunton Park and has been at the helm
since September 2014. Defender Keith was capped three times as a full
England International and played close to 800 domestic games in a 24
year career notably with Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanders,
Bristol City and Wimbledon. He has had previous managerial experience
with Torquay Utd, Notts County, Chester City and Mansfield Town.
Directions by Road
and onto the M6. Leave the M6 at junction 43 and turn off onto the
A69 signposted Carlisle. Follow this road through 2 sets of traffic
lights (Warwick Road) and after about a mile you will see Brunton
Park on your right.
are no parking problems at Carlisle as there is a large car park
close to the away turnstiles. Continue past the ground for approx.
200 yards and turn right onto Victoria Place and turn first right
onto St Aidans Road.
Virgin Train from London Euston takes approx. 4 hours to Carlisle on
route to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Carlisle station is approx. a mile
and a half walk from the ground. Come out of the station and cross
Bothchergate and into the Crescent and then into Warwick Road, which
is the A69. Buses numbers 70, 74 and 685 all run along Warwick Road
towards the ground.
and Drinking Locally
is a pub called the Beehive which is only 100 yards from the ground
but is very popular with the locals before the game although away
fans are admitted . The local Carlisle Rugby Club bar is open to away
fans and comes recommended from a reliable source. The Those
travelling by train have the Reckless recommendations of the The
Howard Arms (Lowther Street). Inside the ground you will find the
Brunton Pastie (which is slightly different to normal pasties and
pies) and well worth a taster especially after travelling all that
way. The nearest chippy is a fair walk away along the Warwick Road
and for you heathens the nearest McDonalds is hopefully in
Park is an imposing venue. The main stand is a strange looking affair
with the centre section originally constructed in 1953 flanked by
wing sections added in 1974. The extensions were opened for the start
of the clubs season in the top flight (i.e. Division 1 before the
Premiership). It has a large open paddock in front. The home terrace
is the Warwick Road End adorned with a splendid multi span roof.
Opposite the Story Holmes Stand and is the most recent addition to
the ground. Our away contingent will possibly be allocated one corner
of this area accessible from its northern entrance via turnstiles
17-21 The open Petteril Terrace completes the picture
£19, Concessions £16, Under 22's £13, Under 18's £10, Under 11's
£7, Under 7's Free
Meetings and Memories
2005 and a brilliant 3-1 win thanks to goals from Giuliano Grazioli,
Nicky Bailey and Dean Sinclair. 9,215
fans were present the previous season to witness another brilliant
3-1 victory for the Bees. An Ian Hendon penalty an own goal from
Kevin Gray and a bullet header from Dwane Lee sealed the win. The
return game at Underhill was the night that the Conference Trophy was
presented. The game itself finished 1-1 featuring a brilliant Graz
overhead....... hold on why am I telling you about something that
will be embedded on your memories for ever?
Graz, Hendo and Strevs
have travelled some miles in following Barnet over the years but the
journey to Carlisle is the second worse I have ever experienced.
(Barrow-In Furness in the ultimate). However April 1992, our first
the league, saw Duncan Horton, Harry Willis and Mark Carter all score
for the Bees in a brilliant display of attacking football. We
returned the following season and silenced a big crowd with another
great display and a goal from Brian Stein won it.
whole host of famous celebs hail from Carlisle and its surrounding
area including Poet William Wordsworth, DJ John Peel (RIP), heavy
breathing TV presenter Melvin Bragg, the chap who is married to TV’s
Judy Finnigan, Eddie ‘where’s your tie son? 'Stobart, funny man
Bob Mortimore and one member of boy band 911. Rudolph Hess, the
famous Nazi war criminal who attempted a few peace keeping missions
throughout Britain in 1938, once stayed overnight in Carlisle Castle.
A Bed & Breakfast room with trouser press and a shared bath was
1/- 8d (One shilling and eightpence to you or about 8p) per night but
the room had to be vacated by 10.00am.
Cumbrians most famous fan is sultry Heaven on Earth American singer
Belinda Carlisle who changed her name from Kurczeski in honour of the
club when they briefly topped the old 1st division table in early
season 1974/5 after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.