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
Derek Adams is now at the helm at Home Park. Adams had a seven year
relationship as manager at Ross County, where he also played for five
seasons. He joined Plymouth after being voted SPFA Manager of the
Year in June 2015.
Directions by Road
From the end of the M5
the A38 is the road into Plymouth. The signposts for Home Park are
abundant and almost plead your interest. Stay on the A38 until you
can turn left onto A386. You will see the ground on your left and the
car parks adjacent to it. It is that simple as that!
“first come first served car parks” are free but are full about
45 minutes before kick off normally. Street parking is available
further on from the ground on the A386 but access is from the
late morning train from Paddington will easily reach Plymouth by
teatime. The station is a good 20 minute walk away from the ground
through the very picturesque Home Park, one again signs beckon you
towards the stadium. Just take on board getting back to the Smoke
will be impossible directly after the game!
and Drinking Locally
The Britannia in
Wolseley Road, which is the local Whetherspoons outlet appears to be
the only decent pub for a drink and a meal, It is a short 10 minute
walk from the ground. Alcohol is served inside the ground and the
normal football fayre is on offer, dogs, burgers, chips etc.
Park is now a mix of 21st century efficiency with 3 new
stands and the beauty, elegance and craft of one of the few surviving
Archibald Leitch designed grandstands of the 1930's. The stadium
currently has room for around 22,000.
£20 Concessions £15 Under 18's £7
Meetings and Memories
2013 and a Jake Hyde goal was not enough in a 2-1 defeat last time we
visited Home Park.
The away fixture in
September 2000 saw the Bees come away with a stunning 3-2 victory in
front of 3,423 thanks to a brace from Tony Richards and Mark
Barnet travelled to Argyle way back 1984 in the FA Cup 1st
Round when the Bees were a struggling Gola League side and were
Drawing a “big”
name in the Cup in those days was the highlight of the season more
often than not. A mighty day out was had by all and tales galore of
that day could be remembered in the Hive Bar over a beer if you feel
you want to know! I take no shame in reeling off the side that day
full of great Barnet FC characters!
Gary Phillips –
Peter Brown – Kevin Millet – Bill Baldry – Mike Pittaway –
Edwin Stein – Ian Ferguson – John Margerrison – Steve Mahoney –
Stewart Atkins – Nicky Evans. Sub: Steve Ragan.
Stewart Atkins and Nicky Evans
books handy? Sailors Sir Francis Drake and William Bligh used to hang
around the local Bowling Alleys. Labour Leader Sir Michael Foot,
Actors Sir Donald Sindon and Richard (Robin Hood) Greene lived here.
Ballet dancer Wayne Sleep, Comedienne Dawn French and Newsreader
Angela Rippon might just be walking along the quayside too. Water
babies Sharon Davies and Tom Daley and Footballer Trevor Francis also
hail from these parts.