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
Victoria Park, Clarence Road,
Hartlepool, TS24 8BZ
and White Stripes
manager Ronnie Moore played over 600 games in the Football League for
Tranmere, Cardiff, Charlton, Rochdale and Rotherham. He has managed
at Rotherham (twice), Tranmere (twice), Oldham and Southport. He took
the reins at Victoria Park in December 2014.
Directions by Road
to its junction 60. Follow signs for Hartlepool A689, At roundabout
turn right still A689. Stay on this road passing Sedgefield. After
approx. 12 miles you will reach the village of Newton Bewley which is
a nice stop off spot for lunch. Out of village still on A689 and
follow Town Centre signs for 3 miles, over two roundabouts. At the
traffic lights just past the Blacksmiths Arms on your left, go
straight on. At the next traffic lights go straight on again over the
bridge into the new marina complex and straight on again at the
roundabout into Marina Way. This is the area for the Jackson's Wharf
parking. To get to the ground itself continue to the next roundabout
and turn left (s/p The North A179, A1048). Turn left at the lights
into Clarence Road to the ground. These directions courtesy of HUFC.
can park for £8.00 at the ground unless you look for street parking
which is fairly restricted close to the ground.
station is 15 walk from the ground. Once out of the station turn
right into Church Lane. Trains home will be as rare as a John
Cosgrove buying a round of drinks.
and Drinking Locally
Marina Complex which is 200 yards from the ground is full of places
to eat and be merry. The Corner Flag is the Supporters Association HQ
and visiting fans are made welcome. Inside the ground the Meat &
Potato pies are legendary.
Cyril Knowles Stand is the most recent edition to Victoria Park and a
nice one (old 1970’s joke for our older readers). It replaced what
was a most precarious old wooden stand. Opposite is the Niramax
Stand which was put together in 1968 and is a fine
example of early cantilever roof design (i.e. giving an unobstructed
view). It sits behind a sturdy bank of terracing. To the right is the
home covered terrace called the Town End while down the other end is
our home for the afternoon the Rink End stand which is basic covered
seating offering a reasonable view of proceedings although it has
supporting pillars along the front.
End (Seats) Adults £20, Over 60's/Under 16's £10
Meetings and Memories
visit was in October 2006 when it was long way home on the end of a
2-0 defeat. Looking at the team that day when you totalled up the
years of just 4 of the players - Harrison, Hendon, Hessenthaller and
Warhurst, who all started, it was nearly 150!
meetings include our relegation season 2000-1 when we were completely
thrashed 6-1 at Victoria Park and outclassed at Underhill and beaten
3-1. Better times were in the mid 1990’s when a brilliant Dougie
Freedman hatrick was the highlight of a 4-0 win at Underhill in 1995
and a Lee Hodges hatrick also at Underhill in a 5-1 win in 1996.
The War Horse
American pop music phenomenon The Monkees were all fans of the club.
Reg Smythe, who invented cartoon character Andy Capp was born here.
Wayne Sleep, ballet dancer, was educated here. Yep, that's about it!
Oh hold on a minute I forgot to mention SKY Sports Presenter Jeff
Stelling who is an avid Pool fan – arguably the best ever football