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
The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble
Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP
Colours Yellow and Blue
coach is Michael Appleton who started his playing career as a youth
at Manchester United. He has also played for Grimsby, Preston North
End and West Brom. His managerial experience comes from spells at
West Brom (Caretaker), Portsmouth Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers
before he joined Oxford in July 2014.
Directions by Road
is one of the most signposted grounds in the country if not the World
and clear directions from every angle are on offer. For simplicity
take the M40 until its junction eight, where the road splits onto the
A40 signposted Cheltenham and Oxford (A40). Pick up the A329
signposted Headington. After approx seven miles at the Headington
roundabout turn left where you will be directed to the ground which
is situated on the Oxford Science Park.
parking for 1,600 cars at the ground for no charge! This seems an
awful lot but the park fills up extremely quickly. An
additional 400 car parking spaces are now available at the Ozone
cinema and bowling alley complex adjacent to the stadium, which are
also free to use.
station is a serious walk away (about four miles) and the only
options open to you are taxi or the Oxford City Bus City 5 which
takes half an hour from the station to the ground. Return ticket is
about £3.00 and buses run every ten minutes before and after the
game. A taxi will cost about a “Substitute”– made for sharing!
By the way a “Substitute” is £12.00 pounds in Barnet FC away
travellers old school money....see what we did there?
and Drinking Locally
is a bar available for away fans on the concourse under the stand and
ground catering is normal football offerings. The Blackbird in
Blackbird Leys is fairly close to the ground but gets very busy. It
is a brisk 10 minute walk from the stadium.
best bet is to find a pub on route - The Catherine Wheel in Sandford
On Thames (A4074 Henley Road) looks good bet serving meals from
12.00. Reckless Recommendation saving the best to last! The Mole Inn
in the village of Toot Baldon OX44 ONG. It is a quite beautiful
pub/restaurant for those of you like me with a bit of style.
12,500 capacity Kassam Stadium is unusually a three sided ground.
The west end of the stadium is yet to be built on but it is still an
impressive home. The club moved from their lovely old Manor Ground in
the Summer of 2001 although building work started on this site as
early as 1998. Money was short but then enter Mr Kassam who bought
the club and starting the ball rolling again. The Main or South Stand
is a two tiered affair with a line of 28 executive boxes bisecting
the upper and lower seating sections, it has room for just under
5,000 and houses The Quadrangle - for conference facilities and an
exhibition area. Opposite is the North Stand in which away fans are
accommodated sharing with home fans. The view from the single tier is
superb and it can also hold around 5,000. Finally the East or Oxford
Mail Stand is another single tiered seating area that is the “home”
end. This area has 2,900 seats.
£22.00 Concessions £13.00. Savings can be made if purchased in
advance on line. www.oufc.co.uk
Meetings and Memories
our last two visits visit I was very fortunate to watch from a
Corporate Box, and I was hoping for more of the same this season too
but ho hum! Barnet lost 0-1 in March 2013 and 2-1 in February 2012 –
Michael Hector scoring for the Bees. Perhaps I will be better off
mucking in with rest of you? Our
first meeting was an Auto Windscreen Shield tie at Underhill in
November 1995. A 2-3 defeat featured goals from Terry Robbins and
over eight centuries there have been thousands of celebrities to spot
in the City as it is a British centre of learning. Those born here
include Prof Steven Hawkins, Hugh Laurie and Mark “Oliver!”
Lester. Ronnie Barker lived here as a child as did Lawrence Of Arabia
or TE as his mates knew him.
J R R Tolkien was also a resident when
writing Lord of the Rings.
Radiohead used to rehearse in the old
manor Ground social club in the 1980's.
days you are more likely to bump into Rowan Atkinson. Sir Richard
Branson, Tim Henman and Sir Roger Bannister if you can catch him!