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
Causeway Stadium, Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, HP12 4HJ
01494 472 100
Colours Navy and Light Blue Nickname The Chairboys
Blackburn born Gareth
Ainsworth had a colourful career with some 10 different clubs
including Queens Park Rangers, Preston NE, Lincoln City and of course
Wycombe where he was Club Captain. He took the job on in November
Directions by Road
M40 to its junction 4 and take the A4010 (John Hall Way) signposted
Aylesbury. Stay on this road going over three mini roundabouts, now
the road becomes known as New Road. Proceed down the hill until you
come to a pair of mini roundabouts. Turn sharp left at the first of
these and into Lane End Road. Turn right at the next mini roundabout
into Hillbottom Lane and continue through the Sands Industrial Estate
to the ground.
is car parking available at the ground for a charge plus a number of
the industrial estate companies, which flank the only approach road
to the stadium, offer parking too. However be aware that on our last
visit it took my little band of brothers 30 minutes to get back to
the motorway last time out such was the backlog of traffic. If you
are able to park about a mile away from the ground and also able to
walk this is by far the best option for speed.
High Wycombe is approx. 3
miles from the ground so a taxi is your best option. A direct train
from London Marylebone will take approx. 40-50 minutes and they run
every 30 minutes or so.
and Drinking Locally
A difficult one this as
the ground is on the outskirts of town and adjacent to an
industrial park. The nearest pubs to the ground that welcome away
fans are the Hour Glass in Chapel Lane Sands (about a mile away) and
the Hungry Horse (where obviously food is available) in Cressex. The
town centre is your best bet for variation but leave plenty of time
to make kick off!
the stadium itself there is the Scores Bar and Vere Suite which
welcome away fans.
normal football fayre of dogs, burgers, chips etc. are on sale at two
tea bars found at either end of the away enclosure.
Park was opened in 1990 but fittingly the official opening of the
ground, in front of royalty, was for the visit of Barnet in April
1991 but more of that later. Wycombe's old Loakes Park ground was to
the say the least past its sell by date although the main stand was a
real gem as were the splendid pair of wrought iron gates at the main
entrance proudly displaying the grounds title. The pitch sloped
alarmingly, some 11 feet not from end to end but side to side; you
really had to experience it to believe it.
to the present and lets start with the main stand which runs the full
length of one side and seats 1,300. It is a single tier front loading
stand and one of many with a similar design that shot up in the early
1990’s. To its right is the only terracing area, Green
King IPA Stand which can accommodate 1,750. To the left is the
away area, The Hillbottom Stand originally a mirror image of the
terrace at the other end but now extended and fully seated. It has
room for about 2,000. Finally opposite is the two tiered 1996 built
Frank Adams Stand which replaced a covered terrace, scene of one of
the greatest celebrations in Bees fans history, but more of that
later too. It offers a splendid view
from its top seats has a row of executive boxes and basically dwarfs
the rest of the stadium.
All this adds up to a
healthy 10,000 capacity.
£22, Concessions £19, Juniors £13.
Utd is “up the A40” 25 miles away is the closest League 2 based
club although Reading is geographically nearer. In the old days of
Conference and Gola League the local derbies were against Aylesbury
Utd and Slough Town. Strangely the unofficial Wycombe websites have a
distinct anti Colchester Utd feeling about them, but then did you
ever visit Layer Road?
Meetings and Memories
last visit was in April 2016 when an Andy Yiadom goal secured a 1-1
draw in front of 3,715.
have been four matches in particular against Wycombe Wanderers that
will go down in Barnet’s folklore. The first was in 1952 when the
best ever attendance at Underhill, 11,026 witnessed an FA Amateur
cup-tie. The second was the evening of the 15th September 1987 at
Loakes Park when a Bees attack including David Sansom, Noel Ashford,
KeithAlexander, Robert Codner and Nicky Evans tore the
Chairboys apart and thrashed in seven goals - Evans scored four! The
third game I must mention was the night monsoons hit Buckinghamshire
on Monday 29th April 1991. Over 1,000 Bees fans made the journey to
Adams Park in the penultimate game of that first promotion to the
Football League season. Gary Bull scored two goals in the opening
five minutes and Kenny Lowe scored a third before Wycombe pulled one
back near the end. This game was perhaps the clubs finest performance
of that season and Sports Cast TV cameras caught the soaked to the
skin players celebrating with the ecstatic soaked to the skin
supporters, what a night. The fourth of course was
the last ever game played at Underhill Saturday 20th
April 2013 featuring a Jake Hyde goal and that Graham Stack penalty
A pretty decent selection
of players have represented both clubs since the late
1980's.....Nicky Evans, Noel Ashford, Glyn Creaser, Hakan Hayrettin,
Scott McGleish, Darren Currie, Sean Devine, Lee Hodges, John Akinde,
Ben Strevens Lee Harrison and Kevin Durham to name a few!
celebs who live in this part of the world head for Marlow or
Beaconsfield but I am reliably informed that a visit to Tescos in
High Wycombe on a Saturday morning would fill an autograph book - Sir
Steve Redgrave, Naomi Campbell, Pauline Quirk, Ulrika Jonnsson Kate
Moss and the rock band Metalica. British music is well represented
but only if you are fans of Dusty Springfield, Frankie Vaughan or
The origins of the clubs
nickname “Chairboys” comes from the 19th century when High
Wycombewas the furniture capital of Europe and the chair
making capital of the World. The Windsor chair was the most famous
and was subsequently re-designed as the first for the increased
working class market – how about that? Even snippets of English
social history are on offer in these guides.