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
St James’ Park, St James
Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 6PX
Colours Red and White stripes
with Black trim.
Paul Tisdale has been at the helm at St James since June 2006 and is
currently the second longest serving manager in England behind Arsene
Wenger. Injury forced an early playing retirement for Paul who had
represented Southampton, Northampton Town, Huddersfield Town, Bristol
City, Exeter City and Yeovil Town. He also played in Greece and
Finland during his career. He became manager of Team Bath in 2001
before joining the Grecians.
Directions by Road
M4 and onto the M5 and junction 29 is a very straight forward way to
get to Exeter but the much more pleasant - and it covers a lot less
miles - is the M3 westbound until junction 8 and onto the A303. This
bypasses Basingstoke which is a bonus. Remain on the A303 passing
Stonehenge (is it not the most magnificent sight?) until it becomes
the A30 around Honiton. Stay on the A30 into Exeter. As you pass
under the M5 bridge, look out for the signs to the City Centre Now it
gets tough! Follow signs for City Centre on the Honiton Road. This
road becomes Wonford Hill and then Fore Street and passes through
Heavitree. Turn right at the roundabout into Western Way (B3212)
which is signposted Pinhoe and Broadclyst. At the next roundabout,
take the second exit into Old Tiverton Road where the ground becomes
signposted. At the top of the hill take the first left into St.
James' Road. I hereby announce that these directions are taken from
information provided by Exeter City FC.
street parking is available plus very limited parking at the ground
if you get there early enough. The club suggests the pay and display
in the city centre and a ‘short’ walk (20 minutes) to the ground.
early morning London Paddington to St James’ Park train will take
around 3 hours with a possible change at Exeter St David’s. St
James’ Park station is right beside the ground.
and Drinking Locally
Social Club at the ground admits away fans - I spent some serious
drinking time in there once and very reasonable prices and a well
kept pint were on offer I must add. The walls were covered in City
memorabilia and historical artefacts plus it’s well worth checking
out a ‘Devon Pastie’ which are on sale in the club before the
game – there were superb! The difference between them and Cornish is in the Crimping style. I know my food!
St Anne's Wells comes recommended with good ales and very good bar
Victoria Inn can be found in Victoria Street a short walk from the
ground while the Grand Old Duke Of York is very close to the ground
and popular with Grecians fans – both are safe according to the
club. In fact most of the pubs close to the ground serve up great
“Real Ale” so Tweed jackets, goatie beards and jugs at the ready!
A Devon Pastie not a Cornish
Main Stand dates from 1925 and runs 3/4 length of one touchline and
they don’t build them like this any more! To the left is the large
covered Big Bank terrace where the majority of The Grecians support
is to be found. It used to be called the Duke Bank (long before it
was re-terraced and covered in 2000) in honour of a local MP H.E.
Duke who helped City to expand their pitch in 1911 to meet League
requirements by persuading the local landowner to part with some of
his pig and sheep grazing land - a little knowledge is a dangerous
thing. To the right is the uncovered away fan terrace called the St
James’ Road End. In storage ready for this area when ground
redevelopment starts is the North Stand Cover that was at the Hive!
We will also be allocated a small section of seats in the main stand.
Opposite the main stand is the all seated Ivor Doble Stand erected in
2001. It replaced the beloved Cow Shed terrace which had stood
through wind and rain for nearly 80 years.
Adults £22, Concessions £17, Under 18's/Students £6
James Road Terrace: Adults £17, Concessions £13, Under
Meetings and Memories
last visit was in March 2016 when a Curtis Weston goal featured in a
October 2004, our Conference Championship winning season, when a
simply unstoppable Barnet side in front of a 3,500 attendance cruised
to a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Dywane Lee, Richard Graham and
was sensational start to the 1996/7 season with the Bees 4-0
demolition of City at St James Park in the Coca Cola Cup 1st round
1st leg. Robert Codner, Micky Tomlinson and Phil ‘OJ’ Simpson
were superb, and I slept some of the night in the car outside the
Victoria Inn mentioned above, marvellous. The following season a
exciting Sean Devine hatrick gave the Bees a 3-0 win at Underhill -
so that’s why they bought him. Who remembers Sean’s outrageous
yet tongue in cheek goal celebration as a Grecian in front of the
Bees travelling fans in 2003? He seriously milked it and so would I.
Sean in his Heyday at Underhill
History tells us that in the 1924 FA Cup competition Barnet travelled
to Exeter City only to be beaten 3-0, I missed it as I was a little
too young but a youthful David Bloomfield reported on the game for
the local Press as his very first assignment.
Geller, who fortunately for his dentist bills wasn’t born with a
silver spoon is his mouth, was a Director of City. Noel Edmonds holds
regular parties at his house, and Deals too I understand, which is
just a Edwin Stein corner kick from the ground. Dame Agatha Christie
was born in 1890 in Torquay but lived in Exeter. Mr and Mrs Reckless
have always found her crime thriller ‘They Do It With Mirrors’
Don’t worry if you get a hole in your trousers
while in Exeter as Isaac Singer the inventor of the sewing machine
comes from these parts.
Tommy Cooper was born in Wales but spent his childhood in Exeter.
Queen Elizabeth 1st privateer Sir Walter Raleigh was born in the
local village of East Budleigh and direct descendants of the intrepid
explorer own the ‘Smokers Paradise’ newsagent on the Exmouth