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
born Kevin Nolan is the current Player-Manager at Meadow Lane
had a top class career in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers,
Newcastle and West Ham – allegedly the most appearances in the
League without a full international cap? He managed briefly at
Orient, but then a lot of people have!
Directions by Road
These directions are courtesy of
Notts County FC - Leave the M1 at Junction 24 and exit onto the A453
towards Nottingham (South). Carry on the A453 until you come to the
Clifton Bridge. Exit left before the Bridge and you will come to a
roundabout. Take exit onto B679 Clifton Road, which becomes Wilford
Lane towards West Bridgeford (8 miles after leaving the Motorway).
After just over a mile turn left onto the A60 and head over Trent
Bridge. Take the first right turn (at the traffic lights) after
crossing the bridge and into Cattle Market Road. The ground is on the
right. Via Junction 26 of M1 is another option which is very
straightforward but extra miles.
Street parking in the immediate
vicinity of the ground is restricted so the best bets are the car
park Cattle Market (opposite the away end £3.50 which gets full very
early in the day) or the pay and display parks about 5 minutes walk
from the ground. They are clearly signposted and fully supervised.
train from London St Pancreas should take around two hours with a
possible change at Grantham. The ground is a very short walk from
Nottingham station. Turn left out of the main exit and then left
again. Then right onto the London Road. Turn left into County Road
where you will see the ground. Bus services passing the ground from
the town centre are routes 6, 10 and 11. Another option is the the
Tram system from the City Centre. The cars take you to Meadow Lane
for around £2.00 if you have a prepaid match ticket or £3.50
and Drinking Locally
The club recommends The South
Bank Bar, which is short stroll over the Canal Bridge from the
ground. It serves reasonably priced meals too and real ales. For the
perfect pre match pint look no further than the Trent Bridge Inn
(Weatherspoons) which is adjacent to Trent Bridge Cricket Ground - it
is only a 15/20 minute walk from Meadow Lane and a visit will give
you the opportunity to gave a gander at Nottingham Forest’s stadium
and the fast developing cricket ground stands. Reckless
Recommendation - Close to the train station you will find the “Olde
Jerusalem’. This historic pub dates back to the 12th century
serves a fine real ale and food. I doubt you will find a Sky TV
facility in there I am afraid sorry, shame that. It is about a five
minute walk away from the train station. As you come out of the
station turn right. At the top of the road turn left and then take
the second right into Castle Road.
One of my literary heroes, Simon
Inglis once said “Despite its name, Meadow Lane is as about as
rural as the Boleyn Ground was Tudor” How things have even changed
since then but I was lucky enough to visit the lovely old ground in
the 1980’s before its re-modernisation. Gone has the charming old
County Stand which was supported by stilts over wooden terracing and
the tall uncovered Spion Kop terrace and the wonderful barrelled roof
main stand first built in 1910. Progress has given Country a 20,000
plus all seater stadium with great views but with far less warmth.
The Derek Pavis or Main Stand was built in 1994 and holds 7,000 while
opposite is The Jimmy Sirrell Stand where 1,300 X Block seats will be
reserved for visiting supporters. It has a nice traditional touch in
the centre roof gable. The Family Stand is to the left and boasts
some wonderful facilities for the young, with a crèche and tuck
shop, and for the not so young with executive boxes and a bar built
into the roof. The massive Kop Stand completes the picture which can
hold up to 5,500. The view from the top is superb.
Obviously that team that can be
seen on the other side of the river and has a silly red tree as its
emblem, plus Mansfield Town and Chesterfield.
Sirrel Stand: Adults £24, Concessions £18, Under 16's £7
Meetings and Memories
Our last visit in March 2017, on a
Sunday, resulted in a 0-1 defeat.
away fixture in Div 3 in April 1998, where we were beaten 2-0 in
front of over 6,000 fans, was one of those really memorable weekends
for me personally. Why? Because the infamous Curry Club spent the
weekend in a guest house owned by ex-QPR and Scotland midfielder Don
Masson. I can’t remember much about the whole weekend except
seeing two Lee Harrison’s during the game in the Barnet goal and
visiting a impressive restaurant and sampling Indian Tandoori Chicken
smothered with goats cheese, absolutely superb.
Watch and Nik Naks
For those of you with culture in
mind - the novelist DH Lawrence was born in these parts in 1885 as
was William Booth founder of the Salvation Army and 19th century Poet
Lord Byron. For those of you with no culture - why not pop down and
see Torvill and Dean at the ice rink, Dale Winton at the supermarket,
Leslie Crowther at the £1 shop, Su Pollard at the holiday camp or
Richard Beckingsale in E wing.