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
One Call Stadium, Quarry
Lane, Mansfield, Nottingham NG18 5DA
0870 756 3160
Colours Yellow and Blue
Evans is the current gaffer at Mansfield and has been since November
2016. A Glaswegian, Evans had a short playing career with Albion
Rovers, Clyde and Ayr United amongst others cruelly ended by a knee
injury when aged just 24. He managed at Non League Stamford, Boston
United and of course Crawley Town whom he guided into the Football
League in 2011. He then had spells at Rotherham United and Leeds
Directions by Road
straightforward route for this one. Exit the M1 at its junction 28
and follow the A38 signposted Sutton in Ashfield and Mansfield.
Basically just stay on this A38 road (it is named Sutton Road),
turning right at a crossroads at one point, until you meet the Sir
John Cockle pub on your left at another crossroads. Do not be put off
by the inordinate amount of traffic lights you encounter en route, be
patient! Turn right into Sheepbridge Lane (ground signposted at this
point). Pass under the railway line and look out for a left turn into
Quarry Lane with the Lord Byron pub beckoning you! The ground is a
short drive/walk down this road.
is a car park at the ground for approx. 300 cars which charges I
believe £5.00 per car but this gets full very early. There are
numerous pay and display parks locally the best being the Station Car
Park but this is limited to 4 hours.
am asked to warn you that the retail park beside the ground does not
allow football parking and you are likely to be clamped!
journey of around two and half hours from Kings Cross St Pancras
will possibly incorporate a change at Nottingham. The floodlights are
clearly visible when you leave the station and the ground is a
ten-minute walk away.
and Drinking Locally
Famous Talbot is about 50 yards past the ground and is away fan
friendly and also serves food. The Bold Forester on the Sutton Road
A38 is highly recommended personally but is a good 15 minutes walk
away from the stadium. It was the site of my 45th birthday
celebration, Well I think it was anyway! I actually had more shots
that day than the Barnet team. Unfortunately the ground is heavily
infested by fast food take-a-ways all within a few minutes walk in
the local retail parks. If you like a pie during t’match or at half
time then you will not be disappointed inside the ground.
Quote:Away travel supporters are most welcome in the SSA
supporter’s bar located at the bottom of the main stand. Sometimes
there is a £1 guest charge as this is a members bar. Stag TV and a
family friendly welcome awaits you. I read that as no problem!
ground has only retained one stand from the last century and that is
the quaint Bishop Street Stand built in 1938 seating 600. Its design
will be very familiar to the more senior supporters from our Southern
League days as it resembles the original main stand at Plough Lane
Wimbledon albeit on a slightly larger scale. Wealdstone‘s Lower
Mead had another example of this design except that it sat on a
raised base that held changing rooms and offices. It too will soon
sadly be a relic. The two tiered Ian Greaves or West Stand was
completed in 2001 replacing the fine old West Stand which from the
pitch bore a similarity to the old East and West Stands at Highbury
with a large open terrace in front - oh well another gem of a
football stand has bitten the dust. This new structure has room for
around 6,000. At either end the stands are identical (apart from the
seat colouring) single tiered constructions with the away fans are
housed in the North Stand which is to the left of the main stand - it
Stand: Adults £20 Over 60's £15 Under 22's £15 Under 17's £12
Meetings and Memories
last visit was September 2016 when a John Akinde goal won it for the
seem to recall that the 0-5 defeat at Field Mill in November 1998 in
Division 3 was the first game I ever witnessed watching the then
horrible new fangled yellow ball, but I might be wrong. A highly
entertaining game at Underhill in August 2000 finished 3-3 featuring
goals from Scott McGleish, Sam Stockley (now that was rare) and Mark
Arber. Barnet’s first ever victory as a Football League club came
at Field Mill in August 1991 Mark Carter and Gary Bull scored in a
Watch and Interesting Info
is literally the furthest football ground from any section of English
you spotted in years gone by a 60 plus old man in a leather cat suit
it is probably 1970’s Glam Rock star Alvin Stardust - certain
supporters I could mention remember him as Shane Fenton in the
1960’s. If a lady runs up to you with a microphone dressed in Khaki
it could be TV reporter Kate Adie. Very attractive TV presenter Penny
Smith hails from here as doesthat ex Blue Peter presenter who
very stupidly prepared something earlier!!! - Richard Bacon.