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
Middlesex Senior Cup Semi Final Wednesday 21st February 2018
Kick Off 7.45pm
Jubilee Park Townsend
Lane Kingsbury London NW9 7NE
Colours Green Black and White
The Dons or Greens
McCann is the current Gaffer at Hendon and made over 200 appearance
for the club before an injury halted his playing career. He took over
the reins way back in 2005.
History of the Club
in 1908 it was originally known as Hampstead Town and then briefly as
Golders Green until 1946. The club moved to Claremont Road in 1926
and during the 1950's and 60's became one of the top Amateur clubs in
the Athenian League winning the title three times. They have also won
the FA Amateur Cup three times. Transferring to the Isthmian League
1963 they won that twice as well! During the Summer of 2010 the club
were bought out by the Hendon FC Supporters Trust.
Directions by Road
the A5 heading towards Kingsbury, Turn into Kingsbury Road (The Red
Lion Pub is on the corner) and then take the third turning on the
left Townsend Lane. You will find the ground down the hill by the
parking is limited at the ground unless you are very early, but there
is plenty of unrestricted parking surrounding the area.
closest National Rail station is Thameslink Hendon. Locals Buses are
83 and 183 – alight at Slough lane on the 83 and Townsend Lane on
the 183.The nearest Underground is is Kingsbury (Jubilee Line) which
is a goodly 20 minutes walk to the ground.
and Drinking Locally
is very little if anything in the immediate vicinity so there take
advantage of the well appointed bar at the ground,where the food is
very good too. Crinkle cut chips allegedly are on sale – that will
leaving the lovely old and much missed Claremont Road in 2008 - the
plot now exhibits some horrendous looking flats (my humble opinion of
course) – the club ground shared with Northwood, Staines Town,
Wembley (Vale Farm) and Harrow Borough. It presently shares with
ground has plenty of cover and firm hard standing with a seating area
behind one goal and three other separate covered terrace areas. The
Main stand seats around 200.
Claremont Road Main Stand
on the evening are £5.00 adults and Free to Under 18's. There may be
a small supplementary charge to sit in the main stand.
Meetings and Memories
two clubs were regular opponents in the 1940's and 1950's in the
Athenian League and big crowds for the times were attracted. Over
6,000 (no not including me or even Steve Percy) watched a 5-4 Barnet
FA Cup win in 1948 at Underhill. Dexter Adams Barnet's legendary
Manager in the 1960's was a fine centre half for Hendon and England at Amateur level and made over
300 appearances for them.
first big game between the clubs I can recall is the 2-2 FA Cup draw
at Claremont Road in 1971, Bees got through the replay thanks to Les
Eason and Paddy Powell, as was so often in those times. Eason scored
in both games.
Powell and Eason(left) following up to score that day
Two years later virtually to the day another FA Cup
tie ended 2-2 at Underhill but the Greens went through comfortably in
the replay 3-0 and eventually went out to Newcastle United in Round
Watch and Interesting Info
the 1970's I went to the ground fairly often with my mates when
Barnet weren't playing, as I was a pupil at Whitefield School which
was across Clitterhouse Park when the club lived in Claremont Road.
Striker Ian Dowie moved from Hendon to Luton Town in 1988 for
Other famous residents? Our very own Dennis Signy OBE lived
locally as did the famous sporting Compton Brothers, Denis and
Former Race Director of the London Marathon and once a 10,000
metres world record holder David Bedford OBE is a Director at the
club. Sir Henry Cooper was local as was one of my childhood heroes
Oliver Postgate, the creator and writer of Children's TV programmes
Pogles Wood, Nogin the Nog, The Clangers and Ivor the Engine. Chur
Thank you to my chum John Paul Patrick Hunt for his contributions to this Guide. He is on the right.