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
Martin Allen is the
new Manager at Chesterfield. A tenacious midfielder with QPR, West
Ham and Portsmouth. Martin began his management career at Reading. He
has had spells at Brentford, Milton Keynes, Leicester, Cheltenham,
Notts Co, Gillingham and Eastleigh. Oh yeah and he has managed at
Barnet on 5 separate occasions over a 15 year period and probably
will again someday. He joined Chesterfield in the summer.
Directions by Road
M1 until Junction 29. At the roundabout take the second exit
signposted Chesterfield A617. After approx 8 miles of dual
carriageway keep right at a roundabout and take the A61. At the next
roundabout, with a very large Tesco's take the first exit (stadium
signposted at this point) into Lockford Lane. At the next roundabout
take the 3rd
exit B6057 (Sheffield Road) and you will see the stadium.
is very limited in the surrounding streets. However, if you arrive
early enough it is available. There are also a few pay and display
car parks in the local area for a reasonable charge.
Station is a goodly 30 minute walk from the ground.
taxi always wins when confronted by these circumstances in my
opinion. Leave plenty of time as roads to the ground are very
congested on match days.
and Drinking Locally
adjacent retail Park has the normal array of Hooded Fried Chicken's
and McMobiles type eateries. Inside the ground food and drink
is reasonably priced but pretty run of the mill football fare. The
Jacksons range of pies on offer are championed by the club and
Spireite pub close by welcomes all and has numerous real ales. The
Derby Tup is another local with good beers and is close to a rather
decent Fish and Chips according to my spy called the Mermaid.
those with time on their hand the Reckless Recommendation is The
Spread Eagle Pub, 7 Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, S40 1SH. This
little place comes highly recommended by my contacts – Home made
Steak Pie or a very agreeable Curry.
stadium is a new state of the art arena and has a capacity of 10,400.
It cost £13,000,000 to build and opened in 2010.
ground consists of 4 stands the HTM Stand (Main), Spencers
Solicitors Community Stand (East), The
Rubicon Print Stand (North), and
the Karen Child Stand (South). Visiting supporters are situated
either in the North or more likely in the East depending on numbers.
Out is the character and homeliness of the old Recreation Ground
(whose exterior and interior was cleverly disguised and utilised for
the Brian Clough biography film Damned United) and in is the clean
lines and efficiency of the 21st century. The viewing lines are
however exceptional and the stadium has all the mod cons that
supporters have come to expect from a new football stadium.
£22.00 Concessions £15.00 Under 15's £12.00
Last Meeting & Memories
Our last visit was
in December 2016 when a John Akinde goal was not enough is a 2-1
defeat. We were honoured to be the first
competitive opposition at the new stadium in August 2010 when 6,431
saw the Bees lose out 2-1 with the only cheer a goal by Glen Poole.
at Saltergate - In 2000 goals from Robbie Sawyers and King Kenny
Charlery were enough in a 2-1 win. A Gary Bull brace bought home the
spoils again by 2-1 in 1991 but the highlight of the duels for me
personally was Dougie Freedman’s, admirably aided I must add by
Gerry McMahon, majestic performance at Underhill in October 1994.
Dougie scored two in a 4-1 win that frankly didn’t tell the whole
story of a wonderful Bees performance.
1997 Chesterfield reached the FA Cup semi final losing to
Middlesbrough in a replay but not before a most controversial
refereeing decision occurred in the first 3-3 draw at Old Trafford.
Chesterfield leading 2-1 Jonathan Howard’s shot clearly crossed the
line, and this was confirmed in TV replays, but Referee David Elleray
ruled it to have not. Had the goal stood the club would have been in
the final of the FA Cup for the first time in its history and
accomplished a feat which no club in the third tier of the league has
late actor John Hurt CBE was bred in Chesterfield as was Olave the
wife of was Lord Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout
Movement and Grandfather of "Paddy" and The Rt. Hon. Baroness Barbara Castle MP.
goalkeepers Bob Wilson and John Lukic are also from these parts. If
you are just looking for “fillers” for your autograph books then
ex Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom can often be seen wearing his
Spireites badge proudly along side his gold Blue Peter one.
may bump into Princess Diana’s ex-Butler and The Queens ex-Footman
Davis Snooker World Champion when the balls were in black and white
is also from Chesterfield.