BARNET

 

The Bees (as they are known because the town's apiary was sited behind their Underhill ground in the early 1900's) were formed in 1888, but due to an administrative oversight, they did not turn professional until 1965. The management committee at the time wanted to fire the person responsible for the gaffe, but discovered that he had passed away fifteen years previously. The ground had originally been in an area known as "Up The Hill" and the slope that to this day exists is a constant reminder of this. The club acquired it's name in the earliest matches, when a team came out of the East End of London to play them and commented on the manager's dodgy haircut in their colourful rhyming slang. They were subsequently known as "Barnet's team".

Many years of mid-table obscurity followed in the Isthmian League, the AC Delco League and the GM Vauxhall League, with only fiercely contested local derbies with Enfield Town to look forward to. Their close rivals invariably topped the division in these days of re-election for the bottom Division Four club, when the other League clubs looked after their own. However, in the second season of automatic promotion, Barnet were elevated to League status. It was then that their troubles really began.

Ticket broker and club Chairman, Stan Flashman had a stormy love/hate relationship with large and larger than life manager Barry Fry. The ground needed improvement as some terracing was situated in neighbouring back gardens; some of the roofing over the terraces was leakier than the team's defence and the capacity of the ground was restricted for safety reasons (i.e. if a group of fans were moving from one end of the ground to the other, they could gain so much momentum going down the slope that a nasty accident could occur). The sloping pitch proved of great benefit, especially to the park footballers, when Barnet's opponents hoofed the ball over the bar at the lower South Stand end. Promotion from the bottom division was achieved, but despite a litany of ex-Spurs (Alan Mullery, Terry Gibson, Ray Clemence) being involved in management at the club (or because of it) they still linger in the Third Division.

In their non-league days, they were noted for their giant-killing exploits, but this club, still in the early years of it's League life are pressing for promotion and a move to a bigger and better ground at Hendon to make the future brighter for them and their supporters.  A start was made on the pitch, when they reached the 1999-2000 play-offs, but lost out in the semi-final.

Unfortunately for the Bee's, the 2000-2001 season was plagued by uncertainty.  A poor start saw Tony Cottee installed as manager, while John Still was "moved upstairs", but he had to get down those stairs when Cottee was removed from his post in March 2001.  Even he couldn't turn the tide and after another bad run, it all came down to a last game showdown with Torquay United at Underhill.  Losing their goalkeeper and missing a penalty, they went down 2-3 and went down and out of the League.  

Making changes including bringing in experienced Conference manager Paul Fairclough and some experienced players the club gained promotion back to the League as champions in 2005 and looked forward to a successful return.  With problems still surrounding their home ground, it could be a difficult time for the North London side and could be some time before there is honey again for tea.

Promotion was achieved in 2005 and the team managed to stay up on the last day of the season for two years running, but got through managers like used fivers.  However, in 2013, things looked a little brighter with their final season at Underhill before moving to a new complex at Barnet Copthall seeing the team under the management of former Dutch international and Champions League winner Edgar Davids.  The new manager was going to give trying to save Barnet from relegation his best shot and hoped to be as successful as rescuing 36 Barnet fans whose transport had broken down on a cold and snowy trip back from Accrington Stanley ... and all without being paid a salary too !!

FAMOUS PLAYERS: - Dougie Freedman, Jimmy Greaves (although he doesn't remember too much about his time there), George Best, Norman Wurst.

Club Records

Formed 1888
Turned Professional 1965
Became a Limited Company -
Previous names 1906-1919=Barnet Alston FC
Previous grounds Queens Road =1888-1901 
Totteridge Lane = 1901-1907
Nickname "The BEES"
Club Colours HOME : Shirts - Amber with Black trim
Shorts - Amber
Socks - Amber

AWAY : Shirts - Green and blue
Shorts - Green and blue
Socks - Green and blue

Record Football League Win 6-0  .v. Lincoln City 
Division 4       4.9.1991
Record Football League Defeat

1-9  .v.  Peterborough United Division 3   5.9.1998 

Record Cup Win 6-1   .v. Newport County 
FA Cup R1   21.11.1970 
Record Home Attendance (all-time) 11,026  .v.  Wycombe Wanderers  
FA Amateur Cup   1.1.1953
Record Match Receipts 31,202  .v.  Portsmouth  
FA Cup R3   5.1.1991
Record Fee Paid 130,000 to Peterborough United for Greg HEALD (August 1997)
Record Fee Received 800,000 from Crystal Palace for Dougie FREEDMAN  (September 1995)
Record Football League Appearances 263 -  Paul WILSON   (1991-2000)
Record League goalscorer 47 -  Sean DEVINE   (1995-99)
Record goalscorer in a League season 24   Dougie FREEDMAN    Division 3 (1994-95)
Most goals in a match 4 - Dougie FREEDMAN  v  Rochdale  Division 3  13.9.1994
4 - Lee HODGES  v  Rochdale  Division 3  8.4.1996
Record total of goals in a League season 81  -  Division 4  1991-92
Record League points total 3 points for a win : 79  Division 3   1991-92
Most Capped Player while at club Ken CHARLERY     (St Lucia)

Stadium details 

Address :  Underhill Stadium, Barnet Lane, Barnet, Herts EN5 2BE 

Telephone :  020 8441 6932
020 8447 0655  (Ticket Office)
  09068 121544  (News)
  (Ticketline)
  0181 440 0725  (Club Shop)
Fax :  020 8447 0655

Capacity :  5,560
Pitch size : 113 yards  x 72 yards
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Unofficial websites : Netbees 
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