Barnet Facing The Inevitable?

May 5th 2001 is one of the more memorable days in Football League history for at least the supporters of two small clubs. On the last day of the season in what is now called League Two saw two sides draped in history, Barnet and Torquay United embroiled in a winner takes all relegation match. Barnet stood just a point behind Torquay United as the two clubs met at Barnet’s Underhill stadium on the final day of the season, with the winner retaining their place in the Football League. Three early goals from Jason Rees, Kevin Hill, and David Graham gave Torquay United an unassailable lead – even a second half fightback couldn’t prevent Barnet slipping back into the Football Conference after a 3-2 defeat. A good friend of mine, who saw his Torquay side victorious on the day, has called the day the best of his life and has spoken at length of his admiration for Barnet and their supporters at Underhill. He also recalled the two sets of supporters embracing and swapping shirts at the end of the match, to mark the historic occasion. While Torquay went on to gain promotion to League One a few years later, Barnet battled away in the Conference, a relegation that many would debate re-vitalised the club’s fortunes. Crowds began to rise again, and after a succession of new managers Paul...

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