100 Owners: No.99 – Stan Flashman (Barnet)

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Sam says:

    Only 99? I can only pontificate what the top 98 did. Does it include war crimes?

    Good, relatively well researched piece as usual on man that always made life interesting for us.

    There was a great 30 minute documentary on life supporting the team during Flashman’s reign, and when things started to fall apart – The London Programme – The Ups and Downs of Barnet Football Club, that includes the man himself telling a reporter from Saint And Greavsie to F Off!

    Part 1 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HJw5m8Us9c

    Parts 2 & 3 can be found from there. Essential viewing!

  2. highwaycat says:

    Small correction – it was three points for an away win and two points for a home win. Fortunately the system was quickly abandoned.

  3. Ian says:

    Highwaycat: Thanks for pointing that out, that was a slip of the hand on my part.

    Sam: The short answer to your question is that, until this list gets to the latter stages the order that they come in doesn’t really matter so much – for now, I’m trying to get a little historical context in place for the rest of the list, although it is worth mentioning that I did take into account the timing of his resignation (which probably spared the club demotion to God-knows-where). Sorting 100 names like this into an objective order probably would have taken me all summer on its own.

    I did see, while researching this, a couple of references to Flashman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in his last years. I’d be interested to know if anyone could corroborate this, because it might even account for his erratic behaviour (which seemed to get worse before he quit the club altogether).

  4. Livibee says:

    My parents lived a few houses away from the Flashman’s and every Friday Stan or Mark would bring round tickets for the following days away match as they knew I went to all games home and away.
    At one particular match I mentioned to Mart that I had left the ticket at home by mistake but still managed to talk my way in for free – I never got another freebie from them. Stan was very unpredictable but Mark and his wife Helen were okay

  5. Brian says:

    A well-written and researched article. As someone who barely missed a game in those days, it was truly a case of a dream quickly becoming a nightmare.

    A couple of small corrections: the no offside from free-kicks rule was actually only in 87/88 (the year Lincoln kicked their way to the title) and was a UEFA-sponsored experiment. The article implies it was earlier. Changing the name from the APL to the “GM-Vauxhall Conference” in 1984-5 (I think…) was perhaps a better example of the unconventional efforts to re-brand. The term “Conference” was unheard of in UK sport in those days.

    Also, the vote to keep Barnet in the League went badly against us (I think the total was something like 16 in favour of us staying and 50 against) however the 75-80% majority needed in those days to kick us out of the league was not (quite) achieved. I seem to remember it was Stoke and Norwich that were reputed to have saved us. All the Div 4 teams apparently voted against. As a result of this, the League changed their rules to make it a lot easier for them to deal with other cases of financial irregularities, as we have seen in several cases since.

    Thanks for your work.

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