Tag: Barnet

Fifth Time’s A Charm: On Barnet’s Familiar Season

It’s international break weekend this weekend, friends, so for the rest of this week we’ll be prying our eyes away from the elite world of VARs, Jose Mourinho’s slow-motion metamorphosis into Alex Jones, and Manchester City’s stately procession to the Premier League title to take a look a little further down the ladder, starting at Barnet, where a familiar place in the League Two table has led to a familiar face returning to the club to try and steady its ship. Monday, then, turned out to be a busy day for Tony Kleanthous, the long-serving and, it can occasionally...

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Video of the Day: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet, January 1982

Barnet make the trip down to the south coast this evening to play Brighton & Hove Albion in the League Cup. The Bees have had a mixed start to their League Two season, having won, drawn and lost each of their first three matches. They may, however, be feeling confident of causing an upset from a trip to Sussex to play a Brighton team which has lost both of its first two Premier League matches and has been learning a harsh lesson over the last couple of weeks about how difficult life in the top flight of English football...

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Of Snow, Wind, Rain, Ice & Men

We’re well past the initial point at which the weather has started to play merry havoc with the football season, and it was most likely this – a rash of cancellations following the latest round of storms and high winds – combined with New Year’s Day hangovers which combined to give BT Sport a record high television audience for its live match last week between Luton Town and Barnet at Kenilworth Road. An audience of almost 350,000 people tuned into watch the Conference Premier match, a figure that represents a plenty decent return for the fifth level of the English League system and which hints at the possibility that rumours of the death of all football in England below the Premier League continue to be somewhat exaggerated – for now, at least. Still, though, it would be nice to think that the size of the television audience for this match might not have completely been for prosaic reasons such as those outlined above. There was something magnificently joyful about about watching twenty-two players splashing around on a pitch that resembled an ice skating rink after a power cut, coming to terms with the fact that gravity can have a most curious effect when water gets factored into the equation. The quicker thinking players soon realised that on such a pitch, the best way the deliver the ball forward is...

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Tony Kleanthous Locks Horns With The Local Authorities… Again

Following relegation from the Football League at the end of last season, Barnet Football Club has made a reasonable start to life back in the non-league game in the Conference National. With thirteen matches of the new season played the club sits in tenth place in the table, a position which may be slightly misleading, considering that its points tally leaves it just three points off a place in the play-offs. The current drama at the club, however, is all coming away from the pitch as owner Tony Kleanthous, who has started to come to resemble a man who could start an argument in an empty room so long as that room was a council chamber, locks horns with another North London local authority. There was a sense of weary resignation about the club’s departure from Underhill, the ground that it had called home since 1907, at the end of last season. A dispute over access to part of the ground with the local council was the reason given as being the straw that broke the camel’s back for staying there, but the club’s departure from the London Borough of Barnet to the London Borough of Harrow doesn’t appear to have eased the difficulties that the club is having with local authorities. Having said that, however, it would seem that it has taken only a few months for Kleanthous...

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