Tag: Barnet

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

There was always something inherently contradictory about Stan Flashman. He is, perhaps, best remembered as the “King Of The Touts” (often with the prefix “Self-Styled” attached to it), but when he craved respectability he would rebrand himself as a “Ticket Broker.” Ultimately, though, he himself stated that he didn’t care what he was called as long as the money was right. As the owner of Barnet Football Club, he was at first the man that saved a club that had been sinking into a quicksand of doldrums over the years prior to his arrival at the club. He would also, however, go on to become the man that nearly killed the club after it had achieved its holy grail of arriving in the Football League for the first time. In the mid-1980s, many of the crises that afflicted the top end of professional football were mirrored in miniature in the non-league game. Hooliganism had become a risk and crowds were down. The formation of the Alliance Premier League in 1979 had been with intention of unifying the top of the non-league game with the aim of securing an automatic promotion and relegation place with the Football League. It’s early years, however, had only been a mixed success. Crowds had fallen as elsewhere and the league itself seemed overly concerned with gimmicks, such as introducing a “no offside from free kicks”...

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Barnet Prepare To Leave Underhill

After one hundred and four years, the end now seems to be nigh for Underhill, the home of Barnet Football Club. An official statement on the clubs website this afternoon confirmed that “The stark reality is that as a consequence of unresolved ground differences with the council, Barnet FC face the prospect of a reduced footprint next season and an end to their 100 plus years residence of their spiritual home”, bringing to an end any reasonable doubt over the fact that wherever the club does end up playing in either its short or long term future, it won’t be at the place that it has called home since 1907. Yet the club’s statement on the matter is perhaps as curious for what it doesn’t include as for what it does, because when it comes to specific details on the subject of where the club actually will be playing next season, Barnet Football Club remains a little coy, and this is with a year before they would have to move into somewhere else. We covered the latest instalment in Barnet Football Club’s fractious relationship with its local council at the beginning of last month, but the timing of the resurfacing of this issue and the question of if or why the council is behaving with such hostility towards the club means that it is a question that should probably...

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Kleanthous & Barnet FC vs The Local Council

As the crowd of just over 1,700 filed out of Underhill after a six-three home defeat at the hands of Burton Albion last weekend, supporters of Barnet Football Club had little option but to face up to the prospect of another difficult season in League Two again this year. The club is in second from bottom place in the Football League with only Plymouth Argyle below them, and with Plymouth now having finally exited administration and Barnet having lost seven of their last eight matches, a club which has maintained its League Two status by the skin of its teeth for the last couple of seasons will be looking nervously at the trapdoor which is threatening to open up below it again. It is perhaps unsurprising that the grumbling of the support in the direction of manager Lawrie Sanchez has become louder over the last few weeks as his team has continued to struggle, but Barnet don’t only face issues on the pitch. This year has seen a souring of the club’s already fractious relationship with its local council to the point of breaking, with recent public statements from the club’s chairman, Tony Kleanthous, effectively accusing the London Borough of Barnet council of no longer wanting the football club on its doorstep. Barnet have played at Underhill since 1907 but in recent years their ground, which sits adjacent to green belt...

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Lincoln City’s Relegation Opens Up Some Very Old Wounds

The final day of the Football League season inevitably brings shredded nerves, and yesterday brought an unfolding drama with a hint of familiarity to it at the bottom of League Two, with Lincoln City and Barnet playing to avoid relegation into the Football Conference. Lincoln started the day two points ahead of Barnet, but with an inferior goal difference. In short, they needed a win from their match against Aldershot Town to guarantee their survival for another season. If they failed to win, they would still keep their heads above water if Barnet failed to beat Port Vale in their match at Underhill. Two hours later, we had our answer. Barnet, who survived relegation on the last day of last season, beat Port Vale thanks to a single penalty, while Lincoln City lost three-nil at home to Aldershot Town and, therefore, fell out of the Football League. Lincoln’s slide down the table had been one of the most alarming seen in any division this season. They had looked comfortable a couple of months ago, but failed to win any of their final eleven matches while, over the same period of time, Barnet picked up seventeen points. While the survival instinct kicked in at Barnet, Lincoln’s rudderless end to the season saw them sleepwalk out of the Football League. The irony in all of this is striking, as Lincoln City...

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End Of Season Crowd Trouble Blues – Part One

What to make, then, of the events at Kenilworth Road this afternoon? On the one hand, there are plenty of plenty of supporters of other clubs in the Blue Square Premier that seem to hold the viewpoint that serious crowd trouble at a Luton match has been something that has been waiting to happen for some considerable time. However, although finding more precise documentary evidence for this is obviously difficult, the links between the extreme end of the club’s support and various unsavoury political organisations has been noted elsewhere on plenty of occasions and talk of minor disturbances at Luton matches this season has not been uncommon. Was it a major surprise that there should be significant crowd trouble after a Luton home defeat in a play-off match? The unfortunate answer to this is no, probably not. Still, however, even if there were hundreds of people involved in scenes that cannot be condoned in any way whatsoever (and the predictable claims and counterclaims about what happened this afternoon will undoubtedly go into overdrive over the next few days), the picture is less clear-cut than simply being a matter of shouting for massive points deductions, fines or throwing the club out of football altogether. There will be many thousands of Luton supporters – far more than were involved in any trouble this afternoon – that will have been appalled by...

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