“Sh!t ground, no fans!”



This Saturday marks the last day that Barnet football club will ever play at the Underhill stadium.

Due to the demands of the council and the state of the ground, Barnet will be forced to leave Underhill for the last time on Saturday after the game against Wycombe Wanderers in what is likely to be a rare sell-out for the club.

You can read more about the move in my wife Victoria’s excellent blog (http://strictly442.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/a-fond-farewell-to-ground-where-its.html) at Strictly442, and as you will see, it is the ground where we first met and a year later, met again.

The sad fact is that another football club in the London borough of Barnet (Hendon FC) now play their games at Wembley FC, and their old ground Claremount Road has been left to nature’s wrath. I swear they will be filming music videos there next.

The options to share were there, but not to fit Barnet’s average attendance of 2-3,000, and inside the Emirates or White Hart Lane, it may resemble the Queen’s Park fans inside Hampden.

Next season will see Barnet playing in front of a smaller crowd at their training ground the Hive, which was recently used by Brazil and was criticised by Everton captain Phil Neville. Whatever the future holds, the sloping spectable of Underhill will be remembered by all who attended.


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