22 February 2003
Good afternoon and welcome to the BFCSA page.
We played AFC Wimbledon in a Home Counties Football Quiz League match on Sunday 16 February and slipped to our first defeat of the season against a very good side.
Result: Barnet 50 AFC Wimbledon 64
Barnet Team: John Errol, Alex Jones, Steve Percy, David Bown, Peter Croft, Paul Reisman
Man of the Match: Peter Croft
We are due to play AFC Wimbledon again in the League Cup on Sunday 9 March at the High Barnet British Legion, Moxon Street, 8:00pm start.
MEET THE COMMITTEE
When I first started coming to Underhill the Supporters Association was responsible for quite a few duties at the ground. These included the catering, turnstiles, jackpot tickets and some ground maintenance.
Can you believe at this time the tea was served in china cups, and George Sturman, the Catering Manager, would sometimes wander the terraces, wearing his distinctive white coat, carrying a metal bucket to collect the empties.
When I was invited to join the Committee I was newly married and my wife also joined at this time. The catering department had modernised slightly - plastic cups! We both helped with the half-time brew-up (six tablespoons of leaf tea per giant teapot with hot water from an ancient gas fired urn.)
In the late 70's when Dave Underwood was the Football Club Chairman the supporters were asked to bring bundles of old newspapers to the ground. Dave was in the paper business and the salvage of paper brought in a few quid for the club. We used to help stack paper in an old hut located where the police control room now stands.
During the Barry Fry era the floodlight upgrade project was going on. Barry was keen to upgrade the lights to Football League standard because he was sure it would be needed one day. The Supporters Association set about raising the necessary money through various fund raising projects.
My wife and I would stand inside the Westcombe Drive entrance on match days with yellow plastic buckets to collect any loose change supporters cared to donate to the fund.
For a time in the 80's my wife and I shared the role of membership secretaries of the association, followed by a period helping to run the match day draw.
When Barnet won promotion to the Football League in season 1990/ 91 they were playing some of the most entertaining football I have ever seen. I believe that the players we had at that time could have got us ultimately into Division One- had the wheels not come off two seasons later.
As the 90's progressed the Supporters Association's match day duties were much reduced. The Match Day draw, Club Shop and Catering now being administered by the Football Club.
I helped by operating a turnstile for a time and for the past few seasons have been selling programmes, usually in front of the main stand. My 23-year-old son Alan, a regular at Underhill since he was three weeks old, sells programmes inside the Barnet lane entrance.
During my years at Underhill I have made many friends and met some very nice people, both supporters and staff. Underhill to me has a special charm. The pitch with its unique slope and excellent playing surface and the warm friendly atmosphere of the place make it special.
As the 'Forces of Evil' outside of Underhill conspire to wipe us out of existence who knows what the future holds. Here's hoping that we all have some good times to come. Promotion back to division 3 would be a good start!