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Millwall, 01 September 2009

Alex Jones

Note: These programme notes were never published as the programme was merely a gatefold type thing. But no one told Alex till a few days beforehand. Can programme notes be programme notes if they never appeared in a programme? Does a tree falling in a forest make a noise if no one is around to hear it?


Barnet are pleased to welcome Millwall for the first competitive fixture between the two sides this evening. I have visited both the Old and New Den, two contrasting but equally memorable stadiums. We are lucky enough to have with us a nephew of the great Harry Cripps, representing the family tonight. I first saw the Lions play at the old Ninian Park back in the seventies. Eventually I will track down the programme for that day, but I do remember that both sides were competing for promotion from the old League 2 in those days, the 1975-76 season and both went up with Hereford, the eventual champions. The game ended 0-0. Another goalless draw which I attended was in 1989 at Highbury, although had Teddy Sheringham not had an effort ruled out for being off side, then the Gunners would have been denied their dramatic title at Anfield, and Nick Hornby might have been a lot less affluent.


International weekend sees us play on a Friday night up in Sixfields, the stadium Barnet opened in the first competitive fixture. The coach to Northampton will leave the Odeon at 5.0pm, and the price for this fixture is £20, or else £15 for concessions. There follows a Saturday fixture on September 12th against Macclesfield, which necessitates a 9.30am start and will cost £30 or £25. Please specify for which trip you are booking. As with all fixtures you need to be a BFCSA member to travel, but you are welcome to sign up on the day. That will cost £10 adults or else £5 for over 60s or under 16s. The travel line is 01707 647365. You can also see Steve Percy to book.


To join our organisation, download the application form or find Steve Mann or another Committee member. Several fans have already this season talked to Committee members or e-mailed us on info@bfcsa.co.uk and you are welcome to do the same, if you have any issues or comments. Send your forms with the correct remittance to the Membership Secretary at 63 Western Way, Barnet EN5 2BU. To join the Association costs just £10 [£5 concessions], and there are several social events planned for which there will be reduced or free members admission. Also this page will soon be reproduced on the BFCSA website after the game, for those who cannot make Underhill and like to keep abreast of Association news. I believe that Sam Norris still has a few of the must have summer fashion accessories which are the white BFCSA polo shirts priced at a staggering £12.


As I left Torquay, it was good to see Bill Creswell and his lad Aiden. Bill has been living in Devon for some years now. You may remember that he had the most amazing collection of Barnet programmes, some of which were uniquely stored under the stage floorboards at Camden School for Girls. The collection has got less out of necessity, but Bill is still willing to help find the odd match day magazine that may be missing from your collection. With this in mind please contact Bill at his new email address williamcreswell747@btintenet.com Bill largely follows Ilfracombe these days, so was pleased to see his first victory in several years. What he actually thought of the orange morph suits is not recorded, but this unique uniform made several national newspapers as well as the League show. The BBC1 programme seems to be settling down, and avoiding some of the strange cross channel interruptions that marred the very first edition a few weeks ago.


If there are any people failing to get the live Barnet World commentary, just consult with the Association website, where Barry Swain has provided a step by step guide for those who may be experiencing difficulties. He does point out that the problem is not always to do with Barnet FC/ptv and this could be attributable to the individual’s computer or software. If, after following the detailed instructions you are still experiencing interference, then send an e-mail to the commentary team at barnetplayer@live.co.uk


Just a very early signpost for your diary that the International Day, organised by Village will take place on Saturday March 27th after and before the Burton Albion day. You mat recall the several Italians largely from Ivrea had a splendid day at Underhill last spring. Also on the website there is a special interview which Reckless was given by Roger Figg, the former Bees legend. Roger scored over 250 goals in eight seasons during the Sixties, and formed quite a formidable partnership with Les Eason and Tony Harding. Read it all at www.barnetfc.co.uk


Well done to Will Viner for winning a contract at the club. I was talking to some of his former Hendon teammates only yesterday when I made my first visit to Short Lane, home of Ashford Town [Middlesex]. They have a really friendly set up, including, crucially wooden league ladders depicting the Ryman Premier as it finished last season, although someone had stolen Dover Athletic. They should get some for the Pavilion, I reckon. Finally, after all the media frenzy surrounding Sol Campbell, which I just missed by dutifully sending in my copy for the Notts County programme a day early, can I be the last to remind you that Sol also made his debut for the Arsenal at Underhill all those years ago, a feature that did not go un-noticed down the Lane.

Good luck to the Bees.

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