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HISTORY OF BARNET FC

1918 to 1975

1881/1901 > 1902/1914 > 1918/1975 > 1976/1983 > 1983/84 > 1984/85 > 1985/87 > 1987/89 > 1989/91 > 1991/1992

 
       
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The History of Barnet FC is a long and interesting tale of a club that has seen some highs and more than its fair share of lows in its 100 plus years existence. So long, in fact, that this history will be spread out over several pages. This is the third section, charting the story from 1918 to 1975.

We would be grateful to anyone who can add to anything written here. Apart from pointing out any inaccuracies, we would be pleased to receive contributions so that this history can be "fleshed out" even more. For that reason, the details on this page are likely to be changed as more information is unearthed.

Please contact us if there is anything you can help us with.

The following sources were useful for writing this page.

Barnet FC.com (Official Site)
Barnet FC History website
Barnet Times - Bees Zone
Barnet Museum (Wood Street)

After The War

After the War they became Barnet FC. They won the Herts Charity Cup and Middlesex Charity Cup at various times in the Twenties and in 1926 reached the First Round of the FA Cup, losing at Brentford 3-1.

In 1926 the Barnet Football Club Supporters' Association (BFCSA) was formed.

Thirties to Fifties

The Thirties saw Barnet in tremendous form. After coming second in the Athenian league in 1930, they took the championship for the next two seasons. They also won the Herts Charity Cup nearly every year and were runners-up in the League again in 1938.

The Forties saw success in the Herts Senior Cup, London Senior Cup and Herts Charity Cup. Their biggest triumph was in 1946, in front of 53,000 people at Stamford Bridge, beating Bishop Auckland 3-2 to lift the FA Amateur Cup. The Barnet captain was called Lester Finch. He represented Great Britain in the Munich Olympics of 1936 and played in a wartime international.

Finch played for Barnet from 1928 to 1953, making 476 appearances and scoring 226 goals. The Supporters' Association has an annual award named after him, which is presented to someone who has contributed to the club in some way. (In 2000-01, this was awarded to the Groundsman, for the excellent condition of the pitch throughout the season.)

1947/48 again saw them win the Athenian League, also losing out to Leytonstone 1-0 in the Amateur Cup Final, again at Stamford Bridge.

The Fifties sees more Cup success in the previously mentioned local cups, and in 1959 they almost achieved the double by winning the Athenian League and narrowly losing the Amateur Cup Final at Wembley 3-2 to Crook Town.

Professional Status

The Sixties arrived and Barnet continued to be one of the best Amateur sides in the Country. Finishing second in the Athenian League in 1960, 62 and 63, they finally won the championship of the new Athenian League Premier Division in 1964 and 1965.

It was then decided to turn semi-professional, joining the Southern League Division One in 1965-66. In their first match they hammered Hinckley 10-1. The manager at this point was Dexter Adams, and they went on to win the league.

The local cups were also lifted during the early sixties.

The Seventies weren't so successful, but 1972 saw a return visit to Wembley, this time in the FA Trophy final, with 25,000 turning up to see Barnet lose 3-0 to Stafford Rangers.

A good run in the FA Cup also saw The Bees draw 0-0 at Queens Park Rangers in the Third Round, losing the replay in front of over 10,000 fans back at Underhill.

 
       
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