Nuneaton Borough v Barnet
Saturday, 3 November, 3.00pm
By Phil Snow
Tel:(024) 7638 5738
|Colours||Blue & white
|FA Cup||2nd round|
|FA Trophy||3rd round|
|Final Position (13th)||
|FA Cup||4th Qualifying Round (Lost 3-0 to Altrincham)|
|Current Position (4th)||
Season So Far
Nuneaton have steadily climbed into fourth place after winning four of their last six games. Woking (2-0) and Southport (3-0) both at home, Hayes away (2-1) and Stalybridge at home (3-1). The other two were both lost away at Farnborough (2-1) and Dagenham & Redbridge (2-0).
After losing the opening game away to Morecambe 1-0 they won the next two at home, then going for four without a win (one drawn) before returning to winning ways. Leigh RMI and Forest Green were both beaten 2-1. A 2-2 draw at Doncaster and a 2-1 defeat at Scarborough preceded the last six league games.
The Boro are one of the highest scoring teams so far this term scoring 27 goals with Whitehall, McGregor and Charles banging them in. (Ed's note - they have the highest Home-Goal-Difference in the Conference so far, with 18 scored and only five conceeded - see below.)
The defence hasn't been quite so good letting in 20 with a 3-0 reverse at Northwich back in early September being their worst performance so far. (Ed's note - this is mainly away games...)
Although Nuneaton Borough were formed in 1937 they can trace their origins back to 1889 when Nuneaton St. Nicholas was formed. This was later to become Nuneaton Town who had a couple of years in the Southern League in the 1920's.
After Town had been wound up, the new team played in the Central Alliance League and in 1938 turned semi-pro, joining the Birmingham Combination.
Following the Second World War they moved to the Birmingham League in 1952, winning it in 54/55 and 55/56. They also reached the third round of the FA cup in 49/50.
In 1958 they joined the Southern League, became founder members of the Premier Division in 1959 but only lasted the season.
1963 saw them back in the Premier and in 67 they were runners-up, also reaching the third round of the FA Cup with a record crowd of 22,114 squeezing into Manor Park against Rotherham United.
They were one of the founder members of the Alliance Premier League in 1979 and were relegated in 1981, but only for a year.
After promotion they finished second in 83/84 and 84/85 before things turned for the worst and were again relegated in 87 and in 88 right down to the Midland Division.
1990 saw a court winding-up notice and had to be reformed in 1991.
Winning the Midland Division in 92/93 saw them back in the Premier but only for a year and 94/95 saw them at their lowest position for many a year.
In 1995/96 Brendan Phillips took over the Managerial reigns and won the Midland Division and Southern League Cup.
Steve Burr joined Phillips in 98/99 and they went on to win the Premier League comfortably with 90 points, 23 ahead of Boston United.
Back in the Conference they finished in 15th place in 99-00 and 13th last season. They are looking for better things this time and so far its looking promising. With a league record similar to Barnet's a fairly even match should be played-out on Saturday.
Below is Barnet and Nuneaton's league details based on their Home and Away performances.