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The Hive Founded 1888 The Bees

A year ago Barnet fans could look forward to a new home whilst being led out by a former Champions League winner. All the hype about Edgar Davids playing non league football got the terraces intrigued. Now the Bees are minus the much decorated midfielder and have turned to a management team they have trusted in the past. Barnet, now in their third spell in the Conference Premier know what it’s like at this level. Champions in 1990 and 2005, their recent eight year stay in the Football League was spent surviving mainly on the final day of the season. The Hertfordshire club may have found it hard to leave Underhill, their home for 106 years but now they enter a second campaign of their new chapter.

BFCLast Season

Conference Premier: 8th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

FA Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter Final

Top Scorer: Jake Hyde

Average Attendance: 1706

A promising start in the first month of the season left Barnet in second but the Bees lost their buzz in September. Although Barnet went 12 games suffering a solitary defeat putting the North Londoners in touching distance of the playoffs, they fell short of the top five missing out by seven points. Davids often caused unwanted headlines picking up as many cards in his eight appearances on the pitch, three of them reds. The frustrated Dutchman lost his way and left the club by mutual consent. Throughout the campaign Barnet were the masters of getting by on a single goal with nine 1-0 victories and 14 wins by a margin of one. A few more goals may have propelled them into the top five but as it was the Hertfordshire side will be left to rebuild over the summer for a second attempt at another return to the Football League. Chairman, Anthony Kleanthous with one eye on 2014/15 raided old contacts at the tail end of last term and renewed his relationship with a “Mad Dog”.

The Manager – Martin Allen

Take one, after two assistant roles at Reading then Barnet, Martin Allen took charge permanently making drastic changes to the squad in 2003/04. Looking set to succeed the former Queens Park Rangers and west Ham United player left for Brentford. Milton Keynes Dons, Leicester City and Cheltenham Town followed. At Whaddon Road he was placed on gardening leave before departing Cheltenham Town. Take two, Allen returned to Underhill on an eight game contract at the end of the 2010/11 campaign and lasted three unbeaten matches, the Bees survived relegation from the Football League by winning their final game. Moving to Notts County for the climax of that season he managed to keep them up in the division above. Take three, as caretaker manager Barnet was yet again spared dropping out of League Two thanks to Allen’s guidance. A move to Gillingham followed where the 48 year old took the Kent club to the League Two title but “Mad Dog” soon returned to Barnet for his fourth take.

The Summer

A major clear out occurred at the Hive in the summer break. To start with The Bees will see a brand new strike force this campaign with last season’s top scorer Jake Hyde moving on to York City, England C international Keanu Marsh-Brown transfer listed and former Dart Harry Crawford being released. John Akinde moves to The Hive on the back of an impressive season with Alfreton Town, the 25 year old scored 17 league goals in 2013/14. Team mate at North Street, Dan Bradley also makes the move to Hertfordshire, the midfielder featured in but two league games last term. Allen has used his former contacts in signing Sam Muggleton from League One side Gillingham, the defender spent time on loan at Barnet in the final months of last season.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Barnet 1 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 7 December 2013

The Darts first trip to The Hive ended in defeat and completed back to back losses against Barnet. Jon Nurse’s goal half hour into the game was enough to settle the match. Player manager Edgar Davids received a second yellow card late on but the Bees held out for a double against Dartford.

Dartford 0 Barnet 2 – Conference Premier – 26 November 2013

Barnet visited Princes Park for the first time and came away with all three points. Keanu Marsh-Brown fired the Bees in front from a tight angle.  Just passed the half hour mark Barnet stretched their lead to two with a curling free kick from Luisma Villa. Stand in Dartford goalkeeper Phil Smith was kept busy making a number of saves and having watched two efforts hit the woodwork.

Next Meetings

Monday 25 August 2014 at The Hive

Monday 6 April 2015 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

barnet 10 yrs

Best Performances

24th League One (1993/94) F.A Cup 4th Round (2006/07 & 2007/08) F.A Trophy Runners Up (1971/72)

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