Who Are Ya? - Barnet
How Long Have You Supported Barnet?
Since 1996, my 1st game was v Hereford United F.C.
Last Season's League Finish?
15th again, just glad we didn't get relegated.
What Do You Think Of Your Manager?
He's a young guy, with new ideas that need time to gel and everyone to buy into it.
Hopes/Expectations This Season?
Hopes would be playoffs. Expectations would be to finish higher than 15th.
One(s) To Watch?
Jack Taylor, Wesley Fonguck, Shaq Coulthirst.
Top Seven Predictions?
Exeter City, Notts County, Luton Town, Mansfield Town, Coventry City, Swindon Town and Stevenage.
Bottom Two Predictions?
Chesterfield and Forest Green Rovers.
Thoughts on Lincoln City?
Could have a out side chance of making the play-offs. Have done very well lately.
Random Fact About Your Club?
We have the youngest manager in League Two at 32 (Rossi Eames).
What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as a Barnet Supporter?
Proudest winning the league to get back into the Football League. Embarrassing every time we've been relegated/Having four different managers in one season(last season 16/17).
Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?
If we do I'm not with it.
Which was your favourite match involving Barnet?
Barnet v Farnborough at Underhill 7-1 to the Bees.
Which was your least favourite match involving Barnet?
Anytime that it relegated us or any loss to Stevenage.
Is there still a planning permission constraint at the Hive of 5,176 despite having capacity for 6,400?
There are plains for it, when it happens is another question. It will look really nice, but we don't really get the crowd as is.
How many regular fans do you reckon followed the team from Underhill to the Hive and what initiatives are there to boost support?
I'd say about 1000 from Underhill, we don't seem to get the people who lives around the Hive to come watch us. So if we are ever going to get more bums on seats, a cup run or moving up the leagues. People want to see there club doing well not fighting to stay in the Football League.
Isn't it about time that Martin Allen returned as manager yet again?
HAHA! only when results gets really bad, but he can do a job I will always love the man for what he has done for us and I can't hate him. But I'm very annoyed with him leaving us again. I think four times as manager is enough for one man and club, a fifth time could send people to the loony bin.
How much of a role do you expect Akinola to play for Barnet now? And do you reckon he will come to Lincoln in January?
Well he wasn't apart of the plains and was going to sit and wait till January(If you lot came back in for him), but with more and more 1st team players out with injures he's been brought back into the team.
Barnet have lost a lot of players to injury already - Johnson and Tarpey long-term with knee ligament injuries, and now Akinde for 6 weeks with knee and hamstring problems. Cambridge striker Ade Azeez also picked up a long-term knee ligament injury playing at The Hive a few weeks ago. There are suggestions that the pitch may be a problem - do you think there is anything in that, or is it just bad luck?
I think it's a little bit of both, Bad luck that it keeps happening but at the same time something don't seem right and I can't put my finger on it. Questions do need to be asked.
Barnet have been relegated twice from the League since they first entered it in 1991. Do you feel an established Football League club now, or is survival the main aim?
You never know with Barnet, I always say our aim is to just do what we can for survival, but you can't really keep going on like that as a football team. Other teams who was with us in the lower leagues have moved up and even made it to the premiership. If they can do it why can't little ole Barnet?
Attracting crowds will always be a challenge due to location; what initiatives are offered to bring people in? Could the club do more?
I look at it like if you want to see a game of football (the team you support) you will go no matter where it is. A lot of people will never go as they say it's not Barnet anymore. If you ask me where would I rather be over at the Hive where it's state of the ark model or at Underhill. There is no competition really, I grew up watching Barnet at Underhill that will always be our home no matter what ever happens to us as a club. The Hive is really nice and has everything you could ask for. But when we moved a little of football history died.