20 Facts About Barnet FC


Barnet FC became founder members of the North London League in 1892 and had success at a local level before ceasing to exist in 1902.

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Barnet FC spent 53 years in the Athenian League, winning seven league titles and one FA Amateur Cup title, before turning semi-professional as they entered the Southern League in 1965.

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Barnet FC were formed in 1888, having formerly been known as New Barnet FC and Woodville FC .

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Barnet FC arranged for junior players from Tottenham Hotspur to play for the club including Taffy O'Callaghan, Willie Evans and Bill Whatley, all of whom eventually became internationals, between them gaining 17 Welsh caps.

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In 1947, Barnet FC played Sing Tao Sports Club, winners of the Hong Kong Football League at Underhill.

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Barnet FC reached the third round proper of the FA Cup for the first time on 9 January 1965, meeting the previous season's runner-up Preston North End at Underhill.

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Barnet FC persuaded Les Eason, then 20 years of age, to join from Finchley and then acquired amateur international Barry King from Hitchin, who became the first player to sign professional forms for the club.

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In 1975, Barnet FC were relegated back to the Southern League Division One North, after one season they switched to the Southern League Division One South which they won at the first attempt and returned to the Southern League Premier.

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Barnet FC led Barnet to their best league position for many years finishing runners-up in the renamed Football Conference scoring 86 goals.

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In spite of the financial problems, Barnet FC finished third in the new Division Three and secured the final automatic promotion spot.

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Goalkeeper Gary Phillips took over as manager during a difficult summer in which Barnet FC marginally survived a vote of expulsion by a Football League EGM, and lost the vast majority of their promotion winning side in a tribunal which nullified the players' contracts.

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Barnet FC was replaced by Peter Shreeves, who only months before had been in charge of Division One side Sheffield Wednesday, and quickly turned Barnet's form around.

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Barnet FC finished 12 points ahead of their nearest rival, Hereford United.

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Barnet FC was succeeded by the ever-present Paul Fairclough; however, he stepped down after only being able to secure 3 wins in 17 games.

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Barnet FC was then succeeded by Martin Allen, who was asked to manage Barnet on a non-contract basis until the end of the season; however, after just 3 matches, he was offered a contract from Notts County and subsequently left for them.

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On 11 October 2012, Barnet FC confirmed a huge coup in signing the former Barcelona and Ajax midfielder Edgar Davids as player and joint head coach alongside Mark Robson.

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In January 2018 Barnet FC were sitting bottom of League Two and took the decision to move Mark McGhee to the Technical Director position and appoint Graham Westley first team coach.

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Barnet FC won their final match against Chesterfield but with Morecambe drawing leaving both teams on the same number of points, Barnet FC were subsequently relegated out of the league due to goal difference.

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In February 2013, Barnet FC's move to the new ground was ratified by The Football League.

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Barnet FC have had a long-lasting friendly rivalry with their "big neighbours" Arsenal, with whom they regularly had pre-season friendlies for several seasons.

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