Alberto7 Posted March 15, 2006 Share Posted March 15, 2006 Hi all, I was in London a couple of weeks ago and caught the Barnet vs Wrexham game(league 2) on Saturday March 4th. I thought I would share my impressions of the game. Stadium: Underhill stadium (near the High Barnet tube station) looks like it was built in the 1930s and upgraded somewhat. Very old metal roof on the covered parts. Four stands. One main standing stand and one main seated stand(that includes a family section) on the sides of the pitch(both covered). Behind one of the goals is the away supporters stand (all seated and uncovered) and behind the other goal is a small uncovered standing only stand. Capacity is listed at 4,057 (according to Footballsquads.com) but I can't see how they would get that many in there. Attendance was 2,127 and we were pretty packed where I was standing. Pitch is very close to the stands and in very good shape. Some of the stands back onto backyards of a row of houses. A hard kick could easily go over the stand and smash a window or two! Overall impression. Really crappy decrepit stadium. Hardly worthy of League football in England. Cost: 17 pounds for the main seated stand. 14 pounds for the family section. 13 pounds to stand in the main part and 11 pounds to stand behind the goal. OK but the quality of the stadium leaves a lot to be desired. Fans: A bunch of lunatics(and I'm being kind). Seriously. Everyone we talked to was very friendly and helpful but boy do they ever scream and yell about every little thing. They scream at every call that goes against their team. They scream at every move made by the opposing team. They scream at the ref for basically existing . They scream at their players for not playing well or for muffing a chance here and there. They swear non-stop and yell at all the players. We found this quite humorous and tried not to laugh but there was one moment where I did not laugh one bit when a fan behind me said some very derogatory remarks about the Welsh supporters(Wrexham is in Wales, in case you didn't know). You simply would not get away with that sort of thing in Canada at any sporting event in this day and age. Overall-Very spirited bunch with a couple of a**holes who spoilt it by saying racist things. The game and the players: Very good level of soccer, especially by Wrexham. Excellent pace if a little uncreative(too many long balls for my liking). Barnet players went up 2-0 pretty quickly but were very lax defensively and allowed Wrexham to tie the game. The second goal by Wrexham was a direct result of a Barnet defenseman not covering his player very closely. I would compare the level of play to what you see in the USL Divison 1. I'm sure the Impact could have beaten Barnet but they would have had a fight on their hands against Wrexham. Overall-good soccer, especially the pace. Final thoughts: the team is a little disorganized. We arrived 10 minutes late(my fault for not realizing that the distance to cover by tube was greater than I thought)and could not get into the seated areas since they had closed(we had to go to three sections of the stdium before someone told us this). We had to therefore go to the main standing stand. This was ok as we had a great view of the game but my legs got tired after standing for 90 minutes on concrete. Enjoyed the soccer and most of the fans but was very disturbed by the few racist idiots. Vedict: thankfully it only cost me 13 pounds. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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