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ABOUT

Downhill Second Half started out in 2009 as an alternative viewpoint on Barnet FC.

Totally independent of the club, we set out to talk about amusing away day stories with minimal emphasis on the actual football side of it. However, as time went on we often used the site to vent our frustration on how things were progressing (or not) at the club, as the articles of 2010-2013 will certainly demonstrate.

As well as this though, we set out to be a definitive home for Barnet FC statistics and records. We were able to get some of the way there, but a lot of the information simply didn't exist out there, so the jigsaw remained incomplete.

We called time on the site in 2013, partly out of apathy, partly out of cost, partly as a reaction to relegation and the impending move away from Underhill.

The Return

However, when the UK went into lockdown in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wondered whether there was something we could do to reminisce and that's where the idea of a podcast came along, and naturally we thought we'd bring back the site to sit alongside it.

The podcast ran over three series with many guests from the 1990s to 2010s, including many club legends like Giuliano Grazioli, Lee Harrison and Albert Adomah. We have hung up the mics for now, but who knows what the future might hold. You can listen to them all here .

We've added all the recent records, delved into some more research to find some more, but we are still a way short of finding everything we need to complete the Barnet FC statistical picture. We have appearances and goalscorer data now back to 1965, the year the club turned professional.

We have had a lot of help along the way from individuals to bring the site to where it is now. In particular, John Snow was the original compiler of the professional results history and was kind enough to share them with us when we started out. Tony "Reckless" Hammond has also chipped in with a lot of support for the lineups in the 70s and 80s as well as John Erroll who ticked off a good bit of the 1990s.

I want to give particular thanks to Rob Cavallini whose research completed a full picture of the history of Barnet FC. He has kindly offered to share the data of pre-1965 results to allow us to paint the full picture on the site. You can buy all of the books from his website dognduck.net .

Some materials used are not our copyright, they are used for reference purposes only to provide a service to Barnet FC fans and indeed fans of other clubs. It is not our intention to infringe on any copyright, however if you do find anything on this website that you would prefer to be removed please contact us via e-mail or social media. We do not make a penny of financial gain from the website whatsoever.

Statistical Clarity

All the stats you see on this site count competitive fixtures only. You will find records for non-competitive games, such as friendlies, however these will not count towards a player's appearance count, record wins, etc.

The competitions counted as competitive are; League, Playoffs, FA Cup, FA Trophy, FAAC, FL Trophy, FA Amateur Cup
These competitions are counted as competitive until 1993; London Charity Cup, Southern League Cup, Studio Cup, London Senior Cup, Herts Senior Cup, Herts Charity Cup, Premier Inter-League Cup (GMAC and Clubcall Cup), Conference League Cup, Middlesex Senior Cup

The competitions counted as non-competitive are; CTR, Westminster Hospital Cup, MITC, T, JGC, Challenge Cup Match, VC Shield, Friendly

If you disagree with the above definitions, let us know on social media or via the Mailbox.

Is 1888 Correct?

Barnet FC traces its history back to 1888. Whilst it is true that a club called Barnet FC existed in 1888, it does not appear to be the same club that exists now. Originally Woodville FC (1882-1885), then New Barnet FC (1885-1888), the club became Barnet FC in 1888, enjoying success in the North London League and later the London League, but then ceased to exist in the 1901-1902 season.

Two other clubs existed in the area at this time. Barnet Avenue FC (1890), preferring to stay as an amateur club, and Alston Works FC (1901) who played in the London League. Barnet Avenue took on the mantle of Barnet FC in 1904. Alston Works in the meantime moved to play at Underhill in 1907. The two clubs then merged in 1912 to become Barnet and Alston FC playing in the Athenian League, an amateur league for clubs in the London area.

The club then renamed itself to Barnet FC in 1919 and has remained to the present day.

So on the face of it, the current club is different to the one that existed in 1888, so which is the correct definition?


  All materials on this site copyright Downhill Second Half and its individual authors. Content may not be reproduced without prior written permission. Special thanks to Chris Holland for use of photography and John Snow, John Erroll and Tony Hammond for statistical compilation.

A huge thank you also to Rob Cavallini whose Barnet history books set the basis for our journey to complete all statistics back to the start of Barnet FC.

Club crests, player images, and company logos are the property of their respective owners. They are included in this website for reference purposes only./span>