DATES VISITED : 14/2/2006
THIS REPORT IS BASED ON THE GAME DATED : 14/2/2006
The famous Barnet slope is what awaited the Imps at Underhill. I had personally never been
to Underhill and quite frankly, I couldn't really have cared less if I had never visited this ground, however, they got promoted
back into the league and City failed in the playoffs (again) so a trip into north London was inevitable.
I didn't really know what to expect at Barnet, I had seen pictures of the ground and also clips
on tv, however, neither really revealed what the ground was really like. Outside the ground, there is quite literally NOTHING
other than a few houses and if you wanted to get anywhere decent, you had to work up the hill into the town centre. Once
past the basic turnstile system, you automatically enter upon the slope.
For this game, the Imps were in the East terrace than ran down the length of the pitch, down
being the operative word. The terracing is of a pretty small size in terms of height compared to many other terraces around
the country but it does offer a good view of the action. The stand behind the goal nearest the away turnstiles is another
small terracing that doesn't go any more than 5 steps up. The stand opposite away fans is a small seated area above more terracing
and the final stand is a temporary stand behind the far goal, extending no higher than 7 rows.
The atmosphere at the ground is quite laughable and I'm almost certain that there was a statue
of a chav sticking his fingers up at away fans in the temporary stand. Everytime I looked in that direction, there he was
Overall, I wasn't very impressed with Underhill and the fan that you're leaning no matter where
you stand is something that isn't a very nice thing when you're trying to watch a football match. Overall, this ground is
barely Conference standard and the chances of me going to this ground other than for a Lincoln game are slim and I would not
recommend it for a random game, unless you like looking like the leaning tower of Pisa.