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The League 2 Ground Guide

Barnet's Underhill
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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 saluting prouldly.

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.

 

SCORES

 

Overall Ground Quality : 3

Ease of getting there : 8

Atmosphere : 2

Programme : 4

View of Action : 7

Terrace Nutterage Factor : 7

The "football" feeling : 6

Friendliness of Home Supporters : 7

Quality of the game : 6

Chances of Coming Here Again If Given Chance : 1

 

Overall : 51/100

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