The Lowdown on...Barnet
11th July 2015
TODAY'S spotlight falls on promoted side Barnet. Once in every lifetime, comes a team like this...
Last season: 1st, Conference Premier, 92 pts
Manager: Martin Allen
Nickname: The Bees
When we play them: home - Tuesday, September 29; away - Tuesday, March 1
Last time we met: (League Two - 2012/13) home - W 2-1; away W 4-1
Ins: Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient); Tom Champion (Cambridge United); Bira Dembele (Stevenage); Gavin Hoyte (Gillingham); Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient); Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City)
Outs: Iffy Allen; Lee Cook (Eastleigh); Sam Cowler; Charlie MacDonald; Jon Nurse; Jack Saville (Aldershot Town); David Stephens; George Sykes (Dartford); Luisma Villa
If Barnet were a TV series they would be... The Young Ones. Barnet have offered professional contracts to eight youth prospects from their academy, and that alone qualifies the Bees to be named after the alternative comedy series. The Young Ones was fresh to British television in 1982 and meanwhile, Barnet FC were in the Alliance Premier League - the equivalent of the Conference. Just like The Young Ones has never really disappeared from British Culture, the Bees have only once disappeared from League 2 or the Conference since the TV series release date. In the same manner the British Sitcom keeps returning to television screens, Martin Allen keeps returning to The Hive - he's currently in his fourth stint! Can The Young Ones do anything differently this time round?