We begin a summer series throwing the spotlight on the new teams joining us in the National League for the 2018/19 campaign.
Nickname: The Bees
Who’s in charge?
Martin Allen turned down the opportunity to stay on as Barnet boss after narrowly failing to pull-off a great escape during two months back in charge at the end of last term.
Instead, ‘Mad Dog’ will form part of The Bees’ opposition after the experienced boss opted to take up the challenge of leading fellow relegated side Chesterfield back to the EFL next season.
That leaves Barnet searching for their sixth manager in the last fourteen months as they look to mount a response to relegation from League Two.
Where do they play?
Barnet moved to The Hive for the start of the 2013/14 season having previously played their football at Underhill since 1907.
Originally the home of the club’s training ground which was opened by Sir Trevor Brooking and Fabio Capello in 2009, The Hive now boasts a capacity of just over 5,000.
Barnet originally intended the Edgeware base to be a temporary home with a view to building a new stadium back in the Borough of Barnet but these plans were changed in 2015.
How did they get here?
Barnet slipped to relegation from League Two for a third time despite winning five of their last seven fixtures last season.
Martin Allen returned for a fifth spell in charge in March with the club lying seven points adrift of safety at the base of the table with only eight games remaining.
However, a remarkable upturn in form came just too late and, despite beating Chesterfield 3-0 on the final day, Barnet were relegated thanks to Morecambe picking up a point at Coventry City.
When did we last meet?
It was in April last year when a disastrous 2-0 home defeat to Barnet pushed Pools closer to the brink of relegation to the National League.
The penultimate home fixture of the season against The Bees was seen as a must-win by fans but second half goals from John Akinde and Simeon Akinola ensured it was the visitors who took the points.
It was further salt rubbed in the wounds as far as Pools were concerned having given up a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 during their trip to The Hive earlier in the campaign.
When do we play them?
The fixtures for 2018/19 should be released towards the end of June.
“It was hard not to sympathise with Barnet at the end of last season as they suffered relegation from the EFL despite a great run under Martin Allen.
“It looked as though they were going to pull off an escape towards the end and I think we can all understand what it feels like when that hope is pulled away.
“I would expect them to move quickly in terms of an appointment of a new boss and they will be one of the teams who will hope to be up near the top of the table next season.
“As we found out last year, the National League is an unforgiving division but Barnet do have fairly recent experience of it and that will perhaps stand them in good stead.”