On Saturday Barnet football club played their last home game at the Underhill stadium with a new move six miles south west into The Hive in Edgware.
Underhill has been the home of Barnet football club since 1907 and is famous for its very noticeable slope from the North to the South stand.
In front of a sell-out crowd the team managed to grab a vital 1-0 win that will go a long way to ensure they are not playing at their new ground next year in Non-League football.
However, fans of the club speaking on the online forum ‘OnlyBarnet’ have expressed their discontent with the move that will mean the club not even playing in Barnet.
As the lease for the new stadium is only signed for a 10 year period one fan wrote “it isn’t big enough for the aspirations we have for the club.”
But as much negativity about the ground move outside of Barnet, albeit for a short period, there is also a lot of people backing the move which should help in the long run for the club.
One fan wrote “I’m in full support of the campaign and genuinely feel it is the best way of persuading those in power to come on board.”
These thought were echoed by many saying how much the move could help financially “The reason we think it has more chance of success is because it would be funds raised by supporters and the community to get something done and therefore would be a powerful demonstration of a determined public.”
No football fan likes the thought of their club moving to another ground, especially not in the same area, but one club that has reaped the benefits of a ground move is one of the biggest clubs in the country right now.
Manchester City were in the process of a rebuilding stage at Maine Road and just over 10 years ago decided to move to a new stadium which has seen the club reach new heights, of course the owners have put in mega money but would they have gone there if they still played at Maine Road?
Ground moves are very risky, mainly down to the backlash from the fans that all begin to get nostalgic about their stadiums when talk begins of their club moving to a different stadium, but in reality a move to another stadium does have huge benefits for the club.
For Barnet they are planning on moving back into Barnet once the 10 year lease is up and by then should have enough money to build a stadium that will attract the locals.
But moving to a different area could also reap its benefits on a bigger scale as the new ‘locals’ will be attracted by the new arrival of a club in their hometown, the loyal Barnet fans will never go away and as well as that new fans will grow to love the club.
Their fan base will reach a new height and the club is clearly going in the right direction, otherwise Dutch football legend Edgar Davids would not have decided to manage the football club.
Barnet fans can stay positive on the note that the club will return to Barnet in a much better financial state and with Edgar Davids at the helm the attraction of the football club will always be there.
Hopefully for Barnet fans the clubs slope down the football league will start to level out with the ground move away from Underhill.