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21st October 2005 22:17

When Barnet returned to the Football League as Conf champions after an absence of four seasons, they created history inasmuch as the Bees were the first side to gain promotion from the Conference for the second time. And the first promotion was gained way back in 1990-91 – and their very first league game was lost to the rare scoreline of 4-7 at home to Crewe Alexandra. But the Bees' second league game and the first-ever away one was a pairing with the Stags, who just had been relegated to the then Division 4 in its last season after spending five campaigns at the third level. And Barnet notched their first-ever league win to a 2-1 scoreline after goals by Bull and Carter, their two top-scorers in the 1991-92 season, while Charles converted a penalty for the Stags in front of 2669. But after that fixture, the Stags were unbeaten in 12 games while Barnet figured in promotion and playoff spots all season. Already then, the Barnet games were high-scoring ones, ending the season with 81 for, 61 against minus two expunged games against Aldershot. (The Stags also had two expunged fixtures against the Shots as well). The latest Mansfield v Barnet league fixture was played at Field Mill on February 27, 2001, in front of a paltry 1623 crowd, who saw the Stags win 4-1 (Stags goals Bradley 2, Greenacre and Williams, Barnet goal Strevens) – and no other league game at the Mill since then has attracted fewer spectators, although some LDV Vans Trophy ones have – and the most recent example of this was the LDV Vans game against Hereford the other day. The latest league game at Barnet also saw loads of goals as the sides shared six of them in front of 1732 at Underhill on August 19, 2000, no wonder of that as most Stags visits to Underhill have been drawn. Stags scorers then were Blake, Clarke and Greenacre while the Barnet hit-men were Arber, Stockley and McGleish, the latter now at Northampton. Barnet, who midway that 2000-01 season stuffed Blackpool 7-0 at home, eventually were relegated after losing their last home game 2-3 against Torquay, but lost their last fifteen (!) away games that season, yet scored 67 times, only a few less than champions Brighton.

But the biggest Stags win was a 5-0 achieved on a Friday, November 20, 1998 – and it also was the first game played with a yellow ball. The Stags scorers then in front of 2965 were Peacock (3), Ford and Christie – and the 3-0 on December 31, 1994, scorers Donaldson 2, Ireland attended by 2891 was the last of a four-match winning streak in which the Stags netted on nineteen occasions!

In the comeback season, Barnet started brightly with three wins in their first four games, but haven't won since August 20, when Macclesfield were beaten 1-0. And their latest league game, at home to Chester, was lost 1-3 in a tie in which each side got a player red-carded. The Stags' latest home fixture ended in a 4-0 mauling of mid-table Shrewsbury.

Played for both sides: Keith Alexander, Gary Brazil, Jamie Campbell, John Doolan, John Fairbrother, Warren Hackett, Lee Howarth, Pat Kruse, Alan Walker, Steve Whitworth.

Stats file:

Home: P 8, W 4, D 1, L 3, GF 16, GA 7
Away: P 8, W 1, D 6, L 1, GF 7, GA 8

Season Home Date Away Date

1991-92 1-2 1991-08-24 0-2 1991-12-21
1994-95 3-0 1994-12-31 2-2 1995-04-08
1995-96 2-1 1996-03-02 0-0 1995-12-26
1996-97 0-0 1996-09-10 1-1 1996-12-26
1997-98 1-2 1997-10-25 1-0 1998-04-25
1998-99 5-0 1998-11-20 0-0 1999-04-17
1999-2000 0-1 2000-04-01 0-0 1999-12-18
2000-01 4-1 2001-02-27 3-3 2000-08-19

Details from various sources, i.e. the history CD, soccernet, the centenary book

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)


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