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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby ninestein » 07 Apr 2013, 20:16

bucks bee wrote:Captured some photo memories for myself yesterday, including from what will be my one and only visit to The Hive ...

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Some cracking, honest pictures taken at the Chesterfield game there. Action shots always look nicer when there's a bit of blue sky thrown into the mix, and good to see the East Terrace looking reasonaby packed down the bottom end. Some good pictures of how things are shaping up at the Hive too. I'm assuming they were also taken yesterday morning from the post above?

Obviously, everyone will have their own take on whether they follow the club regularly over there or not, but for me as someone who will be going, thanks for taking the time to get these snaps, as it will no doubt whet the appetite of those who are looking forward to new surroundings too.
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby bucks bee » 08 Apr 2013, 08:50

Thanks for those kind comments, Ninestein ... yes, the photos of The Hive were taken on Saturday morning (after I eventually found somewhere to park in the surrounding suburban streets!). It looks to me as though there is rather a lot of work needing to be done in the next four months if the stadium is to be ready for the start of next season ...
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby buster_bv » 10 Apr 2013, 16:13

[quote=" the photos of The Hive were taken on Saturday morning (after I eventually found somewhere to park in the surrounding suburban streets!). ...[/quote]

Were there no spaces in the 300 space car park?
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby bucks bee » 11 Apr 2013, 11:03

a) Most of the available spaces on Saturday morning were taken up by people using the gym facilities or the parents of kids training on the football pitches; b) The club was charging for the use of the car park and I had no intention of spending my money just for the privilege of looking around; and c) Just how far do you think that 300 car-parking spaces (many of them already taken) will stretch on a match-day, if the club is expecting to continue attracting crowds of several thousand spectators?
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby Dave H » 11 Apr 2013, 11:17

So we are looking at parking on surrounding streets then ? Exactly what I've been doing for the last 25 years at Underhill.

Let's see if Harrow's Council are quite so keen as Barnet's to paint yellow lines on every nearby street for no good reason.
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby Moonchild_Bee » 11 Apr 2013, 11:28

Do the streets around Underhill not restrict parking on matchdays? Can people park for free on nearby streets?

I just presumed that like my Borough (Camden) non residents would have to find a pay and display pretty much anywhere if they want to park (which they often can't - and when they do pay upto £4 for 20 minutes). Can't really criticise The Hive for only offering 350 parking spaces compared to Underhill's zero (or do the club run the Scouts spaces?). Parking space is what - £1 / £2 (and stipulated by Harrow Council?). And the money goes to the club. Begs the question if nearby parking was so hard to find how long it took to avoid paying a nominal sum of money to the club for safe parking?

Anyway it's positive that the parking spaces were almost full. When you take away staff cars you get left with what I presume are several hundred people paying to use the facilities of the Hive = more money to the club = better player budget next year. Wouldn't struggle to get parking at Underhill outside of a matchday.
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby Moonchild_Bee » 11 Apr 2013, 12:50

Here's a Underhill montage from Dave Shields @davethephoto:

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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby jerroll » 11 Apr 2013, 13:01

[quote="Moonchild_Bee"]Do the streets around Underhill not restrict parking on matchdays? Can people park for free on nearby streets?

The roads immediately around underhill are restricted but you can park less than 5 mins walk away comfortably. there are plenty of parking areas around the odean & shops too.
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby Mikel Bee » 11 Apr 2013, 13:34

When I used the gym facilities (haven't been in a while, lazyness relapse in progress) parking at the Hive was £1 for however long you wanted. You go to reception and pick up a token as you depart. That alone must make the club at least an extra £200 a day.

On a matchday, if they were to charge something comparable to other L2 clubs like Wycombe's £5 that would give 5x350=£1750, equivalent income of about an extra 120 fans through the turnstiles.

The nearby streets have parking restrictions on weekdays between 2-3pm. Not sure if it applies to Saturdays but there are also smaller streets without restrictions. Free spaces could be tricky to find but they are there.
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby jerroll » 11 Apr 2013, 13:37

I would have thought that parking on saturdays will not be much of an issue as people will arrive at staggered times, midweeks may be interesting with more people likely to arrive at the same time.
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby Devon_Bee » 15 Apr 2013, 11:57

Dave H wrote:Let's see if Harrow's Council are quite so keen as Barnet's to paint yellow lines on every nearby street for no good reason.


Surely they'd be Amber lines...?
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby Devon_Bee » 15 Apr 2013, 12:04

Moonchild_Bee wrote:Can't really criticise The Hive for only offering 350 parking spaces compared to Underhill's zero...

Anyway it's positive that the parking spaces were almost full. When you take away staff cars you get left with what I presume are several hundred people paying to use the facilities of the Hive = more money to the club = better player budget next year. Wouldn't struggle to get parking at Underhill outside of a matchday.


Exactly, more full spaces on non-match days means a higher player budget.

Anyway, haven't we got the more car park spaces than any other League 2 club? or is it any league club? It's one of those, I forget which. :oooops:
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby Devon_Bee » 15 Apr 2013, 12:09

Getting the thread back on track...

Back many years ago, my Dad made a few hand sign-written wooden signs for the stadium. One went up on the Westcombe Drive entrance, about 5' by 2', in old English writing, 'Barnet F.C. Est.1888', with the club badge one end and the supporters association badge the other. That one seemed to appear on the TV and in newspapers (back page of The Sun once!) whenever Barnet got a feature.

There was a larger 'Forthcoming Matches' one on a frame over the entrance in Barnet Lane. He thinks that the individual slot-in letters got lost for that one though, so it wasn't used for that long. When he was fitting it up one lunchtime before a home match all the players and staff were pretty much ignoring him as they entered the ground, except one man, Jimmy Greaves. He stopped and had a good chat with Dad and he explained he made the signs for free in his spare time to help the club out. Jim was very impressed, made Dad glow with pride!

There was a third sign on the tea hut down by the club house which read 'Barnet FC Supporters Association tea bar' and there was a picture of a steaming cup of tea on it.

Anyone have any pictures of these signs? I'd love to see them again.
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby hertssteve » 17 Apr 2013, 13:01

The only one I have is this from 1974 (probably a little earlier than you mention) but still its a good excuse to show this rabble! note the real amber and black scarf, also the silk ones. The visible suspects L to R are:- wilmott, mills, simper, hodges, clark & Edwards, knight, h.smith (fang), martin, ? , Mitchell, P.smith & guests
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Re: Underhill Photo Memories

Postby hertssteve » 17 Apr 2013, 14:27

The ten foot slope - 1964. An ITV still ahead of the Preston cup game. The girl is pointing to an imaginary line showing where the pitch would be if it were flat. The slope is still there of course but reduced following work in the early 1990`s to gain Football league approval.
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