Hive Stadium

Capacity: 5,233 (Seats 3.434)
Address: Camrose Avenue, Edgware, HA8 6AG
Telephone: 020 8381 3800
Pitch Size: To be advised
Club Nickname: Bees
Year Ground Opened: 2013
Shirt Sponsors: Toshiba
Kit Manufacturer: Jako
Home Kit: Black and Amber
Away Kit: Pink and White

Main (West) Stand
Main (West) Stand
East Stand
East Stand
South Terrace
South Terrace
North Terrace
North Terrace
External View
External View

After spending 106 years at their Underhill ground and being unable to renew its lease, the Club moved in 2013, to a new purpose stadium at the Hive Complex. The complex which is also home to the Club's training facility, is situated in Edgware, which is just under six miles away from Underhill. 

The stadium itself is located within a sizeable park/playing fields area, with a London Underground line running behind one side of the ground on a raised embankment. If walking down through the park towards the stadium from the direction of Canons Park station, then you can see the Arch over Wembley Stadium in the distance. 

On one side of the ground is the West Stand which is the largest at the ground and is of a reasonable size. It is a covered, all seated single tiered stand, that is free from supporting pillars. It houses just under 2,700 fans. Both ends are small identical terraces, which are only a few rows high and are roofed. On the remaining side is the East Stand. This is currently an ugly affair, as essentially it is an office building that has had its roof extended outwards towards the pitch, and then had four concrete rows of seats installed in front of it, leaving a large back wall exposed of the office building. The Club do have plans to clad the back wall with club colours and hopefully this will help improve its look. This area has 750 seats, some of which (in the wing area) are not under cover. Both sides of the stadium have small electronic scoreboards mounted at the back. The stadium is shared with London Broncos Rugby League team and on my visit you could still see an outline of the rugby pitch line markings. The stadium is completed with a set of odd looking floodlights. 

For some odd reason the teams emerge from near one corner of the stadium between the East and North Stands, to "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns and Roses, which is played over the rather loud public address system. Not that I am complaining, I am in fact a big fan of the former Guns and Roses lead guitarist Slash!

The Club have received planning permission to increase the capacity of the North Terrace to 1,930, more than doubling its existing size. This will involve replacing the current terrace with a new structure. This new North End to the stadium will continue to be used by away fans. It is not clear yet when the necessary works will take place, but it is likely to be sooner rather than later.

For visiting teams with a sizeable following, then both the North Terrace at one end and a portion of the Main (West) Stand are allocated. The North Terrace has a capacity of 871 supporters, whilst up to a further 800 seats can be made available in the West Stand. For teams with a small following then just the seating area is provided, with the terrace remaining closed. The facilities within the stadium are excellent and the acoustics of the terrace good, meaning that a relative few number of fans can really make some noise. This is also helped by the fact that the terrace rows themselves, appear to be constructed of fairly lightweight metal, which inadvertently allows fans to bounce up and down on them. Add into this that the back of the stand is also made up of lightweight metal panels too, that some fans were banging against, then you can have a pretty noisy away terrace!

The terrace is located very close to the pitch. Leaning over from the front, I am sure you could touch the back of the goal nets!  The stewarding although vigilant was generally relaxed and friendly. I did notice that the most of the singing Barnet fans tended to be in the Main Stand, rather than in a more traditional 'home end', although a drummer was sporadically trying to get things going in the home terrace. Food on offer inside the stadium includes the standard fayre of Cheeseburgers (£4) or Hot Dogs (£4), but alas no pies. 

Away supporters are treated to their own bar within the stadium, behind the Main Stand. This spacious well presented bar serves real ale in the form of Youngs Bitter (£3.60 a pint), has screens showing BT & Sky Sports and serves food such as chilli and rice. The bar is open throughout the game and for a short time after the final whistle. Other drinks available include; Estrella (£4), Becks Vier (£3.80), Stowford Cider (£3.80) and McEwans Bitter (£3.40). The only downside is that the beer is served in plastic glasses. Please note that where there is a large away following in attendance, then after 1.45pm away fans who are intending to stand on the terrace, are unable to access the Main Stand Bar.

There is also the Hive Bar at the stadium but this is for home fans only. The nearest pub is Moranos on Station Road, only a short walk from Canons Park Underground Station (come out of the station, turn right and it is in the row of shops further down on the right). This Irish themed wine bar is quite comfortable and has a number of large screens showing the early kick off on BT Sport. It is then only around a 10 minute walk to the away turnstiles, cutting through the playing fields (see by Tube below).

Quite close to Kingsbury Tube Station there is a Wetherspoons pub called JJ Moons (which will be familiar to many who have travelled to Wembley Stadium which is not far away). If travelling on the Jubilee Line from Central London, then Kingsbury is only two stops before Canons Park. The address of the pub is 553 Kingsbury Road. Simply turn left out of the station and the pub is down on the left.

An alternative may be to park at Stanmore, where there are more pubs to be found including a Wetherspoons outlet called 'The Man in the Moon' on Buckingham Parade. You can then get the tube from Stanmore to go one stop to Canons Park.

Leave the M1 at Junction 4 and take the A41 towards Edgware. At the first roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A410 towards Harrow and Stanmore. At the next small roundabout turn left at the Esso Garage/McDonalds towards Edgware. After passing through a set of traffic lights with the Masons Arms on one corner and then a Peugeot Garage on the left then at the next set of traffic lights turn right into Camrose Avenue. The entrance to the stadium is down this road on the right.

There is a large car park at the stadium, with 350 spaces, costing £5 per car. However with only one exit available then expect some delays after the game on leaving the car park. Otherwise street parking. although no parking is available on Camrose Avenue itself. There are also 150 car parking spaces at 
Canons Park Tube Station which costs £2 all day on a Saturday. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: HA8 6AG

The nearest London Underground station is Canons Park which is on the Jubilee Line. It is around a ten minute walk away from the stadium. As you come out of the station turn left and at a convenient point crossover to the other side of the road. You will come to some metal railings where there is an entrance to some playing fields which you can walk through to the ground. This also brings you out at the North Terrace End of the stadium which is reserved for away fans.

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West & East Stands (Centre): Adults £23, Concessions £12, Under 16's £5
West & East Stands (Wings): Adults £20, Concessions £12, Under 16's £5 
South & North Terraces: Adults £17, Concessions £12, Under 16's £5

Concessions apply to those aged Over 64, Under 19 or Full Time Students who are Under 22. Those fans who are Club members can get discounts on these prices.

Barnet FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Enfield are the traditional rivals along with Stevenage.

Programme Price: £3.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the 
Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

At The Hive: 5,233 v Gateshead Conference Premier League, April 25th, 2015.

At Underhill: 11,026 v Wycombe Wanderers FA Amateur Cup, February 23rd, 1952.

Average Attendance

2014-2015: 1,956 (Conference Premier)
2013-2014: 1,705 (Conference Premier)
At Underhill: 2012-2013: 2,440 (League Two)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Mikey Cleave for providing a photo of the Main Stand.

Thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram of the Hive Stadium.

Barnet v Carlisle Unitied
Football League Two
Saturday 16th January 2016, 3pm
Peter Laggan (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Hive Stadium?    

Another ground to tick off and I also wanted to see Carlisle play again as I was impressed with them at a pre-season friendly against Preston North End.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Driving up from the South Coast was relatively easy although you have to go half way round the M25 to get there. Ignore the Satnav if it tries to take you off at Watford and along the A41, it is quicker and easier to stay on the M25 and then head towards Barnet on the M1 (South). It takes about 20 minutes to get to the car parks from the M25. I parked at Canons Park Tube Station (turn left immediately after the tube station). It is £2 to stay all day on Saturday as opposed to £5 at the ground. On leaving the station car park, walk back to the main road and cross over and turn left. You will find a gate on your right leading to a footpath which is a pleasant 10 minute walk through open fields to the ground. The bonus of coming this way is that you get to see both the Hive and the arch of Wembley Stadium in the distance.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

I couldn't see any food outlets or pubs on the way to the ground and no burger vans outside so the only option is to eat/drink inside the stadium. The path through the park leads to the East Stand where you will find the Hive Bar for home fans and the club shop. The ticket office is in a portakabin behind the South Terrace. Tickets on the day I attended were half price (£11.50). Programme sellers are available around the stadium and the programme costs £3.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hive Stadium?    

Both the home and away fans are sat in the impressive new West Stand and, with the stand largely full, it made for a good atmosphere. A few score home fans stood in the South Terrace and the North Terrace was empty. 50 or so fans sat in the few rows of seats that are available in the sawmill East Stand (described as 'hospitality seating' in the programme).

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game itself was a disappointing 0-0, although Barnet had the edge and the No.19, who has been promoted from perennial sub to first choice striker was not lacking in ambition. The facilities were new, but not great. The toilets were clean, but the hand dryers did not work and the catering is delivered through a small aperture below the West Stand where there are 4 queuing points, but only 2 people serving. However the biggest disappointment was the food (warning - grumpy comments follow!): The pies are none-existent (this is the second time I have been to a ground with no pies and there should be a law against it! Grrrr,,). The choice is therefore burger £4 (which was burnt and not nice), hot dog £4 (which looked unappetising to say the least), cold baguettes £3.50, or crisps £1. The saving grace was the Bovril which was hot and tasty, but at £2, was exorbitantly priced. I would recommend that visitors to The Hive eat en-route or take sandwiches; or go to nearby Watford where the pies are excellent!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away is straight forward, although I made the mistake of following the Satnav towards Watford instead of going M1/M25 which is much quicker. Cars at the ground had to queue to get out, but the exit from the tube station car park was easy.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Plus points were that The Hive Stadium is easy to get to from any direction, the strong support in the West Stand made for a good atmosphere (although this could have been due to the half price tickets on the day) and the location near to Wembley Stadium is impressive. The main downside is the food!

Barnet v Crawley Town
Football League Two
Saturday 19th December 2015, 3pm
Paul Vinson (Crawley Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Hive Stadium?    

The Hive Stadium was a new ground for me and my son to visit. Plus it was a reasonably short trip and at this time of year, the match was a good excuse not to go Christmas shopping!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

We journeyed in by train into London Victoria. From there we caught the London Underground to Canons Park. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?  

We first went for a drink in Muranos, which is close to Canons Park tube station. The bar was a friendly place as described on this website and had a good atmosphere. My 13 year old son was also welcomed. We also went to a nearby Turkish kebab shop/restaurant called Melissa Ocakbasi. This was a highlight as the mixed meat special kebab that we had was simply gorgeous!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hive Stadium?    

It was odd seeing in the distance the arch above Wembley Stadium whilst walking down through the playing field on the way to the Hive. We had an unexpected tour of the outside of the stadium, as our online tickets weren't valid at the turnstiles and we had to walk all around the ground to get replacements.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

We were seated in the Main Stand towards the one end, where we enjoyed good views. We also made use of the bar located beneath the back of the stand at half time which was okay. There was a lively atmosphere inside the stadium and the stewards were friendly.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Straight walk back to Canons Park and caught a tube back into Central London with no problems.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was an enjoyable trip despite at first going down 2-0, before bringing it back to 2-2 then eventually losing 4-2! The Kebab Restaurant was the highlight of the day!

Barnet v Exeter City
Football League Two
Saturday 31st October 2015, 3pm
Terry Bingham (Exeter City fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Hive Stadium?

I had never been to the old Underhill ground at Barnet and was interested in seeing a new stadium built for the lower divisions.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We travelled by train and everything went smoothly. First from Exeter to Paddington, and then by underground to Canons Park, the nearest tube station to the Hive. Only one change on the tube and the trains were frequent.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We couldn't really see anything near to the ground for food and drink, so relied on the stadium facilities. We had arrived early so didn't meet up with any local fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hive stadium?

We were sat on one side of the Main Stand, where we enjoyed a good uninterrupted view.  Most of the home support were also in the same stand, although surprisingly this didn't do much to improve the the atmosphere.  The home support was not particularly vocal, probably because there was only about 1,500 of them.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Although we had arrived early it was pleasing to see that from 12.30pm we were allowed to enter the ground and use the catering facilities. Behind the Main Stand was a good drinks and food bar with television showing the sports channels. The prices though were well above average; e.g.. Hot dog £4.00 burger £4.50. The atmosphere wasn't great and this was not helped by Exeter having a poor game (we lost 2-0) leading to the dissatisfaction of the 600+ away supporters. The stewards were friendly and helpful.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Extremely easy, a short walk through the park back to Canons Park tube station and plenty of trains going to Central London.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out overall despite my teams performance. Exeter's worst performance of the season and the 600 plus travelling fans made their opinions vocally to the team at the end.

Barnet v Exeter City
Football League Two
Saturday 31st October 2015, 3pm
Paul Dickinson (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Hive Stadium?    

I completed the 92 a couple of years ago, but then Barnet moved from Underhill and Newport got promoted, leaving me these two to do to get a current complete set. As I watch Leeds every home and away, there's not much opportunity to get to London on a Saturday, but our game against Blackburn had been moved to a Thursday night, so this gave me an ideal opportunity to get this one ticked off.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I use the train a lot and this ground is ideal for that method of transport. Into Kings Cross from Leeds, quick stroll to the Euston Tap for an alfresco pint, and then onto the tube at Euston Square up to Canons Park, via Baker Street.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

I'd had a sandwich on the train so can't comment on the food, but had another pint in Graziolis Bar, at the back of the Main Stand.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hive stadium?    

Although I much prefer the old traditional grounds, I was impressed by how The Hive looks on approach - possibly helped by walking through the park in glorious autumn sunshine! The fact that the rail line runs immediately next to it and on a raised embankment makes it nicely different to other grounds also.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

I thought Barnet were worthy winners and they seemed to be finding their feet after last seasons promotion. Exeter fans were in the same stand as me (the terrace behind the goal was closed) but there seemed to be a good number of them there and the atmosphere was good.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Thanks to a friendly tip from a steward, I walked back to Queensbury tube station, thereby avoiding having to walk right the ground and avoiding a busier platform, Its only the same 10 minute walk, so I'd recommend this to other fans. I was back at Kings Cross by 6pm, in plenty of time for my 6.30pm train home, arriving back in Leeds at 9pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I really enjoyed this trip and it ticked most of my requirements for a great awayday. I would give special mention to the Barnet fans/stewards/programme sellers who I talked to - all incredibly friendly (one in the clubhouse even thanked me for coming all the way from Leeds to see his club!) and despite them now being a league club in a new ground, the general atmosphere reminded me of a non league set up, which is something I really like (I've currently visited 125 non league grounds).

Barnet v Exeter City
Football League Two
Saturday 31st October 2015, 3pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to visiting the Hive Stadium?

This was another new ground for me as it was for all Exeter supporters, as last time we played Barnet it was at Underhill.

2. How easy was your journey and finding the Hive Stadium?

The journey to the ground was straight forward, as always I travelled up on the supporters coach, leaving Exeter at 8.30am arriving just before 1pm with The coach dropping us off right outside the away turnstiles

3. What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?

On arrival we had opted for the clubhouse but were told that due to our large following on the day that we were not allowed in but the away supporters bar behind the West Stand was open. This bar was small but had a small selection of drinks on tap plus a few screens showing the live match, a few tables outside would also be good as seating inside and out was limited. No home fans encountered pre match

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end and then other sides of the Hive Stadium?

The stadium is almost like a flat pack design with the away fans being housed in one corner of the West Stand with excellent views, and sharing with the majority of home fans. The North Terrace can be made available as extra for larger followings. The East Stand has limited seating as it also has the changing rooms and offices behind, the South Stand terrace mirrors the North Stand.

View From The Away Seats In The Main Stand

View From The Away Seats At The Hive

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments etc.

The game was a not a great match but both teams had their chances, Barnet taking theirs and going onto win 2-0. The atmosphere was good, with both sets of supporters singing. The stewards were not the best as were a bit over the top at times. Refreshments were averagely priced, alcoholic beverages priced at £3.40, there also seemed to be a good choice of food, with various filled baguettes starting from £2 which I was told were good, the burgers not so good. The toilets were also clean.

6. Comments on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away afterwards, the coach was waiting behind the North Stand where it dropped us off. As you'd expect, traffic is slow when leaving the ground but once back on the motorway it was easy going. We got back to Exeter at around 9.30pm

Attendance 2,105  (Away 610)

Barnet v Accrington Stanley
Football League Two
Saturday 10th October 2015, 3pm
Adam Houlden (Accrington Stanley fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Hive Stadium?

Another new ground to visit with the Stanley. Also having previously visited the old Underhill Stadium, I just wanted to compare the old with the new.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Having followed the directions on this site finding the Hive was easy.We found plenty of street parking options close to the stadium having arrived early.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went to the MacDonald near the garage as indicated on this sites directions. This proved a good move as there is not much else nearby.We were able to have a drink in Barnets own bar despite being asked to cover up our colours and home fans being very friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

Typical modern new build. Not impressed by Barnet's decision to place us in the Main Stand on one side charging £23 a ticket, instead of putting us behind the goal on the terrace for £17.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

An average League Two game deservedly won by the Stanley. The facilities excellent with Sky Sports being shown in the away bar and the beer reasonably priced. Stewards were quiet and unobtrusive which was good. Not much on atmosphere though, at time we could hear Manager Martin Allen screaming from across the far side of the pitch!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Plenty of traffic going back into Edgware but got onto the M1 after 20 minutes, so pretty good.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Excellent day, another new ground visited and three more points to take Stanley within one point of top place in the League. Heady days indeed!

Barnet v Stevenage 
League Two 
Saturday 19th September 2015, 3pm 
Aidan Cheevers (Stevenage fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Hive Stadium?

I was extremely looking forward to this game as it was the first of two local away derbies in a week for us. Plus it is , and a quick 30 minute trip up the A1 so getting home at a reasonable time after the match is always a huge bonus.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I had been to the Hive for a pre-season game between Queens Park Rangers and Dundee, so I had a good idea of where it was and the best places to park. It costs £5 to park at the ground, but there are plenty of side roads nearby where you can street park for free, so it was a no-brainer.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We arrived in plenty of time so went to the players entrance see the Stevenage team arrive (pictures and autographs all round) and then headed into the away end. I was with my disabled friend so we were in the seated West Stand (all supporters in wheelchairs and carers sit at the front) whilst we watched most of our noisy fans congregate behind the goal. We decided to go in to the club house in the away end to watch the Chelsea v Arsenal game and have a couple of drinks. 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

I like this stadium as it's a tidy little ground. The West Stand is of a good size and towers above the rest of the stadium. The North and South ends are both terraces, whilst the small East Stand is only 5 rows deep. 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was a classic tale of two halves. Stevenage dominated the first half yet somehow failed to score more than the one goal that Fraser Franks scored for us in the 10th minute. Barnet equalised right after the interval only for Steveange to instantly re-take the lead. Barnet then scored twice more in the half to leave us gobsmacked at how we had come away with nothing.

The food inside the Hive was quite expensive, £4 for a  Hot Dog or £4.50 for a Cheeseburger. And alas there were no pies!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was slow due to the usual football traffic for about two miles, leading all the way to the roundabout near the A1. A very silent journey home that took about an hour. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Yes we lost but the day was still enjoyable on the whole and I won't hesitate to return next season.

Half Time: Barnet 0-1 Stevenage
Full Time: Barnet 3-2 Stevenage
Attendance: 2,480 (680 away)
My Ground Number: 61 of the 92

Barnet v Stevenage
League Two
Saturday 19th September 2015, 3pm
Aidan Cheevers (Stevenage fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Hive Stadium?

I was looking forward to this game for a few reasons. The main reason was because I'd never seen a competitive match between Barnet and Stevenage so it would be and experience. The other main reason was because it was manager Teddy Sheringham's first local game as Stevenage manager.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey to the ground was really straightforward. I got the train from Letchworth up to King's Cross before heading to Wembley Park via the Metropolitan line and then on to Canons Park via the Jubilee Line. After that, it was a short 10 minute walk up to a park where there are multiple football pitches leading to the stadium which was straight ahead.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I went straight into the stadium and into the away fans bar inside, to watch on television the Chelsea game where they were taking on Arsenal. As far as home fans are concerned, I didn't meet any prior to the game, but I did have a pleasant conversation with a Barnet fan after the game on the tube which was heading back to Kings Cross.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hive Stadium?

On seeing the ground from the outside, I thought it looked like a really nice ground. It had that fresh look about it (even though it was only 2 years old) and it looked as if it had a reasonable capacity. Once I got into the away end terrace, I felt really comfortable in it as I was used to this sort of terrace. As far as other sides of the stadium are concerned, the stand to my left looked quite small. but the Main Stand to my right looked much better.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was an entertaining one. Stevenage took the lead on 10 minutes when Fraser Franks headed home Charlie Lee's header back across the goal. Barnet equalised two minutes after the restart when Bondz N'Gala tapped in a loose ball before Stevenage again took the lead almost immediately afterwards, Tom Hitchcock heading in another Charlie Lee assist. Barnet then turned the game around with two goals from an Aaron McClean's neat finish and a Michael Gash rebound, to make it 3-2 to the home side. Dipo Akinyemi for Stevenage nearly equalised right at the last, but his effort went agonisingly wide to hand Martin Allen's side the win.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was rather simple. It was pretty much a straight and quick walk back to Canons Park station where we got on a tube back to Wembley Park, and then Kings Cross.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, it was a good day out. The train journeys were efficient and the build up to the game was good. The only negative was the result of the game, but in the end, I'd consider going back to The Hive again..

Barnet v Wycombe Wanderers
FA Cup 1st Round
Saturday, November 8th 2014, 3pm
Myles Munsey (Groundhopper)

1. Reason for going:

The FA Cup 1st round is becoming a must-do these days. I always scrutinise the draw for a non-league v league encounter in the hope of seeing a good match plus possibly an upset. Any such tie though has to be reasonably close to home though as November isn’t a barrel of laughs for travelling. Barnet (top of the Conference) v Wycombe (top of League 2) appealed hugely. Besides this was a new ground having previously been to Barnet's old Underhill stadium around 22 years ago!
Getting there:

Directly by train to London Paddington then by Underground (via Baker Street) to Canons Park.
First impressions:

As you approach the ground from Canons Park station the open aspect of this ground amidst the numerous training pitches is most pleasant, particularly with the dying embers of the autumn colours still vivid. The contrast with Underhill however is immense. This is an unashamedly ultra-modern ground with all the creature comforts but of regular construction and no distinguishing features.

The supporters’ club bar with its family atmosphere, TVs and plush sofas was striking. Also of note were the toilets which were spotless with hot water positively gushing out of the taps.

Inside, the West stand dominates. It is quite imposing with its black and orange seats giving a welcome splash of colour in an otherwise standard stadium. The West Stand also gave a great view with ample leg room and no supporting pillars.

The Away End

South Terrace

Before the game:

I took a packed lunch with me which was consumed in the attractive parkland surrounding the Hive. There then followed my customary routine of inspecting the facilities and buying a programme. At 2.30pm I took my seat and studied the programme which at £3 was a good read. Inside was an extract from the Sunday Express of November 22nd 1970 detailing first round results of the previous day. Sheer nostalgia and one score caught my eye. Oxford City 1 Bournemouth 1. I went to that game (44years ago – gosh!) which was played on a bone-hard frozen pitch the likes of which could not be imagined these days! Nearly an upset by the non-leaguers there – could there be a repeat?

Before the game the warm-up music was Pachelbel’s Canon & Gigue. Very nice! There then followed one minute’s silence for the fallen of the two world wars. This was impeccably observed.

The West stand had a catering kiosk though I didn’t see it open. Sample prices:
Tea, Coffee, Beef drink, Soup, Coca Cola, Fanta, Sprite. £2
Beefburger, cheeseburger, hot dog. £4
Baguette large £3.50, small £2
Crips. £1
The game:

Barnet could not have started better. After barely 2 minutes a flicked header from open play let John Akinde spring the off-side trap. Rounding the keeper he rolled the ball home from a tight angle. Upset on or not? For the neutral unfortunately not. Wycombe came more into it and on 34 minutes were awarded a penalty when Matte McClure was tripped by Andy Yiadom in the box. Paul Hayes stepped up to confidently stroke the spot kick past Graham Stack.

Throughout the game there was a stiff breeze, making ball control difficult, so every slip up-(from both sides) was greeted with ‘top of the league? You’re having a laugh! In first half stoppage time Sam Togwell took Matt Bloomfield’s legs, was shown a straight red card and Barnet were reduced to 10 men.

Playing towards the south terrace the second half predictably was an uphill struggle (but not as uphill as Underhill perhaps!) for the home side. In pretty atrocious conditions facing a strong wind and driving rain they battled hard to no avail. Rising unchallenged from a 58th minute corner Aaron Pierre put Wycombe in front with a thumping header, then the game was sealed by Sam Wood on 73 when he tapped in virtually on the goal line from a deep floated cross which caught Stack in no man’s land. The last drama almost on the final whistle was a straight red card this time for Andy Yiadom for a reckless challenge on Wycombe’s Josh Scowan.

Getting away:

A filthy wet (mercifully short) walk back to Canons Park and I was comfortably back to Paddington in good time for my train home.

Although the upset never happened, this was a terrific game of full of incident played at a fast tempo. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are a football grounds purist then the Hive is probably not for you. Not that I could fault the facilities which are superb nor the staff and stewards who were friendly and engaging. In my discussions with the Barnet faithful I heard plenty of comment regarding the six mile trek required from Barnet every matchday which by private transport is time-consuming and by public transport reputedly a complete pain. The Back2Barnet campaign is in full swing and whether you like the Hive or not there are more than a few who want the club back in its proper home town.

Barnet v MK Dons
Friendly Match
Saturday, July 27th 2013, 3pm
Dan McCalla (MK Dons fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

I’ve enjoyed previous trips to Underhill to watch us play Barnet and wanted to see what their brand-new place was like. With it being a pre-season game and with cheap train tickets available from Milton Keynes, it was a good opportunity for an away day out in London without the ‘pressures’ of it being a competitive game.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As easy as it can be – once you get onto a Stanmore-bound Jubilee line train, you pass right next to the West Stand just before you get off at Canons Park station, and you can clearly see the floodlights (and the Wembley arch) from the Canons Park platforms. Then it's a five-minute walk, left out of the station, and right down a footpath alongside Barnet's training pitches to the away end.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

The group of us that went had a couple of pints apiece at the Wetherspoons at Baker Street before jumping on the Jubilee line for the half-hour trip to Canons Park. We were going to get up to the ground early to visit the Hive Bar, but while at Wetherspoons we’d got conflicting reports as to whether or not it was open to away fans. We decided to stay at Baker Street a little longer before heading to the ground, and indeed found the Hive Bar to be home fans only and had bouncers on the door when we got there. However, there is an away bar that serves alcohol under the West Stand that can be accessed by away fans with both seating and terrace tickets.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

My first impressions were of a ground that’s still a little rough around the edges, but as it was finished just days previously that can be forgiven. The view from the away (North) terrace was good as long as you weren’t stuck in the middle, in which case your view will be obscured by the net itself, but you’re right up close to the pitch, which is great. The home terrace is identical. The large West Stand seemed to offer good views (although charging £23 a seat for a pre-season friendly was ridiculous!), while the seating behind the dugouts (the East Stand) seemed mainly populated with corporate-types, club staff, unselected players, etc.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was typical pre-season fare: a slow game made slower by the hot temperatures. Nothing of any interest happened in the first hour (apart from some good-natured banter we enjoyed with Barnet goalkeeper Graham Stack) until Barnet scored. Then the Dons brought on some fresh legs and ran riot, Izale McLeod scoring twice against his former club, before an own goal and a Patrick Bamford strike sealed a 4-1 win.

The away bar was covered and spacious, and you could get out in the open to drink behind it (home and away fans being separated by a metal gate). Drink choice was good, with the likes of Bombardier and Young’s Gold, but was all in bottles – no draught stuff, at least for the time being. Atmosphere was practically non-existent from the home fans, but it was a friendly, so not necessarily representative of Barnet fans normally. Stewards were friendly and polite, and the bacon sarnie I bought from the snack bar behind the terrace at half-time was excellent.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Leave ground. Walk back up path. Turn left. Back at Moranos bar at Canons Park by 5:05pm. Job done.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An excellent day out overall at a smart ground that will look even smarter once the rough edges are polished off. Even if it is only a temporary measure until they can get back to Underhill, it’s a ground Barnet can be proud of nonetheless.

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Updated 8th February 2016