THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Notable kits of yesteryear

barnet15010 April ~ Barnet began their second spell in the League by topping the table after a month but then failed to win in League Two until Halloween weekend. Their only successes during this spell came in knock-out competitions, including victories over Bristol City and Plymouth that saw Paul Fairclough's side draw Manchester United away in the Carling Cup. The club tried to make the most of the publicity by launching this limited-edition commemorative shirt.

It was based on their original colours, emblazoned with the logo of their single-season sponsors (peddlers of cut-price Balearic holidays) and worn for this fixture only. Over 5,000 travelled to watch the Bees take on Fergie's second string, with any chance of an upset snuffed out after 76 seconds when referee Richard Beeby adjudged goalkeeper Ross Flitney's accidental handling outside the area worthy of a red card; possibly the only instance of Alex Ferguson moaning about a decision from which his side benefited.

Barnet fans did have a goal to cheer midway through the second half, Dean Sinclair taking advantage of a defensive mix-up to prod home to give the 4-1 score a respectable edge. At least they scored against them, which was more than Wigan did against United in the final when they conceded the same number. Barnet stuttered to a final-day win at Rushden & Diamonds that preserved their League status; their failure to do so at the fourth time of asking last season saw them return to the Conference for a third time. James Castle

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