A look back at season 2008/09
Feature by Jaybee
Updated Sunday, 21st June 2009
April and MayBarnet entered April 7 points clear of
Next up was another difficult match, this time at home to in form side,
Bournemouth were one of the three sides to have suffered points deductions at the start of the season and were still involved in the relegation struggle themselves but had been in good form recently. However, a Paul Furlong goal, his 200th of his career gave the Bees their third win in a row for the first time that season and with
The win took Barnet up to 17th in the table, a position in which they were to remain despite a disappointing end to the season which saw them take just two points from the last four matches. They drew 1-1 at
The last two matches ended in defeat. First the Bees lost 2-1 at Macclesfield. Albert Adomah scored the Bees goal in a match that Barnet should have got something out of and which angered Ian Hendon who wanted the Bees to end the season with a flourish. Yannick Bolasie returned to
The last match of the season was a home game with Port Vale. The Barnet side contained a number of players who were being given the chance to show Hendon that they might be worth keeping on at the end of the season. Sadly, there was little sign of this as Barnet lost 2-1. Danny Hart was an exception with a bright display and his first goal for the Bees, a rocket shot virtually bang on full time. On loan, Arsenal youngster, Abu Ogogo gave away a penalty and was sent off in his last game for the club.
As it transpired, Michael Leary, Adam Birchall, Nicky Nicolau and Ran Kadoch were all released at the end of the season. Neal Bishop turned down the offer of a new one year contract and joined
A season that started with claims of play-off places and promotion that then went so badly wrong had ended brightly with Barnet securing their league two place and playing some exiting football into the bargain. Ian Hendon was confirmed as Barnet's new full time manager having shown that he could get a positive response from his existing players and that he could deal successfully in the transfer market, playing the loans game particularly well. It all augers well for the new season as Barnet fans await the arrival of new heroes with renewed confidence.