PAST TIMES: Shrewsbury Town
Feature by Jaybee
Updated Thursday, 6th October 2011
A look at past meetings between the Bees & the Shrews
The first time the two clubs met was in 1992-93 when Barnet were promoted to division two at the end of the season. In the first meeting, at Underhill, the match ended in a 2-2 draw with Gary Bull scoring both of the goals for Barnet. Shrewsbury won the return 1-0.
The two clubs didn't meet agin until 1997-98. The Shrews won again at Gay Meadow 2-0 while the match at Underhill was again drawn, this time 1-1, Scott McGleish scoring for Barnet. The following season, 1998/99, Barnet gained their first win at Gay Meadow, Ken Charlery and Billy Manuel scoring in a 2-0 victory for the Bees. The game at Underhill was again drawn, this time 2-2 with Darren Currie and Marlon King scoring for Barnet.
Both the matches in 1999-2000 were drawn 1-1. In the match at Gay Meadow, Mark Arber scored, while Scott McGleish scored for the Bees at Underhill.In 2000-01, Barnet started off the season with a 3-0 home win over the Shrews, their first ever win over Shrewsbury at Underhill. Scott McGleish, Darren Currie and Wayne Purser scored the Barnet goals. Shrewsbury won the return 3-2 with Mark Arber and Scott McGleish scoring for Barnet. At the end of the season, Barnet were relegated to the Nationwide Conference.
The two clubs next met following Shrewsbury's relegation to the Conference in 2003. Both league matches saw the visitors win 1-0. Both clubs made the play-offs and met in the semi-final, Shrewsbury winning on penalties. (For a detailed look at the games between the two sides in season 2003-04 see article on website)
The two sides next met in 2005-06 following Barnet's promotion to League Two. The two sides met in September at Gay Meadow and drew 2-2 with Barnet's goals coming from Nicky Bailey and Louis Soares, his first for the club. In the return at Underhill, in February, the match was almost postponed because of a local power cut but after a delay of 90 minutes, the power was restored and the games was pronounced on. Bees' new striker, Tresor Kandol, making his debut following his move from Dagenham & Redbridge, scored the winner after 29 minutes when he controlled a long kick out by Ross Flitney and the fired home a shot from 20 yards. The Barnet side that day was; Flitney; Fuller, King (Hendon), Charles, Gross; Bailey, Sinclair, Hessenthaler, (Bowditch), Soares; Kandol, Grazioli (Strevens).
The following season, 2006/07, Barnet won 1-0 at Gay Meadow with a stunning Jason Puncheon goal eight minutes from time. Shrewsbury could only clear a cross out to the edge of the penalty area and Puncheon, controlling the ball with his thigh, volleyed the ball high into the net to give the Bees the three points. In the return at Underhill, the two sides played out a goalless draw.
In 2007/08, Barnet went down 1-0 at Shrewsbury to a late goal, but won the return match at Underhill, 4-1 with two goals apiece from Albert Adomah and Cliff Akurang. In 2008/09, the two clubs met at Shrewsbury and drew 2-2, with both Barnet goals coming from John O'Flynn. The match at Underhill ended as a goalless draw.
Early in season 2009/10, the two clubs drew 2-2 at Underhill in an exciting match, with Jake Hyde scoring both Barnet goals, his first for the club. The return game, in February, at the Prostar Stadium was played just after Bees' striker, John O'Flynn turned down a £100,000 move to Shrewsbury. He played for Barnet that night but the Shrews won the game 2-0.
Last season, Barnet lost 2-1 away at Shrewsbury, Jordan Parkes scoring his first goal for the Bees. Charlie Taylor scored his first goal for Barnet in a 1-1 draw at Underhill in January in a game in which the Bees were very fortunate to take a point.