As they say, “It takes 2 to tango” so this rivalry would not be effective if both sets of fans didn’t take part in the banter. Strangely, many Stevenage fans now admit to hating Barnet more than their longer historical rivals, Woking. A rivalry, which is seen as one of, if not, the most passionate in the conference for many years running. Could it be that they envy us for making it into the football league with the stadium we have, whilst they won the conference several times but where denied promotion by the powers that be, on the grounds of Broadhall Way being too small? Or maybe it is because Giuliano Grazioli and Paul Fairclough who were once at Stevenage have since gone to Barnet and succeeded just as well as they did at Stevenage.
Whatever happens over the Christmas period, chances are that this could be the last time us two teams meet. Paul Fairclough has picked up where Martin Allen left off and created a team who have proved their worth by going 13 points clear at the top of the conference, and breaking Runcorn’s record to the best ever start to a conference season. Stevenage on the other hand has, rather inconsistently; found themselves in a play off place this Christmas. A blind, deaf and dumb man wouldn’t bet on Stevenage making the play offs if it meant he got his senses back when he has nothing to lose. It’s the story of this sorry club, always underachieving. Making big claims, but never fulfilling them. So while the Bees are back up with the big boys next season, Stevenage shall be stuck in mid-table Conference mediocrity and another Barnet rivalry will be laid to rest.
Merry Christmas everyone, yes even to you Stevenage fans out there. To get us in the mood for the festive period, here are some Christmas terrace carols.
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to see, Barnet win away.
I’m dreaming of a 9 point Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where goal posts glistened
And children listened
To the West Bank in full flow
Away in a manger no crib for a bed
The little lord Jesus lay down and he said
FUCK OFF ENFIELD