Monday, 30 December 2013

2013 round-up (part two)

Players out
·         Ross Jenkins (Watford)
After a month with the Bees, Jenkins returned to his parent club. During his spell at Underhill, the defender featured five times, scoring once.
·         Anthony Edgar
The former West Ham youth player (another Robson signing!) left my mutual consent. Having made 11 appearances early on in the season, he hadn’t actually played since November!
·         Steve Kabba
It was with no real surprise that the striker finally left the club. He hadn’t played all season due to a long-term knee injury – although the club said he was returning to fitness. Everyone will always remember his four goals in the 4-1 demolition of Burton Albion in April 2011.
·         Barry Fuller saw his two match ban extended by a further two games. He was sent off following an altercation with the referee after the final whistle in the game against Dagenham & Redbridge. He returned to the bench for the final match versus Northampton.
·         The game with Torquay was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Heavy flooding in Devon meant the Plainmoor pitch was unplayable. The game was eventually played the following Tuesday.
·         We said goodbye to Underhill as April saw the final home game of the campaign – against Wycombe. A single goal from Jake Hyde (and fantastic penalty save by Stacky) meant the threat of relegation would go down to the final game – again! You can read my piece from the commemorative programme, here. And these two links are worth checking out: ‘Barnet prepare to say goodbye to Underhill’ & ‘Farewell to Underhill’.
·         Meanwhile construction at The Hive was well underway. The pitch had already been laid, with an automatic irrigation system installed. The main stand was next on the agenda...
·         Three players made the team of the week: Graham Stack, Jake Hyde and Elliot Johnson. Hydey netted three goals in two games (against Torquay and Wycombe), while Stacky made that save and Johnson proved his worth as a first team regular.
01.04.13 – AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Barnet (League Two)
06.04.13 – Barnet 0-2 Chesterfield (League Two)
16.04.13 – Torquay United 3-2 Barnet (League Two)
20.04.13 – Barnet 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers (League Two)
27.04.13 – Northampton Town 2-0 Barnet (League Two)
Played 5 – won 2 – lost 3 – goals for 4 – goals against 7 – points 6
Players in
·         The club released its retained list for 2013//14
Retained                    Contracted
Mark Byrne               Jordan Brown
Andy Yiadom            Jack Saville
Jake Hyde                 Jon Nurse
Edgar Davids            Luke Gambin
Curtis Weston           Elliot Johnson
                                  Graham Stack
                                  David Stephens
                                  Ahmed Abdulla
                                  Freddie Warren
                                  Sam Cowler
                                  George Sykes
                                  Iffy Allen
                                  Jamal Lowe
                                  Mauro Vilhete
                                  Harry Crawford
·         Meanwhile negotiations were still being made with Keanu Marsh-Brown and Ricky Holmes
Players out
The players released were:
Barry Fuller (joined AFC Wimbledon)
John Oster (joined Gateshead)
Craig Beattie (joined Dundee)
Michael Kuipers
Liam O’Brien (joined Brentford)
Clovis Kamdjo (joined Salisbury)
Chiro N’Toko (joined FC Eindhoven)
Ismail Kamara
·         After trials and a loan spell at Birminham, Olly Lee finally joined the Championship club on a free transfer.
·         It was also revealed this month that Edgar Davids would retain his position as head coach for the 2013/14 season. Speaking to the Official Site, Kleanthous said he was “thrilled” and believed that “Edgar is the right man to take us forward”.
Players in
·         Anthony Acheampong (Welling United)
The central defender joined from the Conference South champions. He was named in the 2012/13 team of the year.
·         There was good news ahead of the upcoming campaign, with KMB putting pen to paper on a new contract.
·         Jon Nurse was placed on the transfer list, while Jake Hyde submitted a request. Hydey was Bees’ top scorer for 2012/13, netting 14 goals.
·         Dick Schreuder joined the club as head of coaching. The Dutchman was formerly head coach of SDV Barneveld, while his brother Alfred was interim manager of FC Twente after Steve McClaren departed.

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