Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Barkingside Football

Did you know that Barkingside has its own local Football Club? Well, we do. It is called, funnily enough, Barkingside Football Club and it is located at the Oakside Stadium behind Barkingside Tube Station on the other side of the track from the station entrance.

Your Chair and I were guests there last Saturday afternoon for their home match against Takeley. At start of play Takeley were third in the Essex Senior League Premier Division table and Barkingside fourth. A win for the home side would put them above their opponents. All to play for. They have a club house which sells beer (good sign that) and Jeannette’s Café (who is a bloke) where you can get a decent cup of tea and a Bacon roll at half time. The ground is, I suspect, not disimilar to the sort of ground you would have found in the late 19th century at places like White Hart Lane, Woolwich Arsenal or Upton Park.

To the game. In the first half both defences were on top with very few chances and lots of off-side decisions against the away side. The high line of the home side being marshalled very well by the big home number 5 Aaron Scott. So in they went for their half time oranges at 0-0.

Play livened up in the second half, with both attacks making more headway. About 15 minutes in, during some pressure by the home side they were awarded a penalty for a trip. The away keeper dived to his right and made a fine stop pushing the ball past the post for a corner. Shortly after that a long high ball from the home keeper was flicked on and then nudged past the outrushing Takeley keeper to put the home side 1-0 up. Route one football as it’s known but nevertheless a good goal.

With about 15 minutes to go the away side started to press for an equaliser but Barkingside remained resiliant until a speculative shot hit the home side’s big number 5 and looped over a stranded keeper and into the corner of the net, 1-1. A rather lucky goal I thought but they all count. This galvanised Takeley into some serious pressure and a silly tackle gave away a penalty to the away side with about 5 minutes remaining. 2-1 to Takeley, oh dear, I am a bad luck charm. The home side fought back with a string corners but could not break the away defence for the equaliser they deserved. So, a home loss on my first visit.

It was a most enjoyable and entertaining afternoon. I was impressed with the quality of play and particularly Aaron Scott and Jake Mattews in goal.

I’m sure they would be delighted to have a few more added to their attendance figures.

Aaron heads away a corner

Barkingside celebrate after going 1-0 up
And while  I am on the subject of football, I'm sure our thoughts are all with Fabrice Muamba for a full recovery.


  1. ..not disimilar to the sort of ground you would have found in the late 19th century at places like White Hart Lane, Woolwich Arsenal or Upton Park.

    Or Brisbane Road today?