Barnet Football Club



Match Preview | Crawley Town (a)

Team News:

Jamie Stephens (hamstring), Harry Taylor (metatarsal), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (knee) are all sidelined.

Elliott Johnson (knee) and Dave Tarpey (knee) are both out with long-term injuries.

Last Time We Met:

The two sides met earlier this season, with the Red Devils running out 2-1 winners at The Hive London.

Jimmy Smith gave the visitors the lead in the 63rd minute but Barnet hit straight back. Seconds after coming off of the bench, Simeon Akinola found the back of the net to level the game.

However, in the 89th minute, Jimmy Smith planted his header past Ross to give Crawley all three points.


Harry Kewell became the club’s Head Coach on the 23rd May 2017.
During a glittering playing career in England and abroad, Sydney-born Harry played in two Champions League finals for Liverpool and two World Cup finals for Australia.

He came to England in 1995 and within a year was making his first-team debut for Leeds United in the Premier League.

In 2000, Kewell was named PFA Young Player of the Year and he had three more seasons at Elland Road before joining Liverpool, the team he supported as a boy, in 2003.

Two years later he became the first Australian to play in the Champions League final and in 2006 he was an FA Cup winner with Liverpool.

In 2007, he played in his second Champions League final and when he left Anfield in 2008 Harry had played 380 League and Cup games in England, scoring 79 goals.

He signed for Turkish club Galatasaray in 2008 and had three seasons with them, scoring 34 goals in 91 appearances.

In August 2011, he signed for Melbourne Victory and also played for Melbourne Heart (now rebranded as Melbourne City) in the Australian League, either side of a short spell in the Qatar Stars League with Al Gharafa.

Harry became Australia’s youngest international when he made his debut aged 17 against Chile in 1996. He played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals, helping the Socceroos reach the second round in 2006 after scoring in a 2-2 draw against Croatia. He was sent off in the 2010 finals in South Africa against Ghana.
He played 56 times for his country, scoring 17 goals.

When he announced his retirement in June 2014 Harry had played 515 professional games and scored 124 goals as either a winger or striker.
He is currently working on his UEFA Pro License coaching qualification and was in charge of the under-23s at Watford from June 2015 before leaving the club by mutual consent earlier this year. During his time at Vicarage Road, three of the under-23s made their first team debuts.


Enzio Boldewijn, who can operate on either flank, signed a two-year contract in July 2016 after leaving Dutch second-tier club Almere City. Enzio also played in Holland for Utrecht and Den Bosch. Last season he played more than 40 games for Almere, as they reached the end of season play-offs, scoring nine goals and contributing 12 assists. In his debut season in England, the winger made 52 appearances in all competitions – scoring six goals.

So far this season, Boldewijn has registered 4 goals and 4 assists.


John Akinde made 40 appearances for Crawley Town in a two-year spell at the club, scoring two goals in the process between 2011 and 2013.

Andre Blackman joined Crawley from MAS Fes in July 2016 making 32 appearances before joining The Bees this summer.

Mark Randall joined Barnet from MK Dons in January 2016 before departing for Newport that summer. The 27-year-old played 12 games for the club, scoring two goals in a brief spell at The Hive London.

Last Time Out:

Crawley Town were victorious over 9-man Yeovil Town on New Year’s Day, in a match that was delayed for 10 minutes due to a drone.

It was Yeovil that took the lead 19 minutes in, but then received the first of their red cards when Connor Smith was shown a second yellow. In the 44th minute, Crawley tied the game when Mark Randall sent a looping volley into the far corner.

In the third minute of first half stoppage time, Omar Sowunmi was shown a straight red and Crawley had a great opportunity to take all three points.

The hosts proved hard to break down before a drone forced players off the field in the 80th minute. In the 8th minute of 17 played after the 90 was up, Crawley snatched it through a Thomas Verheydt header.

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