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16 July 2019 Venue The Hive Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

Barnet Football Club
6 - 2
Crystal Palace

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Match Previews

Preview: Crystal Palace (H) - Pre-season Friendly

16 July 2019

The Bees return to action as they welcome Premier League outfit Crystal Palace to The Hive tonight.

Darren Currie’s side face a very tough test against top flight opposition but go into the game in high spirits after drawing 1-1 with League One side Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Dan Sparkes opened the scoring on 53 minutes but the hosts couldn’t hold on to clinch the win as the Chairboys struck late through a trialist.

A Look at the Opposition:

The Eagles finished 12th last term on 49 points in a season which also saw them reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, eventually losing to runners-up Watford.

Last campaign also marked their sixth in England’s top division since returning in 2013, finishing 10th or lower in each season.

However, they’ll be hoping to use this pre-season as preparation to be amongst those in the top half next time around.

Similarly to Barnet, Palace have also seen a new goalkeeper walk through the door in Stephen Henderson from Nottingham Forest, proving to be their only signing so far.

As for their pre-season schedule, they began with a Swiss Uhrencup clash against Luzern, the Eagles winning 6-5 on penalties after drawing 1-1.

They failed to win the tournament though as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to BSC Young Boys on Saturday.

The Bees will await them in their first match back in England before they head to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest.

After that, they face a trip to Bromley before hitting the road again, travelling to Bristol City and AFC Wimbledon before facing Hertha Berlin at Selhurst Park.

Manager: Roy Hodgson

Darren Currie will be going up against former England manager Roy Hodgson tonight.

The 71-year-old took the reins at Palace in September 2017 and would go on to guide them to an 11th place finish in his debut season.

However, last campaign saw Hodgson and Palace drop down a position in the standings but he did lead the Eagles to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Hodgson’s managerial career has taken him around the block, that’s for sure.

In fact, the 71-year-old has managed in eight countries and it all began at Dutch side Halmstad in 1976 in a spell which stretched to only two years.

The Croydon-born manager then returned to England in 1982, taking charge at Bristol City after taking up the number two role under Bob Houghton for two years.

Hodgson then jetted off again to take over the managerial role at Oddevold before moving to fellow Swedish sides Orebro and Malmo respectively.

He enjoyed plenty of glory in Sweden, winning the Allsvenskan title twice with Halmstads before doing it five more times with Malmo. Whilst at the latter, he also won the Svenska Cupen twice too.

Switzerland proved to be his next destination though, taking charge at Neuchatel Xamax which then led to him being named the nation’s manager in 1992.

Fast forward three years and Hodgson then moved to Italy’s Inter Milan where he’d go on to be a UEFA Cup runner-up before returning to England again in 1997 with Blackburn Rovers.

A caretaker role at Inter followed before Swiss side Grasshoppers came calling in 1999.

Danish side Copenhagen were next before he moved back to Italy the following year, taking charge of Udinese in 2001.

The list continued in 2002 when he would go on to take over at another national side, this time it was United Arab Emirates in a spell which only lasted two years.

After that, Hodgson went to Norwegian side Viking before being named Finland’s new boss in 2006.

He would then return to the Premier League with Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom before securing England’s managerial role in 2012.

During that time, he led the country to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals before clinching third in the FIFA World Rankings.

However, England endured a shock World Cup 2014 Group D elimination which proved to be the start of a downward spiral for Hodgson.

That’s because Euro 2016 didn’t look any brighter either after The Three Lions’ lost 2-1 against Iceland in the Round of 16. Hodgson then resigned from his post after the nation returned home.

As for his playing career, the former defender started out at Palace before going on to play for Tonbridge, Gravesend & Northfleet, Maidstone United, Ashford Town and Berea Park.

He then went on to hang up his boots in 1976 after spending two years at Carshalton Athletic.

Last Time Out:

It has been just over four years since these two sides last faced each other.

The Bees were the hosts as they welcomed the Premier League side to the Hive in a friendly back in 2015 but fell on the wrong side of a 5-3 defeat.

John Akinde bagged first in the opening minute before Dwight Gayle netted a hat-trick to put Palace 3-1 up before the hour mark.

Luke Gambin, who took the captain’s armband at half-time, pulled one back for the Bees but Palace soon rustled the net again through youngster Reise Allasani.

Barnet tried to claw their way back into it for a second time courtesy of an 81st minute Kevin Lisbie goal.

However, Palace flexed their Premier League muscles once more when Fraizer Campbell made sure of the win.


Palace’s Sporting Director Dougie Freedman began his playing career at Barnet in 1994 but left a year later after attracting interest from the Eagles. The former Scotland international enjoyed an impressive first and only season with the Bees, netting on 24 occasions.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Barnet 6-2 Crystal Palace

16 July 2019

The Bees put in their best performance of pre-season so far by coming from behind to thrash Premier League Crystal Palace.

Darren Currie’s side found themselves two goals behind after just nine minutes but a spirited comeback saw the Bees remain unbeaten in pre-season.

Two goals from David Tutonda and one each for Jack Barham, Mo Bettamer and Simeon Akinola gave the crowd at The Hive an entertaining evening.

The Bees fell behind after just three minutes, as David Boateng broke into the area and fired a powerful strike past Scott Loach.

Just six minutes later the visitors doubled their lead, as Connor Wickham volleyed home from point-blank range following a clever Palace corner.  

Barham nearly pulled one back five minutes later but his stooping header went narrowly wide of the near post after good work from Elliot Johnson.

It was the same combination that created the next Bees chance, but Barham could only divert his header straight at Stephen Henderson in the Eagles goal.

After 40 minutes Darren Currie’s side were given a golden chance to get back into the game, as Ephron Mason Clark was brought down in the box and the referee didn't hesitate to point for a penalty. Bettamer made no mistake from the spot to bring the Bees back into the game.

Just one minute later, the Bees had the equaliser as Bahram converted from Bettamer’s low driven cross. Currie’s men found themselves level at the break after a spirited first-half fight back. The crowd couldn't have predicted the onslaught that was to follow after the break. 

Just two minutes after the break the game had been completely turned on its head as Tutonda did brilliantly to slot home from a difficult angle, after a quick Barnet attack.

With 60 minutes on the clock, Tutonda netted his second of the game after superb work from Antonis Vasiliou. The young midfielder got in behind the Palace defence, before squaring the ball to Tutonda who couldn’t miss.

It was high fives all around for Currie’s Bees after 69 minutes as Akinola added a deserved fifth goal. Substitute Loic Hernandez put the ball across the box and Akinola did superbly to adjust his footing and fire home.

Loach kept the three-goal lead intact as he brilliantly denied a Palace forward after the Eagles quickly countered with six minutes to go.

With a minute left on the clock, the Bees made it six, as a trialist calmly slotted home, moments before the final whistle.

The style of football in the second half was superb throughout and the Bees regularly passed their way through the Eagles backline, the score certainly didn’t flatter Currie’s spirited side.

Barnet: Loach, Alexander (Tutonda 45), Sweeney (Boucaud 51), Santos (Syla 76), Johnson (Reynolds 45), Adams (Box 45), H.Taylor (Hernandez), Bettamer (J.Taylor 45), Mason-Clark (Akinola 45), Sparkes (Vasiliou 45), Barham (Trailist 65).

Subs not used: Azaze


Palace: Henderson, D.Boateng, Inniss, Woods, Riedewald, Dreher (M.Boateng 84), McGregor, Flanagan (Hobbs 79), Daly, Wickham (Lokilo 79), Sorloth.

Subs not used: Tupper, Pierrick, Aveiro.

Attendance- 1100



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