Everything you need to know about tomorrow’s FA Cup clash with Blackpool…
Emirates FA Cup 1st Round
Saturday 7th November 2015
Kick Off: 15:00
Barnet: Bees fans can’t have too many complaints about recent results. Martin Allen’s side have now recorded back-to-back home victories after wins against York City (3-1) and Exeter City (2-0). Sandwiched between those games were two away matches. Barnet earned a hard-fought point at Hartlepool (1-1) and enjoyed a 3-2 win over high-flying Oxford United. That performance earned the team the LG Performance of the Week award. Despite injuries to Bira Dembele and Sam Muggleton, the Bees have every reason to be confident of a result at The Hive - Barnet currently have the 2nd best home record in League Two this season.
View From The Bench: “The FA Cup is always special. It’s a game that we’re looking forward to – Blackpool are a league higher than us. It’s very high on our list of priorities. We want to do well in it because it’s a special competition.”
You can watch more from Assistant Head Coach Gary Waddock’s pre-match interview here.
Blackpool: It’s been a tough couple of years for Blackpool supporters. The club reached the Premier League under Ian Holloway’s stewardship, after winning the Championship play-offs in 2009-10. The Seasiders were relegated, but narrowly missed out on a return to the top flight at the first time of asking – losing to West Ham United in the 2011-12 play-off final. Unfortunately the club suffered a further relegation to English football’s third tier last season, and are currently 20th in League One. Blackpool enjoyed something of a revival during October, after a difficult start to the campaign. However Barnet fans will be buoyed by the Tangerines’ away record – they have only won once on the road this season.
In The Dugout: Neil McDonald is perhaps best known as Sam Allardyce’s right hand man, having worked as his assistant manager at Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United. However the former Newcastle United defender has also been a successful manager in his own right. McDonald guided Carlisle United to an 8th place finish in League One in 2006-07; the club’s highest finish in 20 years. He also saved Östersunds FK from relegation during a short spell managing in Sweden. The Wallsend-born coach was appointed Blackpool manager this summer.
Dangermen: Mark Cullen and Jack Redshaw are joint top scorers for Blackpool this season, with five goals each. Cullen began his career at Hull City, but moved to Luton Town after a series of short loan spells away from the KC Stadium. He enjoyed a successful couple of seasons with the Hatters, scoring 22 times in 77 matches. Cullen’s form attracted the attention of Blackpool, who paid £180,000 for his services last summer. After a spell in non-league football, Redshaw also found his feet at League Two level – playing 129 times for Morecambe and scoring 38 goals. The Salford-born striker arrived at Bloomfield Road at the beginning of this campaign.
Last Meeting: Barnet haven’t played Blackpool since April 2001. A team containing iconic former Bees Darren Currie, John Doolan and Sam Stockley lost the match 3-2 at Bloomfield Road. Wayne Purser opened the scoring, before a Brett Ormerod strike and two goals from Paul Simpson put the Tangerines 3-1 up. A Gary Parkinson own goal brought Barnet back into the game, but the visiting side couldn’t find an equaliser and went home empty handed. The clubs previous meeting that season was far more memorable for the Bees. Barnet ran out 7-0 winners at Underhill, thanks to a Currie hat trick, a Tony Richards brace, and further strikes from Mark Arber and player-manager Tony Cottee.
Ticket Details: You can book tickets in advance of the game online here, or by phone on 020 8381 3800 (Mon - Fri 9:30 – 17:30). Tickets can be bought on the day of the match, but only at the Ticket Office. It is recommended to arrive early to avoid queues.
Please note: concession tickets for the South Terrace are only available in advance of tomorrow’s game, as are member’s discounts for this FA Cup match.
More ticket details for tomorrow’s game can be found here.
It will also be possible to purchase your Christmas Cracker bundle and Luton Town away tickets at the Ticket Office on Saturday, from 12:30 – 13:30 and 16:30 – 17:30.
Travel: You can get to and from The Hive by taking our Shuttle Bus service. The service will be running as usual this Saturday. To find out more and check the bus timetable, click here.
Food & Drink: Grazioli’s Bar (under the West Stand) will be open from 12:30, and will be serving our range of top quality burgers. Bournemouth v Newcastle United is the televised early kick-off on Saturday, so why not head down to the ground early and enjoy a pre-match beer before the game?
Prize Draw: Tickets for the Amber Triple Chance Draw are available for just £1. You could win a guaranteed first prize of £200, a £300 Jako voucher in our monthly draw, and be entered in an end-of-season draw for a year’s free Bees Membership! You can get tickets from our sellers around the ground.
Follow The Match: If you can’t get to The Hive, you can listen to full commentary of the match on Bees Player HD. We’ll also have live twitter updates throughout the game, and a match report & post-match reaction on barnetfc.com.