Regarding the stadium saga, it was announced that from 2013/14 Barnet would move to their training ground – The Hive at Harrow. The move was approved by the council on the 19th.
Former Bees Sam Deering and Izale McLeod found new clubs. Sammy joined fellow League Two club Cheltenham, while Izzy went to League One’s Portsmouth – despite their financial restraints.
|My season ticket arrived in July.|
There were a number of players brought in during the close season. First was former Hammer Olly Lee. The 20-year-old midfielder was another Robson’s connections and on his arrival commented: “Olly’s a very good footballer who is comfortable on the ball”.
Following the expiration of his previous contract, Jack Saville agreed a new deal.
After securing Freddie Warren and Ahmed Abdulla on free deals, Jon Nurse the former Dagenham & Redbridge front-man became Robson’s seventh signing.
Anthony Edgar put pen to paper for a permanent deal after he impressed on trial.
Towards the end of the month, free agent Jon Fortune joined the squad. Known for his two stints with Charlton, he had most recently played for Exeter City.
The final player to arrive in July saw the return of Jake Hyde, following his time in Scotland. The striker played during the 2009/10 campaign, where he made 34 appearances but spent two years in Scotland playing for Dundee and Dunfermline.
Pre-season – 14.07.12 – Burnham Ramblers 0-6 Barnet
Pre-season – 21.07.12 – St Albans 2-10 Barnet
Pre-season – 26.07.12 – Barnet 1-4 Charlton Athletic
Former Gillingham duo, midfielder Curtis Weston and defender Barry Fuller (in his second spell) both arrived on free transfers.
|Rainbow during the League match v York.|
Goalkeeper Graham Stack signed for the Bees following his release from Scottish outfit Hibernian.
Jon Nurse – suffered concussion in the game against York. It appeared to be a lot worse at a first glance, as he was stretchered off wearing a neck brace and oxygen mask. The initial reaction was a serious neck/back injury, as he wasn’t moving for five minutes after going down.
A tough trip to Birmingham awaited in the first round of the League Cup. After a good start with a goal from Nursey, the Bees were eventually knocked out, suffering a 5-1 defeat in the process.
Pre-season – 04.08.12 – Borehamwood 2-3 Barnet
League Cup – 14.08.12 – Birmingham City 5-1 Barnet
League – 18.08.12 – Port Vale 3-0 Barnet
League – 21.08.12 – Barnet 1-1 Bristol Rovers
League– 25.08.12 – Barnet 1-3 York City
Points – 1/9 ––– Goals scored – 2 ––– Goals conceded – 7 ––– League position – 17th
Another month and another handful of signings.
Welcome (1) to defender David Stephens who arrived from Hibernian, teaming up again with keeper Stack.
Welcome (2) John Oster. The midfielder was released by Oldham and has a wealth of experience in the Football League, also playing in the Premier League with Sunderland and Everton.
|Beautiful playing surface.|
Welcome (3) loanee Krystian Pearce. The Notts County defender joined on a three-month deal.
Welcome (4) to former Dutch international and Fulham striker Collins John and finally welcome (5) to Sierra Leonean Ishmail Kamara. The 24-year-old (now 25) attracted attention from a number of clubs after his performances with Dulwich Hamlet.
Ishmail Kamara joined Danny Senda and Steve Kabba on the long-term injury list after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the defeat to Fleetwood. After coming on as a substitute, the debutant was only on the field for a couple of minutes.
League – 01.09.12 – Rochdale 2-0 Barnet
League – 08.09.12 – Barnet 1-3 Gillingham
League – 15.09.12 – Bradford City 3-0 Barnet
League – 18.09.12 – Aldershot Town 1-0 Barnet
League – 22.09.12 – Barnet 0-0 Rotherham United
League – 29.09.12 – Fleetwood 2-1 Barnet
Points – 1/18 ––– Goals scored – 2 ––– Goals conceded – 11 ––– League position – 21st