Redbridge FC fan Adam Dennehey returns to write for Under The League, but this time focussing on their tenants, Barkingside FC.
I’ll be honest. Despite being involved with Redbridge FC since December 2006, I have always been a fan of our tenants Barkingside FC too.
To be brutally honest, it was only really until last season that I begun to focus fully on the Motormen only watching ‘Side once last season and got a bit of stick of it from some of ‘Side’s small but vocal regulars who I have got to know well over the years as a result of that!
Up until last season, I probably had split-loyalties between both clubs and probably preferred to watch Barkingside for the first season and a half that I was down at the Oakside when under Tony Fenn and Kris Taylor they played a tremendous brand of football.
They played a great brand of football, and whilst their team wasn’t quite as good as Redbridge’s in terms of talent and in depth, they probably gave more in games.
I spent more time talking about the likes of Dominc Harkins and Greg Thompson (legends in the eyes of ‘Side fans) at home than Redbridge’s top players like Steve Butterworth and Mitch Hahn and even my dad had a favourite Barkingside player in Warren ‘Wozza’ Bennett despite the fact he had never seen them play once (off the record my dad isn’t a Non-League fan at all and never will be!).
Barkingside have had a lot of up and down’s in recent years. They are probably the best team not to win an Essex Senior League title in recent years and always had a great team spirit at the club, which would relay from the players to the fans as well.
In the last couple of years they have struggled with many good players leaving. However even when the team lost a staggering 15 games in a row during the run-in of the 2010/11 season under Fenn, it wasn’t actually that bad to watch – as incredible as that sounds!
Under Matt ‘Burger’ Frew, ‘Side have started the season well. I have seen two of their games so far and whilst the team didn’t win on either occasion (aren’t I the lucky charm?) the signs from their supporters are that they are going to have a good season and could possibly win a cup, which would be the team’s first success since 2009 when they won the Essex Senior League Cup.
It could be said that ‘Side fans have already been treated to something special this season. Take a look at this strike scored by Dean Elllul, which sealed a 2-0 win at Bowers & Pistea last month in the Gordon Brasted Trophy.
Here’s to ‘Side having a good season!
Many thanks to Adam for his latest piece. You can follow Adam on twitter: @TheMotormen