Date: 18th May 2008 at 11:21am
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Over recent seasons, a lot has been said about Barnet’s poor discipline. In the 2005/06 season, we had a £5,000 fine invoked and a further £5,000 carried forward to the 2007/08 season.

It looks like that fine may well be invoked, after the Football League Two foul play table was released. Although it makes a change to see The Bees top of the league, it doesn’t make for great reading.

Barnet were handed out 10 red cards this season, the most in this division. Barnet also committed 549 fouls in 46 games. That amounts to 11.93 fouls per game. We weren’t the worst offenders in that area though, with Chesterfield committing a staggering 606 fouls .

Barnet also collected 67 yellow cards (1.45 per game) but again weren’t the table toppers for yellows received. Macclesfield finished with 97 yellow cards. That’s just over 2 yellow cards per game.

Ironically, it was Barnet who were receiving praise during the season for our very own initiative and setting an example whereby the captain is only allowed to speak to the referee. Several leading figures in the game praised the Bees for this and we were featured on Sky Sports News and BBC Football Focus. Perhaps it was no coincidence that it sparked a 10 game unbeaten streak.

If we can control our ‘discipline problems’, then hopefully we can push on for a playoff/promotion challenging team next season.

The table in full can be seen on the Football League website.