Barnet FC have told supporters that only the west side of Underhill will be open during the centenary game this afternoon.
Despite this match celebrating 100 years of football for Barnet at Underhill Stadium, the ground capacity will be limited and fans from both the Bees and Crystal Palace are told to enter through the turnstiles at the South end of the ground before taking their place in either the Family Stand, the Main Stand or the North West terrace.
The Barnet players will be wearing the new kit for the first time against Palace today, and it is a modern-day replica of the one worn by the Bees’ players when they played for Barnet Alston a century ago, in 1907, against Palace for the first game at the ground.
Paul Fairclough will be looking for a repeat performance this afternoon after the first Bees’ squad who took to the sloping pitch won 1-0.
However despite the limited attendance that will be at the ground today, the fixture promises to be a memeororable one. Palace legend Dougie Freedman makes a return too, having spent the early ’90s scoring for the Bees before making the £800,000 transfer the Selhurst Park – still the record fee Barnet have received for a transfer.
Rhoys Wiggins, Jeff Hughes and Clinton Morrison miss out for the away side whilst Giuliano Grazioli, Lee Harrison and Joe Devera are all sidelined for the Bees due to injury which will give trialists another opportunity to impress.