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The Opposition Guide: Barnet

6 November 2015

A Look at Tomorrow's Opposition

Blackpool's participation in this season's Emirates FA Cup gets underway tomorrow with a first round tie at League Two side Barnet.

The visit will be The Seasiders' first to The Hive Stadium, which officially opened in July 2013.

The two teams have met on just eight occasions down the years, however none of the previous encounters have been in a cup competition.

Here we take a look at the opposition.


Often referred to by his nickname ‘Mad Dog’, Martin Allen is currently in his fourth spell as manager of Barnet.

The former Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United midfielder started his managerial career with Barnet in 2003, before moving on to Brentford where he saved the club from relegation and reached two end of season play-offs.

A three-game spell back at Barnet in 2011, on the back of stints with MK Dons, Leicester City and Cheltenham Town, ended with a move to Notts County.

However, Allen returned for another short stint in April 2012 and kept Barnet in League Two with victory on the final day of the season. He left shortly after and added a promotion to his CV with Gillingham, prior to returning to Barnet for the fourth time in April 2014.

A year later the 50-year-old restored Barnet to The Football League after guiding the club back up from the Conference.


Barnet currently sit 17th in League Two following promotion in the summer and are unbeaten in their last four fixtures.

Victories against Oxford United and Exeter City in the last two weeks provide confidence ahead of this cup tie, while The Bees have won five of their eight fixtures on home soil so far.


Former Bristol City and Crawley Town striker John Akinde hit 33 goals en route to Barnet’s promotion from the Conference last season.

The 26-year-old, who joined the club from Alfreton Town, won Barnet’s Player of the Year award for 2014/15 and has scored six goals in the current campaign.

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