Probably the only competitive match that a
Leamington team has played on an all-weather astroturf pitch -
the game was played at Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road ground
during the days of its controversial "plastic
The Barnet manager at the time
was shy & retiring Barry Fry, now Peterborough manager -
he acknowledges Terry Venables for agreeing to let the game be
played at Loftus Road.
The match was watched by a
crowd of 1045, ending a 0-0 draw. The end of the season
saw AP relegated to the Southern League Premier, where they
embarked on their championship win the following season.
Before this game AP had endured a miserable
run, gaining only 3 points from 21 games - and included a 7-0
defeat to Bath City, and 6-1 defeats against Enfield and
Scarborough. Not surprisingly they sat in last place.
Barnet had fared little better, sitting
second from bottom but with 17 points from their 21 games.