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Wednesday, 28 June, 2000, 14:39 GMT
Barnet fail in play-offs
John Still
John Still led Barnet to the play-offs
Barnet missed out on promotion in the play-offs for the second time in three seasons but perhaps more importantly appear to have secured their future in the Football League.

The Bees set the pace early on in the Third Division campaign and looked certainties for promotion.

However, off-the-field, their problems were mounting with expulsion from the Football League becoming a threat unless they resolved the problems surrounding their Underhill home.

The League finally agreed to let them remain at Underhill next season as long as they raised the capacity to 5,500 but the relief at that decision backfired on the pitch.

They lost their next five games without scoring a goal and went another three matches before recording another victory by which time they had slipped into the play-off zone.

They even looked as though they would miss out on the end-of-season competition before recovering their composure enough to record five wins in seven games and finish sixth in the table.

But former manager Barry Fry and ex-striker Andy Clarke ensured there would be no first visit to Wembley as his Peterborough side beat them 5-1 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals.

The next big issue is over where Barnet will play next season.

Work started to upgrade Underhill but there were worries it will not be ready in time so possible groundshares with Stevenage, Leyton Orient, Millwall and Brentford were all been mentioned in the local press.

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