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Barnet F.C. was formed in 1888, although the club existed from 1882 under two previous names, Woodville F.C. and New Barnet F.C. They played their early football in the London leagues and entered cup competitions where they would regularly face the more well known London teams. They once beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 and Thames Ironworks, better known as West Ham United, were another loval team they lined up against in those early days. Barnet F.C. has played most of its football outside of the Football League, being members of the Athenian League from 1965 to 1991. The club enjoyed a lot of success as amateurs and won the Athenian League Championship and FA Amateur Cup during this time. In the early 1970's the club enjoyed some good FA Cup runs. They beat the then Fourth Division side Newport County 6-1, equalling the record victory margin for a non-league side over a Football League side in the FA Cup. In 1991 the team won the Conference championship and were promoted to the Football League. They stayed up for ten turbulent years, gaining promotion but suffering financial difficulty, before returning to the Conference. They managed to return to Football League action once again in 2005 after finishing as Conference champions, 12 points ahead of their nearest rivals!


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