Former mayor Brian Coleman celebrates relegation of Barnet Football Club

Former mayor of Barnet Brian Coleman has been fined £270 after pleading guilty to common assault. Pi

Former mayor of Barnet Brian Coleman has been fined £270 after pleading guilty to common assault. Picture: Polly Hancock. - Credit: Archant

Not content with watching them leave the ground they called home for 106 years, former Barnet mayor Brian Coleman has now called for celebrations after the borough’s football team lost its bid for league survival.

Barnet Football Club was relegated from the national League Two on Saturday after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Northampton Town, bringing an end to the club’s eight-year stay in the Football League.

But far from offering words of condolence, Tory councillor Brian Coleman took to his blog The King of Bling is back to rejoice in the club’s misery.

On Sunday, in a post titled “Rejoice! Rejoice!”, he wrote: “If I had the power I would be ordering that the church bells in Barnet rung this morning in celebration of the relegation of Barnet Football Club from the Football League.”

Cllr Coleman’s comments follow a decision from Barnet FC to move from their historic Underhill stadium, in High Barnet, to a new ground in the neighbouring borough of Harrow for the start of next season.

It spells the end of a turbulent relationship between Barnet Council and the football club, which had repeated attempts to expand the Underhill stadium blocked by the council.

The club’s decision to leave the borough altogether will sadden many across Barnet but not Cllr Coleman, who concluded Sunday’s post: “Thank you and hallelujah!”

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The Ham&High contacted Cllr Coleman but he was unavailable for a comment.

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