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Edgar Davids unable to save Barnet from final day heartache as Bees sink back into non-League

Davids unable to save Barnet from final day heartache as Bees sink back into non-League

By
Andrew Warshaw

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21:38 GMT, 27 April 2013

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01:54 GMT, 28 April 2013

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Edgar Davids’ first season in management ended in disappointment as Barnet fell out of the Football League after eight seasons.

Three years in succession, Barnet had somehow survived on the last day of the campaign. But this time there was no miracle as play-off qualifiers Northampton sealed their fate.

More than 1,300 visiting fans saw their team dominate for long periods but they were made to pay for poor finishing, including a couple of glaring misses, as Northampton’s Roy O’Donovan and Luke Guttridge netted twice in the space of six minutes midway through the second period.

Bitter pill: Edgar Davids contemplates his future

Bitter pill: Edgar Davids contemplates his future

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League Two table

Davids’ future at Barnet is now uncertain and a new stadium seven miles outside the borough will play host to Conference football next season.

Frustratingly, a draw would have been enough to save Barnet with Dagenham losing at home, while anything but a win for AFC Wimbledon against Fleetwood would have seen the south Londoners go down.

As it was, Barnet’s tally of 51 points was the highest ever for a side to lose their league status. ‘It’s certainly a bitter pill to swallow,’ said Davids, whose 40-year-old legs could not quite push his side over the line. ‘I’m aware of the consequences but the players can look at themselves in the mirror and say they did everything. You have to take chances but Northampton were more clinical than us.’

Davids, who was not being paid by the club and was brought in partly to develop Barnet’s academy, hinted strongly he would have to move on after an illustrious playing career that included both Milan clubs, Barcelona, Juventus and Tottenham as well as Ajax.

‘I’ll have to sit down with the chairman
and evaluate a lot of things,’ said the Dutchman. ‘You have to be
realistic. I have done everything that was asked of me in terms of the
objectives set. Fifty-one points playing good football and some
promising young players — that’s what makes it so hard.’

Anxious moments: Barnet fans contemplate relegation

Anxious moments: Barnet fans contemplate relegation

Northampton manager Adie Boothroyd, whose side meet Cheltenham in this week’s play-offs, felt for the visitors.

‘It’s one of those terrible professional situations,’ he said. ‘You have to do your job and you have to win. We got a good hiding there in the corresponding game and I wanted us to finish strongly.

‘Unfortunately someone has to suffer. I’m disappointed for them but it’s a great chance now for us to try and get promoted.’

Mike Tyson: Just who was brave enough to eat one of ex-heavyweight champ"s pigeons?

Just who was brave enough to eat one of ex-heavyweight champ Tyson's pigeons

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

11:33 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

19:08 GMT, 26 April 2013

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He's famous as a fearsome fighter, but Mike Tyson has a surprising soft spot for his beloved pigeons.

And now the former heavy weight champion has revealed he was traumatised after an unnamed ex-girlfriend cooked and ate one of his birds in front of him.

The 46-year-old, who has called pigeon racing his 'first love' and at one pointed owned up to 350 birds, recalled the incident during a interview on US sports talk-radio show Boomer & Carton.

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Pretty bird: Mike Tyson with one of his many beloved pigeons

Pretty bird: Mike Tyson with one of his many beloved pigeons

When asked if he had ever eaten one
of his animals, he said: 'I tried. I was dating this young lady and she
said, “I don’t know why you’re flying those damn birds, you should be
eating them.”

'She happened to grab one and — and she cooked one and proceeded to eat it. And I just couldn’t do it.'

'You loved that pigeon so much,' host Craig Carton responded.

'Well, ‘cause he’s got a relationship with the pigeons,' co-host Boomer Esiason interjected.

'It just wasn’t the right thing to do,' Tyson added. 'That’s why she’s not my woman anymore.'

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Highs and lows: Tyson twice beat Frank Bruno but suffered defeat to Evander Holyfield.. and bit his ear

Highs and lows: Tyson twice beat Frank Bruno but suffered defeat to Evander Holyfield.. and bit his ear

Challenger Evander Holyfield lands a left to the face of Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield

Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield

When
asked why he even allowed the ex-girlfriend to eat the bird in the
first place, Tyson responded: 'It was her house and we were living off
of her dime, so she could do [it].'

The Hangover star, who infamously bit Evander Holyfield ear in a 1997 fight, has previously said he adored birds since he nine.

'They were my escape,' he said. 'I was fat and ugly. Kids teased me all the time. The only joy I had was pigeons.'

Current love: The former heavyweight boxer with third wife Lakiha Spicer at the Scary Movie 5 LA premiere

Current love: The former heavyweight boxer with third wife Lakiha Spicer at the Scary Movie 5 LA premiere

Mike Tyson and Monica Turner

Mike Tyson and Luz Whitney

Days gone by: Tyson with ex-girlfriends Monica Turner (left) and Luz Whitney