It had drama. It had more than a century of history to honour. It was inspirational. It had a joyous capacity crowd; 6,001 fans squeezed into humble Underhill.

And for the next generation of Bees’ fans, it was glorious testimony to why lower league clubs like Barnet are the heart and soul of English football.

You couldn’t have constructed a more nail-biting finish.

If nothing else, Underhill’s final minutes as a recognised Football League ground were pure theatre.

But when a young lad had earlier walked out on to wonderfully infamous contour-threatening pitch, it became a truly inspirational afternoon.

Luke Harrison, who is now in remission after being diagnosed with kidney cancer last year, has a strong link with Barnet.

His father Lee made more than 300 appearances for the Bees and is now goalkeeping coach at Wycombe Wanderers - Saturday’s opposition.

Lee said: “It is a poignant moment for me to see Luke lead the team out. It has been a tough year. Lots of clubs have done a lot of work to help me and support me. I can’t thank them enough for that.”

Saturday was also the chance for that die hard band of committed Barnet fans who set off early and head for such far-flung fixtures as Plymouth, Torquay, Morecambe and Fleetwood to proudly bid farewell to their home from home.

But arguably on the day, no one could have upstaged ex-pat Bees’ fan Richard Strong, who had flown in from Doha, the capital of Qatar, to watch the Bees’ bow out in style.

Strong said: “Having moved to Doha last August for a couple of years, I have found that Barnet have given me a strong anchor point back home.

“When I listen to Barnet Player and hear Sweet Child of Mine, I can picture myself on the south-east terrace, surrounded by my friends, watching the boys running onto the pitch.

“Next season, when I am listening to Barnet Player, I will have nothing to visualise. I can't wipe away over 40 years of memories. Perhaps my head will still be in Underhill and arguably I will be better off than the fans who are physically there.”

For one final time, the pre and post-match squabbling analysis was thrashed out in the Pavilion; arguably the most idiosyncratic cricket pavilion-style fans’ HQ in any league.

On Saturday the mood was varied. After 106 years at Underhill, fans retold stories, reflected on their experiences and discussed the move to The Hive.

Jon Hunt, who has supported the Bees for 22 years, said: “The new stadium will be well built but it will certainly not have the magic of Underhill. We will miss the slope. It adds to the character of the club.”

His thoughts were echoed by 69-year-old John ‘Village’ Adkins: “We will miss Underhill very much and at the end of the game I am sure a few tears will be shed. Underhill means a lot to a lot of people.

"For Barnet fans it is kind of our Mecca and nobody wants to leave. But I don’t like the attitude of some people who won’t follow the club to the new ground.”

For some the match was more than just the final game at Underhill. Some fans disagree with the move to The Hive, which is in Harrow, so much that they will ‘not follow’ the club anymore.

‘Back2Barnet’ shirts were sold prior to kick off. The message an obvious one.

Chris Nash, 31, lives in Barnet and is disappointed to see the club leave “their home.” He said: “It is not the end of Underhill; it is the end of the football club. Moving away from here is completely wrong.

“People who have been coming here for 50 and 60 years will now stop going to games. The move to The Hive is completely unacceptable. I will not be going next season.

“I support Barnet Football Club – because they play in Barnet. Next season they won’t.”

So what will be their last memories of Underhill? The names of Jake Hyde and Graham Stack could now probably claim a mention in the club’s pantheon of ‘memorable moments’ heroes.

Times Series: Graham Stack saves Joel Grant's penalty in the final game at Underhill.

Hyde scored the final goal at the old stadium and Stack’s 92nd minute saved penalty ensured him legendary status.

“The game summed up what being a Barnet fan is like,” said 22-year-old Ben Kentish.

“There were so many highs and lows. The 90 minutes encapsulated the 15 years I’ve supported Barnet.”

Barnet fans invaded the Underhill pitch at full time. Fans kissed the turf. It was a heartfelt goodbye.

The game will be remembered. The day will be remembered. Underhill will be remembered.

The pitch might have gone downhill. But what took place at the cherished stadium lifted countless spirits.