John Barnes Biography
John Barnes is a renowned legend professional English footballer and manager. He was a fast, skillful left-winger and he had successful periods at Watford and Liverpool between 1981 and 1997. He also played for the England national team on 79 occasions. He is best known for playing for Liverpool and England and is now a commentator for ESPN and SuperSport channels.
He was born and raised in Jamaica to Roderick Kenrick “Ken” Barnes and Frances Jeanne Hill. He moved to London with his family in January 1976 at the age of 12. As a young teenager, he attended the rugby-playing St Marylebone Grammar School followed by a short stint at Haverstock School, Camden Town. He played football while at school for four years at the Stowe Boys Club in Paddington.
John Barnes Age
He was born on November 7, 1963, in Kingston, Jamaica as John Charles Bryan Barnes. He is 55 years of age.
John Barnes Wife
Barnes is married to Andrea Barnes. The couple got married in December 2006. Prior to marrying Andrea, he was married to Suzy Barnes from 1991- 2001 who they later divorced and married Andrea as a second wife.
John Barnes Children
Barnes has seven children from two separate marriages. He had four children with Suzy Barnes namely Jamie, Jordan, Jemma, and Jasmine. He also has three more children with his current wife Andrea Barnes namely, Isabelle, Tia, and Alexander.
John Barnes Awards
He was awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1998, Queen’s Birthday Honors List for his services to Association Football.
John Barnes Rap
Barnes rap is a verse written by actor-comedian Keith Allen and performed by Barnes, it was originally part of the official England 1990 World Cup song, it was performed by the band New Order, later gaining iconic status in English football. The song was originally not going to feature a rap, it was Allen who came up with it after being recruited to help inject some humor into the song. The rap broke one of the football song genre’s “rules”, that footballers shouldn’t rap.
Barnes had previously rapped on another football song, titled “Anfield Rap”, for his club side Liverpool F.C.’s 1988 FA Cup Final appearance. The FA had requested members of the squad to be involved in recording the song. Craig Johnston former player and co-writer of the Anfield Rap came up with the line “we ain’t no hooligans, this ain’t a football song”. Each player was auditioned to perform the rap in order to find the one who was more appropriate to sing the rap. He ended up being selected after all others were deemed unsuitable either due to their broad northern English accents or inability to keep the required rhythm.
He was the only player given a leading vocal on the song, the others being restricted to backing vocals.
John Barnes Club Career
John Barnes Watford
He was signed on 14 July 1981 for the fee of a set of kit, after a successful trial game in Watford’s reserves. Watford noticed him while playing for Middlesex League club Sudbury Court. Barnes made his debut at the age of 17 as a sub on 5 September 1981 in a 1–1 draw with Oldham Athletic in the Football League Second Division. At the time Watford’s manager was Graham Taylor, and at that time Watford was eight months away from completing their five-year rise from the Fourth Division to the First.
Watford finished as runners-up for the League title to Liverpool the following season. In 1984 FA cup finals Watford was beaten by Everton 2-0. They reached semi-finals in 1987, and they lost to Tottenham Hotspur. During that time speculation was mounting in newspapers and other sports magazines as to which big club would sign him.
John Barnes Liverpool
He left Watford on 9 June 1987 in a £900,000 deal to join Liverpool after having made 233 League appearances for the Hornets and scoring 65 goals. He, at the same time, joined England teammate Peter Beardsley and linked up with new signings John Aldridge and Ray Houghton to form one of the most formidable attacking lines of Liverpool’s history.
On 15 August 1987, he made his debut for Liverpool along with other along with Beardsley, in the 2–1 league win over Arsenal at Highbury. On 12 September he made his first strike for Liverpool, as Liverpool beat Oxford United 2–0 at Anfield. In his first season, Liverpool remained undefeated for the first 29 games of the season and ending up with just two defeats. However, they were defeated by Wimbledon 1–0 in the FA Cup final.
During that season he was racially abused by a section of Everton supporters in the Merseyside derby. He scored 15 league goals in his first season at Anfield. He was voted the best Player of the Year, he also collected a league title medal. The following two seasons were successful with Liverpool winning the FA Cup with a 3–2 victory over Merseyside rivals Everton.
In April 1989, he attended several funerals and visited the injured in hospital after the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans more 766 were injured. During his early life in Anfield, he had to deal with racial abuse from opposing supporters.
In 1990, he played for Liverpool and they won he scored 22 league goals from the left wing. He was also was voted Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. At the end of the ’80s, John was possibly the best player in the world.
He played regularly for Liverpool and England into the 1990s. He scored 16 league goals in 1990-91. Liverpool won the FA Cup again but Barnes missed the final with an Achilles tendon injury in 1992. He played 12 league games in the 1991–92.
In the mid-1990s, he knew he was reaching the veteran stage of his playing career. He left on a free transfer on 13 August 1997, after 10 years, 407 appearances, 108 goals, and seven major trophies.
John Barnes Newcastle United
In the 1997–98 season he played up front. He ended up becoming Newcastle’s top league scorer with six goals. Newcastle reached the 1998 FA Cup Final. They lost 2-0 to Arsenal, he was later dropped from the first team by new manager Ruud Gullit and spent several months in the reserves despite.
On 10 February 1999, he left the club on a free transfer to newly promoted Charlton Athletic.
John Barnes Charlton Athletic
On 13 February 1999, he made his debut for Charlton where he played as a substitute in a 1–0 home win over Liverpool. He made 11 league appearances that season most of which he played as a substitute and did not score any goals. He later announced his retirement as a player after 20 years in the field.
John Barnes Managerial Career
He was appointed head coach of Celtic for the 1999–2000 season, where he worked under Kenny Dalglish as director of football. He later registered himself as a player but never played a competitive game for Celtic. He was unsuccessful and it included a shock Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of Inverness Caledonian Thistle in February.
He was sacked afterward and was considered to be one of the worst managers in Celtic’s history.
On 16th September 2008, he was appointed as manager of Jamaica announcing Mike Commane as his assistant. He guided the Jamaican team to a first-place finish in the 2008 Caribbean Championships, qualifying as the top Caribbean side for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
In May 2009, he contacted English League Two side Port Vale to see whether he could replace out-going manager Dean Glover. Unfortunately, the potential move to Port Vale did not happen. He later confirmed that he was to be appointed the manager of League One side Tranmere Rovers.
On 15 June 2009, he was officially named as the manager of Tranmere Rovers, with Jason McAteer assisting him. On 9 October 2009, he was sacked by the club six days after a 5–0 defeat at Millwall and a run of just two wins from eleven league games.
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