Peter Barnes (footballer)

Peter Barnes (footballer)

Football player infobox| playername= Peter Barnes
fullname = Peter Simon Barnes

dateofbirth = birth date and age|1957|6|10|df=y
cityofbirth = Manchester
countryofbirth = England
height =
youthyears = 1972–1975
youthclubs = Manchester City
years = 1975–1979
clubs = Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion
Leeds United
Real Betis (loan)
Coventry City
Manchester United
Manchester City
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Hamrun Spartans (loan)
S.C. Farense
caps(goals) = 167 (41)
056 (24)
049 (19)

029 0(8)
035 (10)
038 0(7)

010 0(4)
nationalyears =
nationalteam = England U-21
nationalcaps(goals) = 021 0(7)
022 0(5)
manageryears = 1998
managerclubs = Gibraltar
pcupdate = 20 September 2008
ntupdate = 20 September 2008

Peter Simon Barnes (born 10 June 1957 in Manchester), is an English former footballer, son of footballer Ken Barnes. He made his debut for Manchester City in 1974-75, and scored in the 1976 League Cup final at the age of 19. In the same year he was voted Young Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers Association. Barnes was sold by Malcolm Allison 1979, and joined West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £752,000 - a club transfer record which was not broken for nearly 20 years.

Barnes was Albion's leading scorer in 1979-80, but he struggled to emulate this form after signing for Leeds United in 1981. Leeds manager Allan Clarke played him as a striker, but Barnes failed to adapt to his new role, scoring only one goal. Barnes was a regular with England at the time but apparently unpopular with his team-mates, who took advantage of his club troubles in pressuring manager Ron Greenwood to drop him.

When Leeds were relegated in 1982 he was loaned to Spanish club Real Betis for a season, but didn't relish the climate and returned to Leeds the following year. After 27 games and 4 goals in the Second Division, he was sold to Coventry City for £50,000, where he scored 8 goals in 29 games. Ron Atkinson subsequently signed him for Manchester United, where he was effectively an understudy to Danish winger Jesper Olsen. Barnes managed only 35 appearances during his two years at Manchester United, and scored 10 goals.

Atkinson was replaced as Manchester United manager by Alex Ferguson, who quickly fell out with Barnes. He was transferred back to Manchester City in 1987, but soon fell out of favour and was loaned out to Bolton Wanderers and Port Vale. His league career petered out with brief spells at Hull City, Bolton again and Sunderland. He moved on to Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USA and, after failing to persuade Bury he was worth a contract, drifted into non-league football with Mossley.

After retiring from playing, Barnes had a spell managing Runcorn and has since worked behind the scenes at Manchester City and for local radio.

NAME=Barnes, Peter
DATE OF BIRTH=June 10, 1957
PLACE OF BIRTH=Manchester, England

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