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Ashley Barnes
Personal information
Full name Ashley Luke Barnes
Date of birth 30 October 1989 (1989-10-30) (age 20)
Place of birth Bath, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Plymouth Argyle
Number 24
Youth career
2005–2007 Paulton Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– Plymouth Argyle 22 (2)
2007 Oxford United (loan) 3 (1)
2008 Salisbury City (loan) 5 (0)
2008–2009 Eastbourne Borough (loan) 8 (5)
2010 Torquay United (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2008 Austria U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:00, 12 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:00, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Ashley Luke Barnes (born 30 October 1989, in Bath) is an English-born Austrian international footballer who plays as a striker for Plymouth Argyle of the Football League Championship.


Playing career

Barnes began his career as a prolific goalscorer with local club Paulton Rovers of the Southern League. He had an extended trial with Plymouth Argyle in March 2007, and sufficiently impressed to be awarded with an eighteen-month contract by the club, having scored several goals for the reserve team.[1] He made his Argyle debut in the first round of the League Cup in August 2007 against Wycombe Wanderers, coming on as a substitute for first-team regular Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.[2]

He subsequently found first-team oppertunities hard to come by, and was sent on loan to Conference side Oxford United in November 2007 in order to gain some experience.[3] Barnes featured five times for Oxford United, including two FA Cup ties against Southend United, before returning to Plymouth. He was sent out on loan again in March 2008 to another Conference club, Salisbury City.[4] He featured in five league matches for them but didn't find the back of the net.

Barnes was loaned out for a third time in November 2008 to Eastbourne Borough, with team-mate Daniel Smith.[5] He impressed enough for his loan to be extended by a month,[6] before he was recalled by Plymouth Argyle in January 2009, ahead of the club's match against Bristol City.[7] He made his league debut for the Pilgrims against Wolves at Molineux, scoring his first goal for the club against Coventry City. His performances at the back-end of the 2008–09 season were rewarded when he signed a two-year contract extension in May 2009.[8]

He joined League Two club Torquay United on loan until the end of the season in February 2010,[9][10] but returned a month later having made six appearances.[11]

International career

Despite being born in Bath to English parents, Barnes qualifies to represent Austria courtesy of his grandmother on his father's side, who was born in the country.[12] He was spotted by Austrian officials while on a pre-season tour with Plymouth Argyle in July 2008, and as a result he was called up to their Under-20 team to face Switzerland in August 2008.[13]


  1. ^ "Paulton striker impresses Argyle". BBC Sport. 2007-02-09. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Plymouth 2-1 Wycombe". BBC Sport. 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Oxford sign deadline day strikers". BBC Sport. 2007-11-22. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Salisbury bring in Barnes on loan". BBC Sport. 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  5. ^ "On The Way". 2008-11-27.,,10364~1468498,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Loan Extension". 2009-01-05.,,10364~1509471,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Ashley Called Back". 2009-01-27.,,10364~1534218,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  8. ^ "New Deal For Ash". 2009-05-06.,,10364~1645008,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  9. ^ "Ash To Plainmoor". 2010-02-09.,,10364~1960089,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  10. ^ "Barnes capture delights Buckle". 2010-02-10.,19528,12875_5935039,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  11. ^ "Barnesy back". 2010-03-12.,,10364~1991607,00.html. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  12. ^ "Ash Called Up For Austria". 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  13. ^ "Barnes Called Up". 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 

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Ashley Barnes(born 30 October 1989 in Bath) is an English footballer who currently plays for the English Football League Championship club, Plymouth Argyle. He is seen as a great young prospect for the club. Ashley plays as a striker, and is yet to make a start for Argyle. At the end of last season, Ashley Barnes signed from Somerset club, Paulton Rovers. He had been signed, due to the good impression he passed on Plymouth Argyle manager, Ian Holloway during a lenghty trial, and a seemingly good pre-season friendly, which has enhanced his growing reputation. He wears the no.24 shirt for his club currently, hinting his frequently growing progression, and could soon, undoubtedly be a big hit for the Green Army faithful. He used to go to school at Writhlington near Radstock.


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