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Peter Barnes
Personal information
Full name Peter Simon Barnes
Date of birth 10 June 1957 (1957-06-10) (age 52)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Youth career
1972–1974 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1979 Manchester City 115 (15)
1979–1981 West Bromwich Albion 77 (23)
1981–1982 Leeds United 30 (1)
1982–1983 Real Betis
1983-1984 Leeds United 27 (4)
1984 Manchester United (loan) 0 (0)
1984–1985 Coventry City 18 (2)
1985–1987 Manchester United 20 (2)
1987 Ballymena United (loan) 1 (1)
1987–1988 Manchester City 8 (0)
1987 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2 (0)
1987–1988 Port Vale (loan) 3 (0)
1988 Wimbledon (loan) 0 (0)
1988 Hull City 11 (0)
1988 SC Farense 1 (0)
1988-1989 Bolton Wanderers 3 (0)
1989 Sunderland 1 (0)
1989 Stockport County (loan) 0 (0)
1989 Footscray JUST 2 (0)
1989 Bury 0 (0)
1989 Drogheda United ? (?)
1990 Tampa Bay Rowdies 11 (1)
1990 Stafford Rangers 7 (0)
1990 Northwich Victoria 5 (0)
1991 Wrexham 0 (0)
1991 Radcliffe Borough ? (?)
1991 Mossley 8 (0)
1992 Hamrun Spartans 0 (0)
1992 SC Farense 0 (0)
1992-1993 Cliftonville 1
National team
England U-21 9 (?)
1977–1982 England 22 (4)
Teams managed
1998 Gibraltar
1998 Runcorn
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Simon Barnes (born 10 June 1957) is an English former footballer, and the son of footballer Ken Barnes.

Playing career

Born in Manchester, Barnes 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 in 1979, and joined West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £752,000 – a club transfer record that 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 25 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.[1] His league career petered out with brief spells at Hull City, Bolton again and Sunderland. He moved on to Tampa Bay Rowdies in the American Professional Soccer League 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.

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Awards
Preceded by
Mervyn Day
PFA Young Player of the Year
1976
Succeeded by
Andy Gray
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