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Peter Barnes



Born: 10/6 1957
Birthplace: Manchester
Nationality: England (22/4)
Height: 5`10" (178cm)
Weight: 11st. 4lb (71kg)
Position: Left Winger

League Appearances:

Season: Club: Games: Goals:
1974-1975 Manchester City 3 1
1975-1976 Manchester City 28 3
1976-1977 Manchester City 21 2
1977-1978 Manchester City 34 8
1978-1979 Manchester City 29 1
1979-1981 West Bromwich Albion 77 23
1981-1982 Leeds United 31 1
1982-1983 Real Betis (SPA) ? ?
1983-1984 Leeds United 27 4
1984 Melbourne Just (AUS) ? ?
1984-1985 Coventry City 18 2
1985-1987 Manchester United 20 2
1987 Manchester City 8 0
1987 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2 0
1987 Port Vale (loan) 3 0
1988 Drogheda (IRE) ? ?
1988 Hull City 11 0
1988 Sporting Farense (POR) ? ?
1988-1989 Bolton Wanderers 3 0
1989 Sunderland 1 0
1988-1990 Tampa Bay Rowdies (US) ? ?
1990 Nortwich Victoria ? ?
1990-1991 Werxham 0 0
1991 Radcliffe Borough ? ?
1991 Mossley ? ?
1991 Cliftonville (IRE) ? ?
Total: 316


Manchester born Peter Barnes is the son of City Legend Ken Barnes. He joined City as an apprentice in 1972 and turned professional there two years later. He made his League debut against Manchester United in October 1974 and was in the winning side in the 1976 League Cup Final. He made over 100 League appearances for City. before moving to WBA. for £650 000 in July 1979, during Malcom Allisons big clear-out at Maine Road. Joined Leeds United in August 1981 in a deal worth £750 000, and went on to play for Coventry and Manchester United before returning to his belowed City in 1987. City then paid £30 000 for the winger who by then was in the closing years of his career.

Peter won 22 caps for England and scored 4 goals. He will forever be remembered for his pace and his skills with the ball.

Former Seventies favourite Peter Barnes has lost his job as manager of Manchester City's Social Club, just three months after being appointed. A spokesman for Greenall's Breweries said that Barnes had left his job "owing to outside commitments".

The former England winger refused to elaborate on the statement other than to say that he was "disappointed". City's managing director Colin Barlow said: "It's a shame but there is nothing we can do about his situation".

This Charming Fan

Visitors to Maine Road might form the impression that Francis Lee is creating a living hall of fame at Manchester City. Colin Bell, on the coaching staff, and Mike Summerbee, in the commercial department, have returned to the fold. Now Peter Barnes, the blond-haired winger of the mid-1970s is back - as manager of the City Social Club.

``It's nice to be part of the club again,'' he says. ``There's a real buzz about the place, a real optimism since Franny took over.''

Barnes was a member of the last City team to win a major trophy, scoring the first goal in the 2-1 League Cup victory over Newcastle in 1976. He was just 18 then, but the moment remains the highlight of a career which never quite fulfilled its potential, despite 22 England caps.

He changed clubs over a dozen times for fees totalling more than 1.7m, but found no lasting platform for his dazzling skills. He lost favour with City when Tony Book gave way to Malcolm Allison and, although he enjoyed a glorious renaissance in Manchester in 1985 after Ron Atkinson signed him for United from Coventry, a long absence through injury coincided with Atkinson losing his job.

After several short-lived comebacks, including a second spell at Maine Road, Barnes ended his career in 1989 with Tampa Bay Rowdies. ``Looking at the way City play now with two wingers, I wish I was 15 years younger,'' Barnes says. ``There is a trend towards entertaining football, with individual players like Cantona and Le Tissier who people will pay to watch. Anyone who has heard me on local radio will know I approve of that.''

Now 37, Barnes was training in pub management when he was offered his new job last October. ``I'd been on a couple of courses and done some relief work in Cheshire when the brewery asked if I was interested. It seemed an ideal opportunity, and so far it is going very well.''

The Independant

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