Barnes playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011
|Full name||Ashley Luke Barnes|
|Date of birth||30 October 1989|
|Place of birth||Bath, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Current club||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|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)|
|2010||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||8||(4)|
|2010–||Brighton & Hove Albion||136||(42)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:55, 8 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Ashley Luke Barnes (born 30 October 1989) is an English footballer from Dunkerton, Somerset who plays for Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion as a striker, having previously played for Paulton Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Oxford United, Salisbury City, Eastbourne Borough and Torquay United. He has been capped by Austria at international level, making one appearance for their under-20 team.
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. 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.
He subsequently found first-team opportunities hard to come by, and was sent on loan to Conference side Oxford United in November 2007 to gain some experience. 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, this time to Salisbury City. He featured in five league matches for the club but did not 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. He impressed enough for his loan to be extended by a month, before he was recalled by Plymouth Argyle in January 2009, ahead of the club's match against Bristol City. 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.
He joined League Two club Torquay United on loan until the end of the season in February 2010, but returned a month later having made six appearances. Barnes subsequently joined League One club Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until the end of the season. He scored on his debut against Tranmere Rovers two days later, having been introduced as a substitute ten minutes earlier.
On 8 July 2010, Barnes signed a two-year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion after transferring for an undisclosed fee from Plymouth Argyle. On 12 April 2011, he scored the decisive goal in a 4–3 win at home against Dagenham & Redbridge, which confirmed their promotion to the Football League Championship. Barnes finished the season as Brighton's second-top goalscorer behind Glenn Murray, with 20 goals in 49 appearances.
In the 2011–12 season Barnes remained a first-choice striker for Brighton's return to the Championship. He finished the season as Brighton's leading goalscorer with 14 goals in all competitions, 11 in the league.
On 9 March 2013, Barnes received a red card in stoppage time against Bolton Wanderers for attempting to trip up the referee. He was subsequently handed a seven-match suspension by the Football Association. Fans and manager Gus Poyet were critical of Barnes for this action as it left the club with only one senior striker available to play, as Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Hoskins were already injured for the rest of the season. On his return from the ban on 20 April, Barnes scored two goals in a 6–1 win over Blackpool F.C., and was named man of the match.
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. 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.
- As of match played on 7 December 2013.
|Season||Club||Status||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||FL Trophy||Play-offs||Total|
|2013–14||Brighton & Hove Albion||Championship||17||5||0||0||1||1||–||–||–||–||18||6|
|Brighton & Hove Albion Total||144||46||12||4||5||3||1||0||2||0||163||53|
|2009–10||Torquay United||Loan||League Two||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||6||0|
|Plymouth Argyle Total||22||2||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||25||2|
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