Gareth Barry

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Gareth Barry
Gareth Barry Aston Villa-FH 067.jpg
Barry with Aston Villa
Personal information
Full name Gareth Barry[1]
Date of birth (1981-02-23) 23 February 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Hastings, England[2]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 18
Youth career
1995–1997 Brighton & Hove Albion
1997–1998 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2009 Aston Villa 365 (41)
2009–2014 Manchester City 132 (6)
2013–2014 Everton (loan) 32 (3)
2014– Everton 4 (0)
National team
2000–2012 England 53 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of match played 13 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2012 (UTC)

Gareth Barry (born 23 February 1981) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Everton. Barry moved to Aston Villa from Brighton & Hove Albion as a youngster, and spent 12 years at the club. He captained Aston Villa and is ninth in their all-time list of appearances. In June 2009, he joined Manchester City. In July 2014 he joined Everton on a 3 year contract. Barry is a former England international, having won his first full cap in 2000 and captained the side in 2010 in a friendly against Egypt.

Club career[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Gareth Barry playing for Aston Villa.

Barry joined Aston Villa from Brighton and Hove Albion as a trainee in 1997 along with Michael Standing. The move was controversial as the Brighton board demanded £2.5 million for the two players; the Football Association's transfer tribunal panel came up with a deal which would have seen Brighton make £2.4 million in the event of Barry and Standing making international appearances for England, as well as sell-on clauses.[citation needed] He played his first match for Villa on 2 May 1998 against Sheffield Wednesday. Initially, he played as a central defender, on the left-hand side of a back three alongside Gareth Southgate and Ugo Ehiogu. Barry became a highly versatile player and captain first as a centre-back, then a left-back. He then moved to left-midfield, before establishing himself in the centre of midfield. Barry was part of the Villa team who lost the 2000 FA Cup Final 1–0 to Chelsea.

In November 2007, it was reported that Aston Villa were set to award Barry a testimonial, at the age of just 26, to recognise his 10 years at the club. On 5 April 2008, Barry helped to break a run of bad form, scoring in a 4–0 victory over Bolton Wanderers. He scored two goals (his first two from open play that season) and he was also credited with two assists.[4]

As of April 2008, Barry, approaching 400 total appearances for Aston Villa, was the longest serving player in the team.[5] During the league game against Bolton Wanderers on 28 October 2007, Barry became the youngest player to appear in 300 Premier League games (aged 26 years 247 days), replacing former record-holder Frank Lampard.[6]

In May 2008, Liverpool made a series of bids to buy Barry, all of which were rejected by Aston Villa.[7][8][9] Barry publicly criticised his manager, Martin O'Neill, accusing him of making no attempt to keep him at the club, and further stating a desire to join Liverpool in order to compete in the Champions League.[10] O'Neill denied this claim[11] and Barry was officially disciplined for giving an unauthorised interview. A further bid from Liverpool of around £15 million was rejected as it was still short of Villa's £18 million asking price. Steve Finnan had then been offered in a part-exchange in the deal but the fee Villa wanted in this case was understood by BBC Sport to be £17 million with Steve Finnan.[12]

Barry was then stripped of the Villa captaincy, fined 2 weeks wages and banned from training with the Villa squad.

Barry remained an Aston Villa player, starting in a UEFA Cup tie against FH Hafnarfjordur, in which he scored in a 4–1 win. The goal against Hafnarfjordur was Barry's first European goal since he scored a penalty in the Intertoto Cup against Celta Vigo in 2000. On 18 September 2008, Barry made his 400th appearance in a Villa shirt in the UEFA Cup away to Litex Lovech: Barry scored a penalty as Villa won the match 3–1. He scored again for Villa as they beat Ajax 2–1 in their first UEFA Cup group match on 23 October 2008. Due to the transfer saga, O'Neill had taken the captaincy away from Barry and handed it to centre-back Martin Laursen for the 2008–09 season. Following Laursen's injury, the captaincy was restored to Barry in January 2009. In total, Gareth Barry made 441 appearances for Aston Villa, scoring 52 goals in the process.

Manchester City[edit]

On 2 June 2009, Barry signed a five-year contract with Manchester City for a fee of £12 million[13][14] and wears the number 18 shirt.[15] Many Aston Villa fans publicly criticised Barry for this move considering his alleged desire to play in the UEFA Champions League.[16] However, Barry responded to this positively and wrote a letter to the Birmingham Mail in which he thanked the Villa fans for their support while he was there, claiming that his move to City was for a "new challenge." He made his debut for City in the opening league game of the season against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 victory.[17]

Barry scored his first Premier League goal for City against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 20 September 2009 levelling the scores at 1–1,[18] but City went on to lose the match 4–3.[19] Three days later he scored a header in a League Cup tie with Fulham to make the scores 1–1 and City went on to win in extra time. On 16 February 2010, a week before his 29th birthday he played the full 90 minutes and scored a late equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.[20]

Barry scored his first goal of the 2011–12 season on 21 August in a 3–2 win against Bolton Wanderers.[21] On 3 January 2012 he was sent off for the first time since joining Manchester City in a 3–0 league win against Liverpool.[22] Barry made 34 Premier League appearances in the 2011–12 season as Manchester City won the league title, the club's first in 44 years. On 11 December 2012, Barry was charged with misconduct by the Football Association.[23]

After his Everton loan deal came to an end, Gareth Barry was released by Manchester City on 23 May 2014.[24]

Loan to Everton[edit]

Gareth Barry playing for Everton against Cardiff City in 2014.

On 2 September 2013, transfer deadline day, Barry was loaned to Everton in a season-long deal.[25] He made his debut in a 1–0 home league win against Chelsea during which Barry made a block on Samuel Eto'o which prevented a certain goal and he was later named man of the match.[26] Later in the month Barry became the 10th player in Premier League history to make 500 career appearances in a 3–2 win over Newcastle United.[27] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 victory over Hull City on 19 October 2013. The goal was originally awarded to Kevin Mirallas; however, the goals panel ruled that en route to the goal, Barry was deemed to have got the last touch on the ball before it beat Hull keeper Allan McGregor.[28] He scored a long range effort in a 2–0 victory against Norwich City.[29] He became a mainstay in Everton's midfield during the season and forged a partnership with James McCarthy. Barry completed the most passes of any Everton player during his spell as he helped the club amass a club record of 72 Premier League points to finish fifth.[30] Barry was booked 10 times during the season to have the worst disciplinary record at the club.[31]


On the 8th July 2014, following his successful loan spell at Goodison Park, Barry completed a permanent move to Everton, signing a three-year deal having been released by Manchester City following the expiry of his contract.[32]

International career[edit]

Barry playing for England in September 2009

Barry first represented England at under-16 level, and also played for the under-18s.[33] He made his England under-21 debut against the Czech Republic in 1998, and made 27 appearances for the under-21 side between 1998 and 2003. This was a record at the time,[34] though has since been surpassed.[35]

Barry was first picked for the senior England side by Kevin Keegan. After an injury to Jason Wilcox, he travelled to UEFA Euro 2000,[36] but did not feature in any of the side's games. Barry made his England debut as a substitute in a pre-Euro 2000 friendly against Ukraine on 31 May 2000.[33] His first start for England was in the 1–1 draw against France on 2 September 2000. He appeared as a half-time substitute in England's first 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Germany in the final match played at the old Wembley Stadium.[37] After the resignation of Keegan, Barry was selected to start at left-back in England's next qualifier away in Finland by caretaker coach Howard Wilkinson.[38]

After Sven-Göran Eriksson's appointment, Barry returned to play for the England under-21 team.[39] The emergence of Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge as England's first and second choice left-backs restricted Barry's chances of a recall but, in May 2003, he was named in England's squad to play friendly matches against South Africa and Serbia & Montenegro,[40] making a late substitute appearance in both matches.[41][42]

On 2 February 2007, Barry was recalled to the England squad following a four-year international exile. Barry was resigned to never winning another cap under Eriksson but his replacement Steve McClaren brought Barry back for the first time since 2003.[43] Barry was brought on at the beginning of the second half of the friendly match against Spain on 7 February 2007 as replacement for Steven Gerrard and played left midfield for the majority of the game, moving to left-back when Stewart Downing was brought on. England lost 1–0 thanks to a second half Andrés Iniesta goal. On 25 May 2007, Barry played for England B in a 3–1 victory over Albania, getting an assist for England's first goal scored by Alan Smith.

In August 2007, Barry became one of the few players to represent England at both the old and new Wembley Stadiums by coming on as a substitute, replacing Michael Carrick in a friendly against Germany.

As a replacement for the injured Owen Hargreaves, Barry started in central midfield for England against Israel on 8 September 2007; with two assists and impressive overall play. He kept his place with Hargreaves declared unfit for the match against Russia on 12 September 2007, and produced another stunning display, proving to be more than competent at international level. BBC pundits Ian Wright and Alan Shearer commented that Barry was immense in the centre of midfield alongside Gerrard, forming a wonderful partnership together, and further commented that he should have been given man of the match overall for the two performances against Israel and Russia.[44]

He was also given the official man of the match for England's UEFA Euro 2008 home qualifier against Estonia. He was selected to start against Switzerland on 6 February 2008, England's first match under new coach Fabio Capello. He was again selected to start in England's friendly away to France on 26 March 2008. Barry scored his first international goal against Trinidad and Tobago on 1 June 2008, this completed a personal treble for Barry as he also captained England in the second half of his 20th cap.[45]

Barry appeared in every one of England's ten games during the 2008–09 season up until the game against Andorra on 10 June 2009, for which he was suspended, having picked up yellow cards in the games against Ukraine and Kazakhstan. In the game against Kazakhstan on 6 June, he scored his second international goal on his 13th cap, heading a cross from Steven Gerrard back across the goalkeeper and into the corner.

Playing for England in a friendly against Egypt at Wembley, Barry was handed the captaincy in a game that they won 3–1, with Barry's then Manchester City teammate Shaun Wright-Phillips on the scoresheet. However, an ankle injury picked up while playing for Manchester City made him uncertain for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,[46] yet he was included in the 23-man England squad for the tournament. Barry missed the first game but played in the remaining three games for England, including the full 90 minutes of the second round 4–1 defeat against Germany in Bloemfontein, South Africa which sent England out of the competition.

On 9 February 2011, Barry was again made captain for the final 10 minutes of the match against Denmark, after Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole had already worn the skipper's armband. On 29 March 2011, he skippered England against Ghana in a friendly match at Wembley in a 1–1 draw. On 4 June 2011, Barry was an unused substitute against Switzerland in a Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley in a 2–2 draw.[47] On 12 November 2011, Barry earned his 50th cap for England in the 1–0 win over Spain in a friendly match after coming on as a substitute.

On 15 November 2011, Barry scored England's 2,000th international goal in a 1–0 friendly win over Sweden.[48]

Barry was called into the England squad for UEFA Euro 2012 but ruled out of the tournament after picking up a groin injury. He was forced off less than 30 minutes after being introduced as a half-time substitute in the pre-tournament friendly against Norway in Oslo on 26 May 2012.[49]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 13 September 2014.[50]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1997–98 Aston Villa Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1998–99 32 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 37 2
1999–2000 30 1 6 0 8 0 44 1
2000–01 30 0 3 0 1 0 4 1 38 1
2001–02 20 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 28 0
2002–03 35 3 1 0 4 1 4 0 44 4
2003–04 36 3 1 1 6 0 43 4
2004–05 34 7 1 1 1 0 36 8
2005–06 36 3 3 1 3 2 42 6
2006–07 35 8 1 0 3 1 39 9
2007–08 37 9 1 0 2 0 40 9
2008–09 38 5 1 0 1 0 8 3 48 8
Total 365 41 21 3 29 4 26 4 441 52
2009–10 Manchester City Premier League 34 2 3 0 6 1 43 3
2010–11 33 2 7 0 0 0 7 0 47 2
2011–12 34 1 0 0 2 0 7 0 44 1
2012–13 31 1 5 1 1 0 4 0 41 2
Total 132 6 15 1 9 1 19 0 175 8
2013–14 Everton Premier League 32 3 4 0 1 0 37 3
2014–15 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 36 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 41 3
Career total 533 50 40 4 41 5 45 4 657 63


Aston Villa
Manchester City

Personal life[edit]

Barry married his childhood sweetheart Louise in the summer of 2007.[54] They have two children: a son, Oscar, and a daughter, Freya.[55]

Barry is best friends with Michael Standing, a player that signed for Aston Villa on the same day as him from Brighton & Hove Albion in 1997. The pair have known each other since they were both ten years old. In 2009, Barry appointed Standing as his new agent after terminating his partnership with previous agent Alex Black.[56]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Olof Mellberg
Aston Villa captain
Succeeded by
Martin Laursen