Barnes while at Derby County in 2006
|Full name||Giles Gordon K. Barnes|
|Date of birth||5 August 1988|
|Place of birth||Barking, London, England|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder
|Current club||Houston Dynamo|
|2009||→ Fulham (loan)||0||(0)|
|2010–2011||West Bromwich Albion||23||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Giles Gordon K. Barnes (born 5 August 1988) is an English professional footballer, who plays as a forward for Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer. He is most notable for his spell at Derby County, where he won the club's Young Player of the Year award in 2007 and was Championship Player of the Month in March 2007. He has played for England at Under 19 level. He plays as an attacking midfielder and can also play as a winger. Since Barnes' move to Houston Dynamo, he has been played in both an attacking midfield role and striker position.
Barnes' professional career began on his 17th birthday when he signed a professional contract with Derby County after being a trainee. He made his first team debut under Phil Brown aged 17 as an 84th-minute substitute for Paul Peschisolido in a 1–0 defeat at home to Grimsby Town in the 2005–06 League Cup, with his league debut coming in a 1–1 draw away to Crewe two weeks later as a 73rd minute replacement for Marcus Tudgay. Barnes intermittently made first team appearances as Derby struggled but began to command a regular place when Phil Brown was replaced by Derby's academy manager Terry Westley in January 2006. Westley was familiar with Barnes from his time as a youngster at Derby and made him an integral part of the side as Derby managed to avoid relegation to Football League One. Barnes played a role in 16 matches under Westley, with his first start coming in Westley's first game in charge (a narrow 1–0 home defeat to Sheffield United) and his first professional goal coming in a 2–2 draw away to Watford.
His performances during the end of the 2005–06 season drew interest from the Premier League during the close season, but with the appointment of Billy Davies as manager and new investment, Barnes signed a four-year extension to his current contract. Barnes became a regular in the Derby County side that won promotion to the Premier League, playing in 46 League and Cup games (with 34 of those starts) putting him behind only the club's player of the year Steve Howard in terms of appearances. He also scored eight goals, including four in two weeks with a 92nd minute equaliser in a 2–2 draw away to Cardiff City, a brace in a 2–1 home win over Barnsley, and the winner in a 2–1 home win against West Bromwich Albion. During this time he gained a reputation for supposedly saying "Whoosh" as he ran past defenders. His performances in March 2007 earned him the Championship Player of the Month award for that month. Although he picked up an injury towards the end of the season Barnes was still able to make an impact in Derby's successful Championship Playoff campaign in his two substitute appearances. It was his corner from which Leon Best scored an own goal in the second leg of the semi final clash with Southampton and he also came of the bench to set up Stephen Pearson's winner in the 1–0 2007 Championship Playoff Final victory over West Brom. After this it was found out that Barnes was playing with a broken foot and he missed all of the summer injured as Derby prepared for life back in the top flight. He was named Derby County's Young Player of the Year for the 2006–07 season.
These injuries carried over into the start of Derby's disastrous 2007–08 season. He made his first Premier League appearance on 22 September 2007 as a substitute against Arsenal in the 75th minute and scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw against Newcastle United. The injuries that plagued Barnes through the course of his season, as well as no pre season and being put in the team 2 months earlier than was recommended, affected his form and he failed to play as vital a role in Derby's season as he had during 2006–07 and his season ended early when it was discovered he had a knee injury which required major surgery, meaning that he would miss the remainder of the 2007–08 season and the start of 2008–09.
Barnes returned to the Derby side in January 2009 and scored twice at Old Trafford in the Football League Cup semi-final second leg as Derby fell to a 4–2 defeat on the night, 4–3 on aggregate. After just three league appearances, on 31 January 2009, Barnes signed for Fulham on loan for the rest of the 2008–09 season with a view to a possible permanent transfer in the summer, with Derby receiving a substantial loan fee, and agreeing a fee of £2 million, raising to £4 million on appearances if he signed permanently, but he did not make a single appearance for the Cottagers due to fitness, but scored 7 in 8 reserve games. On 24 May, Roy Hodgson confirmed that Fulham would not be signing Barnes on a permanent basis and that he would return to Derby at the end of the season. Barnes returned to Derby but sustained another injury in a pre-season friendly against Stoke City after a two footed lunge by Carl Dickinson, and was eventually released from his Derby contract on 11 December 2009. After some weeks training with Premier League side Birmingham City, where his brother was playing at academy level, in mid-January 2010 Barnes moved on to train with West Bromwich Albion of the Championship.
West Bromwich Albion
On 3 February 2010, Barnes signed for West Bromwich Albion on an 18-month contract, with an option for a further one-year extension. He made his debut in the 1–0 win against Sheffield Wednesday on 9 March 2010, coming off the bench for the last 10 minutes of the game. On 25 May 2011 it was announced that Barnes was being released by West Brom. He had not played any games for the club since the arrival of manager Roy Hodgson in January 2011. After being released by WBA, Barnes was linked with a move to Nottingham Forest with Steve McClaren wanting to sign the player.
On 4 August 2011, Barnes signed a six-month, short-term deal for Doncaster Rovers following a successful trial at the club. Barnes made his debut for the club as a substitute in the first game of the 2011–12 season against Brighton & Hove Albion. Barnes made a mixture of starts and substitute appearances at Rovers. On 6 January, Barnes signed a four-month extension keeping at Doncaster until 5 May 2012. On 25 February 2012 Barnes got his first goal for Doncaster Rovers in a 1–1 draw against Peterborough United. In May 2012, Barnes was released by the club after the expiry of his contract.
Barnes signed with Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo on 29 August 2012. He scored his first goal with the club in the CONCACAF Champions League vs. CD FAS of El Salvador on 20 September 2012. Barnes scored his first MLS league goal on 23 March 2013 in Houston's 2–1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. On September 21, 2013, Barnes scored his first MLS brace against Chivas USA in a 5-1 victory for the Houston Dynamo.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||UEFA||Total|
|2008–09||Fulham (loan)||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||0||0|
|West Bromwich Albion||9||0||0||0||0||0||–||9||0|
|United States||League||US Open Cup||MLS Cup||CONCACAF||Total|
|2012||Houston Dynamo||Major League Soccer||4||0||-||-||3||0||4||1||11||1|
|2013||Houston Dynamo||Major League Soccer||29||8||1||1||-||-||-||-||30||9|
a. 2 Play-off appearances for Derby County in 2007 included in 2006–07 totals
- Championship Play-off Final Winner: 2006–07
- Derby County Young Player Of The Year: 2006–07
- Championship Player Of The Month: March 2007
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