John Barnes (Australian rules footballer)

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John Barnes
Personal information
Full name John Barnes
Date of birth (1969-06-01) 1 June 1969 (age 45)
Original team Cobram (MFL)
Height/Weight 193cm / 95kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987 – 1990
1992 – 1999
2000 – 2001
Total -
012 (12)
144 (65)
046 (13)
202 (90)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2001 season.
Career highlights

John Barnes (born 1 June 1969) is a retired Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

Playing career[edit]

Barnes' VFL/AFL career included two State of Origin games for Victoria.

Early career – from Essendon to Geelong[edit]

The young Barnes was a ruckman/forward recruited by Essendon in 1986 from Cobram, Victoria. He was traded after five seasons with Windy Hill to the Geelong Football Club for Sean Denham.[1] Under the coaching of Malcolm Blight and later Gary Ayres he would go on to feature prominently in the losing 1994 and 1995 Grand Final sides. During a round five encounter at Princes Park against Carlton in 1997, after a marking duel, Barnes landed awkwardly on his left elbow, dislocating it and sidelining him for ten weeks. Barnes was delisted by the club in 1999. He had played a total of 144 games with 65 goals with the Cats.[2]

Return to Essendon[edit]

It was Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy however who tempted Barnes back to Windy Hill, and he was selected at number #59 in the 1999 AFL Draft. A shortage of ruckmen at the club lead Sheedy to reacquaint Barnes with his former club. A season later after defeat to the Brisbane Lions in the 2001 Grand Final, Barnes retired. He had totalled 58 games and 25 goals with the Bombers during his original tenure and return to the club.

Post-playing career[edit]

Barnes figures as a runner for Essendon and was fined by the AFL for spending too long on the ground,[3] before he was controversially suspended for two matches by the AFL for interfering with play during the 2005 season,.[4]

In 2004, he played for the East Keilor Football Club in the Essendon District Football League.[5] He participated in the 2006 AFL Legends Match, playing for Victoria. Barnes is now the ruck coach for the Western Bulldogs in the 2008 season.[6]

In 2009 he was appointed as coach of the Doutta Stars Football Club in the Essendon District Football League,

Currently John Barnes is the Ruck Coach for the Collingwood Football Club.


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