Barmby training with Hull City in 2011
|Full name||Nicholas Jon Barmby|
|Date of birth||11 February 1974|
|Place of birth||Kingston upon Hull, England|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|2004||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||6||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
As a player he played as a midfielder and at his peak he earned a total of 23 caps for England between 1995 and 2001. As well as two Premier League seasons with Hull, Barmby has appeared in England's top flight for Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Everton, Liverpool and Leeds United having also represented Nottingham Forest outside the Premiership. Barmby is one of only seven players to have scored for six different Premier League teams.
Growing up on the west side of Hull, he played for local teams Springhead and National Tigers as a boy showing talent from a very early age. Consequently, he ended his education at the local Kelvin Hall High School (where he started in 1985) early to complete his studies at the Football Association's School of Excellence, while also honing his skills for the professional game. His father, Jeff Barmby, was also a player in his younger days and became his son's advisor and agent as his skills began to attract the attention of various clubs.
Barmby eventually signed for Tottenham Hotspur, joining them on leaving school in the summer of 1990. His first game for Tottenham was against Hull City at Boothferry Park in a testimonial match for Garreth Roberts, and he scored two goals.
Having turned professional in April 1991 under the management of Terry Venables, he made his competitive debut against Sheffield Wednesday on 27 September 1992 in the FA Premier League, and established himself as a regular player that season, when still only 18 years old.
During his time at the club he became one of Ossie Ardiles' five-man attack, along with Jürgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham, Darren Anderton and Ilie Dumitrescu. He played 100 games and scored 27 goals in all competitions for Spurs, playing on the losing side in two FA Cup semi-finals, before becoming Middlesbrough's most expensive signing in a £5.25 million deal in June 1995.
He set up the first competitive goal at the new Riverside Stadium for Craig Hignett. Barmby stayed at Middlesbrough for 17 months, before heading to Everton, who paid a record fee of £5.75 million for him, a small profit on the price they paid for him. It was felt that the offer had to be accepted as Middlesbrough were embroiled in a relegation battle.
In his first full season at the club, Barmby and his new team found themselves in a Premier League relegation battle. However, they survived with a 15th place finish as Barmby made 25 league appearances and scored four goals. He managed just two goals from 30 appearances the following season as Everton finished just one place above relegation. Injuries restricted him to appearing in just 24 out of 38 league appearances in 1998–99, as he scored three goals. His final season at Goodison Park saw him miss just one league game and find the net nine times, though Everton finished only in 13th place.
After nearly four years at Everton, during which Barmby played 114 league games and scored 18 goals, he headed across Stanley Park to Liverpool for a fee of £6 million on 19 July 2000. It was the first time since striker Dave Hickson in 1959 that Everton had sold a player to Liverpool – although six players had moved in the opposite direction in the 41 years between Barmby's transfer and that of Hickson.
He was involved in Liverpool's successful season of 2000–01 in which they won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. He scored against his previous club Everton in the Merseyside derby, and scored a penalty kick in the shootout against Birmingham City in the League Cup Final. After persistent injury and lack of form blighted his second season at the club, Barmby was sold to Leeds United in August 2002 for a fee of £2.75 million, where he linked up with Terry Venables, his first manager at Tottenham. Barmby scored eight goals in his time at Liverpool, all of which came in the 2000–01 season: four in the UEFA Cup, two in the League, and one each in the FA Cup and the League Cup.
Despite scoring on his debut, Barmby made little impact at a Leeds side quickly sliding down the Premier League table, and missed much of the action during his two seasons with them in the Premier League. He spent a loan spell at Nottingham Forest during the 2003–04 season, scoring once against Gillingham, before moving to his hometown club, Hull City.
In 2004, Barmby returned to his hometown team Hull City on a free transfer following Leeds's relegation from the top flight. Barmby helped City to promotion from League One in his first season at the club. He scored nine goals, including the fastest goal in City's history, after seven seconds in a match against Walsall on 6 November 2004. He played for Hull in the 2007–08 Football League Championship campaign, which ended in promotion through the Championship play-offs to the Premier League; a season earlier they had come close to being relegated to League One. 2008–09 was the first season in which Hull City played top division football. He scored his first goal of Hull's first Premier League season against Sunderland on 20 December 2008, making him one of only five players to have scored for 6 different teams in the Premier League.
On 30 June 2010, it was announced by the incoming Hull City manager, Nigel Pearson, that Barmby would take his first steps into coaching, by being taken onto Pearson's staff at Hull City for the 2010–11 Championship campaign, combining the role of coach with his playing duties.
After Pearson left Hull for Leicester on 15 November 2011, Barmby took over as player caretaker manager. His reign got off to a fine start against Derby County by defeating them 2–0 at Pride Park Stadium. He announced his retirement from playing on 6 January 2012 before being appointed manager permanently on 10 January.
It was reported on 8 May 2012 that Barmby had been sacked as manager following a disciplinary meeting with the owners. This was later confirmed after he made comments about the owners and transfer money. He has since lost his appeal.
Barmby's England career stretched to 13 starts and 10 substitute appearances accounting for four goals, including the first goals of both Glenn Hoddle's and Sven-Göran Eriksson's reigns as England manager, in a 3–0 World Cup qualifier victory against Moldova in 1996 and a 3–0 friendly victory over Spain at Villa Park in 2001. Barmby played for his country at Euro 96 and Euro 2000, and also played in England's historic 5–1 away victory over rivals Germany on 1 September 2001. Despite being a regular starter on the left of midfield during England's qualifying campaign Barmby was omitted from the final squad for the 2002 World Cup and was never called up thereafter.
Barmby is now coaching his local junior team Westella and Willerby Juniors which he manages on a Sunday morning. He has a wife called Mandy, and two sons, Jack and George Barmby. Jack Barmby plays for Manchester United.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1992–93||Tottenham Hotspur||Premier League||22||6||-||-||-||22||6|
|2002–03||Leeds United||Premier League||19||4||2||0||1||0||3||1||25||5|
|2003–04||Nottingham Forest||First Division||6||1||-||-||-||6||1|
|2004–05||Hull City||League One||39||9||2||0||-||-||41||9|
|2007–08||18[NB 1]||3[NB 2]||1||0||-||-||19[NB 1]||3[NB 2]|
|Total||England||491[NB 1]||81[NB 2]||29||8||23||6||16||5||559[NB 1]||100[NB 2]|
|Career total||491[NB 1]||81[NB 2]||29||8||23||6||16||5||559[NB 1]||100[NB 2]|
- Includes 3 playoff appearances
- Includes 2 playoff goals
- As of 28 April 2012.
|Hull City||England||15 November 2011||8 May 2012||33||13||8||12||39.39|
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