|Full name||Adam James Barton|
|Date of birth||7 January 1991|
|Place of birth||Clitheroe, England|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2006–2008||Preston North End|
|2008–2012||Preston North End||50||(1)|
|2009||→ Crawley Town (loan)||2||(0)|
|2014||→ Fleetwood Town (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011–2012||Republic of Ireland U21||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:06, 18 December 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2012
Adam James Barton (born 7 January 1991) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Partick Thistle as a central midfielder. Born in England, he has played internationally for both Northern Ireland, in a senior friendly, and Republic of Ireland at under-21 level.
Preston North End
Born in Clitheroe, Barton started in the youth ranks at Blackburn Rovers before being released at the age of sixteen due to a serious back injury. Although originally seen as a gamble due to his injury, Preston North End gave Barton a youth scholarship and his performances at youth and reserve team level earned him a two-and-a-half-year contract in December 2008.
In the 2009–10 season, Barton moved to Conference National side Crawley Town on a one-month loan. After making two appearances for the club he returned to Preston, where he made an appearance in the club's reserve side. Due to manager Darren Ferguson starting to use youngsters in the first team, Barton made his full debut in a home 3–2 win over Scunthorpe United on 10 April 2010, being replaced at half-time due to a head injury.
At the start of the 2010–11 season, Barton signed a two-year contract to keep him at Preston until 2013. He scored his first goal in the 4–3 defeat to Burnley in September 2010. After scoring his first goal, Barton established himself in the first team, where he made thirty-five appearances in all competitions, scoring once. However, Barton was unable to help the club avoid relegation to League One.
Ahead of the 2011–12 season, Barton was linked with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers. Despite this, newly appointed manager Phil Brown said he believed Barton could be a key figure to the club this season, quoting: "That is the position for him, sitting in front of the back four and making us play, like an orchestra leader. He has got that ability but he has to demand the ball and get on it more times." However, Barton's season didn't go as planned, as he mostly spent time on the bench at the start of the season. He scored his first goal of the season, in the League Cup Third Round, in a 2–1 loss against Southampton.
On 25 February 2012, Barton suffered a suspected triple leg break and a dislocated ankle in a 0–0 draw against Walsall after making a challenge with Walsall's Richard Taundry. As a result of his injury, new Preston manager Graham Westley said he believed Barton would come back stronger once he had recovered, while Taundry said he believed the tackle was innocuous, though he wished Barton a speedy recovery. Following surgery Barton was ruled out for the reminder of the season.
On 6 August 2012, Barton signed a three-year contract with Coventry City. He made his league debut for the club, in the opening game of the season as Coventry drew 1–1 with Yeovil Town. Three weeks after signing for the club, he scored his first goal, in a 2–2 draw against Bury. He finished the season with 3 goals in 22 League games.
On 27 March 2014, Barton joined League Two side Fleetwood Town on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season. After making 27 League appearances for Coventry in the 2014–15 season, he was released by the club at the end of the season.
Barton signed for Scottish Premiership club Partick Thistle on 31 August 2016, moving for an undisclosed transfer fee. He scored his first Partick Thistle goal in a 2–1 home defeat to Aberdeen, scoring a header from a corner into the top left corner. He was also awarded Man of the Match for his performance. On 9 November 2016, Barton was named as Premiership Player of the Month for October 2016  In the same month Barton also won Partick Thistle's Mcreas financial player of the month award as voted by the Partick Thistle supporters.  Barton scored his second Thistle goal in a 1-0 away win over St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup. 
Barton was named in a Northern Ireland squad in September 2010, having previously been named in an under-21 squad, qualifying for the country through his parents. He withdrew from the squad the day after its announcement, in order to remain eligible for the England team, which would have no longer been the case had he represented Northern Ireland in a competitive fixture. On 12 November 2010 Barton was called up for Northern Ireland's friendly against Morocco after a number of withdrawals, playing the full 90 minutes in the 1–1 draw on 17 November.
On 15 March 2011, more question marks over Barton's international status were raised when he was called up to Noel King's Republic of Ireland under-21 squad for a friendly match against Portugal, making his debut appearance and playing the full 90 minutes for them in that game on 26 March 2011.
- As of 30 August 2016
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Preston North End||2008–09||Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Crawley Town (loan)||2009–10||Conference||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Coventry City||2012–13||League One||22||3||2||0||2||0||0||0||26||3|
|Fleetwood Town (loan)||2013–14||League Two||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Partick Thistle||2016–17||Scottish Premiership||9||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||1|
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