Billy Barnes (footballer)

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Billy Barnes
William Barnes.jpg
Barnes in 1907
Personal information
Full name William Edwin Barnes
Date of birth (1879-05-20)20 May 1879
Place of birth West Ham, England
Date of death 1962 (aged 82–83)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1895–1899 Thames Ironworks
1899–1902 Sheffield United
1902–1904 West Ham United 49 (5)
1904–1907 Luton Town 101 (12)
1907–1913 Queens Park Rangers 234 (37)
1913–?? Southend United (?)
Teams managed
1914–1916 Athletic Bilbao
1920–1921 Athletic Bilbao
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Billy Barnes (20 May 1879 – 1962) was a professional footballer from West Ham, London. Originally debuting for Thames Ironworks, he moved to Sheffield United and scored the winning goal in the 1902 FA Cup final replay. Later on in his career he won two Southern Football League titles and took part in two Charity Shield matches including the first time it was held. Once his playing career was over, he went on to manage Athletic Bilbao in Spain.

Early life and family[edit]

Barnes was born on 20 May 1879 in London. His father was a dockworker, while his mother owned a coffee shop in Silvertown.[1] His brother, Alfred Barnes, was a Labour Co-operative politician who went on to become Minister of Transport.[2]

Sheffield United[edit]

Sheffield United made it all the way through to the 1902 FA Cup Final, drawing 1–1 with Southampton in the match at the Crystal Palace. For the replay, Walter Bennett was replaced with Barnes due to an injured ankle. After Sheffield went a goal up thanks to George Hedley, Albert Brown equalized for Southampton. Shortly afterwards Alf Common passed through to Barnes who went on to score the winning goal of the game.[3][4]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

Barnes made his debut on 2 September 1907.[5] During his time at QPR he appeared in the teams in both the 1908 and 1912 FA Charity Shield matches, after winning two Southern League titles.[2] 1908 was the first time the match was held. He also represented the league in a match against the Scottish Football League.[2]

During the 1908–09 season for Queens Park Rangers, Barnes was the team's top scorer having scored ten goals in both league and cup competitions. Although the team finished in fifteenth place in the Southern League, they finished in second place in the Western Football League.[6]

Barnes was named in a list of the top 100 Queens Park Rangers players of all time, constructed by the club's historian in 2007.[2][5]



Thames Ironworks
Sheffield United
Queens Park Rangers


Athletic Bilbao


  1. ^ "William Barnes". Spartacus Educational. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Macey (2009): p. 212
  3. ^ "The Football Association Cup: The Final Tie". The Times (36753). 28 April 1902. p. 13. 
  4. ^ Bull, David; Brunskell, Bob (2000). Match of the Millennium. Hagiology Publishing. pp. 30–33. ISBN 0-9534474-1-3. 
  5. ^ a b Macey (2009): p. 211
  6. ^ Macey (2009): pp. 274–275
  • Macey, Gordon (2009). Queens Park Rangers: The Complete Record. Derby, UK: Breedon. ISBN 978-1-85983-714-6. 

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