Dave Barnett (footballer)

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Dave Barnett
Personal information
Full name David Kwame Barnett[1]
Date of birth (1967-04-16) 16 April 1967 (age 50)[2]
Place of birth Birmingham, England[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1983–1985 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 Boldmere St. Michaels
1986–1987 Alvechurch
1987–1988 Windsor & Eton
1988–1989 Colchester United 20 (0)
1989 Edmonton Brickmen
1989–1990 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
1990 Walsall 5 (0)
1990–1992 Kidderminster Harriers 39 (4)
1992–1994 Barnet 59 (3)
1993 Birmingham City (loan) 2 (0)
1994–1997 Birmingham City 44 (0)
1997–1998 Dunfermline Athletic 21 (1)
1998 Port Vale (loan) 9 (1)
1998–1999 Port Vale 27 (0)
1999–2000 Lincoln City 22 (3)
2000 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 3 (0)
2001 Halesowen Town
2002 Moor Green 5 (0)
2009–2010 Romulus
Total 256 (12)
Teams managed
2010–2015 Romulus
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Kwame Barnett (born 16 April 1967) is an English former football player and coach who played as a defender in the Football League for Colchester United, Walsall, Barnet, Birmingham City, Port Vale and Lincoln City. He also represented Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish Premier League and Edmonton Brickmen in the Canadian Soccer League. He made more than 200 appearances for nearly 20 clubs during his career. He later coached non-League Romulus.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Birmingham, Barnett began his youth career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but was released without making an appearance. He then joined non-league sides Boldmere St. Michaels and then Alvechurch[3] before being picked up by Windsor & Eton. From here, he was signed by Colchester United manager Roger Brown in the summer of 1988. He was sent off on his professional debut in the opening-day fixture of the 1988–89 season, becoming only the second U's player after Nigel Crouch to be dismissed on their maiden appearance for the club.[4][5] After serving his suspension, Barnett was again sent off in only his seventh league game during a 2–1 home defeat to Scunthorpe United on 8 October 1988.[6]

His disciplinary record earned him the nickname "Psycho" with the Colchester fans, but his time at the club came to an abrupt end when manager Jock Wallace watched him commit an off-the-ball indiscretion during a reserve game.[4] After his Colchester exit, Barnett moved to Canada to play for Canadian Soccer League club Edmonton Brickmen where he played alongside Justin Fashanu. Barnett returned to England in October 1989 to sign for West Bromwich Albion on a non-contract basis, though he failed to make a first-team appearance for the Baggies. He then moved to Walsall for the early part of the 1990–91 season before returning to non-league football with Kidderminster Harriers. Here, he made 39 Conference appearances and helped the club to Wembley for the 1991 FA Trophy final, in which they finished runners-up to Wycombe Wanderers.[4]

Barnett was signed by Barry Fry at Barnet for a £17,000 fee in February 1992 and aided the club to promotion from the Third Division in 1992–93. As the Bee's struggled in the higher tier, Barnett was loaned to his hometown club Birmingham City in December 1993 where he played twice, before returning to Barnet who were subsequently relegated.[4] While at Underhill, Barnett made 59 league appearances and scored three goals.[7]

Birmingham City eventually signed Barnett on a permanent basis in February 1994, once again teaming up with Barry Fry who had been appointed manager at St Andrew's. Signing for £150,000, the club were relegated to the Second Division in 1994 but Barnett helped the club gain immediate promotion back to the First Division as a virtual ever-present feature of the first-team.[4] He also made another Wembley appearance, this time in the 1995 Football League Trophy Final, which City won 1–0 over Carlisle United with a golden goal from Paul Tait.[8] However, he did not feature in the 1995–96 season and played just six games in 1996–97 under new manager Trevor Francis, and so left for Dunfermline Athletic in July 1997.[9]

Barnett featured 21 times for Dunfermline in the Scottish Premier Division during the 1997–98 season, scoring once to help Bert Paton's side retain their top-flight status. However, before the season was up, Barnett made a deadline day loan move to Port Vale, where he made nine appearances and scored one goal.[2][4] During the close season, the move back to England was made permanent as he made 27 further appearances for Vale. His final professional transfer came following a successful trial spell at Lincoln City in the summer of 1999, where he made 22 league appearances and netted three times.[7] While with Lincoln, Barnett had a three-game loan spell in the Conference with Forest Green Rovers. Notified by Lincoln that he would be given a free transfer at the end of the 1999–2000 season, Barnett ended up with an injury prior to his release and in turn announced his retirement.[4]

International career[edit]

In 2000, Barnett was due to play international football for the Cayman Islands, but a Football Association veto blocked the efforts of nations such as the Cayman Islands acquiring English players.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

After finishing his professional playing career, Barnett joined the Birmingham City Academy as a part-time coach, before joining Halesowen Town as first-team coach in March 2001. He then took up his Academy role at Birmingham in a full-time capacity.[4] Barnett would later turn out for Moor Green, where he made five appearances in 2002.[10]

Following his return from the United States in the summer of 2009, Barnett signed for Romulus in August[11] and was subsequently appointed first-team coach at the club in February 2010 after initially refusing to be involved in coaching at the club having obtained a UEFA 'A' Licence.[12] He agreed to continue his role at the club for the 2010–11 season,[13] however, his disciplinary issues continued after being given a six-match suspension and a £100 fine by the FA following four breaches of FA Rule E3 - language and/or behaviour amounting to improper conduct - following a match with Belper Town in November 2012.[14] He stepped down as manager in January after deciding to concentrate on activities outside football.[15]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Dave Barnett profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colchester United 1988–89 Fourth Division 20 0 4 0 5 0 29 0
West Bromwich Albion 1989–90 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Walsall 1990–91 Fourth Division 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
Barnet 1991–92 Fourth Division 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
1992–93 Third Division 36 2 1 0 4 0 41 2
1993–94 Second Division 15 1 2 0 6 0 23 1
1994–95 Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 59 3 3 0 11 0 73 3
Birmingham City 1993–94 First Division 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1994–95 Second Division 31 0 5 0 9 0 45 0
1995–96 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996–97 First Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 46 0 5 0 9 0 60 0
Dunfermline Athletic 1997–98[16] Scottish Premier Division 21 1 2 0 3 0 26 1
Port Vale 1997–98 First Division 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
1998–99 First Division 27 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
Total 36 1 1 0 0 0 37 1
Forest Green Rovers (loan) 1999–2000[17] Conference 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Lincoln City 1999–2000 Third Division 22 3 3 1 2 0 27 4

Honours[edit]

Kidderminster Harriers
Birmingham City
All honours referenced by:[4][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Players: Dave Barnett". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Dave Barnett". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Club History – Player History – Alvechurch Football Club". Alvechurch Football Club. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 22, 23. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 
  5. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Colchester Utd 1–0 York City". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Colchester Utd 1–2 Scunthorpe United". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Dave Barnett". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Haylett, Trevor (24 April 1995). "Fry's delight as Carlisle succumb to sudden death". The Independent. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 70, 71. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  10. ^ "SoccerFacts UK Player Details – Season 2002–2002 – Dave Barnett". SoccerFacts UK. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 
  11. ^ "Roms turn to veteran Barnett". NonLeagueDaily.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Barnett to coach at Roms". NonLeagueDaily.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Roms delighted at league switch". NonLeagueDaily.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Football Rules & Governance – Disciplinary updates – January 2013 – The FA". The FA. Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Dave Barnett calls time after six years". pitchero.com. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Dave Barnett in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Dave Barnett in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

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