Geoff Barnsley

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Geoff Barnsley
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Robert Barnsley[1]
Date of birth (1935-12-09) 9 December 1935 (age 81)
Place of birth Bilston, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
19xx–1952 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1957 West Bromwich Albion 1 (0)
1957–1961 Plymouth Argyle 131 (0)
1961 1962 Norwich City 8 (0)
1962–1964 Torquay United 6 (0)
Dudley Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Geoffrey Robert Barnsley (born 9 December 1935) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a goalkeeper for West Bromwich Albion, Plymouth Argyle, Norwich City and Torquay United. He was born in Bilston.[2]

Barnsley began his career as a junior at West Bromwich Albion, turning professional in December 1952, with his only league appearance for the Baggies coming in the 1954–55 season. In June 1957 he moved to Plymouth Argyle, playing 131 league games before moving to Norwich City for a fee of £2,000 in May 1961. Geoff played an instrumental part in Plymouth's Division Three title winning season of 1959. One of his only major honours as a player.

After only eight league games for Norwich, he returned to Devon, signing for Torquay United in December 1962 as understudy to Torquay goalkeeper Terry Adlington. Adlington was an ever-present in the 1962–63 season, Barnsley having to wait until September 1963 for his Torquay debut, a 1–0 victory at home to Rochdale. He made just six appearances for Torquay and subsequently left for non-league Dudley Town, before retiring as a player.

Today, Geoffrey lives in Sedgley, Wolverhampton.


  1. ^ "Player: Geoff Barnsley". Argyle Review. Steve Pearce. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Geoff Barnsley". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 

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