Paul Barnes (footballer)
Barnes pictured in 1994 with the York City Clubman of the Year trophy
|Full name||Paul Lance Barnes|
|Date of birth||16 November 1967|
|Place of birth||Leicester, England|
|1990||→ Chesterfield (loan)||1||(0)|
|2001||→ Nuneaton Borough (loan)||9||(10)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Paul Lance Barnes (born 16 November 1967) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker for Birmingham City, Bury, Burnley, Chesterfield, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Notts County, Stoke City and York City.
Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, Barnes completed an apprenticeship with Notts County before signing a professional contract in November 1985, making his debut in February 1986. He played in five season with the Magpies scoring 19 goals in 67 appearances helping them on their way to promotion in 1989–90. He joined Stoke City on transfer deadline day in 1989–90 being one a of a large number of players signed by Alan Ball in an attempt to avoid relegation. Barnes played in five matches as Stoke failed to mount a revival and were relegated to the third tier. He played in seven matches for Stoke in 1990–91 also having a short spell on loan at Chesterfield. Under Lou Macari in 1991–92 he found himself in the reserves due to the form of Wayne Biggins and Mark Stein. He played in 18 matches scoring four goals and was an unused substitute in the 1992 Football League Trophy Final. York City manager John Ward spotted Barnes in Stoke's reserves and signed him in July 1992.
Barnes began scoring goals for York quickly and he netted 21 times as York won promotion in 1993. The following year, he scored 24 times and won the Clubman of the Year trophy. In September 1995, he hit the national headlines when he scored twice in City's 3–0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in a first round League Cup tie, and he almost scored a hat trick, but his third goal was ruled offside. Barnes was eventually sold to Birmingham City for a fee of £350,000 in March 1996. Six months later he was transferred to Burnley for £300,000. He scored 30 goals in 65 matches for the Turf Moor club. A further move saw him play for Huddersfield Town and then in March 1999 signed with Bury for £50,000. In 2003, playing for Doncaster Rovers, he helped the club gain promotion back to the Football League from the Football Conference, winning the Golden Boot in the process. Barnes then signed for non-league Tamworth, and then finished his career at Hinckley United.
- York City F.C. Clubman of the Year: 1993–94
- Doncaster Rovers Player of the Year: 2002–03
- Sourced from The English National Football Archive
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Notts County||1985–86||Third Division||14||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||4|
|Stoke City||1989–90||Second Division||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Chesterfield (loan)||1990–91||Fourth Division||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||1|
|York City||1992–93||Third Division||40||21||1||0||2||0||4||0||47||21|
|Birmingham City||1995–96||First Division||15||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||7|
|Huddersfield Town||1997–98||First Division||15||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||1|
|Nuneaton Borough (loan)||2000–01||Football Conference||9||10||0||0||0||0||1||0||10||10|
|Doncaster Rovers||2001–02||Football Conference||23||6||1||0||0||0||2||1||26||7|
- Lowe, Simon (2000). Stoke City The Modern Era – A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-39-2.
- Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
- Stoke City Official Matchday Magazine 2 January 2010 v York City
- "Old Trafford left stunned as York teach United a lesson". Independent.co.uk (The Independent). 21 September 1995. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
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