John Barnes

Learn more about a great footballer and a catalyst for change

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Barnes, the first Black footballer at Anfield

The Jamaican-born dribbler was the first high-profile black player to grace Anfield back in the 1980s, a time when racial abuse echoed around stadia across the land.

John Barnes (1987) by Liverpool FCThe Voice Newspaper

Winning over Watford

The intense scrutiny which followed his £900,000 move from Watford in June 1987 didn't put Barnes off his stride as he set about winning over the locals.

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Blissful mentors

A young John Barnes with his early Watford mentor, Luther Blissett. 

John Barnes (1984) by Mark Leech/GettyThe Voice Newspaper

John Barnes, footballing warrior

The qualities he possessed would have seen him walk into any of the great Liverpool sides of the past – no lesser a figure than Bob Paisley once said as much.

John Barnes (2020) by Simon Stacpoole/GettyThe Voice Newspaper

Football pundit

After hanging up his boots, Barnes turned his hand and opinions to punditry and expert analysis of the Beautiful Game. 

John Barnes (1984) by David Cannon/GettyThe Voice Newspaper

John Barnes, the goalden wonder!

Barnes scored a solo wonder goal against Brazil in 1984 as England stunned the hosts 2-0. 

John Barnes (2009) by Colin McPherson/GettyThe Voice Newspaper

Beyond goals and silver

For talent and grace alone, he's an automatic choice in any hall of fame; but his impact on the game went far beyond goals and silver.

John Barnes (2019) by Colin McPherson/GettyThe Voice Newspaper

Fight for racial justice

A victim of racists during his career, he says: "Taking a knee or not is not going to change people's perceptions. It's highlighting the problem, bringing it to the table to have a conversation, but more needs to be done with that conversation."

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