Top facts about John Barnes, The Digger

Sun 14 November 2021 | 11:30

Most footballers choose to stay in football and dedicate their time to this sport, but many others spread their roots into other fields such as politics, music, and charity work. Today we will read about an athlete who has done it all, welcome to top facts about John Barnes, The Digger.

Let's build this article fundamentally correct and start by introducing who Barnes is. John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE is a retired professional football player and manager from



He presently works for ESPN and SuperSport as a broadcaster and pundit. He began his career as a speedy, deft left-winger before moving to center midfield later in his career. Barnes won two league titles and two cup finals with Liverpool, including two at Wembley.

With Watford, Liverpool, and Newcastle United, he was also an FA Cup runner-up. Barnes was a member of England's national team for 79 caps.

Barnes joined Watford at the age of 17 in 1981 and scored 85 goals in 296 competitive appearances. He was a runner-up in the 1984 FA Cup Final for Watford. He made his England debut in 1983 and joined Liverpool for £900,000 in 1987.

Liverpool won the First Division twice and the FA Cup twice during his ten seasons with the club. In 403 games, he scored 106 goals. He had more caps than any other black England player by the time he retired in 1995.

The 58-year-old was named PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1987–88 and Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in 1987–88 and 1989–90, respectively. He recorded a rap for the official team song, New Order's "World in Motion," in the run-up to England's 1990 FIFA World Cup campaign.

He was elected to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Barnes was sixth in a vote of Liverpool fans' favorite players in 2006, while FourFourTwo magazine rated him Liverpool's finest all-time player a year later. He was rated England's finest ever left-footed player by The Times readers in 2016.

A complete and comprehensive article of top facts about John Barnes, The Digger

In this article, we are going to take a look at the managerial career of Barnes as well as his Transfermarkt information. Later on, we will also dive deep into his personal life and other activities that kept him busy alongside football, thus stay with us as we cover all of the mentioned subjects in

top facts about John Barnes


John Barnes information

Let's start with the most important John Barnes facts for those who are unfamiliar with him or who wish to brush up on their knowledge before reading the top facts about John Barnes.

Personal information

  • Full name:

    John Charles Bryan Barnes

  • Date of birth:

    7 November 1963

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    Loyal, honest, and ambition

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    Kingston, Jamaica

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Football information

  • Position:

    Left winger

  • Last team played for:

    Charlton Athletic

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    1,81 m

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Now that you've learned everything there is to know about John Barnes, we can go on to the next portion of the

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 article, which will go into the details and implications of the information offered thus far.

John Barnes managerial career

Let us talk about his managerial career and avoid getting into his playing career because of its rich history and space limitation of our top facts about John Barnes article.

Barnes was named manager of Jamaica on September 16, 2008, with Mike Commane as his assistant. This manager led his new Jamaican team to a first-place finish in the 2008 Caribbean Championships, qualifying them for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup as the best Caribbean team.

Barnes told Sky Sports in February 2009 that if the chance presented, he wanted to return to club management. On June 14, 2009, he announced his appointment as manager of Tranmere Rovers in League One.

On June 15, 2009, Barnes was appointed manager of Tranmere Rovers, with Jason McAteer as his assistant. Tranmere only won three of their first fourteen games, thus he got off to a bad start.

Barnes was fired by the club on October 9, 2009, six days after a 5–0 loss at Millwall and a record of just two victories in eleven league games.

John Barnes Transfermarkt

Barnes lacks a market value graph, so we can’t enter that territory and explore his market value in various periods of his career but what we can do is to check his achievements and statistics on Transfermarkt.com.

The 58-year-old has managed to win 2 footballers of the year awards, one for 1988 and another for 1990. On the team level, he has won the English championship, FA cup, English super cup, and English league cup all with Liverpool in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Apparently, he was a good player but not a good manager. We doubt that his career statistics are complete, but we will take a look at them regardless. According to Transfermarkt, John managed to assist 97 times and has played a total of 43,207 minutes throughout his whole career.

John Barnes father

John was also famous for his father who had served in a high rank for his country for several years, and now let us talk about him in this section of top facts about John Barnes.

Barnes was born in Jamaica, the son of Trinidadian Roderick Kenrick "Ken" Barnes and Frances Jeanne Hill (a Jamaican).

Ken Barnes was born in Port of


, Trinidad, and Tobago, and served in the West India Regiment before relocating to Jamaica in 1956. He was the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Jamaica Regiment when the Jamaica Defence Force was constituted after the country's independence in 1962.

He was promoted to colonel in 1973 and remained in the army until 1989 when he retired. He played semi-professional football for a Jamaican National Premier League club and captained the Jamaican national football team while in the army.

Barnes grew up on Jamaica's largest military post, where he played football and lived a regimented life. His father founded Jamaica's first bobsleigh squad after serving as president of the Jamaica Amateur Swimming Association.

Barnes' father, who named him after Welsh star John Charles, was a keen squash and football lover who encouraged his son to participate in sports.

John Barnes family and life

Now that we have talked about his parents let us talk about his family and personal life in this section of

top facts about John Barnes


Barnes has two boys and two daughters with Suzy, whom he married and divorced. Jamie, Jordan, Jemma, and Jasmine are his sons and daughters. Andrea is John's second wife, and they have two children, Isabella and Tia, as well as a son, Alexander.

He created Team48 Motorsport, a squad aimed at promoting future African-Caribbean racing drivers, with other former players Les Ferdinand and Luther Blissett.

The squad joined the British Touring Car Championship in 2008, with white Jamaican Matthew Gore and 18-year-old black Briton Darelle Wilson driving Alfa Romeos. The idea, however, never got off the ground, and the squad never showed up for any of the races.

Barnes was declared bankrupt just a few days after being fired by Tranmere. "The bankruptcy issue is a tax oversight that is being handled with," he said, referring to the bankruptcy as a technicality. Barnes' assertions that the bankruptcy was caused by a "tax oversight" were proven to be correct, and the decision was swiftly reversed.

Career in other fields

As said before John Had also led a career in other fields such as politics and we are going to review his success or failures in these fields in this portion of top facts about John Barnes.

Barnes starred in a commercial for the energy drink Lucozade, promoting their Lucozade Sport drink, in the early 1990s as a sporting legend in England.

The legend went on to become a commentator for ITV and a presenter for Five's football coverage, as well as hosting his own weekly football debate program, The John Barnes Show, on LFC TV every Thursday. He also served as a Save the Children ambassador.

John has appeared on several shows and media outlets to promote his charity work, including a notable appearance on Soccer AM in February 2009, where he performed the "World in Motion" rap and a parody of an ITV commercial that aired during the previous week's Everton vs. Liverpool FA Cup tie, with mock commercials missing Barnes' "Under-11 World Champion Baton-twirling" routine.

Barnes made an appearance on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank in 2001.

The 58-year-old and Lisa Rogers co-hosted a one-off soccer show called The Pepsi World Challenge in 2000, which was created and produced by Nathan Carey and aired on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom. The presentation was put together with the help of local presenters all across the world.

Barnes was a contestant in the fifth season of Strictly Come Dancing, which began in October 2007. Nicole Cutler was his dancing partner. They came in eighth place overall.

He was also the first male celebrity to get a perfect 10 from the judges for his salsa performance. In South Africa, he has been a commentator for ESPN's coverage of the FA Cup 2010 and SuperSport's coverage of the UEFA Champions League 2010–2011.

On Thursday, December 15, 2011, he appeared as a Mystery Guest on Russell Howard's Good News finest bits show. He was costumed as Santa Claus for the performance and performed his famous verse from New Order's "World in Motion" with Russell Howard.

The hero of our story denied Michael Gove's assertion that he wanted the UK to leave the European Union in the run-up to the 2016 EU referendum, stressing that he favors the UK's ongoing membership in the EU.

Barnes was a housemate on the twenty-first season of Celebrity Big Brother in January 2018.

The digger spoke on Question Time on February 21, 2019, to discuss racism and inequality in society.

John Barnes fame

How good was John and how did the legends describe him? Let us read about it in this part of top facts about John Barnes.

"Players like John Barnes come around once in a lifetime," said Tom Finney, a former England international. Barnes was named Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year twice throughout his career.

He was also named PFA Player of the Year. Barnes was named England's "greatest left foot" by readers of The Times in 2016, ahead of Chris Waddle and

Jimmy Greaves

, despite being largely considered as one of the most disappointing players to wear an England shirt when compared to his club record.

Barnes was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 for his contributions to the game in the United Kingdom.

The devotion of Liverpool supporters for "Digger" (nicknamed after the character Digger Barnes from the American serial opera Dallas) was highlighted when he finished in the top five of the official Liverpool Football Club website's poll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop in the summer of 2006.

More than 110,000 fans voted for their top ten players of all time, with Barnes finishing fifth behind Robbie Fowler (4th), Ian Rush (3rd), Steven Gerrard (2nd), and

Kenny Dalglish

(who signed him three times for Liverpool, Newcastle, and Celtic) (1st).

He's also a regular pick in FourFourTwo magazine's Perfect XI, a poll in which current and former professional footballers choose the best 11 players they've ever seen, played with, or against, with Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Peter Beardsley, Ian Wright, and Jamie Carragher among those who have voted for him.

John Barnes net worth and salary

How much has John Barnes amassed after all those years of being active in football? The last part of top facts about John Barnes is all about that.

Based on the information available of his net worth it is said that this man has a net worth of 7,26 million dollars with is a huge amount considering that players did not get the salary that they are getting now.

This man had several sources of income and has managed to maintain a good financial balance even after the bankruptcy.

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