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Ex-England soccer player John Barnes visiting VI!

July 8th, 2013 | Tags: Soccer John Barnes England Newcastle coach visit
Ex-England Player, John Barnes arrives in the Territory today to conduct a series of Coaching Clinics and will also play in an exhibition six-a-side tournament as well as be the guest of Honour at a fundraising dinner. Photo credit: supplied
Barnes was better known for his club exploits, but did score a wonder goal against Brazil and was recognized as being the second Black player to represent England as a full International. Photo credit: supplied
Barnes was better known for his club exploits, but did score a wonder goal against Brazil and was recognized as being the second Black player to represent England as a full International. Photo credit: supplied
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Excitement is building among the football fraternity ahead of ex-Liverpool, Newcastle and England legend John Barnes' arrival in the Territory today July 8, 2013, for a series of coaching, playing and dining experiences.

John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE (born November 7, 1963) is a Jamaican-born former footballer and manager, who currently works as a commentator and pundit for ESPN[1] and SuperSport. During his playing career, Barnes had successful periods at Watford and Liverpool in the 1980s and 1990s, winning the First Division twice, the FA Cup twice, and playing for England 79 times (at the time, a record for a black player). After a period at Newcastle United, he ended his playing career at Charlton Athletic in 1999.

After retiring as a player, Barnes had a brief stint as head coach of Celtic in 1999–2000, working alongside Kenny Dalglish. He took over as manager of the Jamaica national team in 2008, but resigned six months later to become manager at Tranmere Rovers. He was sacked by Tranmere in 2009, after a series of poor results.

Though a Jamaican by birth, Barnes opted to represent the country he had lived in since the age of 12 and was given his England debut by Bobby Robson on May 28, 1983, when he came on as a second half replacement for Watford team-mate Luther Blissett as England drew 0–0 with Northern Ireland in a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Belfast. He and Blissett were among the first black footballers to be full England internationals.

On June 10, 1984 Barnes scored a goal against Brazil, when he outpaced and out-thought several Brazilian defenders before rounding Roberto Costa and slotting the ball into an empty net during a friendly match at the Estádio do Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The goal brought him worldwide fame but also a sense of heavy expectation.

Barnes will be in the Virgin Islands to help promote grassroots football and raise funds for the Sea Cows Bay Manatees, which according to the organisers is the VI’s only grassroots programme. In association with Maples, EMCs and Long Bay, John will host a two day youth coaching clinic on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as a 6-a-side tournament on Wednesday night, before a formal dinner on Friday.

Thirty seven children have already signed up for the free two-day coaching clinic, which will run from 3-5 P.M. at the A.O. Shirley ground on both days. Despite the positive numbers, there are still a limited number of spaces available. The sessions are for children from the ages of 5-14 and if you would like to register your child please email

The 6-a-side team allocations are now full. Teams will take to the A.O. Shirley Ground on Wednesday night to play alongside John in what looks set to be excellent, fun filled competition. Whilst the teams are decided, spectators are still welcome to come down and enjoy the bar whilst watching the ex-Liverpool and England legend play.

Tickets are also sold out for the formal dinner on Friday night at Long Bay Resort, West End. However, John will be on hand at the BVI FA’s award presentation on Saturday night as well as doing a coaching session with the BVI FA’s U14 School of Excellence.

9 Responses to “Ex-England soccer player John Barnes visiting VI!”

  • talk girl talk (08/07/2013, 10:14) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    He is born in JAMDOWN how come dem aint say that?
    • BuzzBvi (08/07/2013, 10:49) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Does it matter where he is born.
    • :/ (08/07/2013, 10:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      was stated about 2 times in the article though, what's your point -__-
    • ... (08/07/2013, 12:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They did. Line 4, paragraph 24.
    • bvi (08/07/2013, 14:05) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Who the hell cares where he was born. He is an ordinary human being. It's people like you Jamaicans and other non-belongers that keep this prejudice issue alive and then want to blame us BVIslanders for being prejudice against you all. Go sit down if you don't have anything to sensible to say
  • how come (08/07/2013, 12:25) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    how come when Jamaican commit a crime the headline would read 'Jamaican born' but when there is a positive news it doesnt say that.
  • Online Now (08/07/2013, 13:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Amazing that even a positive story of a famous footballer visiting the territory is met with a "born where" debate.

    John Barnes is a Jamaican born, ex-England footballer. I am sure he is proud to represent both nations.

    Welcome to the beautiful BVI John, enjoy your stay.

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