Barry Venison - Liverpool FC - Biography 1986/87-1991/92

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Date: 27 February 1988

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      Sunday, 16 August 1964
      Consett, England.
  • Liverpool FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 23rd August 1986 in a 2-0 win at Newcastle United (Aged: 22)
    • Club Career
      103 League apps (+7 as sub), 1 goal
  • Newcastle United
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 15th August 1992 in a 3-2 win at home to Newcastle United (Aged: 27)
    • Club Career
      108 League apps (+1 as sub), 1 goal
  • Sunderland FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 10th October 1981 in a 2-0 defeat at Notts. County (Aged: 17)
    • Club Career
      169 League apps (+4 as sub), 2 goals
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Barry VENISON - Liverpool FC - Biography 1986/87-1991/92

A number of eyebrows were raised at the transfer of Barry Venison from Sunderland to Liverpool during the summer of 1986. On face value it was an unusual and unexpected signing given that his side had just escaped relegation to the Third Division and that The Reds already had one of the country's best right backs in the shape of Steve Nicol. The move was actually initiated by the player who felt he could do a job at the higher grade so wrote to the best club in the land to offer his services. Such enterprise was rewarded by a £250, 000 deal and extended runs in both full back positions over his five seasons at Anfield. He was also utilised in midfield on a few occasions. When operating from his preferred area of the field he showed a number of the hallmarks expected of a Liverpool player and despite the occasional wayward ball he managed to support attacks fairly well and was always a willing and efficient link with midfield. A litany of setbacks including an achilles tendon snap, a calf problem and appendicitis limited his contribution over the 1987-88 season when Liverpool swept all before them and narrowly missed out on a second league and cup double within three years. The introduction of youth team products Gary Ablett and Steve Staunton allied to the signing of David Burrows was expected to see the defender marginalised but he bounced back the following term to claim an FA Cup winners medal, adding a second championship to his honours tally 12 months later. A flamboyant dresser who also cherished his flowing locks, it was his sartorial elegance that became the main topic of conversation amongst the fans when further debilitating injuries and the advancement of others finally ousted him from the first team picture. Those injuries prompted a return to his native North East with Newcastle United in July 1992, for precisely the fee the Reds had parted with six years earlier. (Darren Williams)