Manchester City FC

Peter Barnes - Manchester City FC - League appearances for Man City.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 17 January 1987

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      Monday, 10 June 1957
      Manchester, England
  • England
  • Leeds United FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1981-1982, 1983-1984
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 29th August 1981 in a 5-1 defeat at Swansea City (Aged: 24)
    • Club Career
      (During two spells)
      56 League apps (+2 as sub), 5 goals
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1974-79, 1987-88
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 12th October 1974 in a 2-1 defeat at Burnley (Aged: 17)
    • Club Career
      (During two spells)
      116 League apps (+7 as sub), 15 goals
  • West Bromwich Albion
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 18th August 1979 in a 0-0 draw at home to Derby County (Aged: 22)
    • Club Career
      76 League apps (+1 as sub), 23 goals
  • Coventry City
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      6th. October 1984 in 1-0 away win at Watford.
    • Club Career
      18 league games 2 goals.
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Peter BARNES - Manchester City FC - League appearances for Man City.

Peter Barnes is pictured during the match against Liverpool on 17/1/1987,

in his brief return to Maine Road.


Manchester City:   1974-1975     Played   3     Scored   1   goal   (Division 1)
     1975-1976     Played   28     Scored   3   goals   (Division 1)
     1976-1977     Played   21     Scored   2   goals   (Division 1)
     1977-1978     Played   34     Scored   8   goals   (Division 1)
     1978-1979     Played   29     Scored   1   goal   (Division 1)
Transferred in July 1979
West Brom:   1979-1980     Played   38     Scored   15   goals   (Division 1)
     1980-1981     Played   39     Scored   8   goals   (Division 1)
Transferred in August 1981
Leeds:   1981-1982     Played   30     Scored   1   goal   (Division 1)
Transferred from Real Betis, Spain August 1983
Leeds:   1983-1984     Played   27     Scored   4   goals   (Division 2)
     1984-1985     Played   0     Scored   0   goals   (Division 2)
Transferred in October 1984
Coventry:   1984-1985     Played   18     Scored   2   goals   (Division 1)
Transferred in July 1985
Manchester Utd:   1985-1986     Played   13     Scored   2   goals   (Division 1)
     1986-1987     Played   7     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
Transferred in January 1987
Manchester City:   1986-1987     Played   8     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1987-1988     Played   0     Scored   0   goals   (Division 2)
Bolton:   1987-1988     Played   2     Scored   0   goals   (Division 4)   (on   loan)
Port Vale:   1987-1988     Played   3     Scored   0   goals   (Division 3)   (on   loan)
Transferred from Manchester City to Hull City in March 1988
1988              Hull City    11    (0)
1988              SC Farense    1    (0)
1988–1989    Bolton Wanderers    3    (0)
1989              Sunderland    1    (0)
1989             Stockport County (loan)    0    (0)
1989             Footscray JUST    2    (0)
1989            Bury    0    (0)
1989             Drogheda United    3    (0)
1990             Tampa Bay Rowdies    11    (1)
1990             Stafford Rangers    5    (0)
1990             Northwich Victoria    7    (0)
1991             Wrexham    0    (0)
1991             Radcliffe Borough    ?    (?)
1991             Mossley    8    (0)
1992              Hamrun Spartans    0    (0)
1992              SC Farense    0    (0)
1992–1993    Cliftonville    1    (0



This image of Peter Barnes playing for Manchester City was taken on 1st. November 1975.

Photograph George Herringshaw.  ©


 Born in Manchester on June 10th 1957, Peter Barnes turned professional with Manchester City in 1974. Son of fifties City legend Ken, he is remembered by City fans as a winger with plenty of pace and dazzling dribbling ability. Barnes made his debut aged just 17 on October 12th 1974 in a 2-1 away defeat against Burnley, his first goal coming in March of the same season in a 2-1 home loss to Carlisle United. Despite not playing in the opening 11 league games of the 1975/76 season he got his opportunity in October with City mid-table after losing all four away league games. The next two months saw the Blues undefeated, Barnes scoring against Coventry City and Sheffield United, until consecutive 1-0 defeats over Christmas to Leeds and Liverpool lost them momentum in the league. In the League Cup, however, they had reached the semi-finals by January, beating Norwich 6-1 after a second replay and victories over Nottingham Forest and Mansfield coming either side of a famous 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United in November.


Inconsistent league form and a 1-0 defeat to Stoke in the FA Cup meant the League Cup was their only realistic chance of silverware. In a two-legged semi-final against Middlesbrough the Blues lost the away leg 1-0, but despite injuries to several players a youthful City side overturned the deficit at Maine Road with Peter getting on the scoresheet in a terrific 4-0 win. The final on February 28th was against Newcastle United at Wembley, and 18 year-old Barnes opened the scoring on 11 minutes. Although Alan Gowling netted an equaliser, a spectacular Denis Tueart overhead kick sealed a 2-1 win to lift the trophy, which was unknowingly to be City's last of the century. Barnes had made 34 league and cup appearances that season, scoring 5 goals, and to cap a memorable first full season, was rewarded with the title of Young Player of the Year by the PFA. Niggling injuries and the team's outstanding league form meant Peter struggled to make the team in the 1976/77 season, and he had made only 6 league appearances up to March, 3 of which were as a sub. By this time City had been knocked out of all three Cup competitions, followed by the league title being conceded to Liverpool by just a single point, Barnes making 16 league appearances and getting a run in the side towards the season's end.


An eight-game unbeaten run at the start of the following campaign coincided with England manager Ron Greenwood selecting Peter for the national team, his debut coming versus Italy in a 2-0 World Cup Qualifier win on November 16th. He went on to make 34 league appearances and score 8 goals, including one in a 6-2 romp against Chelsea at Maine Road, as City finished a respectable 5th in the league, though a first round UEFA Cup loss to Poles Widzew Lodz and domestic cup defeats to Nottingham Forest and Arsenal meant no trophies. The 1978/79 promised so much but finished with the Blues a disappointing 15th in the league, their lowest position for 12 years, and a 4-2 aggregate UEFA Cup loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach was compounded by defeats to Southampton and Shrewsbury in the cups. Though Barnes had made 42 appearances in all competitions, scoring 3 goals, it was a turning point in both his and City's fortunes as in the close season new boss Malcolm Allison decided to have a total clearout, and he was sold to West Bromwich Albion for £750, 000.


In a career which never quite fulfilled it's potential he made 158 appearances for City in all, scoring 23 goals, and also won 22 England caps (4 goals). He went on to play for a succession of clubs, including Leeds United (twice), Real Betis, Coventry City, Manchester United and a second spell at Maine Road in 1987, which saw him make only a handful of appearances. Peter later had a spell in the USA with Tampa Bay Rowdies and finally called time on his career in 1989 with Bury. (David Redshaw)