Barnes, James (John/Jack)

Birth Date

28th April 1908

Birthplace

Atherstone

Occupation

Winger

Biographical Text

Described as a clever player and one who would strengthen the Exeter City attack, Barnes began his playing career with his local side, Atherstone Town.

He then signed professional forms for Coventry City in 1928, and played 8 league matches for them. He remained in the Midlands linking up with Walsall in 1929, staying for two seasons during which time he netted 18 goals in 68 league outings.

In 1931, Barnes signed for Watford where again he had two seasons, playing 75 league matches and scoring 11 goals.

Prior to signing for Exeter City, he had been transfer listed by Watford for a fee of £300, but the Grecians obtained his signature for £100.

He made his Exeter City debut in a Third Division South fixture against Reading at Elm Park on 26th August 1933, but despite his past reputation, he never fulfilled that promise and after just one season at the Park he was released to join York City.

Once again he only had the one season at his new club, York City, scoring once in 15 Third Division North matches, before being released.

After leaving York City, following a foot injury, Barnes returned to play as an amateur with Atherstone Town in 1935.

He worked in a munitions factory during the Second World War, and then became a painter and decorator.

James died in a nursing home in Coleshill, Warwickshire on the 1st April 2008, shortly before his 100th birthday.

Appearances

18

Goals

1

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Mike Blackstone:

James Barnes first signed professional forms for Coventry City in March 1928, having been playing for Atherstone Town.

Prior to signing for Exeter City, he had been transfer listed by Watford for a fee of £300, but the Grecians obtained his signature for £100.

After leaving York City, following a foot injury, Barnes returned to play as an amateur with  Atherstone Town in 1935.

He worked in a munitions factory during the Second World War, and then became a painter and decorator. 

Barnes died in a nursing home in Coleshill, Warwickshire in 2008, shortly before his 100th birthday.

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