Barnett, Alan

Birth Date

4th November 1934


Croydon, Surrey



Biographical Text

Alan Barnett played for Exeter City between 1963 and 1966. He joined the club from Grimsby Town and later played for Torquay United. He was a member of the team that won promotion in 1963/64.

He commenced his career with local side Croydon Amateurs, from whom he joined Portsmouth in September 1955. He made 25 league appearances before moving to Grimsby Town in December 1958. Alan won a fairly regular place in the first team at Grimsby, making 116 league appearances before a move to Exeter City in July 1963 for a fee of £3000. His first league game for the Grecians was against Bradford City at Valley Parade, and it was a start of a run of matches that saw him only miss one throughout the whole promotion winning campaign.

Alan, who had been subject of an enquiry in August 1965 from Swansea about possibly signing for them, lost his place to Peter Shearing in the Third Division in 1965-66 and by the end of the season had been released by the Grecians to join neighbours Torquay United in June 1966. It did not prove to be good move though as he failed to make a single league outing for the Gulls and was released at the end of 1966-7

A curiosity of his time at Exeter occured on 3 April 1965 when Alan was named at centre-forward for the reserves in a Western League fixture against Weston Super Mare. He scored Exeter's only goal of the game.

Alan later worked for his father-in-law at garden centre in Portsmouth and died in October 1978.


Exeter City league games only




Ken harris

Served with Alan at Portsmouth during his.   National Service I have o photo of us in the gym doorway as we were PTIs

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