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Joey Barton

Manchester City FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 0: A 1
*(actual F 0: A 0)
0% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


  Joseph Anthony Barton

(*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)

Birth 2 September 1982 in Huyton, Knowsley, Merseyside [registered in Knowsley, September 1982].
Attended St. Thomas Beckett Catholic High School, Huyon.
Married to Georgia McNeil, on 6 June 2019, at Aynhoe Park, Banbury. Two children, Cassius (28 December 2011) and Pietà (6 June 2014)


Barry J. Hugman's PFA Yearbook [2006] &

Playing Career

Began as an Everton FC trainee, but was subsequently rejected. He then joined the Nottingham Forest FC Youth Academy, and was released for being too small. He became a Manchester City FC trainee in 1997, and signed professional forms on 5 July 2001. Following a turbulent and bad-tempered City career, he joined Newcastle United FC on 14 June 2007 for £5.8 million.  In the summer of 2011, Barton spent his time criticising the transfer policy at United and was placed on the transfer-list. After a controversial period he joined Queen's Park Rangers FC on 26 August on a free transfer and was instantly handed the captain's armband for the 2011-12 season. He was banned for twelve matches, so it was decided he would be loaned out. On 31 August 2012, Barton joined Olympique de Marseille, where he still served his twelve match ban, and so began his French career playing in the UEFA Europa League. He made 25 French league appearances. Barton returned to QPR as captain until his release on 27 May 2015. On 28 August, Barton signed a year-long contract with Championship side, Burnley FC, So, on 24 May 2016, he then joined Scottish Premiership side Rangers FC, but in September, after just five SFPL appearances, Barton was suspended following a training ground argument with Andy Halliday, his contract was terminated on 10 November 2016. On 2 January 2017 Barton rejoined Burnley FC, but his time was cut short after receiving an eighteen-month suspension for betting by the Football Association, effectively ending his career. He was released by Burnley on 23 May 2017.

League History
331+25 appearances, 33 goals
eight red cards
Manchester City FC 2003-07 123+seven appearances, fifteen goals
debut: 5 April 2003 Bolton Wanderers FC 2 Manchester City FC 0
Newcastle United FC 2007-11 68+thirteen appearances, seven goals
debut: (sub) 22 October 2007 Newcastle United FC 3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 1.
Queen's Park Rangers FC 2011-15 91+two appearances, seven goals
debut: 12 September 2011 Queen's Park Rangers FC 0 Newcastle United FC 0.
Burnley FC 2015-17 49+three appearances, four goals
debut (championship): (sub) 26 September 2015 Burnley FC 1 Reading FC 2.
last: 23 April 2017 Burnley FC 0 Manchester United FC 2.
Club honours Football League Champions 2009-10 (15 apps), 2015-16 (38), Play-off winners 2013-14;
FA Cup best Quarter-finalist 2005-06, 2006-07.
Individual honours Manchester City FC Young Player of the Year 2003-04; PFA Championship Team of the Year 2015-16; Burnley FC Player of the Year 2015-16;
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st 0lb. [2006]


Barry Hugman's PFA Yearbook [2006-17] & ENFA

Management Career

Club(s) Appointed as manager at Fleetwood Town FC on 18 April 2018, effective 2 June, when his ban from football ends. His stint as manager lasted until he left on 3 January 2021. Appointed the new manager of Bristol Rovers FC on 22 February 2021. He was fined and banned for three matches on 17 May 2023 for improper conduct. He was sacked by Rovers on 26 October 2023.
League History
P 268 - W 103 - D 66 - L 99.
Fleetwood Town FC 2018-21
League best: 6th in League One 2019-20; FA Cup best: third round 2018-19, 2019-20;
Bristol Rovers FC 2021-22
Football League Two third place 2021-22;
Club honours Football League League One play-off semi-finalist 2019-20; League Two third place 2021-22
Individual honours Football League One Manager of the Month September 2019; League Two manager of the Month March 2022;

England Career

Player number 1147th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Midfielder
Only match No. 849, 7 February 2007, England 0 Spain 1, a friendly match at Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester, substitute (79), aged 24 years 158 days;
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England U21 (two appearances, one goal, 2003)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

In September 2000, as a result of Tony Adams' experiences with alcoholism and drug addiction, Adams founded the Sporting Chance Clinic, a charitable foundation aimed at providing treatment, counselling and support for sports men and women suffering from drink, drug or gambling addictions. However, the charity set up by Tony Adams has always had an ethos of never turning someone away for financial reasons.  This is where the Tamsin Gulvin Benevolent Fund comes in to help us assist those not currently supported by a professional body.  The Fund will provide the opportunity for ALL sportspeople to benefit from Sporting Chance Clinic's services. This is the side of the charity of which Joey Barton is Patron. - Sporting Chances.
Appointed an honorary associate of the National Secular Society in April 2015.

England Disgrace

Barton was jailed on 20 May 2008 for a serious assault and affray.  Barton was captured on CCTV in Liverpool on 27 December 2007 punching one man 20 times before an attack which left a teenage boy with broken teeth.  Sentencing him to six months in jail, Judge Henry Globe QC said it was a "violent and cowardly act".  This follows a catalogue of incidents including stubbing a cigar of then-Manchester City FC teammate Jamie Candy in December 2004.  Injures a pedestrian in an early morning road accident in May 2005, also an altercation with an Asian fan in July 2005 - All before he was capped by Steve McClaren.
The racist murder of Anthony Walker in McGoldrick Park, Huyton. Two local youths were later found guilty of his murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. They were 17-year-old Michael Barton (brother of footballer Joey Barton) and 20-year-old Paul Taylor.
In October 2016 Barton was charged with breaking rules relating to gambling on football matches. He was accused by the Scottish Football Association of placing 44 bets on matches between 1 July and 15 September 2016. In November 2016 he received a one match ban from the Scottish Football Association for breaking the rules on gambling on football matches. In December 2016, he was charged with misconduct, with the Football Association claiming he had placed 1,260 bets over the past 10 years. On 26 April 2017, Barton received an 18-month ban from football after admitting a Football Association charge in relation to betting.
On 9 October 2019,
Barton denied assaulting rival manager Daniel Stendel during an incident after a game against Barnsley FC on 13 April, this year. He is alleged to have pushed Stendel, leaving him with a damaged tooth. Barton, 37, appeared at Barnsley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was given unconditional bail and appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on 6 December, where he was found to be 'not guilty'.
On 26 July 2021, Barton was charged with assaulting his wife George McNeil. The incident relates to an incident on 2 June at their home in Kew in which his wife received an head injury. Barton denies the assault. However, his wife was left with a bloody nose and she called the police and asked for her husband to be removed from the property. Barton was released on unconditional bail until his trial in Wimbledon on 16 December.


The Numbers
Squads Apps comp. apps starts sub unused Mins. goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 0 1
0 11 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1

Match Record

Venue, Colour & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home venue
White shirt
Friendly match
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1

Match History

 Club: Manchester City F.C. - one full appearance (11 mins)

coach: Steve McClaren - one full appearance (11 mins)x

Age 24
1 849 7 February 2007 - England 0 Spain 1, Old Trafford, Manchester (⮀0-1) Fr HL sub 79 18