Barry Horne (footballer)

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Barry Horne
Personal information
Full name Barry Horne[1]
Date of birth (1962-05-18) 18 May 1962 (age 57)[2]
Place of birth St Asaph,[2] Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Flint Town United
Hawarden Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Wrexham 136 (16)
1987–1989 Portsmouth 70 (7)
1989–1992 Southampton 112 (6)
1992–1996 Everton 123 (3)
1996–1997 Birmingham City 33 (0)
1997–2000 Huddersfield Town 64 (1)
2000 Sheffield Wednesday 7 (0)
2000–2001 Kidderminster Harriers 27 (1)
2001 Walsall 3 (0)
2001–2002 Belper Town
National team
1988–1996 Wales 59 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Barry Horne (born 18 May 1962) is a Welsh former professional footballer, former chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association and sports television pundit.

As a player, he was a midfielder from 1984 until 2002, notably playing in the Premier League for Everton. He also played in the Football League for Wrexham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Walsall and Kidderminster Harriers before playing in Non League for Belper Town. He was capped 59 times by Wales, scoring twice.

Playing career[edit]

In his career Horne played for Wrexham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Everton, Birmingham, Huddersfield (where he scored once against Bristol City),[3] Sheffield Wednesday, Kidderminster Harriers (where he scored on his debut against Torquay United),[4] Walsall and Belper Town.

While at Wrexham, he was responsible for one of the most memorable moments in the club's history, a vital away goal in a 4–3 defeat against Porto in the first round of the European Cup-Winners' Cup in October 1984. Wrexham had won the first leg 1–0, and Horne's 89th-minute strike ensured that they progressed to the second round of the competition, where they lost to Roma.

He captained the Welsh national team and won the FA Cup in 1995 whilst playing for Everton, the team he supports.

His Welsh senior debut came on 9 September 1987, aged 25, in a 1–0 win over Denmark in a Euro 88 qualifier at Cardiff Arms Park.[5] The last of his 59 caps for Wales came a decade later on 29 March 1997 in a 2–1 home win over Belgium in a World Cup qualifier, also at Cardiff Arms Park.[5]

His most successful spell as a player was at Everton between 1992 and 1996. Horne's most famous goal in an Everton shirt came on the final day of the 1993–94 season against Wimbledon. Everton had to win to survive relegation. Horne's goal, a 30-yard screamer, levelled the scores at 2–2. Graham Stuart would go on to score the winning goal to secure Everton's Premiership status. Soon after he won Everton's Footballer of the Year 1995 award. At the start of the previous season, he had the distinction of scoring Everton's first Premier League goal, a 44th-minute equaliser in a 1–1 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday.[6][7]

As a player, Horne was known for being a "midfield ball-winner" with a ferocious tackle.

Director of football[edit]

In November 2011, Horne returned to professional football when on a volunteer basis he became a director at Wrexham Football Club – the club that gave him in his first opportunity in professional football – when Wrexham Supporters Trust became the first ever Supporters Trust to take over a professional football club as a going concern. He was Director of Football at the Racecourse for almost five years, until he stepped down in October 2016.

Media career[edit]

He is on a football related chat show on Merseyside radio station Radio City 96.7. He has also done punditry work on Match of the Day, and sometimes does commentary and punditry work for Sky Sports. Horne also writes a football column in the Liverpool Echo newspaper.

The Welsh supporters' brass band are named The Barry Horns in homage to the footballer.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Horne has a first-class degree in chemistry from the University of Liverpool. As of 2014, he was director of football and teacher of chemistry and physics at The King's School, Chester.[9][10] He was appointed to the board of directors of Wrexham Football Club after the club was taken over by its Supporters Trust in November 2011.[11]





  1. ^ "Barry Horne". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Sewell, Albert, ed. (1996). News of the World Football Annual 1996–97. London: Invincible Press. p. 401. ISBN 978-0-00-218737-4.
  3. ^ "Wolves slip up and let the Hatters off the hook". Irish Examiner. 1 September 1998. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Kidderminster 2–0 Torquay". BBC. 12 August 2000. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Barry Horne – International matches for Wales". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  6. ^ Prentice, David (11 December 2012). "Landmark Everton FC strikes in the Premier League after Steven Pienaar nods in 1,000th goal". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Everton v Sheffield Wednesday, 15 August 1992". AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  8. ^ Redd, Matthew (31 March 2011). "Spotlight: Cardiff's Barry Horns". The Guardian. Cardiff. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  9. ^ Abrams, Jonny (15 September 2009). "Top Ten: Educated Footballers". Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  10. ^ "King's School staff and governors". The King's School, Chester. Archived from the original on 17 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Ex-Wales captain Barry Horne 'honoured' by Wrexham role". BBC Sport. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  12. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 301. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.
  13. ^ Moore, Glenn (21 May 1995). "Limpar's three steps to heaven". The Independent. London. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  14. ^ "FA Community Shield 1995: Final: Blackburn Rovers – Everton FC 0:1". Retrieved 2 February 2018.

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