Ron Barnes (full name Charles Ronald Barnes)

Born 21 February 1936 – Died 7 December 1991.

A right winger, Ron was born in Bolton, Lancashire, and began his career as a junior with Blackpool, turning professional in May 1954.

As the understudy to Sir Stanley Matthews, his opportunities were understandably limited, and in June 1959, after only 9 league appearances he moved to Rochdale for a fee of £1,000. He quickly became a regular in the Spotland side, playing in 91 league games in 2 seasons, and scoring 7 goals.

In July 1961, he was sold to Wrexham for a fee of £4,000, where he established himself as a goal scoring winger (24 goals in 88 league games).

He had two seasons with Wrexham, and helped them win promotion to the Third Division.

In August 1963, he moved to Norwich City, where he was to play 21 league games, and score only 1 goal, before moving to the Posh in July 1964 for a fee of £5,000.

Ron a stylish winger made his Posh debut on the opening day of the 1964/65 season away at Exeter City but then lost his place for the next 8 games before returning to the side to face Leicester City in the 2nd Round of the Football League Cup. Ron was up against wingers Ian Crawford and Peter McNamee for a place in the first team during his first season at the club but still managed to make 20 League appearances, scoring three goals, 7 FA Cup appearances (included the game against Chelsea in the 6th round of the FA Cup) scoring 1 goal and 2 Football League Cup appearances.

Ron was a regular in the Posh 1st team in the first half of the 1965/66 season making 19 League, 2 FA Cup and 3 Football League Cup appearances before being sold in January 1966 to Torquay United.

At Torquay Ron established himself as an unpredictable goal scoring winger and in 1969, after 25 goals in 114 league games for Torquay, he left the English game, signing for Cape Town City. He subsequently settled in South Africa, working in the printing trade.

Posh Record:

Competition Starts Used Subs Unused Sub Goals
Football League 39 0 1 6
FA Cup 9 0 0 1
Football League Cup 5 0 0 0
Total 53 0 1 7