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Garry Williamson Barnes (born 24 January 1982), formerly known as Garry Williamson, is an English footballer who played in the Football League for Darlington.[1] He joined West Auckland Town before the 2010–11 season.

Garry Barnes
Personal information
Full name Garry Williamson Barnes
Date of birth (1982-01-24) 24 January 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Darlington, England
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
West Auckland Town
Youth career
1997–2000 Darlington
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Darlington 6 (0)
2001Spennymoor United (loan)
2001 Yavapai College 25 (29)
2003–2005 Shildon
2005–2006 Durham City
2006 Newcastle Blue Star
2006–2007 Tow Law Town
2007–2009 West Auckland Town
2009 Spennymoor Town
2010 West Auckland Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Barnes was born in Darlington and joined his home-town club in 1997. Then known as Garry Williamson, he turned professional in 2000[2] and made his Football League debut for Darlington on 12 August 2000 as a second-half substitute in a 1–1 draw away at Rochdale. He made five more appearances in League Two, and four in cup competitions,[1] and spent some time on loan at Northern Premier League club Spennymoor United.[3]

At the end of the 2000–01 season, Williamson turned down Darlington's offer of a contract extension, preferring to move to the United States to take up a scholarship at Yavapai College, Arizona,[2] where he led the 2001 offensive rankings for Division 1 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.[4]

He returned to England and, by then using the surname Barnes,[5] signed for Shildon of the Northern League, for whom he scored 53 goals in 52 appearances in the 2003–04 season, a performance which earned him the award of Northern League Player of the Year, and his 34 league goals made him the season's top scorer.[6] In the same season, Shildon reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup,[5] only to be beaten by Notts County of Division Two – five levels above Shildon – 7–2; Barnes, who had scored eight goals during the qualifying rounds, added a 63rd-minute penalty.[7][8]

Before the 2005–06 season Barnes left Shildon for rivals Durham City,[9] but a few months later he moved on again, this time to Newcastle Blue Star, with whom he won the Northern League title.[10][11] He began the next season at Tow Law Town,[12] but joined West Auckland Town during the season, and was leading scorer for the club in 2008–09.[13] He joined Spennymoor Town for the 2009–10 season,[14] and helped them win the Northern League title but then left at the close of that season due to work commitments.[15] Barnes rejoined West Auckland in August 2010.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Games played by Garry Williamson in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Stars And Stripes Is The Future For Garry". The Northern Echo. 24 August 2001. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Moors Pinning Hopes on Darlington Striker Williamson". The Northern Echo. 4 February 2001. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Men's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). National Junior College Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 October 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Six of the Best As Shildon Make The Promised Land". The Northern Echo. 27 October 2003. Retrieved 11 December 2009. ...with Ellison providing the perfect foil for Barnes, known as Garry Williamson during his time as at Darlington, who was in rampant form.
  6. ^ "The Albany Northern League Today". The Northern Echo. 4 June 2004. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  7. ^ Lansley, Peter (7 November 2003). "Shildon happy to be tied up in Notts". The Times. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Notts County v Shildon Match facts". Guardian Online. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  9. ^ "Shildon Sensationally Lose Their Manager And Top Scorer" (PDF). Shildon Town Crier. 27 May 2005. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Blue Star Swap Two For One". NonLeague Daily. 7 January 2006. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  11. ^ "Newcastle Blue Star". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  12. ^ Pratt, Malcolm (27 August 2006). "Billingham Syn 1, Bedlington 3". Sunday Sun. Newcastle. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  13. ^ "West Auckland Town AFC – Player Stats". West Auckland Town A.F.C. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  14. ^ "Local football: RCA in red-hot form again". Sunderland Echo. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  15. ^ "Spennymoor sign English". NonLeague News 24. 8 October 2009. Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  16. ^ Bainbridge, Michael (7 August 2010). "Star defender in hospital shock". West Auckland Town F.C. Retrieved 20 October 2010.

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