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John Barnes 1980s Watford fan pictures recreated


Photographs of ex-footballer John Barnes posing with fans in the 1980s have been recreated 30 years later.Watford fans posed with ex-England winger Barnes, who played for the Hornets between 1981 and 1987, at event held in front of an audience of 600.The organisers had asked the audience at the Watford Palace Theatre to send in pictures in advance of the night.”[John] really enjoyed it and made it a special moment for the fans,” show presenter Adam Leventhal said.”The reception for arguably the most gifted player to have ever played at Vicarage Road was superb throughout and was capped by a standing ovation at the end.”

The event was organised by the publishers of the Tales from the Vicarage series of books about the Hornets and those who played for them.Mr Leventhal said the idea came from a picture sent in by fans Steve and Peter Van Dyk of the brothers as youngsters with John Barnes.”We knew that they were coming to the event… and we decided it would be great to recreate the picture on stage on the night,” he said.

John Barnes

Played for Watford between 1981 and 1987, scoring 65 goals in 233 League appearances
Was part of the Hornets team that got promoted to the First Division in 1982 and finished second to Liverpool
Signed for Liverpool in June 1987 for £900,000, scoring 108 goals in 407 games
Honours at Liverpool: League Championship 1987/88, 1989/90; FA Cup 1989; League Cup 1995
International caps: 79 England caps from 1983-1995
Since 1999 he has managed Celtic, the Jamaican national team and Tranmere Rovers
He performed a rap on New Order’s UK number one single World in Motion which celebrated England’s participation in the 1990 Fifa World Cup
Source: Liverpool FC / IMDB / Watford FC

Source: BBC Beds