Lewisham born Barness, joined Chelsea from Charlton Athletic's youth academy for a transfer fee of £350,000 in September 1992. He spent a frustrating four seasons at Stamford Bridge with his first team appearances limited to under 20. |
In the 1993/94 season, Barness enjoyed a European Cup run in the Cup Winners Cup when Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle was forced to rustle up as many English players as possibly after FIFA ruling decreed that Scots, Welsh and Irish players must be counted amongst the three permitted foreigners available for selection.
The full-back was loaned out to Middlesbrough in August 1993 and also had a spell at Southend United in February 1996, before being sold back to Charlton for a deflated fee of £165,000 in August of the same year.
Back at The Valley and under Alan Curbishley, he enjoyed a successful first season back and was one of the clubs top performers. However, much to the shock and amazement of the Addicks fans, Barness was replaced by Mark Bowen and Paul Konchesky at left back. In his second spell at The Valley, the defender made over 100 appearances netting three times.
In 2000, Bolton Wanderers signed Anthony on a free transfer, failing to make the starting line-up in his first season. The following season Barness made the right-back position his own, and impressed many at the Reebok Stadium.
He continued in the first team over the next couple of years, before being sent out on loan to West Ham in February 2004, only for his loan spell to be cut short after just 24 hours, he was recalled due to an injury crisis at Bolton. He was also involved in the side that broke Bolton's club record for the most consecutive wins.
Following his release from The Trotters in May 2005, Barney stepped down a level to join Championship side Read more]