Bobby Barnes

Deputy Chief Executive

Bobby Barnes, PFA Deputy Chief Executive.

  • Born: Kingston
  • Nationality: English
  • DOB: 17/12/1962
  • Position: Winger

Clubs: West Ham United, Scunthorpe United (loan), Aldershot Town, Swindon Town, AFC Bournemouth, Northampton Town, Peterborough United, Partick Thistle, Kettering Town, Hong Kong Rangers.

Bobby made his debut for West Ham United in September 1980 and over a 15 year career played 350 games, scoring 103 goals for West Ham United, Northampton Town, Aldershot, Swindon Town, Bournemouth, Peterborough United and Partick Thistle before ending his career with 2 years in Hong Kong.

Bobby was a quick skilful winger who won an FA Youth Cup Winners Medal and England Youth International Caps.

After retiring in 1996, he joined the PFA full-time and is now Deputy Chief Executive, with responsibility for the London office. As part of his remit he works across all areas of the PFA including Equalities, Communities and Charity, Commercial, Education, Financial and General Matters.

He represents professional players in all matters including contractual, representation, mediation and disciplinary. He sits on Football Association panels on matters relating to discipline, work permits and transfer tribunals. He also sits as a trustee of the Premier League/PFA Charity Fund.

Bobby represents the PFA as President of Division Europe and a Board member of FIFPro which is the global players’ union representing players from over 50 countries and also sits on the UEFA Strategic Council which is the forum for football decisions on a European level.  He is also a member of The UEFA EU Matters Committee.

A French speaker, Bobby is now an honorary member (after two terms serving as a delegate) of the Franco British Council, which is a government funded body which aims to promote understanding and ‘best practise’ between the two countries.