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Gareth Barry factfile

02 Jun 2009 19:18:39

Gareth Barry factfile

1981: Born, Hastings, February 23. 1997: Joins Aston Villa as a trainee from Brighton for £50,000. 1998: February 23 - Signs first professional contract at Villa. May 2 - Makes debut as substitute in 3-1 Premier League win at Sheffield Wednesday. May 10 - First start for Villa is in 1-0 home win over Arsenal. November 17 - Makes England Under-21 debut in friendly against Czech Republic. Goes on to earn 27 caps. 1999: April 24 - Scores first Villa goal in 2-0 Premier League win over Nottingham Forest. 2000: May 31 - Makes senior England debut as substitute in 2-0 friendly win over Ukraine at Wembley. June: Called up to England's Euro 2000 squad but does not feature during the tournament. September 2 - Starts first senior England game in 1-1 draw with France in Paris. 2006: August 19 - Awarded Villa captaincy for opening Premier League game of the season at Arsenal and retains the job. August 27 - Ends speculation about his future by signing a four-year contract at Villa. 2007: February 2 - Named in England squad for first time since 2003 for friendly against Spain. October 28 - Becomes youngest player to make 300 Premier League appearances (aged 26 years 247 days), beating Frank Lampard's record. 2008: May 1 - Liverpool launch bid to buy Barry. May 2 - Villa boss Martin O'Neill confirms Liverpool's bid but decries it as "a mish-mash of nameless player exchanges". O'Neill also criticises Liverpool for making their interest public. June 1 - Scores first international goal in England's 3-0 friendly win in Trinidad and Tobago. Also captains England for the first time in second half of the game. Describes Liverpool's interest as "flattering". June 29 - Reveals he wants to join Liverpool and criticises O'Neill for not making enough effort to keep him at Villa Park. July 2 - Barry is fined two weeks' wages and ordered not to return for pre-season training for his criticism of O'Neill. Villa reveal they have rejected another improved offer from Liverpool. July 16 - Barry is permitted to return to training. July 22 - Plays for Villa in a friendly at Walsall and is booed by the travelling supporters. August 22 - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals his own interest in Barry. August 27 - Barry's agent confirms the player will stay with Villa. 2009: May - Villa offer to make Barry their highest-paid player if he signs a new contract. June 2 - Barry joins Manchester City for £12million.


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