Player profile

Barry Venison

Birthdate: 16 August 1964
Birthplace: Consett, England
Other clubs: Sunderland (1982-86), Newcastle United (1992-95), Galatasaray (1995), Southampton (1995-97)
Bought from: Sunderland
Signed for LFC: £200,000, 31.07.1986
International debut: 07.09.1994 vs. USA
International caps: 2/0 (at Newcastle) - 29.03.1995
Liverpool debut: 16.08.1986
Last appearance: 26.04.1992
Debut goal: 29.08.1988
Last goal: 31.03.1992
Contract expiry: 31.07.1992
Win ratio: 58.23% W: 92 D: 34 L: 32
Honours: League Championship 1987/88, 1989/90; FA Cup 1989
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 13 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 110 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 158 / 3

Player profile

Venison first attracted attention when he led Sunderland out in the 1985 League Cup final, the youngest-ever captain in a Wembley final, aged 20 years and 220 days. Sunderland lost 1-0 to Norwich on the big day and he suffered further disappointment when the Roker Park club was relegated at the end of the season. After one campaign in the Second Division Venison promoted himself to Liverpool's management and other first division clubs by writing a letter to them asking if they were interested in his services. Kenny Dalglish felt he would strengthen the side and signed Venison who was just turning 22, but had already gained immense experience at Sunderland making 205 appearances. Venison began the 1986/87 season as first-choice right-back at Liverpool with Jim Beglin playing on the left. Venison switched to the left when Beglin broke his leg halfway through the season. Injuries hampered Venison's progress in the the successful 1987/88 campaign allowing Gary Ablett to settle into the team. Venison was out injured from December 1988 to March 1989 and hardly featured in the rest of the season but did make a substitute appearance at the start of extra-time in the 3-2 win over Everton in the FA Cup final. Venison was a regular in the the second part of the 1989/90 championship season. In his two last seasons Venison suffered with injuries and David Burrows made his mark in the left-back position. In the summer of 1992 Venison joined Newcastle.

Kevin Keegan's Newcastle conquered the Second Division in Venison's debut season and immediately established itself as one of the best sides in the Premier League. In September 1994 Venison made his full England debut after excelling in Magpies' midfield. At the end of the 1994/95 season Venison rejoined former Reds boss, Graeme Souness, at Galatasaray. Five months later he moved to Southampton in the Premier League followed by Souness who took over at the Saints prior to the 1996/97 campaign. Venison only featured in two games for the Scot, in the second of which he was sent off against Leicester which proved to be his last-ever career appearance as he was forced to retire due to a back injury.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals110211737158
1986-1987 33260344
1987-1988 18220022
1988-1989 15140222
1989-1990 25830137
1990-1991 6520114
1991-1992 13303019

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
15Everton
11Arsenal
9Southampton
8Luton Town
7West Ham United
7Nottingham Forest
7Aston Villa
7Manchester United
6Charlton Athletic
6Norwich City
6QPR
5Wimbledon
5Coventry City
4Newcastle United
4Chelsea
4Portsmouth
4Oxford United
4Sheffield Wednesday
4Tottenham
3Watford
3Crystal Palace
3Leicester City
3Millwall
2Wigan Athletic
2Crewe
2Genoa
2Manchester City
2Blackburn Rovers
2Derby
2Swansea City
2Brighton & Hove Albion
1Sheffield United
1Middlesbrough
1Leeds United
1Walsall
1Swarowski Tirol
1Notts County
1Fulham
Total Started/substitutions
139 Started
21 On the bench
19 Substitute
16 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals100113
1986-1987 000000
1987-1988 000000
1988-1989 000011
1989-1990 000000
1990-1991 000000
1991-1992 100102

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
2Started
1Substitute
TotalCompetition
1League
1Centenary Trophy
1UEFA Cup
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
146-60 minutes
161-75 minutes
176-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
3Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
116.08.1986EvertonWembleyOther
5020.09.1987Newcastle UnitedSt James' ParkLeague
10026.11.1989ArsenalAnfieldLeague
15031.03.1992Notts CountyAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
15029.08.1988Nottingham ForestAnfieldOther

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Related Quotes

"Sometimes if I was feeling a little lethargic I would jump in my Porcshe and go screaming down some very tight lanes. It was certainly not one of the most sensible things I've ever done but it sure was exhilarating."

Barry Venison asked if he had any quirky pre-match rituals

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1986-1987 * Defender
1987-1988 * Defender
1988-1989 * Defender
1989-1990 * Defender
1990-1991 * Defender
1991-1992 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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