Thursday, January 18, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 86: Nick Barmby


Voted in at number 86 in our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series is a player who will never be forgotten on Merseyside, Nick Barmby.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

Name: Nick Barmby

Years at Liverpool: 2000 to 2002

Position: Attacking midfielder

Date of birth: 11/2/1974
Birthplace: Hull

Signed from: Everton (2000)

Games: 57
Goals: 8

Honours won: Worthington Cup (2001), UEFA Cup (2001), Charity Shield (2001)

Nick Barmby shook not only the Kop but the whole of Merseyside when he crossed Stanley Park to fulfil his childhood dream of playing for Liverpool. In a move which echoed that of Dave Hickson some 40-odd years before, he left Everton in controversial circumstances for a fee of £6 million during the summer of 2000. It was a transfer that sparked a huge local furore and, as result, the hype surrounding his first appearance for the Reds against the Blues later that year was intense. What happened next has since passed into Mersey derby folklore as he silenced the taunting Evertonians with a memorable headed goal in a 3-1 Liverpool win. It was, however, to be a rare high point in an otherwise undistinguished stay at Anfield. Used by Gerard Houllier as a wide player, operating on either the left or right flanks, Barmby chipped in with his fair share of important goals – including a penalty in the shoot-out win over Birmingham City in the Worthington Cup Final - but missed the climax of the treble season through injury. An England international, the Hull-born Liverpudlian, who began his career as an exciting youngster at Tottenham, then saw his Liverpool career peter out disappointingly. He hardly figured the following season due to an ankle injury and it came as no surprise when Gerard Houllier deemed him surplus to requirements and offloaded him to Leeds just prior to the start of the 2002/03 campaign. His stay at Anfield may have been brief but it will certainly won't be forgotten by the fans on either side of the great Mersey divide.

Sold to: Leeds United (2002)

Claim to fame: Scoring against Everton just months after crossing Stanley Park

Did you know? He had a two-week trial at Anfield as a teenager before signing for Tottenham

Where is he now? Playing for his hometown club Hull City in the Championship

Jamie Carragher on Nick Barmby: "If you ever watch that treble video back again, you don't realise until you watch it the impact he had on that season, definitely before Christmas, the amount of goals he scored. He was a great help in us winning those trophies."

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