Dog Inn’s Barnes makes local football history

THEN AND NOW: Craig Barnes in his early playing days  for De Lacy Arms in 1988, and (inset) with his son James
THEN AND NOW: Craig Barnes in his early playing days for De Lacy Arms in 1988, and (inset) with his son James
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DOG Inn’s defensive stalwart Craig Barnes has made local football history.

Dog’s recent Harry Dewhurst Memorial League title triumph means that Barnes has now won the title in all four decades of the competition.

Craig Barnes today with son James, himself a talented footballer who will be joining Dog Inn this summer.

Craig Barnes today with son James, himself a talented footballer who will be joining Dog Inn this summer.

Craig, who was already the only player to play in every season the league has been in existence, will receive his fifth championship medal when Dog Inn receive their trophy and medals at the forthcoming presentation evening at Accrington Stanley.

Craig won his first two championships with De Lacy Arms in 1988-89 and 1992-93, before enjoying his third and fourth successes with Swan Hotel and Wilpshire Bull’s Head in 1995-96 and 2002-03 respectively.

He has also been a championship runner-up on five occasions, won one cup winner’s medal with De Lacy, and been a cup runner-up on three occasions.

Dog manager Simon Kerins said: “I have known Craig for 10 years and he’s aged like a fine wine, both on and off the field.

“He is truly a legend on the local football league circuit, both in the Harry Dewhurst Memorial League – where he has also played for Brown Cow, Whalley Wanderers and Judge Walmesley – and in the East Lancashire League on Saturdays.

“Apart from the consistently high level of his performances, his experience has been a huge factor in our title success this season.

“I see no reason why he cannot continue for a few more years.”