25 Facts About Barry Venison


Barry Venison was born on 16 August 1964 and is an English football coach, former professional footballer and sports television pundit.


Barry Venison played for Sunderland, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Galatasaray and Southampton.


Barry Venison played for England at youth and under-21 level in his early days.


Barry Venison started his club career in his native North East with Sunderland and set a record when he became the youngest captain at a Wembley cup final when, aged 20 years and 220 days, he skippered Sunderland against Norwich City in the 1985 League Cup final in place of the suspended Shaun Elliott.


Barry Venison went on to play in 20 league games that season scoring one goal in the process.


Barry Venison made his Liverpool debut on 16 August 1986 in the traditional curtain raiser at Wembley, the Charity Shield, Liverpool faced derby rivals Everton, who had lost out to the Reds in both the previous season's League and FA Cup campaigns.


Barry Venison featured in 33 out of 42 league games that season.


Barry Venison was a League Cup final loser again in his first season at Anfield, when Liverpool were defeated by Arsenal in the 1987 final.


Barry Venison was denied the chance of league title glory as the Reds were beaten into second place in the league by their neighbours Everton.


Barry Venison played 18 times for Liverpool when they secured League championship in 1988, losing just two out of 40 league games.


However, the emergence of fellow young defender Gary Ablett meant that Barry Venison lost his place in the team.


Barry Venison featured in more games but with fewer starts, often named as one of the two permitted substitutes.


Barry Venison only scored one goal for the Magpies but he regards it as being the best goal he's ever scored; it was, in his words, "a 20-yard screamer" against Aston Villa at a packed St James' Park.


Barry Venison was one of several British footballers recruited by coach Graeme Souness, who had been his manager during his final year at Liverpool earlier in the decade.


Barry Venison spent just under 5 months with the Turkish side, playing eight games, before he was on the move once more.


Barry Venison played 22 Premier League games that season as Southampton avoided relegation on goal difference and reached the FA Cup quarter finals.


Barry Venison had been selected to represent England at under-21 level on 10 occasions from 1982 until 1986.


In 1994, aged 30, Barry Venison was picked to represent his country by new coach Terry Venables.


Julie Barry Venison was involved in Bid4sport providing business support and book-keeping for the venture.


Barry Venison was initially based on the outskirts of Romsey before expanding and moving to premises to the west of Fareham.


Barry Venison sold Bid4sport shortly before his family relocated to the United States.


Barry Venison made an appearance as himself in the 2001 comedy film, Mike Bassett: England Manager.


Barry Venison moved to the United States in 2003, firstly to Laguna Beach, and then Los Angeles.


Barry Venison worked in property development for a short time, before his friend Oliver Wyss, convinced him to return to football.


Barry Venison became Technical Director of Orange County Blues, before succeeding Wyss as head coach to see out the 2016 USL Pro season.