Keith Barnes

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Keith William Barnes
Nickname(s)
Golden Boots
Born
Tuesday, 30th October, 1934
Current Age
84 years and 15 days
Place Of Birth
Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, Wales

Awards & Accolades

Australian Hall Of Fame
2007

Known Family Links

Cousin
Gwyl Barnes

Biography

One of the finest goal-kickers the code has seen, ‘Golden Boots’ set a point-scoring record in his 14 seasons with Balmain and became an institution with the Tigers club. W. Keith Barnes immigrated to Australia from Port Talbot in Wales in 1948. He commenced his league career in Wollongong where he first played five-eighth before moving to fullback. Barnes' faultless kicking style and his resolute last-line of defence while playing for Southern Division against Great Britain in 1954 came to the notice of Balmain stalwart 'Latchem' Robinson. Signing with the Tigers, Barnes established a club record 180pts in 1956, including three goals in the club’s 18-12 grand final loss to St George. He made his debut for Australia in the 1957 World Cup but suffered a smashed jaw when making a tackle on Kiwi prop Henry Maxwell. After playing against NZ in 1959, he went on to kick goals in each of his 14 Test appearances and was given the honour of captaining Australia on the Kangaroo tour. Australia went within a goal of winning the Ashes, losing the Second Test by a point. Barnes also led Australia in two 'friendlies' against Italy on the trip home. He went on to play against France in 1960 (kicking a record 10 goals in the Second Test in Brisbane), was selected as captain-coach of Australia in the 1960 World Cup, and against Great Britain in the 1962 Ashes series. Despite winning an around-the-world trip as ‘Player of the Year’ in 1963, he was left out of the Kangaroo squad in favour of Ken Thornett, Les Johns and Graeme Langlands. In the 1964 semi-final series Barnes scored all of all Balmain's points in the semi-final, final and grand final matches. He triumphantly returned to the Test arena in 1966 - his three goals in the Second Test in Brisbane in 1966 giving Australia a 6-4 victory to keep the Ashes series alive. Unfortunately, he was again injured and ruled out of the decider. On the club scene, Barnes continued to lead the Tigers by example, winning matches with his deadly accurate boot. Balmain went down to St George in two further grand finals, 1964 and 1966, with Barnes retiring at the beginning of the 1968 season. Injuries in the club saw him return to the playing field for one last season but the sad irony to his career is that the year after he retired Balmain won their last premiership. In retirement, Keith Barnes remained where his heart was as General Manager of the Balmain Leagues Club but stood down as Balmain Chief Executive at the end of 1994 at a period when the club changed its name to the Sydney Tigers for a short time. Balmain’s amalgamation with Wests at the end of 1999 saw the end of Barnes’ long association with the game.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1957, 1959-60, 1962, 1966 17 - 59   - 118 9 7 1 52.94% Match list
Overall 1957-1966 17 0 59   0 118 9 7 1 52.94% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1957-1960 2 - 12   - 24 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1960 2 0 12   0 24 2 0 0 100.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1957, 1960 3 - 5   - 10 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 1957-1960 3 0 5   0 10 2 1 0 66.67% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1956-60, 1963 11 2 50   - 106 9 2 0 81.82% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1957-58 2 - 16   - 32 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1956-1963 13 2 66   0 138 11 2 0 84.62% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain NSWRFL 1955 ? 1 60   - 123  
Balmain NSWRFL 1956 ? - 90   - 180  
Balmain NSWRFL 1957 ? 3 42   - 93  
Balmain NSWRFL 1958 ? 2 71   - 148  
Balmain NSWRFL 1959 ? 1 48   - 99  
Balmain NSWRFL 1960 ? - 61   - 122  
Balmain NSWRFL 1961 ? - 53   - 106  
Balmain NSWRFL 1962 ? - 36   - 72  
Balmain NSWRFL 1963 ? 4 55   - 122  
Balmain NSWRFL 1964 ? - 48   - 96  
Balmain NSWRFL 1965 ? - 45   - 90  
Balmain NSWRFL 1966 ? - 67   - 134  
Balmain NSWRFL 1967 ? - 29   - 58  
Balmain NSWRFL 1968 ? - 37   1 76  
Overall 1955-1968 ? 11 742   1 1,519 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1955-68 ? 11 742   1 1519 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1955-1968 ? 11 742   1 1,519 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1955-68 ? 11 742   1 1519 ? ? ? ?  
Balmain 1958, 1964 2 5 304   - 623 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1955-1968 ? 11 742   1 1,519 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

T Gwyn Evans says: Keith was a talented boy at Rugby,Soccer and cricket at a very young age. He grew up in Margam, Port Talbot, south Wales.
We used to play on a patch of land opposite his home.
Playing cricket we could never get him out !
i considered him as a friend. We played together for Aberavon
School Boys against Cardiff Boys at the Arms Park.
Not long after his family emigrated to Australia the rest is history. What a Talent!! (14/08/2015)

irene o"connor says: He will always remain my favorate player. A perfect gentleman on and off the field. He always made time to talk to young and old and made you feel his equal. I enjoyed watching him play. Because of him I became a tiger fan and to this day I remain one. I am now 66 and still watch all of the tigers games. Thank you Keith (10/03/2018)

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