Jokeer wrote:Barson was a 1920s Stuart Pearce - feared for his biting tackles and competitive spirit, but admired for his ability on the ball." Barson developed a reputation for dirty play and was often booed and bated by opposing supporters.
Frank Barson was probably the most controversial footballer of his day. Barrel-chested and with a broken, twisted nose he was a giant amongst centre-halves. A blacksmith by trade, his one failing was that he hardly knew his own strength and was apt to be over impetuous. His desire to always be in the thick of the fray brought him into many conflicts with the game's authorities.
On one occasion Barson's hard tackling resulted in a seven month ban; after a game, he often needed a police escort to protect him from angry opposition fans.
One of these goals, against Aston Villa on 26 December 1921, was described by contemporary accounts as a candidate for the longest-distance header ever scored.
Barson was regarded as a "hard man" of English football. The Times notes that "On frequent occasions Barson was escorted out of grounds by policemen to protect him from groups of angry opposition fans." Opposing crowds loathed him, forcing Barson to publicly defend himself on the grounds that he had been "brought up to play hard and saw nothing wrong with an honest to goodness shoulder charge." One violent challenge in a match against Fulham resulted in a seven month ban.
In 1922, he was transferred to Manchester United for a fee of £5,000. He spent an injury-plagued six years at Old Trafford, making 140 League appearances and scoring four goals for the club. While Barson's United appearances were punctuated by injury, when he did play he was known for his on-field leadership, being selected as captain and helping United to win promotion at the end of 1924–25. For gaining promotion he was given a pub in Manchester. At the time he was regarded as a hero, but Barson was so sick of such attention that on the opening night of his pub he gave the business to his head waiter. He then joined Watford in May 1928.
bssm wrote:seriously 99 balance, the guy is barely over 6ft and under 13 stone, he doesn't even look that well built.
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