Barney Travers

Barney Travers, Sunderland AFC

Born Sunderland 1894 Barney Travers started his footballing career with Sunderland Co-op, playing in the local Wednesday League. From there he moved to Oak Villa and Lambton Star, then Sunderland West End, before signing for Sunderland AFC in July 1919. He fought during WW1 and was taken prisoner, remaining a POW until The Armistice in November 1918. Travers played 63 times for Sunderland scoring an impressive 28 goals before he was transferred to Fulham on 21 February 1921 for £3,000. It was at Fulham that he was temporarily suspended by the Football Association for an alleged bribe in the South Shields v Fulham match in March 1921. Barney subsequently made his way to Spain where he was prevented from playing but became Vienna Player Manager in May 1922. He returned to Sunderland where he had a fruit and veg stall in the then Town.

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