It's 28 years to the day since Watford's John Barnes almost turned England's World Cup quarter-final against Argentina on its head

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Watford FC News

Sunday, June 22, 1986

England played Argentina in the quarter-finals of the World Cup at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

With the game goalless at half-time, Argentine captain Diego Maradona scored twice within the first ten minutes of the second period, the first of which was the notorious 'hand of God' goal.

With 15 minutes to go, Watford's John Barnes made his World Cup debut, coming on as substitute for Trevor Steven. Four minutes later he crossed from the left for Gary Lineker to pull a goal back.

With minutes to go Barnes supplied Lineker in identical fashion, but Julio Olarticoechea narrowly beat him to the ball and England went out of the tournament to the eventual world champions.

Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day

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10:52am Sun 22 Jun 14

Guy Bov says...

This was the one game (apart from the wonder goal in the Maracana) that Barnes fulfilled his club form for England. so nearly changed the game
This was the one game (apart from the wonder goal in the Maracana) that Barnes fulfilled his club form for England. so nearly changed the game Guy Bov
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12:15am Mon 23 Jun 14

bornyellow says...

was in Majorca at the time....when Barnes came on he lit the team...being a hornet is one thing but seeing a watford player make such an impact made me so proud to be a Watford fan....great times.
was in Majorca at the time....when Barnes came on he lit the team...being a hornet is one thing but seeing a watford player make such an impact made me so proud to be a Watford fan....great times. bornyellow
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7:40am Mon 23 Jun 14

rayman01 says...

bornyellow wrote:
was in Majorca at the time....when Barnes came on he lit the team...being a hornet is one thing but seeing a watford player make such an impact made me so proud to be a Watford fan....great times.
Just one criticism of the great Bobby Robson was that he did not introduce Barnsey earlier. John Barnes was electric and lean at the time. Maradona literally dragged an average Argentina to the 1986 WC victory. It was a much closer game than Maradona's goals suggests. Contrast with Hodgson who slightly overrelied on talented youngsters and got tactics wrong. Luv the Horns!
[quote][p][bold]bornyellow[/bold] wrote: was in Majorca at the time....when Barnes came on he lit the team...being a hornet is one thing but seeing a watford player make such an impact made me so proud to be a Watford fan....great times.[/p][/quote]Just one criticism of the great Bobby Robson was that he did not introduce Barnsey earlier. John Barnes was electric and lean at the time. Maradona literally dragged an average Argentina to the 1986 WC victory. It was a much closer game than Maradona's goals suggests. Contrast with Hodgson who slightly overrelied on talented youngsters and got tactics wrong. Luv the Horns! rayman01
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8:38am Wed 25 Jun 14

downunderorn says...

rayman01 wrote:
bornyellow wrote:
was in Majorca at the time....when Barnes came on he lit the team...being a hornet is one thing but seeing a watford player make such an impact made me so proud to be a Watford fan....great times.
Just one criticism of the great Bobby Robson was that he did not introduce Barnsey earlier. John Barnes was electric and lean at the time. Maradona literally dragged an average Argentina to the 1986 WC victory. It was a much closer game than Maradona's goals suggests. Contrast with Hodgson who slightly overrelied on talented youngsters and got tactics wrong. Luv the Horns!
Agree entirely, plus Reid was unfit and acted as an escort for the cheating little Argentinian's "wonder goal". Had JB started history would have been rewritten, negative Robson.
"Woy" should have remembered Sir Alf's policy on Beckenbauer in 66! Perhaps we would then have progressed this year. Uornnns
[quote][p][bold]rayman01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bornyellow[/bold] wrote: was in Majorca at the time....when Barnes came on he lit the team...being a hornet is one thing but seeing a watford player make such an impact made me so proud to be a Watford fan....great times.[/p][/quote]Just one criticism of the great Bobby Robson was that he did not introduce Barnsey earlier. John Barnes was electric and lean at the time. Maradona literally dragged an average Argentina to the 1986 WC victory. It was a much closer game than Maradona's goals suggests. Contrast with Hodgson who slightly overrelied on talented youngsters and got tactics wrong. Luv the Horns![/p][/quote]Agree entirely, plus Reid was unfit and acted as an escort for the cheating little Argentinian's "wonder goal". Had JB started history would have been rewritten, negative Robson. "Woy" should have remembered Sir Alf's policy on Beckenbauer in 66! Perhaps we would then have progressed this year. Uornnns downunderorn
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