Football legends John Barnes, Robbie Fowler in town
KUCHING: English Premier League Liverpool Football Club legends John Barnes and Robbie Fowler are in town for the shooting of a travel documentary highlighting, among other tourist spots, the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) in Santubong.
Yesterday’s post from SCV Facebook like page confirmed the visit.
Two reliable sources said they could not divulge information out of respect for the former footballers’ privacy and that of the filming crew.
It is understood that the duo arrived here yesterday and their departure was also not disclosed by the sources.
According to Wikipedia, Barnes was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year twice - in 1987/88 and 1989/90 series of the EPL.
He was also the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year in 1987/88. In the runup to England’s 1990 Fifa World Cup campaign he recorded a rap for the official team song, New Order’s ‘World in Motion’ and in 2005 Barnes was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.
He played for Liverpool as a winger in 1987 to 1997, appearing for the club 403 times and scored a total of 106 goals. With Liverpool he won the First Division championship twice and the English FA Cup twice.
The 54-year- old retired as a footballer in 1999 when he was with Charlton Athletic and moved on as a coach with Celtic ( Scotland) (1999 to 2000) and manager of Jamaican national team (2008 to 2009) and Tranmere Rovers (England) for four months in 2009.
Fowler, 42, a striker, played for Liverpool Youth team from 1984 to 1993 before playing as senior from 1993 to 2001.
He subsequently played for Leeds United and Manchester City before making a comeback to Liverpool in 2006. Due to his ruthlessness in front of goal he was nicknamed ‘God’ by Liverpool fans. He scored 183 goals for the club.
Both Barnes and Fowler were members of the England Squad in their heydays. And now they are sports television personalities.
Barnes (right) and Fowler at SCV — Photo courtesy of SCV Facebook Like page