WATN: Barry Venison


Continuing our where are they now series, today we look at the life and career of the man behind the greatest mullet in football history, ex Liverpool right back Barry Venison.

Barry Venison started off his career with his local team Sunderland and during his time he set the record for the youngest player ever to captain their team in a cup final, at just 20 years and 220 days old he captained Sunderland in a league cup final against Norwich City which they lost 1-0.

After 5 season and over 200 appearances with the Black Cats the player felt it was time to move on to step up in his career. Kenny Dalglish wasted no time in paying £200,000 to bring the right back to Anfield.

Barry Venison Liverpool

His time in Liverpool was often marred by injury and loss of form but he still managed to stay 6 seasons playing over 100 times for the Reds and had picked up a couple of England caps along the way, however with Dalglish now gone from the club and with the emergence of Rob Jones it was time for Venison to move on once again.

He moved back to the North East but this time to Sunderland’s bitter rivals Newcastle United where he was converted to a midfielder by another ex Red Kevin Keegan, after this he went to play for ex manager Greame Souness at Galatasaray for a season before moving back to England to join Southampton where he was managed for the third time by Souness.

A back injury forced him to retire aged 32 and soon after he would take up punditry with Sky Sports and later on ITV before moving to the USA in 2002.

So where is he now ?

Barry Venison Premier Install co

Venison had originally moved to America to work in the property market however the draw of Football was too strong, he joined Orange County blues as a technical director and later on as a head coach where he took them to a semi final of USL Western Conference, he left his role as a coach after only a 2 month period in 2016 and is now the owner of Premier Install Co who provide high end furniture and art to hotels and high end homes throughout the US.