John Barnes: Poetry in Motion premieres May 19th on BT Sport 2

False 9 in association with BT Sport present, 'John Barnes: Poetry in Motion’.

‘Barnes: Poetry in Motion’ tells the story of one of football’s most iconic figures. John Barnes' story is a unique one, starting from his arrival in England from Jamaica and then being recommended to Elton John’s Watford by a cab driver who had seen him play for non-league Sudbury Court. Barnes would play only one reserve game before establishing himself as key figure in Graham Taylor’s beloved side, who won promotion to the top tier of English football before finishing runners-up to Liverpool in their first full season. It was while at Watford that Barnes launched his international career with one of England's greatest goals - a mazy run and cool finish against Brazil in the Maracana. He would go on to be capped 79 times for a country that, as John reveals, he was not initially eligible to represent. 

At Liverpool, John would establish himself as one the greatest player in the club’s history, winning the league championship and the Football Writers' Player of Year award in two of his first three seasons at the club. Off the field John found a home in Liverpool, forming an ever-stronger bond with the city - where he still lives and has raised seven children - in the aftermath of the Hillsborough. 

False Nine producer Luke Bower-Massey commented: “We are proud to be partnering with BT Sport once again for ‘John Barnes: Poetry in Motion’. We find it fitting that the film will air on May 19th at 20:00, after the FA Cup final, this famous tournament plays a significant part in John’s story as he competed in three memorable FA Cup finals (one with Watford, two with Liverpool).

“It is also fitting that, with Liverpool playing a key figure in John’s life both off and on the field, BT Sport hold the exclusive rights to the UEFA Champions League, in which Jurgen Klopp’s side are enjoying such an exciting campaign”.

An extended feature cut of the film will be released worldwide on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 4th.