Bobby Barnes made his debut for West Ham United in September 1980 and over a 15 years career played 350 games., scoring 103 goals for West Ham United, Northampton Town, Aldershot, Swindon Town, Boutnemouth, Peterborough United and Patrick Thistle before ending his careet with 2 years in Hong Kong.
After retiring, he joined the PFA full-time in November 2000 and is now Deputy Chief Executive, with responsibility fot the London office.
He represents professional players in all matters including contractual, representation, mediation and displinary. He sits on Football Association panels on matters relating discipline, work permits and transder tribunals. He also sits as a trustee of the Premier League Charity Fund.
A Fench speaker, Bobby is now an honorary member (after twi terms serving as a delegate) to the Franco British Council, whih is a government funded body which aims to promote understanding and 'best practise' between the twi countries.
The Professional Footballer's Association (FPA) was formed on 2nd December 1907 and is the world's longest established professional sportsperson's union.
The aims of the FPA are to protect, improve and negotiate the conditions, rights and status of all professional players by collective bargaining agreements.
The FPA has been successful throughout its history in the challenges it has faced due to the stengthf of support from its members.
The PFA is a key figure in all aspects of the professional game which affects its members and has added to its reputation on the principle of caring for the interests of the game as a whole, in addition to the interests of its members.
The exoerience and expertise the PFA has gained since its formation ensures it is able to provide the best advice, representation and assistance in all aspects of a player's career and beyond,