STAMP OF APPROVAL: John Barnes
JAMAICAN-BORN football legend John Barnes has been honoured with his own stamp.
Barnes is among 11 of the UK’s greatest football heroes, who are being recognised this way by Royal Mail to celebrate 150 years since the rules of Association Football were established.
The organisation said the special stamps, available online from May 9, are also being issued to mark the Football Association’s (FA) 150th anniversary and the Scottish Football Association’s 140th anniversary.
Barnes, who has since gone onto various roles including football coaching and television presenting, was signed by Watford from a local non-league side and later moved onto Liverpool in 1987.
He is often credited with scoring the finest English goal of all time as England took on Brazil at the Maracana Stadium in the Rio de Janeiro in June 1984.
One of England’s most glorious football moments saw Barnes dribble past four defenders and the Brazilian goalkeeper to score a goal of stunning individual brilliance, still talked about nearly 30 years later.
‘Barnes has been described by many of his former Liverpool and England teammates as simply the best footballer they ever played alongside,’ the accompanying stamp citation read.
LEGENDS: Barnes is among 11 footballers recognised
‘A sublimely talented and extraordinarily graceful dribbler, Barnes was also strong and quick, a combination of qualities which at times made him almost unplayable.
‘He was also a precise and creative passer and finisher who rarely gave the ball away and was comfortable anywhere in midfield or up front.’
He was also a man of other talents, lending his rapping skills to New Order’s No.1 chart hit, World in Motion released as part of England’s World Cup campaign in 1990.
Watch the video for a trip down memory lane
The other 10 football greats being honoured by Royal Mail are:
• Gordon Banks (England);
• George Best (Northern Ireland);
• John Charles (Wales);
• Bobby Charlton (England);
• Jimmy Greaves (England);
• Kevin Keegan (England);
• Denis Law (Scotland);
• Dave Mackay (Scotland);
• Bobby Moore (England); and
• Bryan Robson (England)
SEVEN OTHER BLACK ACHIEVERS GIVEN THE 'STAMP' OF APPROVAL
1) Claudia Jones Journalist, political activist and black nationalist and Notting Hill Carnival founder
2) Ignatius Sancho, first African prose writer, abolitonist, writer,composer and businessman
3) Olaudah Equiano, former enslaved African who depicted the horror of slavery in his autobiography and was a well-known anti-slavery campaigner
4) Jessica Ennis, Olympic Hepthathlon Gold medallist
5) Mo Farah, Olympic 5000 and 10,000 metres Gold medallist
6) Nicola Adams, first woman to win an Olympic Boxing Gold Medal in the Flyweight division
7) Anthony Joshua,Olympic Boxing Gold medallist (Super heavyweight division)