Liverpool great John Barnes on the Grand National race that left him injured and sidelined for three games
- April 5, 2021
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The Grand National is coming up this week, and Barnes has some fond memories of the legendary Merseyside race.
But it wasn’t horses he can remember galloping down the final furlong – it was him and fellow Anfield great Alan ‘Jockey’ Hansen!
Some footballers just can’t turn off their competitive edge, which is clear from this story.
It all started when long-legged Hansen insisted he could beat winger Barnes in a foot race and – after enjoying some ‘hospitality’ – where else to prove it than on the final furlong of the Grand National course?
It didn’t all go to plan for Barnes, though, as he explained on the Sports Breakfast…
“I gave Alan Hansen five yards and he beat me by ten, because unfortunately I pulled my hamstring.
“I missed three games after that!