Barry John

Barry John

Position: Flyhalf

Date Of Birth 06/01/1945 (73)
Place Of Birth Cefneithin
Height 175cm / 5' 9"
Weight 75kg / 11st 11lbs

Barry John (the king) began his rugby career as a schoolboy playing for his local team Cefneithen before joining Llanelli in 1964. In 1967 he left to join Cardiff and formed a partnership with Gareth Edwards that would become one of the most famous half back pairings in the world. A career that included 93 appearances for Cardiff, 25 Welsh caps, five test matches for the Lions (one in South Africa in 1968 and four in New Zealand in 1971) and five appearances for the Barbarians was brought to an abrupt end in 1972 when Barry John suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 27.

Barry John was inducted into the Cardiff Rugby Hall of fame in 1999 and further details can be found in that section of the club website.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1967/1968 28 23 1 4 9 0 1 9 57  
  1968/1969 14 11 1 2 5 2 4 3 40  
  1969/1970 15 10 3 2 3 2 1 4 28  
  1970/1971 22 15 2 5 5 12 16 9 114  
  1971/1972 14 11 0 3 2 17 21 5 120  
  Total 93 70 7 16 24 33 43 30 359  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1967 Headingley FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 31 - 6  
  06/09/1967 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  09/09/1967 London Welsh FH 2 0 0 1 9 W 27 - 12  
  13/09/1967 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 9  
  16/09/1967 Coventry FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 27 - 8  
  23/09/1967 Torquay FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 57 - 3  
  27/09/1967 Pontypool FH 2 0 0 1 9 W 25 - 9  
  11/10/1967 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 2 6 W 6 - 3  
  14/10/1967 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  18/10/1967 Cooptimists FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 29 - 6  
  21/10/1967 Torquay FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 12  
  25/10/1967 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  04/11/1967 Oxford University FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 6  
  15/11/1967 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  22/11/1967 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  25/11/1967 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  29/11/1967 Cambridge University FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 9  
  02/12/1967 Swansea FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 3  
  26/12/1967 Liverpool FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 29 - 3  
  27/12/1967 UAU FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  30/12/1967 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 6  
  27/01/1968 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 17 - 3  
  17/02/1968 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  21/02/1968 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  24/02/1968 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  02/03/1968 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 3  
  03/04/1968 Coventry FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 6 - 3  
  06/04/1968 Newbridge FH 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 13  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  26/10/1968 Glamorgan Police FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 46 - 17  
  11/12/1968 University of Cape Town FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 11 - 6  
  21/12/1968 Gala FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 3  
  26/12/1968 Liverpool FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 12 - 5  
  01/01/1969 Gala FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 9 - 6  
  02/01/1969 Watsonians FH 0 1 2 0 8 W 20 - 3  
  11/01/1969 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 14  
  25/01/1969 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 6  
  21/02/1969 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  01/03/1969 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  15/03/1969 Swansea FH 1 1 1 0 8 W 27 - 11  
  05/04/1969 Barbarians FH 0 0 1 0 3 W 20 - 16  
  07/04/1969 Harlequins FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 22 - 15  
  16/04/1969 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 9 - 9  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/10/1969 Newport FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 8 - 0  
  11/10/1969 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 9  
  18/10/1969 Newbridge FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 14  
  01/11/1969 Oxford University FH 1 0 0 0 3 L 9 - 13  
  08/11/1969 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  22/11/1969 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  10/01/1970 Coventry FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 24 - 11  
  17/01/1970 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  21/02/1970 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  07/03/1970 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  18/03/1970 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 6  
  21/03/1970 Swansea FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 6 - 3  
  30/03/1970 Harlequins FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 19 - 11  
  14/04/1970 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 11  
  15/04/1970 Chepstow FB 1 2 1 0 10 W 44 - 18  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/09/1970 South Wales Police FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 10  
  09/09/1970 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  12/09/1970 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  16/09/1970 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 19  
  19/09/1970 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 12  
  26/09/1970 Aberavon FH 0 0 1 1 6 W 12 - 11  
  10/10/1970 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 3 - 14  
  24/10/1970 Newbridge FH 0 3 3 0 15 W 33 - 6  
  28/10/1970 Maesteg FH 1 0 0 1 6 L 9 - 16  
  31/10/1970 WRU President's XV FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 8  
  07/11/1970 Oxford University FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  14/11/1970 Newport FH 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 6  
  21/11/1970 Wasps FH 1 2 1 0 10 W 37 - 10  
  28/11/1970 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 4 12 W 12 - 9  
  05/12/1970 Swansea FH 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 13  
  19/12/1970 St Luke's College, Exeter FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 30 - 8  
  09/01/1971 Coventry FH 0 1 4 0 14 W 20 - 15  
  23/01/1971 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 1 1 0 5 W 11 - 3  
  20/02/1971 Newport FH 0 1 3 0 11 W 17 - 9  
  26/02/1971 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 1 3 D 6 - 6  
  06/03/1971 Newport FH 1 2 1 0 10 W 13 - 8  
  20/03/1971 Swansea FH 0 1 1 1 8 W 20 - 11  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/12/1971 Swansea FH 0 1 4 0 14 W 38 - 6  
  11/12/1971 Harlequins FH 0 2 0 1 7 W 19 - 12  
  18/12/1971 London Welsh FH 0 1 2 1 11 W 23 - 4  
  27/12/1971 Liverpool FH 0 1 1 0 5 W 17 - 6  
  08/01/1972 Coventry FH 1 1 3 1 18 W 22 - 15  
  10/02/1972 Bristol Rugby FH 0 1 1 1 8 L 12 - 15  
  19/02/1972 Newport FH 0 1 1 0 5 W 17 - 4  
  26/02/1972 Scarlets FH 0 2 1 0 7 W 19 - 3  
  04/03/1972 Newport FH 1 0 2 1 13 W 25 - 6  
  11/03/1972 Cardiff College of Education FH 0 0 1 0 3 W 7 - 6  
  15/03/1972 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  01/04/1972 Barbarians FH 0 6 1 0 15 W 43 - 10  
  12/04/1972 Neath FH 0 0 3 0 9 L 9 - 16  
  22/04/1972 Newbridge FH 0 1 1 0 5 W 13 - 11  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 25 14 3 8 5 6 13 8 90  
  British and Irish Lions 5 2 1 2 1 3 5 2 30  
Clubs: - Cardiff - Cefneithin - Pontyberem -
Education: - Gwendraeth Grammar School - Trinity College, Carmarthen -
Region: - Scarlets -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - British and Irish Lions - East Wales - Wales -

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