Ian was what you’d call the “typical” non-league defender, and is second on our list of appearance makers with 187 appearances in five seasons.
He made his debut in the 6-1 defeat to Hemel Hempstead Town in August 2000, and in his first season for the club, he would go onto make 31 appearances.
In his early years, Barnes was one of the most defensive-minded players who have probably played for the club. Many supporters joked that every time he crossed the half-way line, his nose would begin to bleed.
He was a key part of the highly successful 2001-2 side, which finished 6th in the Ryman League Division 2.
In his third season (2002-3) for the club, he played under Danny Honeyball, and then Hakan Heyrettin, helping the club narrowly avoid relegation.
It is often the case in non-league, that if a manager leaves a club, a large amount of players will follow. This was not the case for Barnes, who played under five different managers (Lyndon Lynch, Tommy Lee, Colin Richards, Danny Honeyball and Hakan Heyrettin) at the club, providing a much-needed continuity.
He was again an ever-present in the 2003-4 season, making 41 appearances. In 2004-5, he made 32 starts, and even managed to score one goal, making his tally for the club a resounding two in 184 starts.
The end of the 2004-5 season saw the end of Barnes’ long spell with the club, moving on to play step five football.
He was in fact signed as emergency cover by Danny Honeyball in the 2006-7 season, but did not make any appearances.
At the end of the 2002-3 season, he was deservedly voted Supporters’ Player of the Season.