Suspended at least 12 times in his career, Barson was regularly disciplined by his own clubs. On one occasion he was even said to have pulled a gun on his manager at Aston Villa.
Barson's notoriety reached a high in 1928, when he was banned for six months for kicking an opponent while playing for Watford. Five thousand fans took up his cause by signing a petition, which was delivered to an unsympathetic Football Association by the mayor of Watford. The petition was ceremonially burned in his presence.Reuse content