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Richie Barker (footballer, born 1939)
Richie Barker
Personal information
Full nameRichie Joseph Barker[1]
Date of birth(1939-11-23)23 November 1939[1]
Place of birthLoughborough, England[1]
Date of death11 October 2020(2020-10-11) (aged 80)[2]
Playing position(s)Forward
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1960–1967Burton Albion270(159)
1967–1969Derby County38(12)
1969–1971Notts County112(37)
1971–1972Peterborough United36(9)
Total456(217)
Teams managed
1978Shrewsbury Town
1981–1983Stoke City
1984–1985Notts County
1985–1986Ethnikos Piraeus
1986–1987Zamalek
1997West Bromwich Albion (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Richie Joseph Barker (23 November 1939 – 11 October 2020) was a English former footballer and manager who played in the Football League for Derby County, Notts County and Peterborough United. He was also manager of Shrewsbury Town, Stoke City, Notts County, Ethnikos Piraeus (Greece), Zamalek (Egypt) and West Bromwich Albion.
Contents
1 Playing career
2 Managerial career
3 Career statistics
3.1 Playing career
3.2 Managerial career
4 Honours
4.1 Player
4.2 Manager
5 References
6 External links
Playing career
Barker was born in Loughborough and began his career with non-league Burton Albion in 1960. He spent seven years with the "Brewers" and scored a club record 159 goals before joining Derby County in 1967 as one of Brian Clough's first signings. He played 31 times in 1967–68 scoring 12 goals and after scoring just twice in 14 in 1968–69 he was sold to Notts County in December 1968. He enjoyed a far more successful career with the "Magpies" scoring 20 goals in 1969–70 and 13 in 1970–71 helping Jimmy Sirrel's side win the Fourth Division title. After falling out of favour at Meadow Lane he ended his playing career with a season at Peterborough United before moving into coaching.
Managerial career
Barker began his coaching career with Shrewsbury Town working alongside Alan Durban and once Durban left for Stoke City in December 1978 Barker took over as manager of the "Shrews". He remained at Shrewsbury for nine months before taking up the position of assistant manager to John Barnwell at Wolverhampton Wanderers and helped Wolves to lift the League Cup in 1980. In the summer of 1981 Stoke manager Alan Durban left for Sunderland and he recommended Barker for the job and the Stoke board duly went with his advise and appointed Barker. His time at Stoke got off to a great start as Stoke beat Arsenal on the opening day of the 1981–82 season. However it was a tough season for Stoke as they battled against relegation finishing just two place above the drop zone. The 1982–83 season saw Barker bring in some quality players such as George Berry, Mickey Thomas, Sammy McIlroy and Mark Chamberlain as Stoke enjoyed a good season with a number of exciting matches. However, in the summer of 1983 Barker decided to change his tactics to be a more direct team using the long ball style of play. It did not go down well with supporters or indeed players and results were not good and Barker was sacked in December 1983.
He spent a year out of the game before making a return to former club Notts County and then managed Greek side Ethnikos Piraeus and Egyptian giants Zamalek with whom he helped win the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1986. He returned to England and became assistant manager at Sheffield Wednesday and later helped his former player Paul Bracewell at Halifax Town
In addition, he served West Bromwich Albion as chief scout (taking over as caretaker manager for one game following the departure of Ray Harford).
Career statistics
Playing career
Source:
Club
Season
League
FA Cup
League Cup
Total
Division
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Derby County
1967–68
Second Division
27
10
0
0
4
2
31
12
1968–69
Second Division
11
2
0
0
3
0
14
2
Total
38
12
0
0
7
2
45
14
Notts County
1968–69
Fourth Division
25
5
0
0
0
0
25
5
1969–70
Fourth Division
44
19
1
0
1
1
46
20
1970–71
Fourth Division
37
13
4
0
1
0
42
13
1971–72
Third Division
6
0
0
0
2
0
8
0
Total
112
37
5
0
4
1
121
38
Peterborough United
1971–72
Fourth Division
36
9
4
2
0
0
40
11
Career Total
186
58
9
2
11
3
206
63
Managerial career
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team
From
To
Record
P
W
D
L
Win %
Shrewsbury Town
20 February 1978
21 November 1978
33
14
13
6
42.4
Stoke City
1 June 1981
9 December 1983
102
31
23
48
30.4
Notts County
5 November 1984
19 April 1985
27
5
6
16
18.5
Total
162
50
42
70
30.9
Honours
Player
Notts County
Football League Fourth Division: 1970–71
Manager
Zamalek
African Cup of Champions Clubs: 1986
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