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Chris Barker 2010 -
Club Captain : Sponsored by SUFCdb 2010-2012 Left sided defence
Southend Career
47 0 2 0 0 6 7
Fullname:Christopher Andrew Barker
Birthday:Sunday 2nd March 1980
Height:6ft 2inWeight:14st 10lb
Honours + awards:PotS 2010-11, Cardiff PotS 2004-05
Position, records and matches
Usual position: Left sided defence
First game:7th August 2010 home to Stockport County drew 1-1
Alfreton TownYouth97-990
Pl + G show league games played and goals only

29th August 2011

Chris Barker was born in Sheffield and began his football career at Alfreton. He joined his first professional club, Barnsley at the age of 18 and appeared in over 100 games for the club before joined Cardiff City in a deal which was thought to be worth £600,000.

Barker, playing at left back, helped Cardiff to win promotion in his first year. He went on loan to Stoke City in August 2004, but so impressed the fans when he returned that he won the Cardiff player of the season award that season.

He spent the 2006-07 season on loan to Colchester United, but the move did not become permanent and in June 2007 he signed for Queens Park Rangers for 2 years on a free transfer.

In August 2008 he joined Paul Storrock's Plymouth Argyle on a three-year contract, but when Peter Reid took over management at the club it became clear Chris did fit into his plans, so was allowed out on one month loan to Southend in August 2010 where he started at left back. He made the move permanent when he signed two-year contract on a free transfer.

After the team's disastrous performance at home to Port Vale, he was switched by manager Paul Storrock to centre defence alongside new signing Bilel Moshni and proved a thoroughly reliable defender, the rock around which to rest of the defence worked. An injury against Rotherham at the end of October took a month to mend, but when he returned to the team his performances continued to be excellent and he was used at left back again when injury sidelined Gilbert in March.

Barker's role at attacking set pieces is to be last defender and he positions himself on the halfway line. He only pushes up field during normal play when he has the ball at his feet, so scoring chances are virtually zero.

However despite a stunning second half of the season from Ryan Hall, a series of majestic midfield performances from Anthony Grant, 21 goals from Barry Corr and an ever present right back in Sean Clohessy, it was Chris Barker's quiet reliability over 47 games that saw him voted Southend's Player-of-the-Season for 2010-11.

Barker, who was Vice Captain in his first season, was named Club Captain for the 2011-12 season and hung onto his no 23 shirt and may soon find himself mentioned in the same breath as Freddy Eastwood, the most famous owner of that shirt.

Article by Robin

Chris's Wiki Page

Southend United Career
YearsTotalsLeagueFA CupLeague CupOther Cup
Start Sub Goal StartSubGoalStartSubGoalStartSubGoalStartSubGoal
2010-2011 47 0 0 43 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
2011-2012 52 1 1 42 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1
2012-2013 39 5 0 28 4 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 6 1 0
Southend United Career
Start Sub Goal
Southend United Transfers
Date Team Fee Notes
Joined 5 August 2010 Plymouth Argyle Initially on loan for 4 games
Still under contract with Southend United FC

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A fan's story

My Dad was an Arsenal fan, but his boss supported Southend and sometimes offered him free stand tickets to Roots Hall, so on Saturday 11 March 1961 I was taken to watch Southend play QPR and saw a forgettable 0-0 draw. Two more 0-0 draws, two defeats and one win spread over the next three years did nothing to inspire so, with one exception which was also a defeat, I gave up all real interest in football for the next 7 years.

However on Friday 29 October 1971 encouraged by the Shrimpers good home form that season I went to watch them beat Barrow 1-0 with a Terry Johnson goal, next home game Exeter were beaten 3-0, then Villa 1-0 in the FA Cup and it was as simple as that, I was hooked.

Moving 100 miles from Roots Hall in 1988 did not stop me attending most matches home and away and I have seen 1,992 Southend first team matches and watched them play at 182 grounds since that Barrow win.

Inspired by other fans sites in the mid 90's I decided to produce a site primarily intended to provide statistical and historical information on the Shrimpers from 1971 to the present day. The first site went on line on 1 June 1997, three makeovers followed in reasonably quick succession, until in 2004 I decided to learn PHP web programming and write a bespoke interactive site which certainly went some way beyond the brief I originally set myself.

Although rather proud of my efforts the world of the internet and computers moved on rapidly. Mobile phones and tablets became a common way of accessing information and monitor screen sizes grew substantially wider than the 800 pixels common in 2005. Web technologies changed too so I decided in 2010 to rewrite the site's interface completely and at the same time check and update the database. Three years of quite intensive effort which included spending ages trying to fix things that just weren't working as well as they should produced this site which went live on 15 June 2013.


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Robin Michel
January 2014