Darren Barr

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Darren Barr
Personal information
Full name Darren Barr
Date of birth (1985-03-17) 17 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / defender
Club information
Current team
Ross County
Number 13
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Falkirk 146 (5)
2005 Forfar Athletic (loan) 15 (0)
2010–2013 Heart of Midlothian 60 (1)
2013–2014 Kilmarnock 12 (1)
2014– Ross County 4 (0)
National team
2008 Scotland 1 (0)
2009 Scotland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:15, 19 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2011 (UTC)

Darren Barr (born 17 March 1985 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish professional footballer currently playing for Ross County. Barr has represented Scotland as a full internationalist and as a B internationalist. He has previously played for Heart of Midlothian, Falkirk, Forfar Athletic and Kilmarnock.

Club career[edit]

Falkirk[edit]

Barr played for Westfield boys club before playing for Moodiesburn.[1] He went on to sign for Falkirk on 12 July 2002[2] at under 16 level.[1] Barr made his first team debut on 13 March 2004 as a substitute against Queen of the South.[3] He made two more appearances the next season[4] before being loaned out to Forfar Athletic at the start of the 2005-06 season.

Barr broke through to the first team at the start of the 2006-07 season scoring his first goal for the club on 5 August 2006 in Falkirk's victory over Dunfermline.[5] In December 2006 when he was crowned the SPL Young Player of the Month for December. Barr received his first ever red card on 20 January 2007 on for squaring up to Hearts' Andrius Velicka,[6] but the decision was overturned on appeal and Barr was instead credited with a yellow card.[7] The following season Barr was sent off twice The first was in a game against Hibernian for punching the ball on the ground[8] and the second was against Celtic for receiving a second yellow card.[9]

Barr was made Falkirk's captain at the age of 22 in January 2008,[10] and went on to win the SPL's Player of the Month award for March 2008.[11]

Under new boss Eddie May Barr began playing at right back during the 2009–10 season rather than his more normal centre back role.[12] With his contract due to expire at the end of the season Falkirk manager Eddie May confirmed in January that Hibs had made two attempts to sign Barr along with Aberdeen.[13] Barr choose to sign for Hearts on a pre season contract in January rather than leave Falkirk immediately opting to help them escape relegation.[14] Falkirk failed to avoid relegation and Barr left on a low note expressing hope that Falkirk would gain promotion quickly.[15]

Forfar Athletic (loan)[edit]

Barr joined Forfar at the start of the 2005-06 season, making his debut on 27 August against Peterhead as an 81st minute substitute.[16] His loan lasted until 31 December 2005.[17] In all he made fifteen appearances for Forfar.[18]

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

On 25 January 2010, it was announced that Barr had signed a 3 year pre-contract with Hearts and would complete his move to Edinburgh upon the expiration of his contract with Falkirk at the end of the season.[19] He was officially presented as a Hearts player at a press conference at Tynecastle on 8 June 2010.[20] He made his debut on the opening day of the season against St Johnstone.[21] Barr initially became a regular in the Hearts team at the start of the season but a loss of form[22] and impressive displays by Craig Thomson saw Barr drop from the team.[23] Injury further limited his appearances,[24] and he only made 14 appearances that season.[25]

Barr's first game of the new season came in the league cup against Ayr United on 21 September 2011.[26] A recurrence of his hernia injury that required surgery caused further setbacks,[27] and his next appearance came as a substitute against Motherwell in the league on Christmas Eve.[28] Barr was consistently selected in midfield by manager Paulo Sergio in the last few months of the 2011/12 season ahead of established midfield players. In the 2012 Scottish Cup Final, Barr started the match in central midfield and scored the opening goal in a 5-1 win against Hibernian.

Barr left Hearts when his contract expired at the end of the 2012–13 season.

Kilmarnock[edit]

On 17 July 2013, Barr signed a one year deal with Kilmarnock.[29] He was not offered a new contract and left the club after the end of the 2013–14 season.[30]

Ross County[edit]

After leaving Kilmarnock, Barr went on trial with Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle in July 2014[30] and also played as a trialist in pre-season for Motherwell.[31] On 1 September 2014, Barr signed for Ross County.[32] He made his debut on 13 September 2014, in a 2–1 home defeat against Motherwell.[33]

International career[edit]

Barr earned his first cap for Scotland in a 0–0 friendly draw against Northern Ireland at Hampden Park on 20 August 2008.[34] becoming the first Falkirk player to play for Scotland since John White in 1959.[35]

He retained his place and was named in George Burley's squad for Scotland's World Cup qualifying matches against Macedonia and Iceland.[36]

Barr had already featured in the Scotland 'B' Squad, playing in a 2–2 draw with Finland in February 2007.[37]

Career Statistics[edit]

As of 19 October 2014[38][39]
Club statistics
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Falkirk 2003–04 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2004–05 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07 36 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 42 1
2007–08 33 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 37 2
2008–09 35 2 5 0 4 0 0 0 44 2
2009–10 38 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 39 1
Total 146 5 9 1 11 0 0 0 166 6
Forfar Athletic (loan) 2005–06 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Hearts 2010–11 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
2011–12 15 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 20 1
2012–13 32 1 1 0 3 0 2 0 38 1
Total 60 1 5 1 5 0 2 0 72 2
Kilmarnock 2013–14 12 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 14 2
Ross County 2014–15 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career Totals 237 7 15 3 16 0 2 0 270 10

Honours[edit]

Heart of Midlothian
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Interview with Darren Barr". Forfar Athletic F.C. 17 September 2005. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Darren Barr SFA Profile". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Falkirk 0 Queen of the South 2". Falkirk Mad. 13 March 2004. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "2004-05 Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Falkirk 1-0 Dunfermline Ath". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 August 2006. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hearts 1-0 Falkirk". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Falkirk overturn Barr's red card". BBC Sport. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2008. 
  8. ^ "Falkirk 1–1 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "Celtic 4–0 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "Being made Falkirk captain at 22 has not changed me, says defender Darren Barr". The Telegraph. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Falkirk's Barr wins monthly prize". BBC Sport. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2008. 
  12. ^ "Barr set for new role at Falkirk". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 July 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Eddie May". Daily Record. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Hearts win the battle for 24-year-old Falkirk skipper Darren Barr". Daily Mail. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Falkirk captain Darren Barr has message of hope as he bids farewell to Bairns". Daily Record. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Forfar Ath 3-2 Peterhead". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Five fresh faces for Forfa". Kirriemuirhead Herald. 7 February 2006. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "2005-06 Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Darren Barr agrees pre-contract deal with Hearts". The Scotsman. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "Hearts unveil Barr". Scottish Premier League. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  21. ^ "Hearts 1 - 1 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  22. ^ "Darren Barr sets sights on first team berth". Scottish Television. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  23. ^ "Darren Barr: I need to knuckle down if I want to win back place in Hearts side". Daily Record. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  24. ^ "I’m sick of my life as big Kevin’s taxi driver". The Sun. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  25. ^ "2010-11 Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  26. ^ "Ayr 1-1 Hearts (4-1 pens)". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  27. ^ "Fresh op sidelines Hearts defender Barr until after Christmas". Edinburgh Evening News. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  28. ^ "Hearts 2 - 0 Motherwell". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  29. ^ "Kilmarnock sign Darren Barr on one-year deal". BBC Sport (BBC). 17 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  30. ^ a b "Partick Thistle: Carl Magnay and Darren Barr train with Jags". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  31. ^ "Motherwell 0-3 Real Betis". Motherwell F.C. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  32. ^ "Ross County complete deals for Darren Barr and Jackson Irvine". STV Sport. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  33. ^ Thomson, Andrew (13 September 2014). "Ross County 1-2 Motherwell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  34. ^ "Scotland 0–0 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  35. ^ Falkirk, London Hearts.
  36. ^ "Burley recalls Maloney, O'Connor". BBC Sport. 27 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  37. ^ "Scotland B 2–2 Finland B". BBC Sport. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2008. 
  38. ^ Darren Barr career stats at Soccerbase
  39. ^ "Darren Barr Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  40. ^ "Player Awards". Retrieved 3 March 2011. 

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