Paul Barron

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Paul Barron
Paul Barron Hull City v. Newcastle United 1.png
Barron pictured in 2009
Personal information
Full name Paul George Barron
Date of birth (1953-09-16) 16 September 1953 (age 60)
Place of birth Woolwich, London, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1973 Welling United
1973–1975 Wycombe Wanderers 2 (0)
1975–1976 Slough Town 45 (0)
1976–1978 Plymouth Argyle 44 (0)
1978–1980 Arsenal 8 (0)
1980–1982 Crystal Palace 90 (0)
1982–1985 West Bromwich Albion 63 (0)
1985 Stoke City (loan) 1 (0)
1985–1988 Queens Park Rangers 32 (0)
1986 Reading (loan) 4 (0)
1988–1989 Welling United 100 (0)
1990 Cheltenham Town 5 (0)
1990–1991 Welling United 25 (0)
Total 419 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul George Barron (born 16 September 1953) is an English former football goalkeeper. He is currently the goalkeeping coach at Crawley Town

Playing career[edit]

Born in Woolwich, London, Barron qualified as a PE instructor before becoming a professional footballer.[1] He played for non-league Welling United, Wycombe Wanderers and Slough Town, before turning professional with Plymouth Argyle in July 1976.[1]

He signed for Arsenal in July 1978 for £70,000, as cover for Pat Jennings. Barron made his Arsenal debut on 2 August 1978 against Manchester City but was unable to oust Jennings from the first team; after only eight appearances in two seasons he moved on to Crystal Palace in 1980. He joined Palace along with Clive Allen, while Kenny Sansom moved to Arsenal as part of the deal.[1]

At Selhurst Park Barron was favoured by manager Terry Venables over John Burridge as Palace suffered relegation in 1980–81. He remained at Palace in 1981–82 and 1982–83 as the Eagles finished in 15th position in back to back seasons. Barron joined West Bromwich Albion in December 1982 and spent three seasons at the Hawthorns making 63 First Division appearances. In 1984–85 he joined Stoke City and played once keeping a clean sheet in a 0–0 draw away at Leicester City. He joined Queens Park Rangers in August 1985 and he appeared in the 1986 Football League Cup Final for QPR, in their defeat by Oxford United at Wembley Stadium. Barron spent two seasons at Loftus Road which included a sort spell on loan at Reading and in the summer of 1988 he returned to his first club Welling United.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Barron became a goalkeeping coach, working at Coventry City, Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion. He then moved to Aston Villa, before joining Middlesbrough in 2001.[2] Barron was sent to the stands during Middlesbrough's away League Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur on 26 September 2007, after protesting about Gareth Bale's opening goal.[3] In November 2007 he left Boro to become goalkeeping coach at Newcastle United.[4] Barron left Newcastle United in December 2010 following the departure of manager Chris Hughton.[5]

Honours[edit]

Queens Park Rangers

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Paul Barron profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Plymouth Argyle 1976–77 Second Division 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
1977–78 Third Division 41 0 4 0 3 0 3 0 51 0
Total 44 0 4 0 4 0 3 0 55 0
Arsenal 1978–79 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1979–80 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Crystal Palace 1980–81 First Division 33 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 37 0
1981–82 Second Division 40 0 5 0 4 0 0 0 49 0
1982–83 Second Division 17 0 5 0 5 0 2 0 29 0
Total 90 0 10 0 13 0 2 0 115 0
West Bromwich Albion 1982–83 First Division 20 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
1983–84 First Division 42 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 50 0
1984–85 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 63 0 6 0 4 0 0 0 73 0
Stoke City (loan) 1984–85 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Queens Park Rangers 1985–86 First Division 31 0 1 0 9 0 0 0 41 0
1986–87 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 32 0 1 0 9 0 0 0 42 0
Reading (loan) 1986–87 Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career Total 242 0 21 0 30 0 5 0 298 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Scottish Cup and Football League Group Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. pp. p25. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  2. ^ "Boro coach holds Newcastle talks". BBC Sport. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Match report: Tottenham 2 Middlesbrough 0". Middlesbrough F.C. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Goalkeeping Coach Makes Switch Across Tyne To Newcastle". Goal.com. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Boss Chris Hughton Sacked by Newcastle United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 

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