Barry Ashby

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Barry Ashby
Personal information
Full name Barry John Ashby
Date of birth (1970-11-21) 21 November 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Park Royal, London, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1994 Watford 114 (3)
1994–1997 Brentford 120 (4)
1997–2005 Gillingham[1] 273 (8)
2005–2006 Welling United 15 (0)
Teams managed
2008 Margate
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:29, 21 Jun 2007 (UTC).

Barry John Ashby (born 21 November 1970) is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre-half. He played for Watford, Brentford and Gillingham during a 17-year professional career.

Ashby started his career at Watford, having played for Middlesex and London schools teams.[2] As a schoolboy he first became attached to the club in October 1985,[2] before becoming a trainee in July 1987. He won the 1988–89 FA Youth Cup with Watford, forming a defensive partnership with Jason Soloman.[2] He signed a professional contract in December 1988.[2]

Played as both a centre half and full-back by Watford, Ashby's first goal was one of seven scored against Bradford City in December 1989.[2] In March 1994 Watford signed Brentford centre-half Keith Millen for £65,000 and Ashby, who was valued at £35,000 in the exchange.[2] Ashby went on to play 120 league games for Brentford in three years at the club.

During his time at Gillingham, Ashby made over 320 appearances. He was released on 31 May 2005 after he turned down a contract extension. He made a return to football with Welling United, where he linked up with his former team-mates Matt Bodkin and Adrian Pennock, the latter being the Welling manager at the time. Ashby left Welling in May 2006.

On 22 May 2008 Ashby was appointed first-team manager of Margate, but was dismissed from his post just five months later.

In November 2009 he returned to Welling United as assistant-manager to Jamie Day, helping take the club to the 2012 Conference South play off final, where they lost 1–0 to Dartford.


  1. ^ Barry Ashby at Soccerbase
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. Surrey: T.G Jones. pp. 26, 164. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 

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