Barry Mahy

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Barry Mahy
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-01-21) 21 January 1942 (age 75)
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1963 Guernsey Islanders
1963–1967 Scunthorpe United 22 (2)
1967–1968 New York Generals 38 (8)
1971–1975 New York Cosmos 79 (3)
National team
1973 United States 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Barry Mahy (born 21 January 1942) is an English-American former Association football defender. He began his career with Scunthorpe United and finished it with the New York Cosmos. He also earned four caps with the U.S. national team in 1973.

Club career[edit]

While born in Doncaster, Mahy grew up on the island of Guernsey, a British crown dependency. He began his playing career with the Islanders, a non-FIFA affiliated "national" team. In 1963, Dick Duckworth, manager of English Second Division club Scunthorpe United signed Mahy. At the time Scunthorpe was performing poorly and Duckworth was attempting to rebuild the roster mid-season. Despite the changes, Scunthorpe finished at the bottom of the standings and was relegated at the end of the season. Mahy remained with the team through the 1966-1967 season, seeing time in only twenty-two games.[1] In October 1967 when he followed Scunthorpe manager Freddie Goodwin when he moved to the U.S. to coach the New York Generals of the National Professional Soccer League.[2] The NPSL merged with the United Soccer Association in 1968 to form the North American Soccer League. At the end of the 1968 season, the Generals folded. In 1971, Mahy signed with the expansion New York Cosmos and played five seasons with the team.

National team[edit]

While Mahy played for the Guernsey national football team, it is not recognized by FIFA. Therefore, he was eligible to play for other, recognized, teams. In 1973, he was called into the U.S. national team. His first game was a 1-0 loss to Haiti on 3 November 1973. He played three more games that November, his last with the national team coming in a 2-0 loss to Israel on 15 November 1973.[1]

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