Barry Powell (footballer)

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Barry Powell
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-01-29) 29 January 1954 (age 63)
Place of birth Kenilworth, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1975 Wolverhampton Wanderers 64 (7)
1975 Portland Timbers 18 (4)
1975–1979 Coventry City 164 (27)
1979–1982 Derby County 86 (7)
1981 Portland Timbers (loan) 23 (2)
1982–1984 Bulova - (-)
1984–1985 Burnley 11 (0)
1984–1985 Swansea City 8 (0)
1985–1986 South China - (-)
1986–1988 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 (0)
National team
1974 England Under 23 4 (0)
Teams managed
1999–2001 Aberystwyth Town
2003–2004 Hednesford Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Barry Powell (born 29 January 1954) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Coventry City, Derby County, Burnley and Swansea City, in the North American Soccer League for the Portland Timbers, and in Hong Kong for Bulova and South China.[1][2]


Powell was born in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, and began his career as an apprentice at Wolverhampton Wanderers, making his first team debut on 10 March 1973 in a 1–1 draw at Crystal Palace. He featured regularly over the next two seasons, and appeared as a substitute in their 1974 League Cup Final win over Manchester City at Wembley. This year also saw him make four appearances for the England Under 23 side.

After a stint during the summer of 1975 with Portland Timbers of the North American Soccer League, The midfielder moved to Coventry City in September 1975 with Willie Carr travelling in the other direction. Here, he established himself as an attacking midfielder who possessed a mean shot, complimenting Terry Yorath in the engine room of Gordon Milne's team and feeding such players as Ian Wallace, Mick Ferguson and Tommy Hutchison.

He transferred to Derby County in October 1979 but failed to replicate the form he had shown at Coventry during his three seasons here. He then had stints in Hong Kong as well as with Burnley and Swansea City.

He eventually returned to Wolves in November 1986 and made a handul of appearances with the club now mired in the fourth tier, while also a member of their coaching staff. The 1987–88 season saw him play one further game in October 1987 en route to promotion before hanging up his boots.

Powell later returned to Coventry to manage their football in the community scheme before he went on to manage non-league sides Aberystwyth Town,[3] Moor Green, Stafford Rangers and Hednesford Town (two spells), winning the FA Trophy with the latter in 2004. He was last employed by Solihull Moors as an assistant to manager Marcus Bignot before leaving the club in September 2011 after the club's poor start to the season.[4]


  1. ^ "Barry Powell". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "North American Soccer League Rosters Portland Timbers". NASL Jerseys. Dave Morrison. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
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