Barry Silkman

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Barry Silkman
Personal information
Full name Barry Silkman
Date of birth (1952-06-29) 29 June 1952 (age 63)
Place of birth Stepney, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1973 Wimbledon 56 (8)
1973–1974 Barnet ? (8)
1974–1976 Hereford United 37 (2)
1976–1978 Crystal Palace 48 (6)
1978–1979 Plymouth Argyle 14 (2)
1979 Luton Town (loan) 3 (0)
1979–1980 Manchester City 19 (3)
1980 Brentford 14 (1)
1980–1981 Queens Park Rangers 23 (2)
1981–1985 Leyton Orient 140 (14)
1985–1986 Southend United 40 (1)
1986 Crewe Alexandra 2 (0)
1986–1987 Wycombe Wanderers 6 (0)
1987 Chelmsford City 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Barry Silkman, (born 29 June 1952 in Stepney, England) is a former footballer who briefly played in midfield at Manchester City in 1979 and at Leyton Orient from 1981 to 1985.[1] He spent 16 years as a journeyman midfielder, and tried his hand at management. In the 1990s he became a agent. [2]

Playing career[edit]

Silkman also played for Hereford United (1974–1976), Crystal Palace (1976–1978), Plymouth Argyle (1978–1979), Luton Town (on loan 1979), Brentford (1980), Queens Park Rangers (1980–1981), Southend United (1985–1986) and Crewe Alexandra (1986). Silkman was also player/manager/coach at Leyton Orient for 3 seasons with Frank Clark as manager.

It was at Plymouth that he first came to the attention of Malcolm Allison, who deemed him to be a suitable player to bolster Manchester City's midfield as they struggled in the First Division.

Agent career[edit]

After retiring from football, Silkman became an agent.[3] Metro named him as the 10th most influential agent in football 2013.[2]

Personal life[edit]

About his ethnic affiliation Silkman said: "I was brought up Jewish and I'm Jewish through and through.It is my daughter's batmitzvah next year so I take her to shul when I can." [3] [4] Silkman has been involved in greyhound racing, with his dogs Half Awake, Skomal and Carlsberg Champ respectively winning the 1987 Gold Collar (Catford), 1988 Guineas (Hackney) and the 1990 Cesarewitch (Belle Vue). He is also involved in horseracing.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Gelder, Samuel (15 March 2010). "Sport.Co.Uk Meets...Football Agent Barry Silkman". Sport.co.uk. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Sanderson, Jamie (21 June 2013). "Top 10 influential football agents – from Pere Guardiola to Jorge Mendes". Metro News. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "SILKMAN SINGING THE BLUES AFTER LEAVING MAN CITY". The Jewish Telegraph. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Stanford, Peter (22 September 2013). "Why are there so few British-born Jewish players in England's top flight?". The Independent. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Barry Silkman Double O Seven Grey Horse Handicap (For Grey Horses Only)". Sporting Life. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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