Craig Barr

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Craig Barr
Personal information
Full name Craig Barr
Date of birth (1987-03-29) 29 March 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Raith Rovers
Number 55
Youth career
2003–2006 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Gretna[1] 42 (3)
2008–2010 Queen of the South 24 (1)
2010–2013 Livingston 99 (8)
2013 Östersunds FK 13 (1)
2014 Airdrieonians 11 (2)
2014– Raith Rovers 25 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:53, 10 May 2014 (UTC).

Craig Barr (born 29 March 1987 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Scottish Championship club Raith Rovers.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Barr hails from Edinburgh but moved south as a 16-year-old to join Blackburn Rovers and spent three years with the Lancashire club winning the FA Premier Academy League in 2004–05.[2]

Gretna[edit]

Barr played in the early part of his career with Gretna signing for the club when they were bankrolled by Brooks Mileson.[3] He was part of the squad who won the Scottish Football League First Division in the 2006–07 season which earned them promotion into the SPL. In 47 league appearances for Gretna, Barr scored five goals.

Mileson pulled the plug on the club's cashflow when his health deteriorated. The club thus became financially stricken and went into administration. Administrators for Gretna laid off their last 40 staff including Barr on 19 May 2008.[4]

Queen of the South[edit]

Barr signed a two-year contract with Dumfries-based Scottish Football League First Division side Queen of the South on 26 June 2008.[5]

Just after signing, Barr said "I'm really looking forward to the move. Queens are coming off the back of a fantastic season and I'm excited at the prospect of playing for the Scottish Cup finalists. I know big Neilly MacFarlane, Jamie McQuilken and 'Tosher' from my time at Gretna and also have a lot of respect for ex-Queens player, big Derek Townsley, who I also know well".

After playing over thirty games in his first season with the club, Barr suffered a season-ending injury on his knee during the pre-season of 2009-10. Barr had two operations on this injury, with the major one being a complete cruciate reconstruction. As Queens refused to pay for the operation, Barr took it upon himself to fund it. Due to this matter, Barr then spent the last six months of his contract doing his own rehab away from the club. Barr was among the players announced as released by the club at the end of the 2009–10 season.[6]

Livingston[edit]

Barr signed for Livingston in August 2010.[7] In his first season, he played a pivotal role in helping the club to win the Second Division title. He subsequently signed a new two-year deal, keeping him at the club until the end of season 2012–13.[8] Barr left Livingston at the end of the 2012–13 season, following a relatively successful three-year spell with the club making 112 appearances in all competitions.[9]

Östersunds FK[edit]

In July 2013, Barr signed for Swedish Superettan club Östersunds FK.[10]

Airdrieonians[edit]

On 23 February 2014, Barr returned to Scottish football, signing for Airdrieonians on a contract until the end of the 2013–14 season.[11]

Raith Rovers[edit]

In summer 2014, Barr joined Raith Rovers.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gretna: 2002/03–2007/08". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Under18s Table 2004/05". 
  3. ^ "McMenamin completes Gretna move". BBC Sport. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gretna lay off remaining 40 staff". BBC News. 19 May 2008. 
  5. ^ http://www.qosfc.com/08news.htm
  6. ^ "Retained List", www.qosfc.com
  7. ^ "Barr-signs-on-for-Livingston.6451557.jp". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 1 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Barr puts pen to paper". Livingston FC. 13 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Livingston captain Liam Fox tops list of players to exit Almondvale". West Lothian Courier. 2 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Craig Barr set to join Swedish side Ostersunds". SPFL. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "CRAIG BARR". airdriefc.com. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "2014 / 2015 Squad Begins To Take Shape". raithrovers.net. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 

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