Barron pictured in 2009
|Full name||Paul George Barron|
|Date of birth||16 September 1953|
|Place of birth||Woolwich, London, England|
|1982–1985||West Bromwich Albion||63||(0)|
|1985||→ Stoke City (loan)||1||(0)|
|1985–1988||Queens Park Rangers||32||(0)|
|1986||→ Reading (loan)||4||(0)|
|2015–||Las Vegas Mobsters|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Woolwich, London, Barron qualified as a PE instructor before becoming a professional footballer. He played for non-league Welling United, Wycombe Wanderers and Slough Town, before turning professional with Plymouth Argyle in July 1976.
He signed for Arsenal in July 1978 for £70,000, as cover for Pat Jennings. Barron made his Arsenal debut on 2 August 1978 against Manchester City but was unable to oust Jennings from the first team; after only eight appearances in two seasons he moved on to Crystal Palace in 1980. He joined Palace along with Clive Allen, while Kenny Sansom moved to Arsenal as part of the deal.
At Selhurst Park Barron was favoured by manager Terry Venables over John Burridge as Palace suffered a poor start to the 1980–81 season. However, Venables left in October 1980 to become manager at Queens Park Rangers, and Burridge followed in December. Barron made 33 league appearances that season, (in which Palace were relegated) but remained at Palace in 1981–82 and for the first half of 1982–83 as the Eagles finished 15th in consecutive seasons. Barron joined West Bromwich Albion in December 1982 and spent three seasons at the Hawthorns making 63 First Division appearances. In 1984–85 he joined Stoke City on loan, and played once keeping a clean sheet, in a 0–0 draw away at Leicester City. He joined Queens Park Rangers in August 1985 and he appeared in the 1986 Football League Cup Final for QPR, in their defeat by Oxford United at Wembley Stadium. Barron spent two seasons at Loftus Road which included a short spell on loan at Reading and in the summer of 1988 he returned to his first club Welling United.
After retiring as a player, Barron became a goalkeeping coach, working at Coventry City, Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion. He then moved to Aston Villa, before joining Middlesbrough in 2001. Barron was sent to the stands during Middlesbrough's away League Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur on 26 September 2007, after protesting about Gareth Bale's opening goal. In November 2007 he left Boro to become goalkeeping coach at Newcastle United. Barron left Newcastle United in December 2010 following the departure of manager Chris Hughton. As of 2015 Barron is the head coach of the Las Vegas Mobsters a U.S soccer team in the Premier Development League's Western Conference.
- Queens Park Rangers
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Plymouth Argyle||1976–77||Second Division||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||4||0|
|Crystal Palace||1980–81||First Division||33||0||0||0||4||0||0||0||37||0|
|West Bromwich Albion||1982–83||First Division||20||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||22||0|
|Stoke City (loan)||1984–85||First Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Queens Park Rangers||1985–86||First Division||31||0||1||0||9||0||0||0||41||0|
|Reading (loan)||1986–87||Second Division||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
- Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. p. 25. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.
- Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 56. ISBN 0-907969-54-2.
- Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 320. ISBN 0-907969-54-2.
- Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 255. ISBN 0-907969-54-2.
- Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 316. ISBN 0-907969-54-2.
- "Boro coach holds Newcastle talks". BBC Sport. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-19.
- "Match report: Tottenham 2 Middlesbrough 0". Middlesbrough F.C. 26 September 2007. Archived from the original on 20 December 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2007.
- "Goalkeeping Coach Makes Switch Across Tyne To Newcastle". Goal.com. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-19.
- "Boss Chris Hughton Sacked by Newcastle United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
- "Coaching Staff". lvmobsters.com. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015.
- Paul Barron at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- Paul Barron at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database