Richie Barker (footballer, born 1975)

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Richie Barker
Personal information
Full name Richard Ian Barker
Date of birth (1975-05-30) 30 May 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Charlton Athletic (first-team coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
1995 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
1996 Ards (loan) 7 (3)
1997–1998 Linfield ? (?)
1997 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 53 (11)
1998–1999 Brighton & Hove Albion 43 (10)
1999–2001 Macclesfield Town 58 (23)
2001–2004 Rotherham United 140 (12)
2004–2007 Mansfield Town 95 (40)
2007–2009 Hartlepool United 62 (23)
2008 Rotherham United (loan) 12 (1)
2009 Rotherham United 1 (0)
Total 477 (123)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Bury
2012–2013 Crawley Town
2013–2014 Portsmouth
2014–2016 Milton Keynes Dons (assistant)
2016– Charlton Athletic (first-team coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Richard "Richie" Ian Barker (born 30 May 1975) is an English former professional association football player. He is currently a first-team coach at English League One side Charlton Athletic.[1] He has previously managed Portsmouth,[2] Bury[3] and Crawley Town.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Sheffield, Barker began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, but only played in the Intertoto Cup for the first team. He was sold by the Owls in 1997 to Northern Irish side Linfield after loan spells at Doncaster and Ards, before returning home to play for Brighton & Hove Albion. He played two seasons at Brighton, scoring 12 goals, before moving to Macclesfield on a free transfer in 1999.

At Macclesfield, Barker scored 23 goals in 58 league games. He was signed by Rotherham United in January 2001, and helped the Millers gain promotion to the Championship. He was mostly used as a substitute by Rotherham, and was allowed to move to Mansfield Town on a free transfer in November 2004.

Barker soon became a fan favourite at Field Mill, scoring 10 goals in his first season at the club. In the summer of 2005, he was named team captain, and he led by example with his professionalism and work-rate. Barker was the Stags' top scorer in 2005–06 with a career-best 23 goals, including two goals against his old club Rotherham in the FA Cup first round.

In the summer of 2006, Barker signed a contract extension with Mansfield which tied him with the club until the end of the 2008–09 season. However, in January 2007 he was reluctantly forced to transfer to Hartlepool United during the January transfer window, much to the anger of the Stags fans.

He re-joined Rotherham United on 3 October 2008, on an emergency loan in January 2009. He scored on his second Millers debut in the 4–1 over Grimsby Town after coming off the bench. He made his move permanent on 1 January 2009. Due to a knee injury in January 2009, he decided to hang up his boots on 29 May 2009.[5]

Managerial career[edit]


After joining Sheffield United, being part of the Academy, Barker was named the manager of Bury's youth team from July 2010.[6] Barker became caretaker manager of Bury in April 2011 after Alan Knill left for Scunthorpe United with eight games left in the season. Barker led Bury to six consecutive victories and promotion to League One.[7] He was named Football League Two Manager of the Month for April 2011.[8] This successful spell led to him being appointed as Bury's permanent manager on 1 June 2011.[9]

Crawley Town[edit]

Barker was appointed manager of Crawley Town on 7 August 2012.[10]

On 27 November 2013, Crawley Town terminated Barker's contract with immediate effect. At the time of his dismissal Crawley had not won any of their last seven games, scoring just once in those games.[11]


On 9 December 2013, Portsmouth announced Barker as their new manager with Steve Coppell being appointed as director of football.[12] Barker was sacked on 27 March 2014 after 20 games in charge.[2] At the time of his dismissal Portsmouth had not won any of their last six games, scoring just once in those games.[13]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 1 April 2014 Barker was appointed Assistant Manager at Milton Keynes Dons. This has initially been confirmed as being until the end of the 13/14 season. This has since been extended to a position as head of coaching for the forthcoming 2014/15 season.

On 23 October 2016, following the mutual-termination of the contract of manager Karl Robinson, Barker was announced as caretaker manager of the club whilst a replacement was sought.[14]

On 20 December 2016, following the appointment of new manager Robbie Neilson early in the month, Milton Keynes Dons announced that Barker had left the club by mutual consent.[15]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 21 December 2016, Barker joined League One side Charlton Athletic as a first-team coach, re-joining manager Karl Robinson having previously worked alongside him at Milton Keynes Dons.[16]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 3 December 2016[17][18]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Bury 31 March 2011 7 August 2012 58 22 13 23 37.9
Crawley Town 7 August 2012 27 November 2013 75 28 22 25 37.3
Portsmouth 9 December 2013 27 March 2014 20 4 8 8 20.0
Milton Keynes Dons (caretaker) 23 October 2016 3 December 2016 8 2 3 3 25.0
Total 161 56 46 59 34.8







  1. ^ "Richie Barker joins Karl Robinson's backroom staff". Charlton Athletic Official Site. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Richie Barker sacked as Portsmouth manager". BBC Sport. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Scunthorpe Telegraph
  4. ^ The Guardian
  5. ^ "Injured Barker forced to retire". BBC Sport. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  6. ^,,10422~2096967,00.html
  7. ^ Higginson, Marc (25 April 2011). "Barker hails his Bury heroes (From Bury Times)". 
  8. ^ PA Sport. "League Two – Barker rewarded for Bury run – Yahoo! Eurosport". 
  9. ^ "Barker promoted to Bury manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Crawley Town appoint Bury's Richie Barker as new manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Crawley Town dismiss manager Richie Barker after goal drought". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Portsmouth: Richie Barker & Steve Coppell take charge". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Club statement: Karl Robinson". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Barker departs Stadium MK". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "Richie Barker joins Karl Robinson's backroom staff". Charlton Athletic Official Site. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  17. ^ "Richard Barker". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  18. ^ "Richie Barker". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 

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