|Full name||Stuart Barlow|
|Date of birth||16 July 1968|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1992||→ Rotherham United (loan)||0||(0)|
|2007||→ Bamber Bridge (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
As a player, he was a midfielder and forward from 1989 until 2009. He notably played in the Premier League for Everton and was part of the squad that won the 1995 FA Cup. He also played in the Football League for Rotherham United, Oldham Athletic, Wigan Athletic, Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Bury before winding his career in Non-league football with Morecambe, Southport, Fleetwood Town and Bamber Bridge.
Barlow came into the game at a late age for a professional footballer as he was only playing at Sunday League level when he was 21 years old. He joined Everton in 1990 and went on to feature in the Premier League. In 1995 the club won the FA Cup, although Barlow was not in the side that defeated Manchester United 1–0 in the final at Wembley Stadium, he did appear in earlier rounds including starting the quarter-final versus Newcastle United. Barlow was injured for the semi-final.
Barlow gained a reputation as a pacy striker who would willingly chase lost causes. However, his inability to find the net regularly (despite his pace often putting him through on goal) led to the affectionate nickname of Stuart 'Barndoor' Barlow amongst the Goodison support.
He joined Oldham Athletic for £350,000 a few months later by ex Everton striker and present Athletic manager Graeme Sharp. At the time he came in the Latics were struggling in the First Division. He spent nearly three seasons at the club and scored 32 goals in 93 games, but was sold to Wigan Athletic in 1998 for £45,000 by Neil Warnock.
He joined Tranmere Rovers in 2000 and is best remembered by the clubs supporters for scoring a winning goal in an FA Cup fifth round replay win against Premier League club Southampton in the 2000–01 season. With then second tier Tranmere trailing 3–0 at half time, Paul Rideout scored a hat-trick to level the scores before Barlow scored the winner to put Tranmere through to the last eight. After spells with Stockport County and Bury, he joined Conference National side Morecambe in 2006 and later went on to Southport and Fleetwood Town. Whilst with Fleetwood he was loaned out to Bamber Bridge where he eventually joined permanently.
In 2010, a Merseyside Derby charity game was held between former players of Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. Stuart scored the only goal in a 1–0 win for Everton.
Barlow retired in 2009 despite being offered a fresh contract by Bamber Bridge. He stated his decision was so he could support and watch his young son play football for his club Formby Juniors, who Barlow ended up coaching. As well as this he also helped a friend in his scaffolding business and aided his wife open her own bridal shop. Played against THE Simon Robinson, receiving a two footed challenge
- FA Cup: Winners, 1995
- "Tranmere comeback stuns Saints". BBC. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 14 August 2009.