Barry Fry

Peterborough owner Barry Fry is also the club's Director of Football.

One of football's most flamboyant and animated characters, Barry's own football career started in 1960 when he was signed by Manchester United following a glittering run as a schoolboy including England representation and a goal scoring display in front of a Wembley full house against Scotland.

After four years at Old Trafford without making it into the senior squad, spells followed with Bolton Wanderers, Luton Town and Leyton Orient before he dropped into non-league soccer with Gravesend and Northfleet. After a brief return to Leyton Orient, Barry played with several non-league clubs including Romford, Bedford Town, Stevenage Borough and Dunstable Town, gaining his first managerial experience with the latter and steering them to promotion in his debut campaign as player-manager.

Other managerial spells followed with Hillingdon Borough, Barnet, Maidstone, and Barnet again. Three times the North London club were runners-up in the GM Vauxhall Conference before finally going one better and gaining a place in the Football League.

Barry steered his Barnet part timers into the play-offs in their first season in Division Four and they gained promotion a year later.

He joined Southend United in April 1993 when they were seven points adrift at the bottom of Division One but drove them to six victories and two draws in their last nine games to achieve the escape act to end them all. By the end of the year Southend were third in Division One when Barry was tempted to join Birmingham City and in two and a half years at St Andrew's he achieved an Auto Windscreens Shield and promotion double in the 1994-95 season before taking the club to the semi-final of the Coca Cola Cup in the following season. Alas, league form suffered and after City finished a disappointing 15th, Barry was dismissed.

Just three weeks later, in June 1996, he was installed at Peterborough United and although his initial dream of buying the club fell through, he pledged his total commitment when new owner Peter Boizot took over at the beginning of 1997.

Fry's nine-year reign as manager came to an end in May 2005, where he became the Director of Football at the club. During his time in charge he guided the club to promotion to Football League Division Two.

Barry is a member of the five-man panel that decides every Thursday on who should receive the Performance of the Week award.

Honours (3)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Birmingham City:
      • Auto Windscreen Shield Winners, (2005-07-21)
  • personal-awards
    • Peterborough United:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2003-04-01)
  • promotions
    • Birmingham City:
      • Promotion to Endsleigh Football League Division One, (1995-05-28)
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