John Barnwell

13 Oct 2020


The League Managers Association is deeply saddened following the death of Richie Barker, at the age of 80.

Barker managed Shrewsbury Town, Stoke City and Notts County in the football league, as well as spells overseas with Ethnikos Piraeus and Zamalek, where he won the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1986. He also enjoyed spells at numerous other clubs as a player and coach, building his excellent reputation within English football.

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Richie was a loyal, committed gentleman of the game. He was considered a very good coach with excellent football knowledge, which stood him in good stead throughout his career in England and further afield.

“His sincerity and subtle sense of humour will be sorely missed by all who knew him and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “Richie enjoyed a long career in the game in numerous roles including playing, coaching, managing and scouting. He was a trusted advisor to many and a trailblazing English coach overseas, winning the most prestigious competition in African club football with Zamalek.

“I remember Richie fondly from his time at Shrewsbury Town, where he played an important role in a successful period for the club. The LMA’s sincere condolences are with Richie’s family and friends at this time.”