Richie Barker is a former football player and a current football manager. He was born on 30 May 1975 in Sheffield and started his playing career in Sheffield Wednesday. After loan spells at Doncaster Rovers and Ards the forward moved to Brighton & Hove Albion where he stayed for a season and scored 11 goals in 53 matches.
In 1999 the striker was signed by Macclesfield Town where he made 58 outings and netted 23 goals. In January 2001 he was purchased by Rotherham United and subsequently helped the club gain promotion to the Championship. In 2004 Barker penned a deal with Mansfield Town where he spent three years, making 90 appearances and finding the target 40 times. The forward became the fan’s favourite and in 2005 was elected the team’s captain.
He left the club in 2007 moving to Hartlepool United, later joining Rotherham United where he finished his career in January 2009 due to a knee injury.
Barker stepped onto managerial path in July 2010 when he was appointed the manager of Bury youth team. Later the coach was named the caretaker manager of the first team with eight games left in the term and managed to claim six successive victories and promotion to League One.
After a short spell at Bury, on 7 August 2012 he was introduced as Crawley Town head coach.
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