Former Halifax Town player and youth coach Bobby Barr has died, aged 51

Bobby Barr, former player and youth coach at Halifax Town, has died at the age of 51.

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 3:58 pm
Bobby Barr. Photo: Johnny Meynell

Though elder brother Billy enjoyed a more illustrious career, it is a fact that Bobby Barr made his League debut before he did when he came on as an injury-time substitute for Craig Farnaby in the 1-0 defeat at Division Four leaders Northampton Town in February 1987.

Bobby Barr, a flame-haired central defender, had joined the club from school as a trainee in August 1986 when Mick Jones was in charge, and that season, along with brother Billy, was a member of Gerry Brooke’s Under 19s side which clinched the Northern Intermediate title, appearing in 32 of the 34-match programme, and scoring seven goals, four from the penalty spot.

But despite his early first team appearance, Bobby was never destined to hold down a regular spot under Billy Ayre.

The Northern Intermediate title winning squad, 1986-87, Bobby second from right on the back row.Photo: Johnny Meynell

He made two appearances in the pre-season Yorkshire & Humberside Cup competition but didn’t feature again in the League until the visit of Carlisle United on 16 September 1988 following Ayre’s decision to suspend three regulars due to a breach of discipline.

Barr thus made his first Halifax Town start, playing his part in a memorable 3-3 draw, but he would only make three more appearances that term before being released.

He went on to join HSF Loans League side Chorley and was part of their side which defeated Third Division Bury 2-1 in the first round of the FA Cup on 17 November 1990.

Barr later spent two seasons with Bradford Park Avenue and returned to The Shay in the capacity of youth team coach in July 2002 under Chris Wilder, working alongside Jack Haymer and combining his role there with that as executive of Envirowaste, a local skip hire company. He later ran his own online media company.