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Barry Hunter

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

18/11/1968

Signed

12/07/1996

Country

Northern Ireland

Barry Hunter is a former Northern Ireland international footballer, who started his career off at Wrexham in the Football Conference. He was then brought to Reading by player managers Mick Gooding and Jimmy Quinn, for a fee of £400,000 in 1996.

Hunter settled in well to the defence at Elm Park and proved that he was a worthy captain for the team. Unfortunately, in March 1997 he suffered a serious knee injury that would keep him out of the beautiful game for two years.

His time at the club spans over four seasons, including a drop out from Division One and into Division Two. In total, he’s appeared 102 times across league and cup matches, netting six times. And if you were playing against him there was a strong chance that you’d have felt it too – his no-nonsense and fearless style of play saw him pick up 25 yellow cards and four reds in his time as a Royal.

After a short period on loan to Southend, he moved back down into the Conference with Rushden & Diamonds where he would end his playing career.

It wasn’t the end of football for him though as he was appointed full-time manager of Rushden in 2005, but after the club fell into administration and was handed over to the supporters trust a year later, Hunter parted company with them in the summer.

He had a short spell as assistant manager at Swindon Town under former Royal Ady Williams until Paul Sturrock and Kevin Summerfield took over.

In 2006 he became a senior scout at Blackburn and then moved to Man City two years later. He’s now left City and is currently Liverpool’s chief scout at the age of 46.     

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