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Colin Barrett - Manchester City FC - Biography of his career at Man City.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 14 September 1974

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      Sunday, 03 August 1952
      Stockport, England.
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 19th August 1972 in a 3-0 win at home to Norwich City (Aged: 20)
    • Club Career
      50 League apps (+3 as sub)
  • Nottingham Forest
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 13th March 1976 in a 1-0 win at home to Fulham (Aged: 23)
    • Club Career
      64 League apps (+5 as sub), 4 goals
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Colin BARRETT - Manchester City FC - Biography of his career at Man City.

In modern parlance, defender Colin Barrett would nowadays be called a squad player. Born in the Cheadle Heath district of Stockport, Barrett joined City as a 17 year-old apprentice from local side Cheadle Heath Nomads in May 1970. After impressive performances in the reserve sides, Barrett forced himself into the first-team reckoning after just two games of the 1972/73 season, deputising for the injured Tony Book in a 3-0 home win against Norwich. Standing just short of six feet tall, Barrett was equally at home at either full-back or centre-half, a position he played later that season when standing in for Tommy Booth. He was one of many younger players given a chance that season, the heavy injury list of the previous campaign still causing selection difficulties


At the end of his debut season he'd played in 16/2 games, including the return First Round UEFA Cup tie in Valencia, a game City lost 2-1 to go out of the competition. 1973/74 was a similar season for the blond-haired, solid and reliable defender. This time out he took part in 22/1 games, including four in the Blues' run to Wembley and the League Cup Final against Wolves. Having played in both legs of the semi-final against Plymouth, he unfortunately lost out to the more experienced Glyn Pardoe for the final itself. He played in the first eleven League games of the following season, eventually losing his place to a combination of Geoff Hammond and Jeff Clarke although he did finish with a total of 21/1 appearances for the season and his one and only senior goal.


That came in a 6-0 League Cup triumph over Scunthorpe in September. A further six games followed in 1975/76 before Barrett was sold to Nottingham Forest (initially after a short loan period) in April 1976. After five years with Forest, he eventually finished his playing career with Swindon. In total he made 65/4 senior appearances for the Blues. (Ian Penney - author of The Legends of Manchester City)


1970-1976    Manchester City    53    (0)
1976-1980    Nottingham Forest    69    (4)
1980-1981    Swindon Town    3    (0)