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Eric Barber

For other people named Eric Barber, see Eric Barber (disambiguation).
Eric Barber
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-01-18) January 18, 1942 (age 72)
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Playing positionStriker
Senior career*
1966-1967Birmingham City4(1)
1967Chicago Spurs12(8)
1968-1969Kansas City Spurs34(20)
1969-1970Shamrock Rovers?(15)
1970-1971Wiener Sport-Club19(8)
National team
1965Republic of Ireland1(0)
Teams managed
1979-80Shelbourne F.C.
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Eric Barber (born January 18, 1942 in Dublin, Ireland) is a former Irish professional footballer. He spent most of his career playing for Shelbourne in the League of Ireland with whom he had three spells from 1958 to 1966, 1971–75 and 1978–80, managing them during the 1979–80 season.



During his time with Shels, Barber scored a club record 126 league goals. He was part of Shels FAI Youth Cup-winning side in 1959 and went on to win the League of Ireland championship in 1962, and the FAI Cup in 1960 and 1963, beating Cork Hibernians 2–0 on both occasions. Barber scored in every round including the final in the 1960 cup win and in the 1962 cup final defeat to Shamrock Rovers. His goal in the 1960 final was a lob from almost forty yards.

In March 1966, Barber signed for Kansas City Spurs and Barber moved with them and finished second top scorer in the league that season.

Barber then moved on loan to Europe and went on to be the club's top goalscorer that season.

Then Barber got the offer of moving to Vienna to play for Wiener Sport-Club, but despite an impressive start with nearly a goal a game in his first eleven games, an injury and subsequent row about the treatment for it saw him eventually return to Dublin as Shels paid a IR£3,000 transfer fee for him in November 1971.[1]

He played for Shels in their FAI Cup Final defeats in 1973 and 1975, being red-carded in the replay of the 1973 decider in Flower Lodge.

Barber was Shels top league scorer at the end of ten different seasons.

At the end of the 2012 League of Ireland season Barber is twelfth in the all-time League of Ireland goalscoring list with 141 league goals [2]

National team

Barber was capped once by the Republic of Ireland national football team during his time with Shels in a World Cup qualifier in Spain.


He was Rovers' assistant manager in the 1978–79 season. He managed Shels the following season.


  • FAI Cup: 2
    • Shelbourne - 1960, 1963


External links

  • Eric Barber at
  • NPSL/NASL stats


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