Tributes have been paid by ex-players following the sad news of the death of our former assistant manager, Richie Barker.
Richie, who passed away yesterday at the age of 80, was assistant to both Ron Atkinson and Trevor Francis during our successful years in the early nineties, including the memorable Rumbelows Cup Final victory over Manchester United at Wembley in 1991.
Chris Turner, keeper in the Rumbelows triumph before going on to manage us, tweeted: ‘Very sad to hear of the death of Richie Barker who was a great coach and a very good man.
‘He played a massive part in the ’91 success, the players respected his work ethic and his input alongside Big Ron. Thank you Richie for the work you did with me in our time together.’
Nigel Pearson, our captain on that great day, tweeted: ‘I’m also very sad to learn of Richie Barker’s passing. We enjoyed a successful time together whilst at swfc and I got on well with him. Thoughts are with Wayne and Richie’s families and friends. Nige.’
John Harkes, who played under Atkinson and Francis, said on Twitter: ‘Sad to hear this news. Condolences to Richie Barker’s family, friends, and the swfc family and supporters. Enjoyed being coached by him, great person.’ #RIP
The club tweeted: ‘Sheffield Wednesday are saddened to learn of the passing of former assistant manager Richie Barker, aged 80. The thoughts of everyone at swfc are with his family and friends.’