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Born: 02 March 1980
Came from: Queens Park Rangers Went to: Southend United
First game: 09 August 2008 Last game: 02 May 2010
Appearances: 58 (52/6) Goals: 0
Barker started his career with non-league Alfreton Town before joining Barnsley in 1999. He played over 100 games whilst at Oakwell and was twice voted the club's Young Player of the Season. Moving to Cardiff City in 2002, he became the first choice left-back for much of the following four years, either side of a brief loan spell with Stoke City. Finding himself out of the team at the start of the 2006-07 season, Barker joined Colchester United on loan and spent a very successful year there. A free transfer to QPR followed but after an injury-disrupted season there, he moved on to Argyle. He made a big impact in his first season at Home Park, impressing with his reliable play at both left-back and centre-back. A serious calf muscle injury ruled him out at the start of the following campaign and it was several months before he could return to action. After new manager Peter Reid made it clear that he saw Barker's future away from Home Park he moved to Southend United on loan in August 2010.
Barker's deal at Southend was made permanent after the first month's loan and he signed a two-year deal, reuniting at Roots Hall with then manager Paul Sturrock. He went on to be voted Player of the Year for the 2010-11 season and was later made club captain. In a three-year stay in Essex he clocked up over a century of games for the club and a solitary goal in the League Two play-offs against Crewe Alexandra in the 2011-12 season. He was released from his contract in August 2013 and joined Conference side Aldershot for the start of the 2013-14 season. Having taken over as caretaker player-manager of the Shots in February 2015, he hit the headlines for his first match in charge - a 1-0 defeat at Altrincham after an own-goal unfortunately credited to him.
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