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Barry Bridges

Barry John Bridges (born 29 April 1941 in Horsford, Norfolk) is a former English footballer.

Bridges was signed by Chelsea having been spotted whilst playing for Norwich and Norfolk Boys. He made his debut for the club against West Ham United in February 1959, and scored in a 3-2 victory. He first established himself in the Chelsea side during the 1961-62 season, and though the club were relegated he nevertheless proved himself a prolific goalscorer, as he found the net 20 times that season.

A prolific and versatile forward, who could play in the centre or on the wing, Bridges was an important part of manager Tommy Docherty's re-structured Chelsea attack, alongside Bobby Tambling and Terry Venables. He helped the club gain promotion back to the First Division at the first attempt, and then challenge for the major honours. His most successful season with the club was in 1964-65, in which he scored 27 goals in 42 matches, as Chelsea won the League Cup but faltered late-on in their championship and FA Cup challenges.

Personal information
Full name Barry John Bridges
Date of birth April 29, 1941 (age 65)
Place of birth    Horsford, Norfolk, England
Youth clubs
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Birmingham City
Queens Park Rangers
Brighton & Hove Albion
St Patrick's Athletic
176 (80)
83 (37)
72 (31)
77 (27)
66 (14)
(?) (?)   
National team
1965 England 4 (1)
Teams managed
  St Patrick's Athletic
Sligo Rovers
Dereham Town
Horsford United
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

It was during that season that Bridges, along with several other players, was punished by Docherty for breaking a curfew, after which the manager's relationship with his players deteriorated. Following one more season with Chelsea, Bridges was sold to Second Division side Birmingham City in May 1966 for a club-record ú55,000. He continued his impressive scoring record at St Andrews, netting 47 times in just over 100 games, and helped the side reach the League Cup semi-finals in 1967 and the FA Cup semi-finals a year later. Following the latter defeat, he moved to Queens Park Rangers and then had spells at Millwall, Brighton & Hove Albion and Highlands Park in South Africa. He retired having scored over 200 career goals.

He won four caps for the England national team, all in 1965, and scored his only goal in a 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia. Bridges was in the preliminary squad of forty players selected by Alf Ramsey for the 1966 World Cup, but failed to make the final team.

He later moved into management, first in Ireland as player-manager of St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers. He then returned to his native Norfolk to manage Dereham Town and Horsford United.

Bridges recently attended the tributes to Peter Osgood at Stamford Bridge following the death of his ex-team mate.

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