Barry Hunter



Years at the club: 1996-2001
Date of birth: 18/11/1968
Birth place: Coleraine
Position: Defender
Appearances: 90 (10)
Goals: 6
Clubs: Wrexham, Rushden & Diamonds
Honours: 14 Northern Ireland Caps (1995-99). Wales Youth/ 'B' International

Hunter made his name with Wrexham before transferring to Reading for £400,000 in 1996.

Barry quickly settled in at Elm Park and looked to be a great asset to the club and proved a most competant leader when he was made captain.

Unfortunately, in March 1997, he sustained a serious knee injury that kept him out of the game for two years.

On leaving Reading in 2001, and after a loan spell at Southend United, Barry joined Rushden & Diamonds. At the departure of manager Brian Talbot, Barry took charch as Caretaker boss in 2004. In 2005 Ernie Tippett was sacked, and replaced again by Hunter, who was later appointed full-time manager. The club staved off relegation. The following season, after a summer in which the administration of the club was handed over to the Supporters' Trust, the club continued to struggle and were relegated back to the Football Conference. Hunter's contract was not renewed over the summer.

On ending his playing career at Portadown, he had a short spell as the caretaker-assistant manager at Swindon Town under Adrian Williams. Williams and Hunter were replaced by Paul Sturrock and Kevin Summerfield.

He joined Blackburn Rovers as a senior scout in 2006. Responsible for team assessments and player recruitment. Hunter co-hosts a football show on Reading107fm two nights a week. He recently achieved Certificate in Applied Management from Warwick University. He was recruited by Norwich City Manager Glenn Roeder as the clubs chief scout in June 2008.

In June 2012, Hunter moved to Liverpool as a scout.

(as of Feb. 2013)

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