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02 January 2020 12:39

Chris Barker

Former Barnsley and Cardiff City defender Chris Barker has died at the age of 39. Barker made over 150 appearances for Cardiff and also played over 100 times for Barnsley - where he began his league career - and Southend. The left-back also represented QPR, Plymouth Argyle and Aldershot Town during a playing career which spanned 17 years. Chris Barker played for Cardiff between 2002 and 2007 His sports management agency World in Motion tweeted on Thursday: "It is with great sadness that we learn of the untimely and tragic passing at the age of 39 of Chris Barker. "Chris was a client throughout his outstanding playing career of over 500 league games.

Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from essexlive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Former Southend United captain Chris Barker has passed away at the age of 39. Barker's management agency World in Motion confirmed the news in a tweet this morning. They said: "It is with great sadness that we learn of the untimely and tragic passing at the age of 39 of Chris Barker. "RIP Chris Barker." Ex-Cardiff City teammate Darren Purse tweeted his tribute saying: "Waking up this morning to the terrible news that Chris Barker is no longer with us. "A very hard working, loyal and trustworthy man who will be sadly missed.

Rest well Barks. #RIPBarks." (Image: Aldershot News and Mail) Player James Constable also tweeted: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Chris Barker, played against him so many times. "A tough, no nonsense defender, but always enjoyed our battles. "Thoughts and prayers are with all his friends and family. RIP Chris." Another former teammate Andy Campbell also shared a tribute to Barker.

He said on Twitter: "RIP Chris Barker, so so sad. A friend, a teammate and all round nice fella. "A good solid hard player on the field and great banter off it. Had some quality days and nights on the beer. "My thoughts and prayers with his family and daughter at this sad time.

R.I.P. Barks." Barker played over 100 games for the Shrimpers between 2010 and 2013, winning player of the year in the 2010-2011 season. He was part of the squad that made it to Wembley in 2013 and played in the Football League Trophy Final. Overall he had a lengthy 18-year career, where he played over 100 games for both Barnsley and Cardiff City, as well as a brief spell at Colchester United. He finished his career as a player/assistant manager at non-league sided Weston-super-Mare. FORMER Hereford FC player/coach Chris Barker has died aged 39. Barker, originally from Sheffield, joined the Bulls at the start of the 2016/17 Southern League South & West title winning season. During the October of the season Baker left to join Weston-super-Mare as a player/assistant manager before leaving and retiring from the game in July 2017. The defender had a lengthy career which saw him play over 100 matches for Barnsley, Cardiff City and Southend United. Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from plymouthherald - Inside Home Park Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Former Plymouth Argyle defender Chris Barker has died at the age of 39. Barker had been working as the lead professional development phase coach at League Two club Forest Green Rovers. World in Motion, the sports management agency who represented Barker throughout his 18-year career, tweeted on Thursday morning: "It is with great sadness that we learn of the untimely and tragic passing at the age of 39 of Chris Barker. "Chris was a client throughout his outstanding playing career of over 500 League games for clubs including Barnsley, Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers and Plymouth Argyle. "Moreover, Chris was a wonderful person, an absolute gentleman and a pleasure to work for." South Wales Police also issued the following statement: "Police can confirm the sudden death of a 39 year-old man who was discovered at his home address in the Cyncoed area of Cardiff at approximately 2pm on New Year's Day. "His death is not being treated as suspicious and the Coroner has been informed." Barker signed for Argyle on an emergency loan from Queens Park Rangers in August 2008. That enabled him to make his debut for the Pilgrims on the same day, in a season-opening 2-2 Championship draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Home Park. Barker went on to sign a three-year contract with Paul Sturrock's Pilgrims the following week. He went on to make a total of 52 starts and six substitute appearances over the next two seasons, either as a left-back or in central defence. Barker did not figure in the first team plans of Peter Reid after he took over as Argyle manager in the summer of 2010. That led to the defender signing for Southend United, initially on a one-month loan before making it a permanent move at the end of August. Barker spent the next three seasons at Southend, becoming their captain, before finishing his professional career at Aldershot Town. He was twice player-of-the-year at Aldershot and also had a spell as their caretaker boss, before moving on to Hereford FC and then Weston-Super-Mare, where he was player/assistant manager. Argyle issued a statement this morning which read: "Plymouth Argyle is deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of former Pilgrim Chris Barker. "Barks, 39, represented Argyle between 2008-2010, making over 50 Championship appearances for the Greens. "A hugely respected figure in the Home Park dressing room, Chris captained the side and was a vital component of Paul Sturrock's team at either left or centre-back. "We send the condolences from everyone at Home Park, and further afield, to the family and friends of Chris." Tributes have also been paid to Barker by many former team-mates or those who played against him on social media this morning.