Barry Fry was a former Manchester United apprentice as a winger, his playing career involved brief spells with Bolton Wanderers, Luton Town and Leyton Orient, before he retired prematurely due to injury.
He has managed Dunstable Town, Bedford Town, Maidstone United, Southend United, Barnet, Birmingham City and, most recently, Peterborough United, Fry is currently director of football at Peterborough.
Barry’s many and often erratic dealings in the transfer market led to lifelong Birmingham City supporter Jasper Carrott claiming Barry “was probably trying to sort out the unemployment problem single-handed!”.
In a game against Huddersfield Town in 1995, Birmingham City took the lead, and Barry memorably leapt from the dugout and charged down the length of the touchline flailing his arms around like a windmill, before leaping into a commentators booth. Such antics were rarely seen when matches were not being shown on television.
He was often renowned for his attacking brand of football, although his tactics often meant his teams conceded as many goals as they scored.
Barry is still one of football’s real character and his bubbly personality is enjoyed on a regular basis on the after dinner circuit with stories about his life in football.