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RIP Barry Jackson

By Dan Simmonite | 11th November 2021

York City Football Club are devastated to learn of the passing of record-appearance holder Barry Jackson, aged 83.

Barry was a colossus at the heart of the defence from 1958 to 1970 and still holds the record of 539 League and Cup appearances.

Born in Askrigg, North Yorkshire, Barry moved to York with his family as a youngster on 2nd February 1938 and developed through the ranks of local minor league side Cliftonville. He joined York City as an amateur in 1956 and starred in a public pre-season practice match in August 1956, named Reds vs Blues, and played in front of a crowd of 7,099.

He turned professional in December that year and his first two seasons were spent with the reserve side. He made his senior debut on the opening day of the 1958-59 season against Oldham in the club's first-ever game in the Fourth Division. He made an instant impact that season, helping the Minstermen achieve promotion.

The 6ft 4inch centre half was a virtual ever-present for 12 seasons and notably captained the side on numerous occasions, helping City reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup in 1961-62.

He was voted all-time favourite player in a poll conducted by the PFA as part of their centenary celebrations in 2007.

RIP Barry.

 

We are also saddened to hear of the passing of Margo Fenton, wife of Billy, who kept the tradition of presenting the Billy Fenton Memorial Clubman of the Year trophy each year.

Her sons have been offered to take over the honour at the end of the 2021/22 season.

RIP Margo.

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