Barlow, Martin

Birth Date

25th June 1971

Birthplace

Barnstaple

Occupation

Midfielder

Biographical Text

Martin played junior football with Prince Rock in Plymouth and was also selected to play for Devon Schoolboys. Joining the Plymouth Argyle Centre of Excellence, later signing as an apprentice, he signed professional forms for the club in 1989, and was nicknamed 'Chopsy' (for chopping back when challenged).

He made his Pilgrims debut in May 1989 as a substitute in the 3-1 Second Division win over Oxford. He nearly joined Cardiff in 1995, but the move allegedly fell through because the Bluebirds wouldn't pay his removal expenses. The midfielder went on to complete 329 league appearances for Argyle, scoring 24 goals.


Martin was awarded a testimonial against Fulham on July 28th 1999. After retiring from playing Martin worked in car sales in Plymouth.

Apart from a loan spell with Yeovil Town in March 2001, Barlow remained at Home Park until joining Exeter City on a free transfer four months later, making his Grecians debut in the opening game of the season, a 3-1 home defeat against Hull City. He only stayed for one season at St James’ Park though and in the summer of 2002 signed for Weymouth.

However, he then moved to Telford United in September 2002, only to return to Weymouth for a second spell at the club in the summer of 2004.

Appearances

31

Appearances as Substitute

4

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Mike Blackstone:

Martin played junior football with Prince Rock in Plymouth and was also selected to play for Devon Schoolboys. Joining the Plymouth Argyle Centre of Excellence, later signing as an apprentice, he signed professional forms for the club in 1989.

Martin was awarded a testimonial against Fulham on July 28th 1999. After retiring from playing Martin worked in car sales in Plymouth.

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