McConnell, Barry

Birth Date

1st January 1977


Exeter, England



Biographical Text

Barry McConnell came through the Exeter City youth system, signing associate schoolboy forms in November 1991, to earn a full contract in August 1995. He had been spotted playing for Beacon Knights. He had also played for the Exeter and East Devon Schools side.

In 1992/93 he made 16 appearnces and scored 25 goals in the Devon and Exeter Youth League.

He made his league debut in a 4-2 defeat at Rochdale in September 1995, and was a first-team player for almost 10 years after that, featuring in a variety of positions.

He actually started his youth career as a striker, but eventually settled into a defensive role. During his time at St James’ Park, he also had a loan spell with Weston-Super-Mare. He also played a trial match with Nottingham Forest, lining up in an Under-20 team. He sustained a broken leg in the game at Aldershot in October 2004 and that effectively ended his stay at Exeter City.

Barry McConnell’s long service was rewarded with a testimonial match against Charlton Athletic in May 2005.
Upon his departure in December 2005, he spent a brief period with Tamworth, where he played two games, before moving to Forest Green Rovers whom he left at the end of the 2005/2006 season. He began the 2006–2007 season with Tiverton Town and had another short spell with Weston-super-Mare before signing an 18 month contract with Dorchester Town in February 2007, but Dorchester later released him.
In the 2007–2008 season McConnell again linked up with Weston-Super-Mare for a third time and made 32 appearances for the club, before signing for Truro City in the summer of 2008.

He spent 4 seasons at Truro. For season 2012/13 he was with Weymouth Town, and the following season was with Exmouth Town.



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