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Reds fans mourn Barber Barber


Eric Barber and Pele

Eric Barber and Pele

Eric Barber and Pele

SHELBOURNE fans today are morning the loss of club legend and former Ireland international Eric Barber, who passed away at the age of 72.

Barber had spells in England and the USA and also played in the Austrian league, with Wiener Sport-Klub, and also lined out for Shamrock Rovers.

But it was from his time with Shels - three spells at the Reds - that Barber was most fondly remembered. He won two FAI Cups and a league title in his first spell with Shels.

His form in the league with the Reds earned him international recognition and he won his first cap in a World Cup game away to Spain in 1965, a 4-1 defeat, adding another cap away to Belgium in 1966.

FAI CEO John Delaney said: "Eric was a true gentleman and he will be missed by everyone who came in to contact with him. He enjoyed an exceptionally long a successful career and represented his country twice."

Barber finished his playing career with Shels and also managed the Reds for a spell.

"It's with regret that we must announce the death, earlier today, of former Shelbourne player, Eric Barber," the Reds said in a statement.

Between 1958 and 1980 (with breaks away from the club), Eric played in 219 league games, scoring a club record of 126 goals. He also played in 39 FAI Cup games scoring 17 times.

Eric played in nine European games against Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, Belenenses and Athletico Madrid. Our thoughts are with his family today."