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Last modified on Monday, 23 April 2007 at 21:11:04

Barry Conlon

Barry Conlon
  • Born: 1979?
  • Joined Southend United: 5th September, 1998
  • Previous clubs: QPR, Manchester City
  • Signed for £100 000
Barry Conlon has joined from Manchester City. It seems that he is more than competent but never got a regular first team chance at Manchester City.
Barry's hat-trick in a play off against Norway last May (after his QPR release) secured qualification for the Republic of Ireland U-18's in the European Championship finals. Barry scored the winner against Switzerland in the finals but was sent off soon afterwards which ruled him out of the rest of the tournament.

Barry was named in the Republic of Ireland U-21 squad by Ian Evans and also named as one of three nominees for Youths Player of the Year in the Football Association of Ireland Opel International Awards for 1997.

Our Ireland correspondent (okay, I'm being pretentious— I pinched this bit off the mailing list) reports that Barry was sent off in a U21 match against Croatia soon before he joined the club. He scored the first goal but the Republic only managed a 2-2 draw following his sending-off.

I am told that he got needlessly involved in a handbags at six paces situation with a Croat.

The Republic beat Germany on penalties in the recent European Championship finals.

The last time we spent £100k on a striker it was none other than Stan Collymore. Here's hoping! One possible problem for Barry has been identified as the mediocre service which he gets from other members of the team and his apparent propensity for getting injured.

Sadly, Conlon has become a target for abuse from our own fans who clearly do not wish to allow for his youth and inexperience. He has shown some poor performances, where his passes have never arrived and he has fallen over a lot. However, it has been suggested that:

Conlon has a lot more about him than Gary Jones, Andy Thomson, Andy Rammell etc. and with the right service and a bit of confidence could at least be the next Brett Angell.

© Luke Bosman Monday, 23 April 2007 at 21:11:04

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