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|Full Name||Barry John Bridges|
|Date of Birth||29 April 1941|
|Place of Birth||Horsford, Norfolk|
|Debut||7 February 1959|
|Games (goals)||205 (93)|
|Other clubs|| Birmingham City|
Queens Park Rangers
Brighton & Hove Albion
St Patrick's Athletic
Barry John Bridges (born 29 April 1941 in Horsford, Norfolk) is a former England international forward, who played for Chelsea between 1958 and 1966, having signed as a junior.
Bridges was signed by Chelsea having been spotted whilst playing for Norwich and Norfolk Boys. He made his debut for the club against West Ham United in February 1959, and scored in a 3-2 victory. He first established himself in the Chelsea side during the 1961-62 season, and though the club were relegated, he nevertheless proved himself a capable goalscorer as he found the net 20 times that season.Tommy Docherty's re-structured Chelsea attack, alongside Bobby Tambling and Terry Venables. He helped the club gain promotion back to the First Division at the first attempt, and then challenge for the major honours. His most successful season with the club was in 1964-65, in which he scored 27 goals in 42 matches, as Chelsea won the League Cup but faltered late-on in their championship and FA Cup challenges.
It was during that season that Bridges, along with several other players, was punished by Docherty for breaking a curfew, after which the manager's relationship with his players deteriorated. Following one more season with Chelsea, Bridges was sold to Second Division side Birmingham City in May 1966 for a club-record £55,000. He continued his impressive scoring record at St Andrews, netting 47 times in just over 100 games, and helped the side reach the League Cup semi-finals in 1967 and the FA Cup semi-finals a year later. Following the latter defeat, he moved to Queens Park Rangers and then had spells at Millwall, Brighton & Hove Albion and Highlands Park in South Africa. He retired having scored over 200 career goals.
He later moved into management, first in Ireland as player-manager of St Patrick's Athletic in May 1976  until he was sacked in February 1978 . While at Richmond Park he signed Gordon Banks on a short time contract. He was also player-manager at Sligo Rovers.
He then returned to his native Norfolk to manage Dereham Town and Horsford United. After hanging up his boots, Barry ran a hotel on the Sussex coast before taking over the running of his grandfather’s farm and starting a milk round.  Bridges attended the tributes to Peter Osgood at Stamford Bridge following the death of his former team mate.
He won four caps for the England national team, all in 1965, and scored his only goal in a 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia. Bridges was in the preliminary squad of forty players selected by Alf Ramsey for the 1966 World Cup, but failed to make the final team.
- See also: List of Barry Bridges goals
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