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Barry Harwood

Barry played in some Montagu Cup matches for Swinton Athletic before becoming a referee. He then emigrated to Australia where he officiating at the highest level - in 4 full international matches.

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Pele and Barry overseeing the coin toss ahead of Argentina v Saudi Arabia

One of these was Australia 2 Czechoslovakia 2 in Melbourne (1980) with the famous Antonin Panenka in the Czech team (cheeky 1976 penalty).  

The other three international matches were ...
Australia 0 USSR 3 (Adelaide, 1975); Australia 1 Israel 1 (Melbourne, 1977); Argentina 2 Saudi Arabia 2 (Adelaide, 1988)

Barry was in the middle for Western Australia 0 Dynamo Moscow 5 who had the great Lev Yashin in goal.  Yashin is regarded as the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the sport.

Lots of British teams toured 'down under' and had Barry in charge, including: Aberdeen (1974), Chelsea (1974), Manchester United (1975), Rangers (1975), Spurs (1976 & 85), Sunderland (1976), Middlesborough (1977), Dundee (1978), Nottingham Forest (1984), Milwall (1989).Soccer.

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Steve Perryman of Spurs with Barry in the middle

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Martin O' Neill of Northern Ireland


Barry's bio:
Barry went to Kilnhurst C of E primary school and Rawmarsh (haugh Road) Secondary School. He played in the football school teams.

Barry also captained Rotherham Schoolboys. He as offered apprenticeships at Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers but his parents were not in favour, they told Barry to get a 'real job'.

Barry did play with Rotherham United Under 18's Northern Intermediate team, Swinton Athletic and Denaby United.


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Barry - stood 5th from the left in a succesful Swinton Athletic team 1962

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Barry - seated centrally for Haugh Road in 1956

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Barry as a goalkeeper for Kilnhurst C of E school in 1952

Kilnhurst CE photo:
Back Row (L to R): B1, Howard Rushton, B3, Barry Harwood, B5, Mick Scott, Mr. Palmer
Front Row (L to R): F1, Byron Hart?, F3, F4, Jeff Burns?, F6


In 1963 Barry took the Sheffield and Hallamshire referees exam, advancing to Grade 1 by 1966, which is when he emigrated to Perth, Western Australia where he continued to referee.

Referee history ……..
1968 - Western Australia v South Australia
1969 - Western Australia v Greece
1970 - Western Australia v Hertha Zehlendorf (Germany)
1970 - Western Australia v Moscow Dynamo (USSR)
1972 - 1st year on the FIFA list
1973 - Western Australia v South Australia
1974 - Western Australia v Aberdeen (Scotland)
1974 - Western Australia v Chelsea (England)
1974 - Western Australia v South Australia
1975 - Referee at the Marah Halim Cup (Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia)
1975 - Referee AUSTRALIA v USSR
1975 - Western Australia v Legia (Poland)
1975 - Western Australia v Manchester United (England)
1975 - Western Australia v Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)
1975 - Western Australia v Australia “B”
1976 - Referee at the Marah Halim Cup (Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia)
1976 - Awarded Best Referee
1976 - Western Australia v Metros Croatia (Toronto, Canada)
1976 - Western Australia v Tottenham Hotspur (England)
1976 - Western Australia v Sunderland (England) BOBBY MONCUR
1977 - Referee AUSTRALIA v ISREAL
1977 - Western Australia v Hertha Zehlendorf (Germany)
1977 - Western Australia v Middlesborough (England)
1978 - Western Australia v Dundee (Scotland)
1979 - Western Australia v Vardar (Yugoslavia)
1980 - Referee at the Kings Cup Bangkok, Thailand
1980 - Western Australia v Northern Ireland MARTIN O'NEILL
1980 - Western Australia Sportsman of the Year for Soccer
1981 - FIFA World Youth Championships in Australia (Linesman / fourth official)
1982 - Referee at the Marah Halim Cup (Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia)
1983 - AUSTRALIA v Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) (Warm up game for Aus. prior to the Merlion Cup)
1983 - Referee at the Merlion Cup in Singapore
1983 - Referee at the Kings Cup Bangkok, Thailand
1983 - (Refereed the final)
1984 - AUSTRALIA v Nottingham Forrest (England)
1985 - Tottenham Hotspur (England) v Vasco de Gama (Brazil)
1985 - Western Australia v Australia U/19
1986 - FIFA U/16 Oceania Qualifying Championships (Koashong, Taiwan)
1987 - Appointed referee Manchester United v Nottingham Forest (Australian Tour was cancelled)
1988 - Oceania Olympic Games Qualifying in New Zealand
1988 - Australia Bi-Centennial Gold Cup
1988 - Referee Argentina v Saudi Arabia 
PELE (tossed the coin!)
1988 - Linesman Australia v Brazil
1989 - Oceania Womens Soccer Tournament. Referee Final.
1989 - Western Australia v Millwall (England)
1991 - Retired
1996 - Inducted into the Western Australia “Hall of Recognition” for Soccer.

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