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Barry Payne
Predominantly a left-back, Barry joined the Saints towards the end of the 1955-56 season from Mid Herts League side E.A.C. (Electrical Appliance Company). His pedigree was already good having been selected for St Albans Schools and Hertfordshire Schoolboys and later he played three times for the senior county side. He first turned out in our colours as a 17-year-old for the Reserve team during a 2-0 Isthmian League Reserve Section defeat to Woking at Kingfield on 5th May.


The Reserve team was very much an experimental XI that day with fellow E.A.C. player Jonny Miller given a run out along with Tawny McShane from Ballito Sports, and the Carlton trio of Victor King, Alan Howell and B.Johnnys. Barry, who attended Beaumont School would often be seen cycling to matches at Clarence Park, was just one of a number of former Mid Herts League youngsters who were snapped up by the Saints. The likes of Barry Cobb, Bill Southern, Clive Greenwood, Graham King and Jimmy ‘Ginger’ Norris, all progressed through the local leagues around the same time as him.

Barry started the 1956-57 season in the City Reserve team before making his First team debut on 6th October in an Isthmian League match against Ilford at Newbury Park. It was hardly a glorious day for the Saints but Barry did receive a favourable mention in the match report following City’s 3-0 defeat; ‘Apart from McCormack and Payne, who deputised for A.Law at left-back, no St Albans player did anything to enhance his reputation.’

He retained his place in the side for the visit of Wimbledon the following Saturday and was again on the receiving end of praise as The Dons run of five straight wins at Clarence Park was halted by a thumping 5-0 City victory. Unfortunately, his year ended in some discomfort with a knee injury sustained against Romford on 29th December allowing Alf Law to reclaim the left-back position. Barry returned at the start of February but the injury flared up again and when the trouble persisted in a Reserve match two weeks later it was time to admit that his season was over.
A knee operation during the summer kept him out for the early weeks of 1957-58 but after a run in the Reserves he returned to First team duty early in the new year. The season ended with Barry picking up a Herts Charity Cup winners medal (plaque to be precise) as goals by Clive Greenwood and Ron Wood saw off Athenian League side Hitchin Town at Clarence Park.

Free from injury Barry appeared in 35 of our 37 games during the 1958-59 campaign, his highest number of appearances in one season. His first goal for the club came on the opening day of the 1959-60 season; a 20-yarder that turned seeming defeat into a 3-2 victory over Clapton at the Park.
Given that he was powerfully built it was perhaps a surprise that St Albans did not utilise his attributes in attack until 13th April 1963 when he lined up alongside fellow defender Barrie King for an Isthmian League encounter with Dulwich Hamlet at Champion Hill. Standing in for the injured Danny Desmond City’s makeshift forward scored four times during a 6-2 rout of the Hamlet on the 55th anniversary of the formation of St Albans City. Although he scored again in City’s next match, a Herts Senior Cup semi-final defeat to Barnet at Underhill, Barry returned to the backline once Desmond regained fitness.

Barry lost his place in the side at the end of November 1963 but after a spell away from the club returned in March when fellow defender John Adamson quit the City. Barry’s final appearance came in a 1-1 draw with Walthamstow Avenue at the Park; he stood in up front again and had what appeared to be a perfectly good headed goal from a Herbie Smith cross disallowed for offside against another player.

A keen sportsman Barry was a member of Lakeside Cricket Club from 1954 to 1991 and played bowls for the Co-Op in Luton. Whilst working for Fisher & Knights he played for the company football team that went by the name of Gainsborough Press and were founder members of the St Albans Sunday League in 1961. The team enjoyed great success and, like many of Sunday League sides during the 1960s and early 1970s, featured a number of players who also turned out in the Isthmian League for then amateur St Albans City.

His working life was spent ‘in the print’ starting in 1957 with Tribe Brothers Printing Company in Sopwell Lane where he served his apprenticeship (six years) as a Machine Minder. When Tribe Brothers closed down around 1959-60 he moved to Fisher & Knights in Lattimore Road. He remained with the company when it changed its name to Flarepath Printers and moved to Colney Street to merge with Taylor Garnett & Evans, a print firm from Watford. Flarepath closed in 1975 at which point he moved to Staples Printers and when they closed down he joined Stewarts of Hertford where he stayed until he retired.

Barry Payne was born on 16th May 1939 and passed away on 10th December 2017.




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Barry Payne's playing record
Season Openin. Subst. Goals Yellows Reds
Season 1956-57 10 0 0 0 0
Season 1957-58 10 0 0 0 0
Season 1958-59 35 0 0 0 0
Season 1959-60 23 0 1 0 0
Season 1960-61 25 0 4 0 0
Season 1961-62 33 0 0 0 0
Season 1962-63 33 0 5 0 0
Season 1963-64 15 0 1 0 0
Total 184 0 11 0 0
By season | In opening squad | Substituted in | Goals | Yellow cards | Red cards


Barry Payne's full debut
06.10.1956 at 19:00 Isthmian League A Ilford 0 - 3


Latest opening squad appearances (max.10)Barry Payne started
25.04.1964 at 19:00 Isthmian League H Walthamstow Avenue 1 - 1
18.04.1964 at 19:00 Isthmian League A Wimbledon 0 - 0
30.03.1964 at 19:00 Isthmian League H Sutton United 1 - 1
21.03.1964 at 19:00 Isthmian League A Bromley 3 - 3
14.03.1964 at 19:00 Isthmian League H Leytonstone 3 - 1


Latest matches where player has scored one or more goals (max. 10)Barry Payne scored
14.09.1963 at 19:00 Isthmian League H Wimbledon 1 - 2
20.04.1963 at 19:00 Herts Senior Cup / S/F A Barnet 1 - 4
13.04.1963 at 19:00 Isthmian League A Dulwich Hamlet 6 - 2
06.05.1961 at 19:00 Isthmian League A Bromley 2 - 4
22.04.1961 at 19:00 Isthmian League A Corinthian Casuals 3 - 1