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Barrington Gerard "Barrie" Hole (16 September 1942 – 25 March 2019[2]) was a Welsh professional footballer who played as a midfielder. A Wales international, he began his career with Cardiff City and made his professional debut as a teenager.

Barrie Hole
Personal information
Full name Barrington Gerard Hole[1]
Date of birth (1942-09-16)16 September 1942
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Date of death 25 March 2019(2019-03-25) (aged 76)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1966 Cardiff City 208 (16)
1966–1968 Blackburn Rovers 79 (13)
1968–1970 Aston Villa 47 (6)
1970–1972 Swansea City 78 (3)
Total 412 (38)
National team
1963–1970 Wales 30 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Hole's father Billy had been a professional footballer and played for Swansea Town before World War II, making over 400 appearances and playing in the club's first ever fixture in The Football League. His older brothers Colin and Alan had also both played for their hometown club Swansea, although Colin never made a first team appearance.[3] Barrie did not follow the family tradition and instead joined their rivals Cardiff City. He made his league debut as a seventeen-year-old during a 4-3 victory over Luton Town in February 1960 during a season when Cardiff gained promotion to the first division.[4]

Soon establishing himself in the Bluebirds side, even playing as an emergency striker on occasions, he was a vital member of the side, including being ever present during the 1964-65 season. It was during the latter stages of his time at Ninian Park that he won the first of his Welsh caps and was a regular in the side when he was signed by Blackburn Rovers in July 1966 for £40,000. After just two years at Blackburn he moved, this time to Aston Villa for £60,000 in September 1968. He was signed in May 1970 by then Swansea manager Roy Bentley for £20,000 and played for the club for two years before fully retiring in May 1972.

After retiring from football he ran a newsagents in Swansea before selling it in 2004.[5]

He died in March 2019.[6]


  1. ^ "Barrie Hole". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  2. ^ Barrie Hole death notice
  3. ^ "It's a Family Affair". Swansea City A.F.C. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  4. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 90. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
  5. ^ "Past players" Archived 2008-11-03 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  6. ^ "Barrie Hole: Former Wales international midfielder dies aged 76". BBC. Retrieved 1 April 2019.