Barry Alfred Siddall (born 12 September 1954) is an English former professional football goalkeeper. When he retired from the game he had 614 appearances to his name over a 21-year career in the Football League, playing for numerous clubs. He played for 13 different Football League clubs: Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland, Darlington, Port Vale, Blackpool, Stoke City, Tranmere Rovers, Manchester City, Stockport County, Hartlepool United, Carlisle United, Chester City and Preston North End. He won promotion out of the Second Division, Third Division, and Fourth Division, and also played in the First Division.
|Full name||Barry Alfred Siddall|
|Date of birth||12 September 1954|
|Place of birth||Ellesmere Port, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1980–1981||→ Darlington (loan)||8||(0)|
|1981||→ Vancouver Whitecaps (loan)||24||(0)|
|1983–1984||→ Blackpool (loan)||7||(0)|
|1985–1986||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||12||(0)|
|1985–1986||→ Manchester City (loan)||6||(0)|
|1990||West Bromwich Albion||0||(0)|
|1992–1993||Preston North End||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He began his career with Bolton Wanderers, turning professional in January 1972 after a two-year apprenticeship. In four years with the Burnden Park club he made 137 league appearances. Jimmy Armfield's "Trotters" won the Third Division title in the 1972–73 season, and finished mid-table in the Second Division in 1973–74 and 1974–75. Under the stewardship of Ian Greaves, they went on to finish fourth in 1975–76, one point behind promoted West Bromwich Albion.
In September 1976, he moved north-east to join Sunderland for a £80,000 fee, with the aim of replacing retiring club legend Jimmy Montgomery. He made 167 league appearances for Jimmy Adamson's "Black Cats". The Roker Park outfit were relegated out of the First Division in 1976–77, and came close to winning promotion in 1977–78 and 1978–79, before they regained their top-flight status with a second-place finish under the stewardship of Ken Knighton in 1979–80; they finished just one point behind champions Leicester City. He was loaned out to Darlington during the 1980–81 season, who were managed by his former Sunderland boss Billy Elliott; Siddall played eight Fourth Division games at Feethams. Now managed by Alan Durban, Sunderland avoided relegation by one place and two points in 1981–82.
In August 1982, Siddall signed for John McGrath's Fourth Division Port Vale, and went on to make 81 league appearances for the "Valiants" in a two spell. The first choice keeper in the 1982–83 promotion campaign, he was sidelined for three months after sustaining a knee injury in a 3–1 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate on 27 December 1982; Neville Southall was signed on loan to take his place. Teammate and club legend Phil Sproson named Siddall as the club's best goalkeeper of the 1980s. However, he handed in his notice at Vale Park in October 1983 following a contract dispute, and was loaned to Sam Ellis's Blackpool. Despite only spending the one month at Bloomfield Road, during his seven league games for the "Seasiders", Blackpool were the victors in six of them, which assisted in their finishing sixth in the Fourth Division. He ended the 1983–84 season with 45 appearances for Port Vale, though could not prevent the club suffering relegation out of the Third Division. He was in goal for Vale against Blackpool in a 1–1 draw on 18 September 1984, but his return to Bloomfield Road was an unhappy one as he injured his ankle. He featured just 12 times in the 1984–85 season, as new boss John Rudge preferred Chris Pearce.
Siddall was loaned out to Vale's rivals Stoke City in January 1985, and the move was made permanent two months later. He played 15 First Division games at the end of the 1984–85 season, though could not prevent Bill Asprey's "Potters" from being relegated in last place. He featured in just five Second Division games at the Victoria Ground in the 1985–86 campaign, as new boss Mick Mills preferred Peter Fox. He was also loaned out to Frank Worthington's Tranmere Rovers and Billy McNeill's Manchester City during the season, keeping goal in 12 Fourth Division games at Prenton Park and playing six First Division games during his time at Maine Road.
In 1986, Siddall returned to Blackpool, this time on a permanent basis. Sam Ellis was still in charge of the Bloomfield Road club, now a division higher, and Siddall went on to make 37 appearances during the 1986–87 season, as the club finished ninth in the Third Division. He was also first-choice during 1987–88, making 38 appearances, but in 1988–89 he was dropped a couple of times in favour of his deputies, Gary Kelly and Vince O'Keefe. He still made 35 starts in the league, however, but was sold at the end of the season to Stockport County.
Siddall went on the books of six clubs in four years: Hartlepool United, West Bromwich Albion, Mossley (where he played four Northern Premier League Premier Division games), Carlisle United, Chester City and Preston North End. Leaving the Football League in 1993, he later played for Northwich Victoria, Horwich R.M.I. and Burnley before becoming a freelance goalkeeping coach. He played a total of 614 Football League and two Conference games throughout his career.
Style of playEdit
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Bolton Wanderers||1972–73||Third Division||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Darlington (loan)||1980–81||Fourth Division||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||0|
|Vancouver Whitecaps (loan)||1981||NASL||24||0||–||–||–||–||–||–||24||0|
|Port Vale||1982–83||Fourth Division||33||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||36||0|
|Blackpool (loan)||1983–84||Fourth Division||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|Stoke City||1984–85||First Division||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||0|
|Tranmere Rovers (loan)||1985–86||Fourth Division||12||0||4||0||0||0||0||0||16||0|
|Manchester City (loan)||1985–86||First Division||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Stockport County||1989–90||Fourth Division||21||0||2||0||4||0||2||0||29||0|
|Hartlepool United||1989–90||Fourth Division||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
|Mossley||1990–91||Northern Premier League
|Carlisle United||1990–91||Fourth Division||24||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||25||0|
|Chester City||1991–92||Third Division||9||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||12||0|
|Preston North End||1992–93||Second Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
- Bolton Wanderers
- Port Vale
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- "Complete A-Z of Mossley Players". Mossley Web. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
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- "Walwyn a sad loss to the seasiders" – Blackpool Gazette, 17 April 2003
- Barry Siddall at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- Kent, Jeff (1990). "From Rags to Riches (1979–1990)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 258–290. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.