Patrick "Paddy" Barclay is a Scottish sportswriter.
Barclay started his career with The Guardian in the 1970s. When the newspaper The Independent was launched in 1986, he was appointed its first football correspondent. He joined The Observer in 1991, and became football correspondent of The Sunday Telegraph in 1996. He held the post for 12 years.
Barclay joined The Times in February 2009 as its Chief Football Correspondent to replace Martin Samuel, who was joining the Daily Mail. Thus, Barclay became one of the few journalists to be the main writer for his discipline for all four quality newspaper groups in England: Times, Guardian-Observer, Telegraph, and Independent. Barclay left The Times in December 2011 due to cost-cutting measures. In January 2012, he started writing for the London Evening Standard.
Barclay has written a biography of fellow Scotsman, the Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, entitled Football – Bloody Hell!. The book was published in October 2010. Also, he is the author of one of José Mourinho's biographies.
- Football writer Patrick Barclay leaves Sunday Telegraph to join Times guardian.co.uk, 5 December 2008
- Barclay to leave The Times in January Football Writers' Association, 6 December 2011
- Patrick Barclay London Evening Standard
- Football – Bloody Hell! The Biography of Alex Ferguson by Patrick Barclay – review The Guardian, 16 October 2010
- Football – Bloody Hell!, by Patrick Barclay The Independent, 31 October 2010