Liverpool born Stuart Barlow was a pacy striker who started his career in Sunday league football before reaching the heights of the Premiership with hometown club Everton. He went on to score goals for Oldham Athletic, Wigan Athletic and Tranmere Rovers as well.
(Stuart Barlow is pictured above playing for the Everton Game 1 Away team in 2010)
Barlow got his big break in 1990 when he was spotted at the age of 21 playing for Sherwood Park in the Business Houses League. Despite being a self confessed Liverpool fan Barlow jumped at the chance to join the ranks of the Blue half of the City. Barlow was to spend 5 seasons at Goodison Park, with a short spell on loan to Rotherham United, but with strikers of the calibre of Tony Cottee, Peter Beardsley and Paul Rideout ahead of him in the pecking order he struggled to hold down a regular slot. However he did manage to notch up 13 goals in his 31 starts (and 57 sub appearances) for Everton and was unlucky to narrowly miss out on the 14 man FA Cup winning squad in 1995, after playing in the earlier rounds.
Barlow moved to Oldham Athletic for a fee of £350,000 in 1995 and his 3 seasons at Boundary Park proved to be far more prolific, as he notched up 31 goals in 93 league appearances. However the club was in decline and Barlow was on the move again in 1998, moving to fellow Division Two club Wigan Athletic for £45,000. Barlow was quickly amongst the goals again and he scored a highly prolific 52 goals in all competitions as the club narrowly missed out on promotion two years running.
His excellent form earned him a move up a Division when he joined Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2000 and he continued to score important goals at Prenton Park, including the winner in an incredible FA Cup tie against Southampton in Feb 2001. Fresh from beating Everton in the previous round Rovers were trailing 3-0 at half-time but John Aldridge’s men made a stunning 2nd half comeback - going on to win 4-3 - with Barlow pouncing to score the late winner from close range. Barlow’s stay at Tranmere was highly productive, yielding 27 goals in 74 games, with another highlight coming in Sept 2001 when he scored two hat-tricks in a week!
The ever youthful Barlow signed for Stockport County in 2003 and after two years at Edgeley Park he went on to join Bury, Morecambe and Southport before finally calling it a day in 2007 at 38.
Since retiring from the game Stuart has mainly been involved with business interests outwith the game, however he has also appeared on local station Radio City’s Terrace Talk programme alongside fellow Football Aider John Durnin. Stuart still keeps himself extremely fit and plays regularly for the Tranmere Rovers Masters team, captaining them to the Grand Final in 2010 scoring a hat-trick against Aston Villa in the semis on the way to the final!
We were delighted when Stuart accepted our invitation to become a Club Ambassador for Everton in October 2010. Stuart has been a tremendous supporter of Football Aid in recent years, having played 4 years running since making his debut in 2007. His down to earth demeanour and approachable manner makes him the perfect teammate and anybody who has played in the same team has Stuart has appreciated his tireless running up and down the wing as well!