FAI pays respects to Eric Barber RIP
THE Football Association of Ireland today paid tribute to former international footballer Eric Barber who passed away this morning.
The Dubliner, aged 72, won two caps against Spain and Belgium in 1965.
Barber was best known for his career in the League of Ireland with Shelbourne FC where he was a prolific goal-scorer and indeed is the club's record scorer with 126 league goals. He had three spells with the Reds from 1958 to 1966, 1971'75 and 1978'80. He also managed Shels during the 1979'80 season.
He was part of Shels FAI Youth Cup-winning side in 1959 and also starred in the League of Ireland championship winning team of 1962, and the FAI Cup in 1960 and 1963, beating Cork Hibernians 2'0 on both occasions.
Barber joined Birmingham City in 1966 and the following year signed Chicago Spurs in the USA's National Professional Soccer League. The club then moved on to Kansas City Spurs and Barber moved with them.
He had a loan spell at Shamrock Rovers for the 1969-70 season then moved to Austrian side Wiener Sport-Club before returning to Shels in 1971. He later was assistant manager at Shamrock Rovers before his season as manager of Shelbourne.
FAI CEO John Delaney said: "Eric was a true gentleman and he will be missed by everyone who came in to contact with him. He enjoyed an exceptionally long a successful career and represented his country twice.
"He was a great friend of my father and myself. I always looked forward to meeting him and loved chatting to him at various events. His passing is very sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
May he Rest in Peace.