Dunfermline Athletic

Roy Barry

Harry Melrose and Roy Barry

Captain of Dunfermline's 1968 Scottish Cup winning side, Roy Barry returned to the town in 2004 to attend the Club's Hall of Fame evening in the Glen Pavilion. The 62 year old travelled back from Croydon to be re-united with his former team mates and was amazed at the reception he got:-

"I can't get my head round how people have been coming up to me and saying thank you for what you did for the club when you were here.It was only three years but it was a very successful three years under Willie Cunningham and then George Farm.

"The amount of guys coming up in their fifties who were obviously in their early teens then saying 'thanks for the good old days' I am extremely flattered I really am."

Roy Barry left Dunfermline in 1969 to join Coventry City:-

"I spent four years there and it was a great introduction to English football because it was good stuff.I went from Coventry to Crystal Palace.A chap called Malcolm Allison brought me there.He and Joe Mercer were a bit of a partnership but I had two disastrous years there.We got relegated and fell below what I was used up here."

After two years at Palace Barry moved back north in 1975 to play alongside his former team mate Alex Edwards at Hibs and ended his career in season 1976/77 at East Fife.Despite all these clubs Roy confirmed his feelings for the Pars:-

"Dunfermline was always very close to my heart but you move on and forget.I just can't believe tonight; it is astounding."

All the European memories of the 1960s came flooding back on Saturday night but of course for Roy Dunfermline weren't his first taste of continental competition:-

"In European terms it was a bit of an extension for me because I came to Dunfermline from Hearts and they had finished in the top three or four and I had actually played in Europe.Then coming here I went straight into Europe again which was a big bonus.We just took off at Dunfermline.

"Everything was just buzzing.We had great times playing in Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and places like that and doing well."

Roy Barry and George Miller

Roy Barry and George Miller 2005

George Farm was the man who led Dunfermline to Cup success in 1968 but the captain reflected that the team spirit at Dunfermline played a huge part in the success:-

"We had a great bond of players.The guys that I met in Fife were great pals and if we had a defeat we would discuss what happened and if we won we'd go and discuss how we won.We had real team get togethers; we were good mates.Successful teams are teams that stick together and play together.There are no splits like defenders staying together and forwards being cleeky.It was just a team thing like guys from your local pub meet up for a dart game once a week.They were just pals and mates and you go out there and do the business for each other.Dunfermline at the time that is what it was like."

Roy was the second and sadly the last Dunfermline captain to lift the Scottish Cup but he still regrets being prevented from doing a lap of honour at Hampden Park.

"There had been some trouble there the previous year with Celtic and Rangers.I remember holding the Scottish Cup and hitting a policeman over the head with it because he wouldn't let me run round the track with it.I was a bit put off with that but I didn't get arrested."

Roy Barry was 25 when he captained Dunfermline in the 1968 Scottish Cup Final and he has fond memories:-

"To lift the Cup is what every young footballer wants to do.It was a big bonus for me because we beat the Hearts in the Final and I had left the Hearts.The centre forward was Donald Ford who was my accountant.It is a double bonus to get one back on your accountant isn't it."

Roy left Dunfermline on 20th October 1969 forced to leave Scottish football because of his 'bad boy' reputation which nowadays would look angelic:-

"It was a sort of ultimatum 'sell him or we ban him'.They can't do that now.I think Willie Woodburn of Rangers got banned sine die many years before" explained Roy.

His record was two sendings off (one with Hearts and one with Dunfermline) and had been banned twice while at Tynecastle for three cautions.Roy agreed that he was possibly harshly dealt with:-

"It was to my advantage ultimately because it extended my career and gave me a different outlook on what was going on.At that time all young Scottish footballers wanted to go down to England and try it out."

When Barry joined Coventry for a fee of £45,000 he found himself playing against the likes of Bobby Charlton and George Best.

"The English League was very much more competitive and I had always felt that I was a competitive player.I found down there you were extended and really found out what you were made of."

Roy now operates an Executive car company in London working between offices, airports and embassies.He thoroughly enjoyed his return to West Fife closing:-

"I have lost touch a little bit with football and it is nice to get back into it, especially here."



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