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RUFC - Riche Retires

Rotherham United striker, Richie Barker has been forced to retire due to a knee injury.

Richie began his career with Sheffield Wednesday, and, although with them for four years, he never made a first team appearance for them. In 1998 he spent a season with Brighton and Hove Albion, after previously being on loan with them. From there he joined Macclesfield Town and then joined the Millers, where he scored twelve goals in one hundred and forty games. He then went onto play nearly one hundred games for Mansfield and just over sixty games for Hartlepool. He joined the Millers for a second spell, originally on loan before making the deal permanent in January 2009 but only made five starts, the last being on Boxing Day.

Rotherham`s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Douglas, told The Advertiser , 'Richie has a very rare knee condition and the surgeon told him that he risked permanent damage if he tried to get back to the level of fitness required of a professional footballer. It is a shame because Richie gave years of good service to Rotherham United.`

It is thought that Richie, who is thirty-four tomorrow and has some of his coaching badges, will stay in the game in some capacity.

Vital Rotherham want to wish Richie all the best for his future.

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Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 29 2009

Time: 7:39AM

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From a Poolie fan, wishing Richie all the best! We sold him and had no replacement and still haven't. A true professional and great servant, if only it could've been for longer and we'd bough 3 years earlier! ALL THE BEST RICHIE!
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29/05/2009 08:05:00

Not many knocked Richie off the ball, brilliant holding centre forward who scored many goals. Pleasure to watch in our Hartlepool side. Hope we see you back at the vic someday. Best of luck in the future. Bazal.
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