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Colin Barlow (born in Manchester) is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester City, Oldham Athletic and Doncaster Rovers.

Barlow joined Manchester City as a schoolboy, turning professional in 1956.[1] He made his first team debut on the opening day of the 1957-58 season, scoring the first goal in a 3-2 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He ended his first season with 17 goals in 40 appearances. The following season he scored 18 goals, making him the club's top scorer for 1958-59. The 1959-60 season was his goalscoring peak, with 20 goals in 40 appearances. In 1962 he lost his first team place to Neil Young; following Young's debut he made only 19 further appearances for the club. When he left Manchester City he was the club's twelfth highest all-time goalscorer. As of 2007 he is eighteenth.[2]

With first team opportunities limited at Manchester City, in August 1963 he transferred to Oldham Athletic.[1] He later played for Doncaster Rovers.

After finishing his playing career, Barlow moved into business. In 1994 this saw him return to football as part of Francis Lee's takeover of the club. Barlow became the club's first chief executive,[1] and was a member of the board. He left the role in January 1997, stating that he wished to devoted more time to his companies.[3] He resigned as a director in December 1997, but retained his shareholding.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Clayton, David (2002). Everything under the blue moon: the complete book of Manchester City FC - and more!. Edinburgh: Mainstream publishing. ISBN 1-84018-687-9.   p25
  2. ^ James, Gary (2006). Manchester City - The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon. ISBN 1-85983-512-0.   p510
  3. ^ "Turner Takes up Maine Road Chief Exec Post". 4thegame. Retrieved May 27, 2007.  
  4. ^ "Football: Tueart climbs on board again at City". Independent. Retrieved May 27, 2007.  


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