Southend United Football Club has been deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic passing of former defender Chris Barker at the age of just 39.
Chris joined Blues in 2010 on a month’s loan, signed by Paul Sturrock, which soon turned into a permanent deal.
He was an extremely popular player both on and off the field, a fantastic servant in what was a difficult period at the club, and he would go on to become player of the year in his first season.
In total Chris made 143 appearances in his three seasons at Roots Hall and captained the club in its first Wembley final in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Crewe Alexandra.
Chris also represented Barnsley, Cardiff, Stoke, Colchester, QPR, Plymouth, Aldershot, Hereford and Weston-super-Mare with distinction, and was working in the Academy at Forest Green Rovers.
We offer our deepest condolences to the Barker family, friends, former team-mates and colleagues at this difficult time. He will be greatly missed by us all.
Once a Blue, always a Blue. RIP, Chris.