Jim Barron

This article is about the English footballer. For the American basketball coach, see Jim Baron.
Jim Barron
Personal information
Full name James Barron
Date of birth (1943-10-19) 19 October 1943
Place of birth Tantobie, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Northampton Town
(First-team coach)
Youth career
Newcastle West End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1965 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 (0)
1965–1966 Chelsea 1 (0)
1966–1970 Oxford United 152 (0)
1970–1974 Nottingham Forest 155 (0)
1974–1977 Swindon Town 79 (0)
1977 Connecticut Bicentennials 10 (0)
1977–1981 Peterborough United 21 (0)
Teams managed
1984 Wolverhampton Wanderers (caretaker)
1986 ÍA
1988–1989 Cheltenham Town
2001 Birmingham City (joint caretaker)
2006–2007 Northampton Town (joint caretaker)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jim Barron (born 19 October 1943) is an English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played over 400 games in the Football League for a number of clubs over a twenty-year career.


Barron began his playing career at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1961. After time in the reserves, he made his league debut on 30 November 1963 in a goalless draw with Everton. He managed 7 starts in the 1963–64 season, deputising for Fred Davies, but apart from a solitary appearance the following season, these proved his only games for the club.

He moved to Chelsea in 1965 but found opportunities just as limited. It was only when he joined lower league Oxford United the following year that he gained regular football.

He went on to serve both Oxford and his subsequent club, Nottingham Forest, over 150 times each. He also had accomplished spells at Swindon Town, Connecticut Bicentennials and Peterborough United during a twenty-year professional career.

Barron is currently a first-team coach at League One Northampton Town, and was appointed as joint caretaker manager on 20 December 2006, following the resignation of John Gorman.[1] After the appointment of Stuart Gray as new manager in January 2007, Barron reverted to his role as a first team coach.

He had previously stepped into similar roles at both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City, and had been permanent manager of Cheltenham Town in 1988–89.


  1. Northampton Town FC. "John Gorman resigns". Retrieved 2006-12-20.
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