Former Oldham Athletic winger passes away

Colin pictured playing for Manchester City at Arsenal in 1961

Former Oldham Athletic, Manchester City and Doncaster Rovers winger Colin Barlow has died, aged 83.

Barlow joined City as a schoolboy, turning professional in 1956.

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.

With first-team opportunities limited at Maine Road, in August 1963 he followed manager Les McDowall to Athletic.

He later played for Doncaster, then after finishing his playing career, Barlow moved into business.

In 1994 he returned to football as part of Francis Lee's takeover of City.


Barlow became the club's first chief executive and was a member of the board.

He left the role in January 1997.

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