Barry Jackson - Profile
Feature by Steve Jones
Updated Thursday, 26th November 2009
Barry Jackson was quite simply a York City legend and gave fourteen years of outstanding service between 1956-70, during which time he made a club record 539 appearances.
Born February 2, 1938, at Askrigg, North Yorkshire. Centre-half Barry Jackson started his footballing life as a gangly forward, playing school and minor league football in York.
But it was a strong, determined central defender that York City manager Sam Bartram wanted when he signed Jackson in 1956 and he was never to be disappointed.
Over the next 14 years, Jackson was to break all sorts of records at Bootham Crescent, records that remain intact today.
For instance, Jackson heads the all-time appearances with 538 starts and a single appearances as a substitute. He was dropped only once in his career and that came after 474 games and as he entered his thirties.
He played in two promotion sides - 1958-59 and 1964-65 - and he spent much of his City career as club captain.
In January 1970, he was sent off at Scunthorpe and earned an eight-week suspension. His replacement, Barry Swallow, stepped in and became the club's next defensive stalwart.
It meant the end of a wonderful relationship with City and after a testimonial game in February 1970, Jackson joined Scarborough for a short period.
When he retired from play, he still couldn't tear himself from Bootham Crescent - he bought a sweet shop just across from the ground and would willingly sign autographs for any kid who ventured in.