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One of the sport’s real characters with his long hair, beard and ear ring pre-dating the conventional fashions of his era, Barry was born in London but grew up in the Swindon area, becoming a staunch supporter of the ‘Robins’ and racing for a local cycle-speedway team. He was a star pupil of the 1967-68 winter training school at his local Abbey Stadium and was considered to be an ideal candidate for the British League Second Division when the competition got under way the following spring.


Joining Weymouth, Barry made his league debut against Crayford in June and scored a full maximum against Nelson at Radipole Lane in only his third official fixture. After a short spell with Rochester (later to become Romford) Barry was called up full-time by Swindon and performed well for the next couple of seasons, lifting his average up to above the five point per match mark.


Full Name: Barry Francis Duke

Date of Birth: August 28, 1948                                    

Place of Birth: Hampstead, London, England

Year
Club
Division
M
R
P
BP
TP
CMA
FM
PM
1968
Weymouth
BL2
13
57
102
6
108
7.58
1
-
1969
Swindon
BL1
34
115
113
24
137
4.77
-
-
1969
Romford
BL2
2
8
24
0
24
12.00
2
-
1970
Swindon
BL1
39
152
166
34
200
5.26
-
1
1971
Swindon
BL1
3
10
5
1
6
2.40
-
-
1971
Cradley Heath
BL1
13
40
30
6
36
3.60
-
-
1971
West Ham
BL1
10
36
35
5
40
4.44
-
-
1972
Newport
BL1
35
109
81
14
95
3.49
-
-
1974
Stoke
BL2
2
5
2
1
3
2.40
-
-
1975
Swindon
BL
6
10
3
0
3
1.20
-
-
1975
Rye House
NL
8
24
22
4
26
4.33
-
-

His time at Blunsdon came to an end when he fell out with the management of the club and moved to Cradley Heath before having later spells at West Ham and Newport. He missed the 1973 season altogether as he gave time for his various injuries, sustained over the previous years, time to heal and returned to the saddle in 1974. Despite attempts to regain form at three different tracks over the next couple of seasons, he was unable to do so and drifted into retirement.