Dean Barker



Full name: Dean Barker
Birthplace: Isleworth, Middlesex.
Birthdate: 2nd August 1970.
Family: Father Mick, Mother Jacqueline;
Brother: Sean.
Wife: Charlotte, Daughter Sophie.
Brother-in-law Martin Dugard

[photo by kind permission of John Hipkiss]





Career Record with Cradley
Year Mat Rid Poi Bon Total Aver
1987 24 78 61 13 74 3.79
1988 1 4 4 0 4 4.0


Dean joined Cradley on loan from Eastbourne at the beginning of the 1987 season, as a raw but highly promising 16 year old. He couldn't be fitted into the Eagle's National League team and instead found himself thrown in at the British League deep end on a 2.00 average with the Heathens.

The position was due to be reviewed by all parties after the first Green Sheet Averages, but Barker actually lasted until the end of July, before returning to the lower division to get the experience he needed before taking on the big boys again. He had made 14 appearances at division 2 level in 1986 and achieved a creditable 3.11 average with Eastbourne. At Dudley Wood, he easily held his own and did his job well as second reserve alongside Paul Fry. He also turned out regularly for the Heathens junior side and led the young team with a string of top scores.

It was with the new August Green Sheets that it was decided to bring back Alan Grahame to the Cradley team, and Deano returned to Arlington having made a lot of people sit up and notice his exploits. For the rest of the season, he was named in the Heathens back-up list as No.10, behind Martin Dugard and Nigel Leaver.

Barker did make one more appearance for Cradley in 1988, but competed that year for Eastbourne, attaining a 7.32 division 2 average, which increased to 9.02 the following year. Three years with Oxford in the top flight saw him continue his progress before returning 'home' to Eastbourne when they were themselves racing in the top league. He has remained with the Eagles ever since.


    [photo by kind permission of John Hipkiss]


Dean has been unfortunate to miss the best part of two seasons due to serious injury - 1996 with a broken leg and 1998 with a broken arm. He remains one of the first names on the Eastbourne team sheet at the start of the season and has been capped several times for England.
Dean retired from speedway in 2007

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