UK time is: 15:30:51
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Barker Thanks Pool Faithful

This week saw club captain Shaun Barker finally seal his £1 million move to Derby.

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Barker was quick to praise the Blackpool fans for making his time at Bloomfield Road so enjoyable.

Barker, who has signed a three-year contract with Derby, told The Gazette: 'I have spent three years at Blackpool and loved every single minute of it. The first season we had the play-offs and the last two seasons have been a tremendous achievement to stay up in this league.

'The play-off final against Yeovil at Wembley was the best day I have had in football.

'We knew we were going to win and we were on a roll - that season we were different class and the last two seasons have been an even bigger achievement.'

Barker added: 'The fans know that I have always done the best I can for Blackpool - I only missed four games in three seasons and you know what you are going to get from me.

'The fans have taken to me and I have won a few player of the season awards - they have been brilliant and I hope they will be rewarded in the future.'

Barker won't have to wait long to be reunited with the Pool fans - the Rams visit Bloomfield Road on August 18, the third match of the Championship season.

He added: 'Hopefully with the money they get from me they can get a couple of quality players and push up the league.

'I leave with a lot of fond memories of Blackpool and I hope they do really well and go on to succeed.

'I tried to sit out the whole speculation and be as professional as I could.

'It was a tough decision to leave and I didn't really want to because I love the club, the players and everything about it.

'But it was just too good a chance for me to play for one of the biggest clubs outside the Premier League.

'Financially, it was a big difference and I come from that area anyway.

'I know that Derby and Forest have been interested for a while but I had to wait to see what offer Blackpool had accepted.

'It was a case of to-ing and fro-ing for a while, and which of the two clubs would have their bid accepted.

'Blackpool were happy with the money they have got for me; they would not have sold me otherwise and hopefully everyone has done OK out of it.

'It was sad to go, but sometimes you have to do what's best for yourself and your family.

'I think I have made the right decision.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Championship odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Eamonn Moore  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 18 2009

Time: 4:15PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Meet the Referee v Burnley (Thursday April 17 2014)

Leeds Review (Thursday April 17 2014)

Fans display their anger (Thursday April 10 2014)

Relegation Battle Looms (Monday April 7 2014)

Stats: Blackpool v Yeovil (Sunday April 6 2014)

All Square at Loftus Road (Wednesday April 2 2014)

Battling pool earn Priceless Point (Wednesday April 2 2014)

Full time: Blackpool 1-0 Huddersfield (Saturday March 22 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Blackpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. premier 1 265
2. Poole-Pool 170
3. Bear1951 154
4. SaskPool 150
5. SeasideEssexXile 150
6. Albert Ramsbottom 127
7. UAE Seasider 82
8. BobHatton 71
9. nodrogaty 53
10. 53CODGER 52

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Birmingham 41 11 10 20 -10 43
19. Doncaster 43 11 10 22 -28 43
20. Charlton 42 10 12 20 -24 42
21. Blackpool 43 10 12 21 -27 42
22. Millwall 42 9 13 20 -30 40
23. Barnsley 42 9 12 21 -28 39
24. Yeovil 43 8 13 22 -25 37

Breaking League News

Watford v Ipswich starting XIs
» Watford : 19/04/2014 14:12:00
Burnley Win But No Blackpool Rock!
» Burnley : 19/04/2014 13:12:00
Uwe Rösler Congratulates Brentford On Promotion
» Wigan : 19/04/2014 12:08:00
Birmingham To Sink Sunken Forest
» Birmingham : 19/04/2014 11:59:00
Vote For Vital Latics Man Of The Match v Reading
» Wigan : 19/04/2014 11:38:00
What The Bosses Said - Latics 3 Reading 0
» Wigan : 19/04/2014 11:23:00
Class Above - Latics 3 Reading 0
» Wigan : 19/04/2014 11:07:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do you agree with last nights protests?
Suggested By:  
Totally agree 63%
Other ways to show it 37%