Paul Fairclough

Paul Fairclough

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Paul Fairclough (born 31 January 1950) is the current manager of the England C national football team, formerly known as the National Game XI, England non-League team or the England semi-pro team, and and in charge of youth development at Barnet having been caretaker for two months in 2011.

As a player he made five appearances for Cheshunt (no goals) in the 1981-82 season.

Prior to Barnet he was manager of Stevenage Borough, taking them to a Conference title and a much-publicised FA Cup tie with Newcastle United.

Barnet career

Fairclough was appointed caretaker manager of Barnet for the final few months of the 2003–04 Conference National season, replacing the popular Martin Allen who had controversially left the North Londoners for Brentford in March 2004. Initially there was some scepticism surrounding Fairclough's appointment due to his history with rivals Stevenage Borough.

Despite some edgy performances, Fairclough kept Barnet's promotion hopes alive, cementing 4th place and setting up a play-off semifinal with Shrewsbury Town. Barnet won the first leg at Underhill 2–1 thanks to a dramatic injury-time header from Bees defender Simon Clist. The second leg was a cagey affair and the tie was eventually settled on penalties – Barnet losing 5–3 in the shootout. Although the team had failed to reach the play-off final, Fairclough was handed the job on a permanent basis shortly after by Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous.

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