Crewe Alexandra saddened by the passing of former captain Eric BarnesEveryone at Crewe Alexandra was saddened to hear of the passing of our former captain Eric Barnes earlier today. The Wythenshawe-born centre-half was formerly with the Royal Air Force in Staffordshire before signing for Crewe in 1957. He made his debut in February 1958 in a 2-1 home defeat by Hull City.
Eric was a major part of the Crewe Alexandra side that defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup in 1961 before they eventually lost 5-1 to double-winners Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the fourth round.
The on-pitch leader also showed his versatility as a player by later switching to a right-back position and his only goal for the club was against Rochdale in October 1962. He played his last full game for his beloved Alex against local neighbours Port Vale in September 1969 before he went on to appear for Witton Albion.
Over a 12-year period, Eric made 390 appearances for the club and he later opened a successful clothing shop in the town. Eric continued to attend games at Gresty Road and he will be sorely missed.
Our deepest sympathy go to the friends, family and older supporters, who will always remember Eric with great fondness.