Football: Bawtry mourn death of ‘charismatic’ Roger

Former Football League player Roger Barton, 67, a committee member of Bawtry Town, died on November 4.
Former Football League player Roger Barton, 67, a committee member of Bawtry Town, died on November 4.

A highly-respected and much-decorated former footballer has died at the age of 67.

Roger Barton, who made 83 appearances in the Football League for Lincoln City and Barnsley, was a committee member for Bawtry Town FC and the driving force behind their under-21 set-up.

Yorkshire-born Barton was heavily into fundraising for Bawtry Town and was known for his ‘can do’ attitude to everything he did.

A club statement added: “His knowledge, understanding and charisma made him a favourite amongst all associated with the club and he will certainly be missed by everyone within Bawtry Town.”

Barton, who began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers and also played for Worcester City, died on November 4 following a short-term illness.

Lincoln, Barnsley and Worcester all held a minute of silence in memory of Barton at their games recently.

Both Lincoln and Barnsley have also pledged to add a tribute in their next matchday programmes.