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Eddie Barks

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Full nameEdwin Barks
Place of birthHeanor, England
Playing positionWing half

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Edwin "Eddie" Barks (1 September 1921 March 1989) was an English footballer who played in The Football League as a wing-half for Nottingham Forest and Mansfield Town. Eddie was born in Heanor Derbyshire at Midland Road the second youngest of five sons—Fred, Tom, Horace, Eddie and the youngest Reg who was killed in a pit accident 1943 aged 17. Tom second oldest died in a POW camp in Japan.

As a teenager, Barks caught the eye of Nottingham Forest manager Billy Walker while playing for non-league Heanor Town, and signed for Forest as a 17-year-old in April 1939. However, because of the war, he had to wait until 1945 before making his debut for the club in official competition.

Barks remained at the City Ground until January 1949, when he moved to Mansfield Town for a £1,000 transfer fee. He scored on his Mansfield debut against Darlington on 29 January 1949. Described as a wholehearted and hard-working wing-half, Barks gave Mansfield excellent service for seven seasons. He was a member of the side that finished second in Division Three North in 1950 51, and reached the fifth round of the FA Cup the same season before eventually bowing out against Stanley Matthews' Blackpool.

Barks retired from football at the end of the 1954 55 season, having played 225 first-team games for the Stags, scoring seven goals. He died in 1989.

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