Millwall Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of former player, Barry Pierce.
Barry was serving with the RAF in Cornwall and assisting Truro City when he was spotted by Crystal Palace, who were convinced enough to sign him in August 1955. He spent four years at Selhurst Park, before a move to The Den occurred in May 1959, with Johnny Roche moving in the opposite direction as part of a player-exchange
A sturdy and constructive inside-forward, Barry's career at Cold Blow Lane got off to a tremendous start when he scored on his debut in a 3-0 victory over Workington. He formed an instant connection with Alf Ackerman in attack, one which saw The Lions go on an 19-match unbeaten from the opening day. However, Millwall finished just outside of the promotion places in Division Four in fifth spot.
Barry scored 17 League goals in his initial campaign at The Den, one behind leading goalscorer Ackerman. Barry did have the satisfaction, however, of scoring the only goal over old club Palace, when he netted with a stunning header at the Ilderton Road end.
The signing of the phenomenal Peter Burridge in 1960 put Barry's place in the first-team under threat, and as it turned out, he would make just five more appearances for The Lions. Moves to York City and Exeter City came about before his League career came to an end, before Barry remained in the south-west to assist at a number of semi-professional outfits.
Dementia, the bane of so many footballers, sadly took Barry's life a few days before his 86th birthday. The thoughts of everyone at Millwall Football Club are with the family and friends of Barry at this sad time.