Barry Silkman, (born 29 June 1952 in Stepney, England) is one of the worlds leading football agents and a former footballer who most notably played in midfield at Manchester City in 1979 and at Leyton Orient from 1981 to 1985.[1] He spent 16 years as a journeyman midfielder, and tried his hand at management. In the 1990s he became a agent. [2]

Playing career

Silkman also played for Hereford United (1974–1976), Crystal Palace (1976–1978), Plymouth Argyle (1978–1979), Luton Town (on loan 1979), Brentford (1980), Queens Park Rangers (1980–1981), Southend United (1985–1986) and Crewe Alexandra (1986). Silkman was also player/manager/coach at Leyton Orient for 3 seasons with Frank Clark as manager.

It was at Plymouth that he first came to the attention of Malcolm Allison, who deemed him to be a suitable player to bolster Manchester City's midfield as they struggled in the First Division.

Agent career

After retiring from football, Silkman became an agent.[3]Metro named him as the 10th most influential agent in football 2013.[2]

Personal life

About his ethnic affiliation Silkman said: "I was brought up Jewish and I'm Jewish through and through.It is my daughter's batmitzvah next year so I take her to shul when I can." [3][4] Silkman has been involved in greyhound racing, with his dogs Half Awake, Skomal and Carlsberg Champ respectively winning the 1987 Gold Collar (Catford), 1988 Guineas (Hackney) and the 1990 Cesarewitch (Belle Vue). He is also involved in horseracing.[5]


  1. ^ Van Gelder, Samuel (15 March 2010). "Sport.Co.Uk Meets...Football Agent Barry Silkman". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Sanderson, Jamie (21 June 2013). "Top 10 influential football agents – from Pere Guardiola to Jorge Mendes". Metro News. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "SILKMAN SINGING THE BLUES AFTER LEAVING MAN CITY". The Jewish Telegraph. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Stanford, Peter (22 September 2013). "Why are there so few British-born Jewish players in England's top flight?". The Independent. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Barry Silkman Double O Seven Grey Horse Handicap (For Grey Horses Only)". Sporting Life. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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