Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Graham Barrow

Assistant manager / chief scout


Barrow played as a midfielder in non-league for Chorley, Southport, and Altrincham until 1981, where at the age of 27 he signed for Wigan Athletic, entering the Football League for the first time. He went on to make 212 appearances for the Latics before moving to Chester four years later.

In 1992, Barrow became player-manager of Chester City, and despite being relegated that season, he managed to regain their Second Division status the following year. 

He left Chester in the summer of 1994, before going to Wigan Athletic, and saving them from relegation to the Conference.

In 2000 he returned to newly-relegated Chester, guiding the non-league club to an FA Cup third round tie, an FA Trophy Semi-Final and winning the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy. 

In spite of this, he was sacked in 2001, but returned at the end of the 2005-06 season following a spell at Bury.

In 2009 Barrow became first-team coach at Wigan, and took over managerial duties a couple of times; following Owen Coyle’s sacking in 2013, and twice during the 2016/17 season.

Having previously worked with manager, Gary Caldwell, at Wigan, Barrow was appointed assistant manager / chief scout prior to the start of the 2017/18 campaign.