Shaun Barker: One More Time, a feature-length documentary about former Blackpool defender Shaun Barker, is now available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Chronicling the horrific knee injury suffered by Barker whilst playing for Derby County against local rivals Nottingham Forest on 13 March 2012 and his subsequent four-and-a-half year rehabilitation, all profits from the film are going to The Shaun Barker Foundation.
Barker (34), signed for Derby County in July 2009 whilst the club was still managed by Nigel Clough. After quickly becoming a fans’ favourite for his commanding defensive performances, Barker’s time at the club was overshadowed by spells out injured. Often playing through the pain, Barker developed a reputation as a player that put his body on the line for Derby County, sacrificing his own personal wellbeing for the benefit of the club.
His career-threatening injury came in a collision with Derby County goalkeeper Frank Fielding as both came out to clear a ball. The collision snapped his kneecap and ruptured his medial, anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments; in the defender’s own words, his leg “was only hanging on by the skin”. His surgeon admitted it was the worst knee injury he had ever seen.
Despite being told he would never play again, Barker spent three years in gruelling rehabilitation sessions, before miraculously making a comeback for the Derby County Under 21s in 2015. Although Barker declared himself fit for a return to first team action, new Derby County manager Steve McClaren didn’t play him for Derby County again.
Shaun Barker: One More Time director Ashley Carter is keen to show all sides of Shaun Barker’s personality, and shed light on a period of his career that football fans might not know all the facts about.
The feature-length documentary also covers Barker’s time at Blackpool in detail, including interviews with former Blackpool manager Simon Grayson, and players Ian Evatt, David Fox, as well as Nigel Clough, Roy McFarland, Roger Davies, Craig Bryson, Seth Johnson and an introduction from Hollywood star Jack O’Connell.
As well as looking back on Barker’s career, the film will also examine some of the misconceptions football fans have about the post-playing careers of professional footballers, particularly those playing at lower levels.
The film has received praise from various figures in the football world, including legendary Match of the Day commentator John Motson, who said: “Shaun Barker: One More Time is an excellent film that links Derby County’s fortunes with Barker’s career really well. It provides an insight into a footballer’s life, especially during a time of serious injury, which is rarely covered.”
Former Derby County player and caretaker manager Chris Powell added: “Shaun Barker is a simply remarkable person and this documentary provides an excellent insight into his life, underlining his astonishing character as he battles back from a shocking injury. I’m not surprised to see him back in the game at Burton Albion. He is one of a kind.”
Following a sold out premiere at the QUAD Cinema in Derby earlier in the year, Shaun Barker: One More Time is now available to buy on DVD (£9.99) and Blu-Ray (£12.99) from www.shaunbarkeronemoretime.com.
As with the previous screenings, all profits from sales will go to The Shaun Barker Foundation, which provides creative workshops for underprivileged young people in the East Midlands area.