FI­NAL THIRD

A doc­u­men­tary on for­mer Derby cap­tain Shaun Barker is on the way

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Tom Black­ett

THE in­cred­i­ble story of Shaun Barker’s bat­tle to re­cover from an hor­rific knee in­jury is to be the sub­ject of a fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary.It was back in March 2012 that the Derby County cap­tain col­lided with his own keeper, Frank Field­ing, in the derby against Not­ting­ham For­est. The col­li­sion snapped his knee cap 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, who turns 34 to­mor­row, spent three years in gru­elling re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ses­sions, be­fore mirac­u­lously mak­ing a come­back for the Derby County Un­der 21s in 2015. How­ever, he was un­able to win a first-team place and left the Rams that sum­mer. He has since signed a con­tract with Bur­ton Al­bion, man­aged by for­mer Derby man­ager Nigel Clough. Iron­i­cally, he made his de­but for the Brew­ers as a late sub­sti­tute in a 1-0 win over Derby to­wards the end of Au­gust.

Life­long Derby fan Ash­ley Carter is the direc­tor of the doc­u­men­tary, en­ti­tled Shaun Baker:

1,065 Days. It is cur­rently in pro­duc­tion with a view to a re­lease in De­cem­ber.

In­spi­ra­tional

“Since meet­ing Shaun in 2015, it’s clear he isn’t like other foot­ballers, and the play­ers we’ve in­ter­viewed so far con­stantly talk about how in­flu­en­tial and in­spi­ra­tional he is off the pitch, as well as on it,” he said.

“What he went through on a per­sonal and pro­fes­sional level is as­tound­ing, and to still be look­ing to play pro­fes­sional foot­ball again is re­mark­able.”

Film­ing has in­cluded in­ter­views with team­mates at pre­vi­ous clubs Rother­ham and Black­pool, as well as cur­rent and past play­ers at Derby.

Among the in­ter­vie­wees are Nigel Clough, Jake Bux­ton, Craig Bryson, Seth John­son and Roy McFar­land.

Film­ing will con­tinue through the year be­fore there is a pre­miere screen­ing at the QUAD Cin­ema in Derby, as well as it be­ing re­leased on­line.

All pro­ceeds will go to the Shaun Barker Foun­da­tion, which aims to help un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in the Derby area.

The project is cur­rently run­ning an Indiegogo crowd­fund­ing cam­paign un­til Oc­to­ber 2. Back­ers will have the chance to get some ex­clu­sive signed mer­chan­dise, in­clud­ing signed 2016-17 Derby shirts, signed pho­tos of the 1971-72 Derby ti­tle- win­ning team, signed foot­balls, tick­ets to the pre­miere and the chance to be on set for a day of film­ing.

NEVER GIVE UP: Barker’s story is an in­spi­ra­tional one AS­TOUNDED: Direc­tor Ash­ley Carter

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