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Ian Baird

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Ian Baird

Position Centre forward
Born 01 Apr 1964, Rotherham (England)
Height 182 cm
Weight 76 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Southampton 01 Apr 1982 01 Mar 1985 22 5 £100000
Cardiff City 01 Nov 1983   12 6 on loan
Newcastle United 01 Dec 1984   5 1 on loan
Leeds United 01 Mar 1985 01 Jun 1987 101 37 £285000
Portsmouth 01 Jun 1987 01 Mar 1988 20 1 £120000
Leeds United 01 Mar 1988 19 Jan 1990 91 21 £500000
Middlesbrough 19 Jan 1990 01 Jun 1991 63 19  
Heart of Midlothian 01 Jun 1991 01 Jul 1993     £350000
Bristol City 01 Jul 1993 01 Sep 1995 57 11 £0
Plymouth Argyle 01 Sep 1995 01 Jul 1996 27 6 £35000
Brighton and Hove Albion 01 Jul 1996 01 Jun 1998 44 14  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1984 - 1985 10 6 0   0   0   0  
1985 - 1986 34(1) 12 1   3   0   2  
1986 - 1987 40 15 4 4 1   0   5  
1987 - 1988 10 3 0   0   0   0  
1988 - 1989 43 10 2 2 3 1 0   2  
1989 - 1990 23(1) 5 1   2   0   4  
Total 160(2) 51 8 6 9 1 0   13  

Jabba's Comments

Ian Baird had two spells at Leeds, joining initially from Southampton in 1985. His aggression and goals made him popular with the fans, but he was sold to 1st Division new boys Portsmouth, but financial problems caused him to be sold back to Leeds for £100,000 less than Portsmouth paid after 9 months. His second spell at Leeds saw reasonable success in front of goal, but the arrival of Lee Chapman as Leeds charged for promotion effectively wrapped up his career, and Wilko sold him on to Boro. It turned out to be an inspired sale, as Baird netted twice against Leeds' promotion rivals Newcastle on the last day of the season, easing the nerves of thousands of Leeds fans before Lee Chapman's goal made the title absolutely certain at Bournemouth.

Jabba says: Cheers to Barry from Somerset for the photo.

Scott says: engaged to his sister

Amy Baird says: ian baird is a great footballer and a great dad!

Daniel Beveridge says: He played for Hearts for a year or so and is to this day known as the worst Hearts centre-forward of all time. Whether it was hitting the bar from on the goal line at Ibrox or being substituted for being unable to look good even against the mighty Brechin City, he sticks in my mind, 10 years on, as a worse player than my 4 year old brother.

Gav says: Can't believe he's slated by a Jambo! Baird did well at Tynecastle, and always gave 200% for Hearts.

Ross Hamillton-Wright says: what a ledgend and his daughter is fab 2

Allan Lock says: Met Ian recently in an Italian bar after Leeds 4-1 victory against Hapoel tel aviv......absolute top bloke!!! It was a great game with smithy scoring all 4, but Ian topped the trip off having pics with us and also joining the celebrations with us all enjoying copius amounts of beer!!!

Mike F says: It seems sad that Paul Okon has loads of entries telling us what a good player he is (you just don't notice because he never tackles, makes forward runs or passes) and a god like Ian Baird is slagged off by a Hearts fan. Ian was a great player for Leeds in both his spells with the club. He was always covered in mud even in summer and never gave less than 100%. He was actually a pretty tidy footballer as well !

mick constable says: did ian score in the 1987 semi final if so who else scored and did micky adams play
Jabba says: David Rennie and Keith Edwards got the goals in that game, and yes Mickey Adams did play.

Martin Gale (Tef) says: I was lucky enough to have Bairdy as my gaffer for a season or so in sunday league a few years back. He is indeed a top bloke, hope he's doing ok now (last I heard he was playing for BAT).

russ says: legend,remember him singing we hate chelsea at a kippax supporters club do at U/D in armley

JaSpEr says: Ian Baird has recently joined Stevenage Borough as a member of the coaching staff. Thought i'd update your info :)

craig myers says: ian baird was one of the greatest players to have played at elland rooad & will always be rmembered for the brave header against Q.P.R

johnny lord says: aye that header vs QPR in the cup...what a day that was head where few people dare but their feet leeds legend also helped boro stay up by scoring vs sheff utd and in the process us up to the top flight his last goal was important en all vs the mags...great header on the end of a zico cross

Garforth White says: nice to see a post from Ians daughter - take it from me love he was great - he gave everything for Leeds - still my all time favourite player - how i would love to see him out there now instead of these jessies who turn out now for us

Andy Hirst says: Yes I saw Mr Baird play- even went to the same school - top top man - remember when whole school were told to watch him play on the Sat for England under 15's - waited in anticipation only to see him on the bench with injury - wouldnt like to have seen the other bloke!! Little secret though he has a small admiration for Mancs - doesnt stop him being top lad

Mick Moss says: Ian Baird was my favourite leeds player of the eighties.He always gave 100%.He was a tough player and was scared of nobody.However I do remember leeds playing at leicester and he came off second best with Steve Walsh, getting an elbow in the face off the ball.I think I was the only one in the crowd who saw it!I think Leeds won the game 2-1 with Glyn Snodin scoring a late screamer.Happy memories!

Martin Conway says: Ian was the best player for Leeds in our second division days. He was a titan, committed and dedicated. His goals will always linger in the memory, and although we were out of the top flight, in many ways I believe the enjoyment for me watching him has been hitherto unsurpassed

peely says: a mate of mine was a massive bairdy fan he named his son elliot baird wallace.he wants to get hold of a photo of bairdy in his leeds days can you help.

Dean Drury says: I saw Ian play during the 80'S and grew up during that time with Ian being one of my heroes and the reason I enjoyed watching Leeds so much. I'll never forget the crowd singing "Bairdy's gone get you" after some Centre Half had clocked him. Silly mistake kicking Bairdy. I'd agree with some of the other comments on here about watching Leeds during that period, it was tremendous and much of this for me was down to Ian Baird

Dave (wimpy) Clements says: Spoke with Ian the other day and he is going to come as guest of honour to the Hampshire Whites end of season awards 2003/04. What a top man

Barry Atrill says: The 'BAT' that was mentioned stands for British and American Tobacco Company based in the Southampton area. They have a sports & social club side called BAT Sports who play in the Wessex League.

ginner bailey says: he returned from pompey against plymouth,warming up with merv day to the chant pyhsco is back,it still makes the hairs on the back of my neck 2nd son now has your name for a middle name fraser baird to follow elliot baird can u or a fellow worshiper please send me a picture in the old burton strip to show mi lads.

"Doc" Hyde says: I remember"Bear" and his brother "Little bear" too,his friend Jerry(A latter day Arthur daley),and a girl he used to chase after who we called Alenka Alenka!Playing the "Air guitar" to the beachboys at 5am on New Years day 1984 at his Dads house!He was very much the leader of the pack in those days and a great laugh.

Raph Meade says: I agree, Bairdy is my all time favourite player. An absolute God. I remember I had just started going out with this burd once when she introduced me to some of her mates one night. It turned out one of them had gone to school with Bairdy and of course I insisted on talking about him all night. That was the end of that relationship but I had a great night! As well as the goal agin QPR remember the hat-trick v Plymouth and the fantastic winner v Newcastle in 89/90, great days and worth 100 Vidukas.

Javaid Mehar says: Bairdy was a lionheart. He was tough as hell. One of the few players who I've seen give Micky Droy a tough game.I saw Scott Sellars score directly from a corner against Barnsley. That goal owed a hell of a lot to Bairdys presence near Baker the Barnsley keeper.

Franco Gasparotti says: I remember Bairdy scoring a brilliant last minute winner away to Man City in the 80s. we were 1-0 down 10 mins to go, Scott Sellers pulled off the best solo dribble and finish I've seen, before Bairdy scored a bullit header from a corner in injury time. For me the 80s were the best as the away games were like home games and the singing was brilliant, shut Man City up that day and was worth all the crap the Man City fans threw at us during the game! me Bairds guts and determination were second to none!!

Dec says: I'd almost forgotten about the 80's until i read all this. If you ever read this Mr Baird, you made a lot of Leeds fans proud, we need someone like you now. And i think i was at the Man City game Franco, was it on Boxing day?

Amy Baird says: The comment made by Daniel Beveridge was complete rubbish, i may be biased but if you read all the other comments it is proven he is most definetly wrong. Oh Thanks ross for the comment

Julian Lloyd says: Bairdy was my hero. He worked his socks off for the team. He would put to shame most of the overpaid lazy pre-madonna's we have had since especially Yeboah and Viduka. I particularly remember his goals at the Kop end against Hull and the brilliant diving header against Newcastle. Quite simply Bairdy is a legend in my eyes.

Steve says: As of today (1/12/04) Ian is confirmed Manager of Havant & Waterlooville, currently mid-table in Conference South. Joined us earlier in the year as a Director, was responsible for getting one Dean Holdsworth to come along to Westleigh Park too - nice to know he is widely respected.

Franco says: Hi Dec, Yes that game was on Boxing day all those years ago and it was one of many great games I can remember in the 80s. Do you remember the FA CUP 3rd away game to Wolves when we won 3-1, that massive away end which had around 10,000 Leeds fans on one side and the same of Wolves fans on the other. The atmosphere that day was one of the best I have ever experienced because the wolves fans thought they could pinch our great song Marching On Together and we never stopped singing until the end, at one point the Wolves fans actually aplauded us! What made it for me was the late Eddie Gray show when if i'm correct scored 2 goals in the last few minutes, and I have never heared MOT being sung that loud in my life!! I miss those days as it was special to be a Leeds fan with so many great away games to remember! there should be a chat forum just to talk about the 80s! MOT Franco

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