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John Charles Bird (born 9 June 1948) is an English former professional footballer and manager.

John Bird
Personal information
Full name John Charles Bird[1]
Date of birth (1948-06-09) 9 June 1948 (age 71)[1]
Place of birth Doncaster, England[1]
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1971 Doncaster Rovers 50 (3)
1971–1975 Preston North End 166 (9)
1975–1980 Newcastle United 87 (5)
1980–1985 Hartlepool United 151 (16)
Teams managed
1986–1988 Hartlepool United
1988–1991 York City
1994–1996 Halifax Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bird's transfer from Preston North End to Newcastle United in 1975 prompted the resignation of Preston manager Bobby Charlton.[2][3] A week later, head coach and caretaker manager Nobby Stiles also resigned,[4] although he returned to the club as manager two years later.

Life after footballEdit

After leaving football, Bird pursued his interest in art full-time, becoming a professional painter and gallery curator.[5]

Managerial statsEdit

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Hartlepool United   1 November 1986 1 October 1988 94 32 35 27 34.04
York City   1 October 1988 23 October 1991 155 46 61 48 29.67

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "John Bird". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Big Interview – John Bird". Leyland Guardian. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Charlton wanted". The Glasgow Herald. 22 August 1975. p. 24. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Preston want Catterick". The Glasgow Herald. 26 August 1975. p. 22. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
  5. ^ "John Bird". All About Contemporary Art Gallery.

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