Mike Bailey (footballer)

Michael Alfred Bailey[1] (born 27 February 1942) is an English former international footballer who played in the Football League for Charlton Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hereford United, and in the North American Soccer League for the Minnesota Kicks. He represented England twice.[2] He then became a football manager, taking charge of clubs in England and abroad.

Mike Bailey
Personal information
Full name Michael Alfred Bailey
Date of birth (1942-02-27) 27 February 1942 (age 79)
Place of birth Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1966 Charlton Athletic 151 (20)
1966–1977 Wolverhampton Wanderers 361 (19)
1977–1978 Minnesota Kicks 18 (0)
1978–1979 Hereford United 16 (1)
National team
1964 England U23 4 (0)
1964 England 2 (0)
Teams managed
1978–1979 Hereford United (player/manager)
1980–1981 Charlton Athletic
1981–1982 Brighton & Hove Albion
1984–1985 OFI Crete
1996 Leatherhead
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Bailey joined Charlton Athletic from non-League club Gorleston in 1958, and turned professional in March 1959.

He spent all his time at The Valley in the Second Division, making 151 League appearances for the club during an eight-year stay in which he also served as club captain, before moving to fellow second-tier team Wolverhampton Wanderers in March 1966 for a fee of £40,000.[3]

Bailey won promotion to the First Division with Wolves in 1966–67. He went on to play a central role during the club's resurgence of the Bill McGarry era, which saw the club reach the 1972 UEFA Cup Final and win the 1974 League Cup, where he lifted the trophy as captain, after a 2–1 win over Manchester City at Wembley.[3][4]

After Wolves won the Second Division at the first attempt in 1977,[3] Bailey moved to the North American Soccer League with the Minnesota Kicks for £15,000. He returned to England two years later to become player-manager of Hereford United in the Fourth Division.[3] He served only one full season in the role, during which the club finished 14th, before leaving in October 1979.

He took up the reins at former club Charlton Athletic in March 1980 and guided them to promotion from the Third Division at the first attempt in 1980–81 before moving to Brighton & Hove Albion. His one season in charge of the Seagulls brought them their highest finish to date, 13th place in the First Division. In December 1984 he tried his luck in Greece coaching the first league team of OFI Crete replacing for the rest of the season the recently resigned Greek coach Lakis Petropoulos. He later also worked as a reserve team coach at Portsmouth until dismissed in 1995.

While a Charlton player, Bailey played for England at under-23 level,[5] and won two caps for the England senior team.[1] He made his debut in a 10–0 demolition of the United States in New York's Downing Stadium on 27 May 1964,[6] and also played against Wales in a 2–1 Home International win on 18 November the same year.[1]


Wolverhampton Wanderers


  1. ^ a b c "Michael Bailey". Englandstats. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Mike Bailey". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mike Bailey". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  4. ^ Fort, Didier (25 February 2001). "England - League Cup Finals 1961-2001". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  5. ^ Courtney, Barrie (27 March 2004). "England - U-23 International Results- Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  6. ^ "USA 0 – England 10". Englandstats. Retrieved 3 February 2010.

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