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Archie Baird

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Archibald MacKechnie Baird 8 May 1919 – 3 November 2009 was a Scottish footballer, who played for Aberdeen and St Johnstone He was also capped once by the Scotland national football team

Contents

  • 1 Playing career
  • 2 Later life and family
  • 3 Bibliography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Playing career

Baird was born in Rutherglen Having played for local Junior clubs in the area, he signed for Aberdeen before the Second World War along with Willie Waddell, although it was the other player of the same name who had been his teammate at Strathclyde, but the war started before he had made the first team He joined the British Army, but was captured and held as a prisoner of war He escaped and lived with an Italian family as their "son" In 1989, he published an autobiography, Family of Four, which described these experiences

Baird returned to Aberdeen before the end of the war His good form in this period earned him selection for Scotland in a friendly match against Belgium in early 1946 Baird was one of nine Scotland players making their international debut in the match, with only Jimmy Delaney having significant experience Of those nine debutants, five players did not make another international appearance, including Baird

Baird helped Aberdeen win the Southern League Cup a forerunner of the Scottish League Cup in 1946 and the 1947 Scottish Cup, but his appearances were restricted by injuries In all he made 104 league appearances for Aberdeen, scoring 26 goals in those matches He was transferred in 1953 to St Johnstone, where he played for three seasons before retiring in 1956

Later life and family

After retiring as a player, Baird worked as a teacher and a sports journalist His sister, journalist Mamie Baird, married TV broadcaster Magnus Magnusson; Archie is the uncle of their children, TV producer Jon Magnusson and TV news presenter Sally Magnusson

Baird celebrated his 90th birthday in May 2009, at which point he was Aberdeen's oldest living former player; he died quietly in his sleep on 3 November 2009

Bibliography

  • Baird, Archie 1989 Family of Four Mainstream Publishing ISBN 1-85158-235-5 

References

  1. ^ a b Ponting, Ivan 1 December 2009 "Archie Baird: Footballer who escaped from POW camp before helping Aberdeen to post-war triumphs" The Independent Retrieved 10 November 2014 
  2. ^ "Leeds United Wartime Guest Profiles - Archie Baird" Leeds United FC History Retrieved 13 May 2017 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Archie Baird – A Squad, Scottish Football Association
  4. ^ a b Wed 23 Jan 1946 Scotland 2 Belgium 2, London Hearts
  5. ^ Birthday milestone for Archie Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Aberdeen Evening Express 8 May 2009

External links

  • Archie Baird at the Scottish Football Association
  • London Hearts profile
  • Archie Baird at WorldFootballnet
  • Archie Baird at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  • AFC Heritage profile

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