Ian Gibson (footballer, born 1943)
|Full name||Ian Stewart Gibson|
|Date of birth||30 March 1943|
|Place of birth||Newton Stewart, Scotland|
|1959-1962||Bradford Park Avenue||88||(18)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
A Scottish schoolboy international, Gibson began his career at Accrington Stanley, making his league debut at the age of 15, before joining Bradford Park Avenue in 1960. He spent two years in Bradford.
Gibson's form in Bradford saw Middlesbrough pay £30,000 to sign him in March 1962. He joined the club as it was entering a steady decline which saw them fall into the third division.
With Middlesbrough relegated in 1966 Gibson was signed by Coventry City for £57,000 and despite a major fall-out with manager Jimmy Hill he helped them win promotion to the First division in his first season, becoming one of the fan's most popular players. Despite numerous injuries in his four years at Coventry he was a true legend and under Noel Cantwell he helped them qualify for Europe in 1969-70 by virtue of finishing sixth in the First Division. During his four years at Highfield Road he played alongside the likes of Willie Carr, Neil Martin, George Curtis and Ernie Hannigan. 'Gibbo' as he was nicknamed is an active member of the Coventry City Former Players Association and attends a couple of matches a season at Coventry.
Gibson was sold to Cardiff City in 1970 for £35,000. He made his Cardiff debut on the opening day of the 1970-71 season in a 1-0 win over Leicester City and went on to provide numerous chances for the strikers he played alongside such as Brian Clark, John Toshack and Alan Warboys. After helping the side avoid relegation in his second year he was sold.
Gibson went to Bournemouth in October 1972 for £100,000 but after only a few months a serious injury saw his professional career ended.