Bobby Folds

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Bobby Folds
Personal information
Full name Robert James Folds
Date of birth (1949-04-18) 18 April 1949 (age 67)
Place of birth Bedford, England
Youth career
Bedford Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1971 Gillingham 44 (1)
1968 Hastings United (loan)
1971–1972 Northampton Town 29 (0)
1972 Telford United
1972–1980 Bedford Town
Hitchin Town
Buckingham Town
Kempston Rovers
Teams managed
1986–1990 Kempston Rovers

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert James "Bobby" Folds (born 18 April 1949) is an English former association football player, who had a short and injury-affected professional career but played at a semi-professional level for nearly twenty years.


Born in Bedford, he joined local club Bedford Town of the Southern Football League while still at school. Bedford manager Basil Hayward took over as manager of Gillingham of the Football League Third Division in 1966 and recruited a number of players from his former club, including Folds, who joined the "Gills" as the club's first ever apprentice-professional.[1]

In March 1967, shortly before he became a full-time professional, Folds broke his leg playing for Gillingham's reserve team against Chelsea and missed eight months of action.[1] In January 1968 he was loaned to Hastings United in a bid to regain match fitness. He eventually made his first team debut in a match away to Barnsley at the start of the 1968-69 season, but played irregularly for the first team, amassing only 44 Football League appearances in four seasons. His only goal for the "Gills" came against Brighton & Hove Albion in September 1969.[2] Nonetheless, his ability to operate in many different positions on the field of play was considered important to the squad.[1] In August 1971 he was released from his contract at Priestfield Stadium and joined Northampton Town of the Fourth Division.[1] After just one season with the club, however, he dropped back into non-league football with Telford United. He rejoined Bedford Town in October 1972 and played for the club for eight years. His later clubs included Hitchin Town and Buckingham Town. In 1985 he joined Kempston Rovers, where he remained well into the 1990s, going on to serve as the club's assistant manager and manager,[1] holding the latter position between 1986 and 1990.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 118. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  2. ^ Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. p. 79. ISBN 1-899468-20-X. 
  3. ^ AFC Kempston Rovers Non-League Club Directory