Colin Bailie

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Colin Bailie
Personal information
Full name Colin James Bailie[1]
Date of birth (1964-03-31) 31 March 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Playing position Full back / Midfielder
Youth career
Swindon Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Swindon Town 107 (4)
1985–1988 Reading 84 (1)
1988–1992 Cambridge United 119 (3)
Eynesbury Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Colin James Bailie (born 31 March 1964) is a former professional footballer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, who played in the Football League for Swindon Town, Reading and Cambridge United.[2]

Bailie began his career at Swindon Town, where he turned professional in 1982. He made his debut in the Third Division 5–0 defeat at Oxford United on 7 April 1982, playing as a full back.[3] He made 121 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 4 goals, before a move to Reading in 1985 for a fee of £22,500.[1] While at Elm Park, he played a further 84 league games[2] and played at Wembley as Reading reached the final of the Full Members Cup in 1988. Cambridge United paid £25,000 for his services in 1988,[4] and when John Beck took over as manager in 1990, he converted Bailie to a midfielder, a position he played in as the club went on a run of successive promotions and FA Cup quarter-final appearances. In 1992, Bailie claimed he had lost his appetite for football and was quitting the game; he had a brief spell in non-league football with Eynesbury Rovers before moving to Cumbria to become a police officer.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Player Profile Colin Bailie". Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Colin Bailie". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "All of Bailie's matches in the 1981-1982 season". Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Maul, Rob (5 June 2005). "Caught in Time: Reading break Football League record, October 1985". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Flatman, Barry (17 February 2008). "Caught in Time: Cambridge United’s rise under John Beck, 1990". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Bennett, Andrew (18 April 2009). "Hello... Goodbye". Cambridge United F.C. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 

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