Don Bird

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Don Bird
Personal information
Full name Donald William Carlton Bird[1]
Date of birth (1908-01-05)5 January 1908
Place of birth Newton Abbot, Devon, England
Date of death 1987 (aged 78–79)
Playing position Outside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1931 Cardiff City 13 (4)
1931–1932 Bury 0 (0)
1932–1934 Torquay United 74 (15)
1934–1935 Derby County 5 (2)
1935–1936 Sheffield United 13 (3)
1936–1937 Southend United 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Donald William Carlton Bird (5 January 1908 – 1987) was an English professional footballer who played at outside left. Born in Newton Abbot, he made over 100 appearances in the Football League.


Although born in Devon, Bird came to prominence playing in Wales for local side Llandrindod Wells, from where he joined Cardiff City in 1929, scoring on his home debut in a 5–1 win over Bury on the final day of the 1929–30 season. Unable to oust Walter Robbins from the side, he later moved to Bury, but failed to make their league side and joined Torquay United in 1932 as a replacement for Harry Waller.[1]

He later had spells with Derby County and Sheffield United before finishing his league career with Southend United.[1]

After football[edit]

After his playing career was ended by the outbreak of the Second World War, Bird served as a sergeant in an Auxiliary Unit in his local area.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 22. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  2. ^ "Newton Abbot Auxiliary Unit and Operational Base". Coleshill House. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2016.