Ian Gibson (footballer, born 1943)

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Ian Gibson
Personal information
Full name Ian Stewart Gibson
Date of birth (1943-03-30)30 March 1943
Place of birth Newton Stewart, Scotland
Date of death 25 May 2016(2016-05-25) (aged 73)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1959 Accrington Stanley 9 (3)
1959–1962 Bradford Park Avenue 88 (18)
1962–1966 Middlesbrough 168 (44)
1966–1970 Coventry City 93 (13)
1970–1972 Cardiff City 90 (11)
1972–1974 Bournemouth 20 (0)
1974 Highlands Park
1974–1975 Whitby Town ? (1)
1975 Berea Park
National team
1963–1964 Scotland U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian Stewart Gibson (30 March 1943 – 25 May 2016) was a Scottish professional footballer.[1]


Early career[edit]

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.

Coventry City[edit]

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 was an active member of the Coventry City Former Players Association and attended a couple of matches every season at Coventry until his death.

Cardiff City[edit]

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.[2]


Gibson went to Bournemouth in October 1972 for £100,000 but after only a few months a serious injury saw his professional career ended.



  1. ^ "Cardiff City legend Ian Gibson dies aged 73". WalesOnline. 25 May 2016. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 72. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  3. ^ "Coventry City | Club | History | History | Hall of Fame". 2012-07-22. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 2015-08-22.