Ian Handysides

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Ian Handysides
Personal information
Full name Ian Robert Handysides
Date of birth (1962-12-14)14 December 1962
Place of birth Jarrow, England
Date of death 17 August 1990(1990-08-17) (aged 27)
Place of death Solihull, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1978–1980 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 Birmingham City 62 (2)
1984–1986 Walsall 66 (11)
1986–1988 Birmingham City 56 (4)
1986 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian Robert Handysides (14 December 1962 – 17 August 1990) was an English footballer.

Handysides was born in Jarrow. He began his footballing career when he joined Birmingham City on leaving school in 1979. A year later he made his first-team debut as a midfielder and by 1982 was a regular player in Birmingham's First Division side. By the turn of 1984, he had lost his place in the first team and was transferred to Walsall (in the Third Division) in hope of getting more first-team chances. He was a regular player for Walsall and within two years of joining, he returned to Birmingham.

In the autumn of 1986, Handysides was loaned out to Wolverhampton Wanderers and scored twice in 11 Fourth Division fixtures. On his return to Birmingham, he quickly re-established himself as a first-team regular and made 30 appearances in the 1987-88 Second Division campaign, scoring three goals, as he helped the club avoid relegation.

In the autumn of 1988, Handysides was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After a course of chemotherapy, he appeared to be recovering well, however this then spread to his spine and he died in Solihull on 17 August 1990, when still only 27 years old.

Handysides also made a few appearances for England Youth Team during his first spell with Birmingham, during which time many observers described him as "the new Trevor Francis", although he never lived up to this hype.