Kevin Bird

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Kevin Bird
Personal information
Full name Kevin Bird
Date of birth (1952-08-07) 7 August 1952 (age 61)
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Doncaster Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972-1983 Mansfield Town 377 (55)
1983-1984 Huddersfield Town 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kevin Bird (born 7 August 1952 in Doncaster) is a former professional footballer who played as a defender who played for Mansfield Town and Huddersfield Town.

Bird began his career as an apprentice at his hometown club Doncaster Rovers, but was released in 1972, without making a senior appearance for the team. He then moved to Mansfield Town, on the recommendation of Mansfield assistant manager Frank Marshall who had previously been on Doncaster's coaching staff. Bird initially joined Mansfield on a trial basis, and played well enough to earn himself a contract, and became a mainstay in the Stags' central defence for the next eleven seasons. He made his Mansfield debut in a Division Four match against Chester City on 21 October 1972.[1]

In his eleven seasons at Field Mill, Bird played 450 first-team games, placing him fourth on Mansfield's all-time appearance list, and scored 63 goals. He was a member of the Mansfield teams that won the Division Four title in 1974-75, and the Division Three title two years later.

His final match in the Mansfield shirt came in the 3-2 defeat against Peterborough United on 7 May 1983. Bird scored one of Mansfield's goals in that game. Two days later, he got his testimonial against Aston Villa on Field Mill in front of a 2,903 crowd.[2]

In the summer of 1983, Bird signed for Huddersfield Town. However, he only played once for Huddersfield, and retired from professional football at the end of the season, and moved back to the Mansfield area, where he played for several local non-league teams before hanging up his boots for good. He now lives in Mansfield Woodhouse and works for a national supermarket chain.[3]

In May 2009 it was announced that the executive suite at Mansfield Town would be renamed after Kevin and from 27 May 2009 it will be known as 'The Kevin Bird Suite'.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bracegirdle, Dave; Hartshorn, Steve (2004). The Legends of Mansfield Town. Breedon Books. p. 21. ISBN 1-85983-435-3. 
  2. ^ Stagsnet: Profile of Kevin Bird
  3. ^ Caught in time: Mansfield win the Fourth Division, 1975, The Times (30 December 2007)
  4. ^ http://www.mansfieldtown.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10325~1656545,00.html