John Anthony Bailey
5' 8" 10st.9lb.
b. Liverpool 1 April 1957
Debut 19 August 1975 (18y 140d) Final Game 9 May 1979 (22y 38d)
First Goal 19 November 1977
CAREER: The Friary;St Gregory’s/Campion School;Everton;Blackburn Rovers Apr'75;Everton Jul'79 (£300,000)[171-3];Newcastle United Oct'85 (£100,000)[39+1];Bristol City Dec'88-Jan'92[80-1].
HONOURS FL Ch (Everton) ’85.FAC win (Everton) ’84.FLC los (Everton) ’84.
FL 115 + 5 apps 1 gl -2 wdn 6 ns
FAC 7 apps
FLC 7 apps -1 wdn
Total 129 + 5 apps 1 gl -3 wdn + 148m -107m 6 ns
ASC 10 apps -1 wdn - 20m
LC 1 app FAYC 6 apps
After being rejected by Everton Bailey was given an apprenticeship by the Rovers. Initially the club could not make up their mind whether his future lay in defence or on the left wing, because he was speedy and ran with enthusiasm. Given an early debut he settled into the team at left back, forming with Kevin Hird the most adventurous full back pairing the club had ever fielded. Confident in everything he did and a cocky, ebullient improviser it was obvious that the arrival of freedom of contract would signal his departure, ironically to the club that had first rejected him. He gathered medals during his spell at Goodison but a move to Newcastle was fraught with personal problems. After a spell coaching at Everton he returned briefly to the Football League as assistant to Howard Kendall at Sheffield United.
Edited by Kamy100