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Don Bird
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Full name Donald William Carlton Bird
Date of birth January 5, 1908(1908-01-05)
Place of birth    Newton Abbot, Devon, England
Date of death    1987
Playing position Outside-Left
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
–1929
1929–1931
1931–1932
1932–1934
1934–1935
1935–1936
1936–1937
Llandrindod Wells
Cardiff City
Bury
Torquay United
Derby County
Sheffield United
Southend United

13 0(4)
00 0(0)
74 (15)
05 0(2)
13 0(3)
10 0(1)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Donald William Carlton Bird (January 5, 1908 – 1987) was an English professional footballer who played at outside left. He was born in Newton Abbot.

Career

Although born in Devon, Bird came to prominence playing in Wales for 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.

Bird missed just two games for Torquay the following season and remained a regular until leaving to join Derby County in the summer of 1934 as cover for Dally Duncan. Bird’s Derby debut came on August 27, 1934, a 1-0 First Division win against Huddersfield Town at Leeds Road. He played well enough for the Derby Evening Telegraph to suggest that he could be an effective replacement for Duncan when required. However, such opportunities were rare and Bird played only 5 league games for Derby, scoring twice.

On leaving Derby, Bird joined Sheffield United, finishing his league career with Southend United.

Bird died in 1985.

References

  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-8598-3462-0.  
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