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Jock Aird
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Full name John Rae Aird
Date of birth 18 December 1926 (1926-12-18) (age 83)
Place of birth    Scotland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1948–1955
1955–1958
1959–19??
Burnley
Eastern Union FC
Sydney Hakoah
132 (0)
0?? (?)
0?? (?)   
National team
1954
1958
Scotland
New Zealand
004 (0)
002 (1)

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

John "Jock" Rae Aird (born 18 December 1926 in Glencraig, Fife) is a Scottish-born footballer who played for both the Scotland and New Zealand national sides.

Career

Aird started his professional career with Burnley, whom he joined from Perth junior side Jeanfield Swifts in 1948.[1]

A feisty but consistent left-back, he earned international recognition towards the end of his seven-season spell at Turf Moor, making his Scotland debut against Norway in May 1954, at the age of 28. He was then selected in the squad for the upcoming World Cup finals and was one of only 13 players who actually travelled to Switzerland, the SFA opting not to use the full complement of 22 permitted. He played in both matches at the finals as Scotland capitulated in the first round, losing to Austria (0-1) and Uruguay (0-7).[2]

The following year, Aird left Burnley and emigrated to Gisbourne in New Zealand. There he played for Eastern Union FC, eventually earning selection for the national side. Aird played 2 full internationals for New Zealand,[3] notably scoring in a 3-2 defeat by the Australian national side.[4]

He then moved to Australia in 1959, playing for and latterly coaching Sydney Hakoah.

References

  1. ^ Tony Scholes (2007-07-14). "Jock Aird". Claret-Mad. http://www.clarets-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED35&id=343752. Retrieved 2008-07-27.  
  2. ^ "Scotland National Teams Player Details". The Scottish Football Association. http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/player_details.cfm?playerid=112855&CFID=880256&CFTOKEN=45475291. Retrieved 2008-07-27.  
  3. ^ "A-International Appearances - Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. 2008-06-01. http://www.ultimatenzsoccer.com/NZRepSoccer/id1708.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  
  4. ^ "A-International Scorers - Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. 2008-06-01. http://www.ultimatenzsoccer.com/NZRepSoccer/id1842.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  

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