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Goalkeeper 78-86 6ft 2" 13st 2lbs b.Ipswich,9th August 1958 Debut v Ipswich (h) 18/11/78 Career: Witts University(Johannesburg) UNITED Jan 78 contract cancelled Sept 87 Kaiser Chiefs (South Africa) 88 It was something of a coincidence that Gary should make his League debut against Ipswich Town as his father,Roy, also a goalkeeper, had earlier made 300 appearances for the Portman Road Club. Bailey Snr. won three championships, The Third Div South in 57, Secound Div in 61 and the League Championship in 62. The benefits of parental coaching were quickly evident after Gary had left his home in South Africa to journey to OLD TRAFFORD.
Quote from Ethel Sleith SA email@example.com "An interesting point to note is how Gary came to OT. As a young lad, about 17/18 I think, he and a friend packed their bags and arrived at the Theatre of Dreams. Quite simply, Gary knocked on the door, said, "I'm a goalkeeper, give me a trial", and the rest, as they say, is history." Blessed with an imposing physical presence and vocal, confident attitude, he quickly established himself as first-choice goalkeeper, appearing in a Wembley final at the end of his debut season. Whilst the first FA Cup final ended in disapointment, Arsenal winning 3-2, he was successful two subsequent finals in 83 and 85. Gary had an identifiable weakness when it came to leaving his line and dealing with crosses, but he was still capped by England `B`, England Under-21(14 caps), and twice at full international level. It was a training injury with the England squad in Feb 86 which brought a premature end to his first class career. A severe knee problem which failed to respond to treatment saw him leave OT in Sept 87 at an age when the blond goalkeeper was just approaching the peak years for his profession. Returning to SA he was eventually able to resume his career with Kaiser Chiefs. Appearances: FL 294 - 0 g FAC 31 - 0 g FLC 28 - 0 g EUR 20 - 0 g Total: 373 apps 0 goals Do you have further information, please E-mail Back to the Who`s Who Main page
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