Gary Bailey Profile

Gary Bailey

Ga­ry Rich­ard Bai­ley, born Ips­wich, Eng­land, Au­gust 9, 1958. Al­though be­ing born in Ips­wich, Ga­ry Bai­ley was raised in So­uth Africa and star­ted out his goal­keep­ing ca­reer wi­th Cape To­wn City be­fore he joi­ned Wits Uni­ver­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg in 1976. Fol­low­ing a highly suc­cess­ful tri­al at Man­chester Uni­ted in 1977, he was sub­sequently sig­ned by re­cently ap­poin­ted man­ager Dave Sex­ton in Jan­uary 1978.

Widely ac­claimed as the most pro­mising young goal­keeper in Eng­land, Ga­ry Bai­ley soon ma­naged to es­tab­lish him­self in the Man­chester Uni­ted fir­st te­am fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Al­ex Step­ney, and he was giv­en his Foot­ball Lea­gue de­but in a 2-0 win ag­ainst Ips­wich To­wn at Old Traf­ford on the 18th of Nov­ember 1978. Whi­le wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted, Bai­ley made a total of 373 fir­st-te­am ap­pear­ances for The Reds, and help­ed the Old Traf­ford club land the FA Cup in bo­th 1983 and 1985. The doughty and de­pend­able goal­tender also went on to col­lect two seni­or caps for Eng­land af­ter ma­king his full de­but in a 2-1 friendly tri­umph over the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land at Wemb­ley Sta­dium on the 26th of Mar­ch 1985. The quick and agile Bai­ley was un­doubtedly an ex­cel­lent net­mind­er, even tho­ugh he was nev­er quite the equal of Eng­land goal­keep­ing col­league Pe­ter Shilton at com­mand­ing his pen­alty area. Un­for­tu­nately, he de­veloped a ser­i­ous knee in­jury dur­ing train­ing at the Wor­ld Cup in Mex­ico in 1986 and ev­entually re­turned to So­uth Africa where he starred for Soweto si­de Ka­izer Chiefs be­fore he fi­nally re­tired from the ga­me at the com­par­at­ively young age of 32. Ga­ry Bai­ley Play­ing Ca­reer: Cape To­wn City, Wits Uni­ver­sity, Man­chester Uni­ted, Ka­izer Chiefs. Man­aging Ca­reer: None.


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