Irish Footballer that Played for Manchester United - Harry Baird
Harry Baird - Introduction
Harry Baird was born in Belfast in Northern Ireland and starred for Linfield FC. At the time that he signed for Manchester United he was viewed as one of the best strikers on the island of Ireland. His reputation was such that the Manchester United manager at the time, Scott Duncan, had to pay £3,500 to sign the Belfast man.
Harry Baird & Manchester United
Baird joined United in early 1937. Duncan immediately brought him into the United first team and on 23 January 1937 Harry Baird made his Manchester United debut away to Sheffield Wednesday. United lost that match 1-0. Unfortunately for Baird United were on the slippery slope to relegation down to the Second Division. The team lost their first six matches of that season.
Harry Baird scored the first of his 18 Manchester United goals on 13 February 1937 in a 1-3 home defeat to Brentford. Following relegation Duncan was replaced by Walter Crickmer as Manchester United. The team's, and Baird's, fortunes improved under Crickmer.
United and Aston Villa were the twin dominant forces in Division Two in that season and both gained promotion to the First Division with the Reds taking the runners-up position. Baird scored a number of significant goals as United secured promotion.
Unfortunately the Belfast man did not enjoy the fruits of his efforts with United as he was transferred to Huddersfield Town in September 1938. Harry Baird's last start for Manchester United was on 7 May 1938 in a 2-0 against Bury. His last goal for United was the third goal in a 3-1 Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC.
Harry Baird - Northern Ireland Career
Harry Baird won just a single cap for his country when he played against England at Wembley on 16 November 1938. It was a bitter-sweet match for Baird as the occasion of his one and only cap was also a 7-0 drubbing by the English.
Harry Baird - Man Utd & Northern Ireland Statistics
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