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Rover of the Day: John Bird

9 June 2020

John Bird born June 9, 1948.

Locally born John seemed destined for a career as a quantity surveyor before Rovers spotted him playing for Doncaster United. He signed in March 1967 and made his debut in November in a 2-2 draw at Workington. Facing competition for the centre-half role from club captain Stuart Robertson, John only really established himself in the Rovers’ first team in 1970-71. In March 1971 he was sold to Preston North End, helping them go up from Division Three as Champions while Rovers were relegated. In August 1975 he was transferred to First Division Newcastle United, a move which prompted Preston manager Bobby Charlton to resign. John later played for and managed Hartlepool United and had three years in charge of York City. In 1992 he returned to Rovers as assistant to Steve Beaglehole. A talented artist, John now owns his own gallery in Bawtry. For Rovers he made 55 appearances, scoring three goals.

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