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Archie Baird

Personal information
Full nameArchibald M Baird
Date of birth8 May 1919
Place of birthRutherglen, Scotland
Date of death3 November 2009(age 90)
Place of deathAberdeen, Scotland
Playing positionInside forward

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Archie Baird (8 May 1919 3 November 2009) was a Scottish association football player who played for Aberdeen and St. Johnstone. He was also capped once by the Scotland national football team. Baird was born in Rutherglen.

Baird signed for Aberdeen before the Second World War, but the war started before he had made the first team. He joined the British Army, but was captured and held as a prisoner of war. He escaped and lived with an Italian family as their "son". In 1989 he published an autobiography, Family of Four, which described these experiences.

Baird returned to Aberdeen before the end of the war. His good form in this period earned him selection for Scotland in a friendly match against Belgium in early 1946. Baird was one of nine Scotland players making their international debut in the match, with only Jimmy Delaney having significant experience. Of those nine debutants, five players did not make another international appearance, including Baird.

Baird helped Aberdeen win the Southern League Cup (a forerunner of the Scottish League Cup) in 1946 and the 1947 Scottish Cup, but his appearances were restricted by injuries. In all he made 104 league appearances for Aberdeen, scoring 26 goals in those matches. He was transferred in 1953 to St. Johnstone, where he played for three seasons before retiring in 1956.

After retiring as a player, Baird worked as a teacher and a sports journalist.

Baird celebrated his 90th birthday in May 2009, and died quietly in his sleep on 3 November 2009.

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