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Dennis Bailey (footballer born 1965)

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Full nameDennis Lincoln Bailey
Date of birth13 December 1965(age 51)
Place of birthLondon, England
Playing positionStriker

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Dennis Lincoln Bailey (born 13 December 1965 in Lambeth, London) is an English former professional footballer.

Bailey started his career at Watford playing their youth and reserve sides between 1982 and 1984. He subsequently joined Barking, before joining Fulham on non-contract terms in November 1986. He signed for Farnborough Town in February 1987, before returning to league football in December 1987 with Crystal Palace, joining for a fee of £10,000. He was loaned to Bristol Rovers in February 1989, before joining Birmingham City in August of the same year. He was loaned to Bristol Rovers again in March 1991.

Bailey signed for Queens Park Rangers for £175,000 in July 1991. He made his debut on the opening day of the 1991 92 season against Arsenal, scoring in a 1 1 draw.

On 1 January 1992 he scored a hat-trick in a 4 1 win away at league leaders Manchester United; one of the last league games to be broadcast live by ITV. He is the last player to have achieved the feat in the league at Old Trafford. The only other player to achieve the same was Real Madrid's Ronaldo in the 2002 03 UEFA Champions League.

In total Bailey played 39 league games for QPR, scoring 10 goals. He was soon frozen out of the first team by the likes of Gary Penrice and Bradley Allen, and in October 1993 he was loaned to Charlton Athletic and later that season to Watford. While with Watford he scored in three successive games after coming off the substitutes bench, greatly helping the club's escape from the relegation zone.

Bailey was loaned to Brentford in January 1995, before signing for Gillingham in August of the same year, helping them win promotion from Division Three that season. He subsequently played for Lincoln City, before moving into non-league football for a second spell with Farnborough Town. He then moved on to play for Cheltenham Town, Forest Green Rovers, League of Wales side Aberystwyth Town, Tamworth, Stafford Rangers and Moor Green. His final club was Midland Football Alliance side Stratford Town from whom he retired in November 2006. He then went on to do coaching, often helping coach a Saturday morning football group in Monkspath in the West Midlands. Bailey now coaches and plays for his local Church Renewal Christian Centre in Solihull. They play in the West Midlands Christian Football League.

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