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Hugh Baird

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Full nameHugh Baird
Date of birth14 March 1930
Place of birthBellshill, Scotland
Date of death19 June 2006(age 76)
Place of deathAberdeen, Scotland
Playing positionCentre forward

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Hugh Baird (14 March 1930 19 June 2006) was a Scottish footballer who played for Airdrieonians, Leeds United and Aberdeen. He also represented the Scotland national football team once.

Baird started his professional playing career aged 21 with local side Airdrieonians, whom he joined from Dalry Thistle. A striker, he quickly gained a reputation as a prolific goal scorer. In 1957 Leeds United signed him for £12,000 but he only stayed one season in England. In 1958 Aberdeen paid a then club record transfer fee of £11,500 to ensure his return north. He stayed with Aberdeen until 1962 making 86 appearances for the Dons.

Baird continued playing for another 4 years following his departure from Pittodrie, enjoying brief spells with Brechin City and Highland League sides Deveronvale and Rothes before retiring from football aged 36 to become a bricklayer.

Baird made one appearance for the Scottish national side in May 1956 at Hampden Park against Austria. He only received an international cap in 2006, after a successful campaign was started by Gary Imlach calling for his father and other affected players (including Baird) to receive caps. Until the early 1970s, the SFA did not award caps to players for matches other than those in the British Home Championship.

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