Bailey, Michael Alfred

Midfield

Born: Wisbech, Norfolk on 27 February 1942.

Career: Gorleston Schools, Gorleston FC, Charlton Athletic amateur Jne 58, professional Mar 59, WOLVES Mar 66, Minnesota Kicks Jan 77, Hereford United player-manager Aug 78, Charlton Athletic  coach, manager Mar 80, Brighton & Hove Albion mansger Jne 81, Cyprus coaching 1983, Bexley FC manager, New Valley FC co manager, Fisher Athletic manager 1989, Blackburn Rovers scout, Newcastle United scout, Portsmouth reserve team coach, Leatherhead general manager 1996, Everton southern area scout, Derby County as a scout.

Michael Bailey attended Edward Worlidge School and Alderman Leech School and played his early football with Gorleston Schools and Gorleston FC. In 1958 he signed with Charlton Athletic and his senior debut was very memorable affair as Charlton lost at Plymouth Argyle 6-4 just 24 after beating them by the same score at the Valley.  He went on to became the Valiants captain and gain two caps for England against United States in May 1964 and Wales six months later, as well as five at Under-23 level. He then suffered a double fracture of his left leg in an FA Cup ties against Middlesbrough in February 1965, but recovered to regain his First Team spot at the start of the following season and to transfer to Wolves for £40,000 1966 just in time to play in the final eleven games of the season.

The 1966/67 season saw Bailey as Wolves captain and he led them to promotion back to the First Division as runners-up to Coventry City. He was won the awarded for the ‘Midland Player of the Year’. He led the club success in the Texaco Cup 1971 but because of injury was only on the bench for the 1972 UEFA Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur. He then led club to success in the Football League Cup over Manchester City in 1974 but in 1976 Wolves were relegated to the Second Division. Having only played in the opening twelve games of Wolves Second Division championship winning season Bailey decide to go transatlantic and signed for newly formed Minnesota Kicks. He had made 436 First Team appearances netting 25 goals and 16 appearances for the Reserves.

He returned to England in August 1978 to become player-manager of Hereford United and then took over then returned to Charlton Athletic as coach then manager in 1980. Although he could not stop them being relegated he did lead them to an immediate return to the Second Division twelve months later. He then resigned to take over at Brighton & Hove Albion and was replaced at the Valley by Alan Mulley who he had replaced at the Goldstone Ground. But with the Seagulls heading for relegation from the First Division he left the Goldstone Ground in December 1982. He has since gone on to work for several different clubs in various capacities and at different levels.

Whilst with Wolves Bailey made three appearances for the Football League against the League of Ireland in Dublin in November 1967 and at Barnsley in March 1969 (scoring once) and the Irish League in Belfast in November 1968. Mike Bailey who netted against Wolves in November 1965 made 622 club appearances in England and netted 48 goals.

In Recent Years Mike has appeared on Sky Sports ‘Time Of Our Lives’ with Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards.

First Team

Debut: Huddersfield Town (a) 23/10/65.

FL FAC LC Oth Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G A S G
1965/66 11 11
1966/67 41 3 4 1 2 47 4
1967/68 41 4 1 1 43 4
1968/69 34 3 2 3 39 3
1969/70 38 3 1 1 4 1 44 4
1970/71 34 3 2 1 7 1 44 4
1971/72 20 0/1 2 1 1 6 1 28 1/1 2
1972/73 29 1 1 1 7 5 42 1 1
1973/74 32 2 7 1 42
1974/75 38 1 1 1 2 2 42 3
1976/77 32 0/1 3 1 4 39 1/1
1977/78 10 1 1 10 1
Total 360 1/2 19 18 2 2 29 25 1 4 432 4/2 25
Reserves

Debut: Preston North End ‘R’ (H) 23/4/66.

CL SC BC Oth Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G A S G
1965/66 1 1
1966/67
1967/68
1968/69
1969/70
1970/71
1971/72
1972/73 6 6
1973/74 2 2
1974/75
1975/76 1 1
1976/77 6 6
Total 16 16