Baird Davie Image 1 Hearts 1894

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Baird Davie Image 1 Hearts 1894

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Dalry, Ayshire born outside left Davie Baird began his football career with Dalry Primrose before joining Heart of Midlothian in 1888, playing his first match in a friendly defeat to St Mirren that November. Having played on their English Tour against the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Newton Heath (now Manchester United), and Sheffield Wednesday over the New Year, he was part of the Hearts team that beat Leith Athletic in the Edinburgh Shield Final at the season end, Hearts at the time mainly only playing friendlies.

His competitive debut came in a Scottish Cup first round tie, scoring in a 3-0 win at St Bernard’s in September 1889. Hearts had considerable success in the early years of the Scottish Football League, winning the League Championship in 1895 and 1896. Hearts also played in the 1894-95 World Championship, but lost 5-3 to Sunderland. Hearts did win the World Championship title in 1902, beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Tynecastle, after a 0-0 in London few months earlier. He also won the Scottish Cup three times with Hearts, playing in three different positions in each of the Finals (1891, 1896 and 1901), being the only player to win three Scottish Cups with the club.

In total Baird played in 189 Scottish League and Cup matches, scoring 77 goals, with 460 appearances in all competitions.

He first played for Scotland in a 4-1 victory over Ireland at Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, and won two further caps playing in a defeat to England in April 1891 and scoring in a 6-1 victory over Wales in March 1892. He also played twice for The Scottish League, both times against The Irish League, in April 1893 and January 1894, scoring in the latter match, a 6-0 victory at Celtic Park.

Baird joined Motherwell in 1903 when the board strengthened the squad as promotion from Division Two was achieved and everyone associated with the club were looking forward to the debut in Scotland’s top flight. During the season Motherwell struggled and finished secondnd bottom. Baird only featured in one game for ‘Well before retiring in 1904. Baird was later a director of Hearts between 1926 and 1936.

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