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Michael Alfred Bailey (born 27 February 1942) is an English former international footballer who played in the Football League for Charlton Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hereford United, and in the North American Soccer League for the Minnesota Kicks. He represented England twice. Mike Bailey then became a football manager, taking charge of clubs in England and abroad.

Bailey joined Charlton Athletic from non-League club Gorleston in 1958, and turned professional in March 1959.

He spent all his time at The Valley in the Second Division, making 151 League appearances for the club during an eight-year stay in which he also served as club captain, before moving to fellow second-tier team Wolverhampton Wanderers in March 1966 for a fee of £40,000.[3]

Bailey won promotion to the First Division with Wolves in 1966–67. He went on to play a central role during the club’s resurgence of the Bill McGarry era, which saw the club reach the 1972 UEFA Cup Final and win the 1974 League Cup, where he lifted the trophy as captain, after a 2–1 win over Manchester City at Wembley.

After Wolves won the Second Division at the first attempt in 1977,[3] Bailey moved to the North American Soccer League with the Minnesota Kicks for £15,000. He returned to England two years later to become player-manager of Hereford United in the Fourth Division.[3] He served only one full season in the role, during which the club finished 14th, before leaving in October 1979.


  • Full Name: Michael Alfred Bailey
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of Birth: 27.02.1942
  • Birthplace: Wisbech
  • Nation: England
  • Club Career: Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Period: 1966-1977
    • League Games, 351
    • League Goals, 19
    • Previous Club: Charlton Athletic
      • Transfer Fee: £40 000
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