In a new series that will focus of fans, friends of the club and players, we ask 10 questions to some of the most Leeds people you’ll ever meet.
Our latest interview is with none other than Ian Baird. The current assistant at Havant & Waterlooville and former Leeds United forward spent two sepearate spells at LS11 and made over 150 appearances, scoring 50 goals.
Firstly, who or what got you interested in football?
I think it was just me. The 1st pair of boots were Patrick Keegan as Southampton were sponsored by them.
Did you have a favourite Leeds player or any other team who you modelled your game on?
My favourite was Joe Jordan I thought he was outstanding.
Proudest ever moment during your time at Leeds?
My proudest moment as a leeds player was running out every other Saturday at elland road. Billy bremner said it's not a game playing for leeds it's an occasion!
A player you thought “not him again” when it came to play him or a ground you never did well at?
Probably Paul Maxine Miller at Charlton and spurs.
One player or manager, above them all who you hung on their every word?
Joe Jordan, billy bremner and Eddie gray because I grew up watching them and then to be in there actual company and to see them coaching and training with us was unbelievable. Also I've got to mention norman hunter who would come in training with us and then would mark me in training was unbelievable.
Favourite memory of your time at Leeds United?
Favourite thing about Lufc is everything but especially how the fans treated me when I was there and to think 30yrs on that generation still remember it's very very humbling.
Best team to play at Leeds?
All of don revies side
Newcastle United game 89/90(you scored!) or do you have a favourite other game that you watch on a regular basis?
No not really. Its always good to see old games on Twitter though I didn't realise so many were on tv
Wilkinson team of your era or Bielsa’s team 2018 onwards?
I'm biased but I would have to say wilkos 89/90 side, footballs different now ie fitness etc but Wilkinson was ahead of his time and he recruited at the time top top players.
Ketchup or Brown sauce?
We’d like to thank Ian for taking the time to answer our questions and wish him the best of look as he continues his coaching career.
By Keith Ingham