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Full Name: Micheal Bailey
Born: 27th February 1942, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Mike BaileyOne of Wolves greatest servants, Mike Bailey played his early football with non-league Gorleston before being signed by Charlton Athletic in the summer of 1958. He turned professional in March 1959 and made his league debut for the London club the following Christmas. His performances for Charlton led him to his winning five England Under-23 caps and two at full level, as he developed into one of the best wing-halves in the country. Bailey, who was also Charlton's captain, broke a leg in a match against Middlesbrough in October 1964 but recovered well to play in a total of 169 games before joining Wolves for 40,000 in March 1966.

He made his debut in a 1-1 home draw against Southampton and appeared in the final 11 games of the season before helping Wolves win promotion to the first division in 1966/67. That season, Bailey was voted "Midlands Footballer of the Year". When Wolves reached the final of the 1972 UEFA Cup against Spurs, Bailey was on the bench but skippered the side to victory against  Manchester City in the League Cup final of 1974.

When he left Wolves in the summer of 1977, he had scored 25 goals in 436 games for the club. He joined Minnesota Kicks in the NASL for 15,000 before later becoming player-coach at Hereford United and then manager of Charlton. At the Valley he was appointed too late to prevent their relegation to Division 3 but the following season they bounced straight back again, promoted in third place. After his move to Brighton, where he helped steer the club to 13th in the 1st Division, he went to coach abroad.

Wolves Career 1965/77

Appearances

Goals

League 361 19
FA Cup 20 2
League Cup 29 0
European Games 10 2
Other 16 2
Total 436 25