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Hugh Baird Squad Index
Information:
1960-61 Squad Number:
9
Position:
Centre Forward
Date of Birth:
14th March 1930
Birthplace:
Calderbank, Scotland
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
6' 0
Weight:
12st 7lbs
Signed:
11/10/1958
Career History:
NOTE: Player Career history has been temporarily removed for data cleanse.
 
Profile:
Former Dons striker Hugh Baird died at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Monday 19th of June 2006 at the age of 76. Hugh Baird was a record signing for Aberdeen when he joined the Dons for 11,500 from Leeds United in 1958, the highest fee the Club had ever paid up to that time. Born in Calderbank on 14th March 1930, Baird started out with Dalry Thistle before joining Airdrie in March 1951.

It was during a prolific spell with the Broomfield club that Hugh made his mark in the game. It was after a record goals haul with Airdrie that he gained his one and only full international appearance against Austria at Hampden in May 1956. He went on to become the top scorer in the Scottish League with an incredible 117 goals in three seasons. Airdrie were promoted to the First Division in 1955 mainly due to Baird's 53-goal haul in one season.

The jump in class did not stop Baird from leading the scoring charts with a 37-goal total the following season. After asking for a transfer he was soon on his way to the English League despite interest from Aberdeen. He moved to Leeds in a 13,000 deal as a replacement for the legendary John Charles. It was after a 15-month spell in Yorkshire that Aberdeen tempted Baird back to Scotland in 1958. Baird was seen as an ideal spearhead for a young Aberdeen side under Dave Shaw. Hugh Baird made his Aberdeen debut against Stirling Albion on 11th October 1958 and wasted no time in getting amongst the goals.

Two weeks later Hugh scored four of the Dons five goals in their 5-0 win over Falkirk. It was in the latter stages of his career that he reverted to a wing half role and he thrived on the challenge in his later years. Among his 25 goals for the Dons in his 86 first team appearances was the Dons consolation in the 1959 Scottish Cup Final against St Mirren. Remarkably in his four year spell with the Dons, Baird played in every position apart from full back and outside left. In one match against Dundee he took over in goal from the injured Fred Martin and saved a penalty from Doug Cowie.

Hugh moved on to Brechin in 1962 and he finished his career with Deveronvale and Rothes in the Highland league. Hugh settled in the Aberdeen area after retiring from the game. In 2006 he was awarded a belated Scottish cap when the SFA finally decided to award caps for all of the players who had played against foreign opposition in the past.

During his spell at Pittodrie, Hugh was leased a club flat at 15 Osborne Place in Aberdeen.


Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
11/10/1958
Stirling Albion 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,460 28 Start
18/10/1958
Aberdeen 4-0 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 28 Start
25/10/1958
Aberdeen 5-0 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 28 Start
01/11/1958
Kilmarnock 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 28 Start
08/11/1958
St. Mirren 1-5 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 28 Start
15/11/1958
Aberdeen 2-2 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 28 Start
22/11/1958
Clyde 4-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 28 Start
29/11/1958
Aberdeen 5-0 Queen of the South
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 28 Start
06/12/1958
Heart of Midlothian 5-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 22,000 28 Start
13/12/1958
Aberdeen 0-4 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 28 Start
20/12/1958
Aberdeen 1-3 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 28 Start
27/12/1958
Airdrie 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 28 Start
01/01/1959
Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 28 Start
03/01/1959
Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 28 Start
24/01/1959
Aberdeen 3-4 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 28 Start
31/01/1959
Aberdeen 2-1 East Fife
Scottish Cup R1 14,000 28 Start
07/02/1959
Aberdeen 4-1 Stirling Albion
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 28 Start
14/02/1959
Aberdeen 3-0 Arbroath
Scottish Cup R2 15,600 28 Start
18/02/1959
Hibernian 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 28 Start
21/02/1959
Falkirk 5-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 28 Start
28/02/1959
St. Johnstone 1-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 14,000 28 Start
04/03/1959
Aberdeen 2-2 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 28 Start
14/03/1959
Aberdeen 3-1 Kilmarnock
Scottish Cup QF 19,000 28 Start
18/03/1959
Raith Rovers 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 29 Start
21/03/1959
Aberdeen 1-2 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 29 Start
25/03/1959
Celtic 4-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 29 Start
28/03/1959
Queen of the South 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 29 Start
11/04/1959
Motherwell 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 29 Start
18/04/1959
Rangers 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 40,000 29 Start
25/04/1959
Aberdeen 1-3 St. Mirren
Scottish Cup F 108,591 29 Start
08/08/1959
Aberdeen 3-1 Stirling Albion
League Cup G3 18,000 29 Start
12/08/1959
Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Aberdeen
League Cup G3 25,000 29 Start
15/08/1959
Kilmarnock 2-3 Aberdeen
League Cup G3 9,000 29 Start
19/08/1959
Hibernian 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 29 Start
26/08/1959
Aberdeen 1-4 Heart of Midlothian
League Cup G3 31,000 29 Start
29/08/1959
Aberdeen 2-4 Kilmarnock
League Cup G3 8,500 29 Start
05/09/1959
Aberdeen 0-3 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 29 Start
12/09/1959
Dunfermline Athletic 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,650 29 Start
19/09/1959
Aberdeen 5-2 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 29 Start
26/09/1959
Airdrie 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,500 29 Start
28/09/1959
Aberdeen 3-3 Newcastle United
Friendly 10,000 29 Start
03/10/1959
Aberdeen 3-1 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 29 Start
10/10/1959
Celtic 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 29 Start
14/10/1959
Luton Town 4-0 Aberdeen
Friendly 29 Start
17/10/1959
Kilmarnock 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 29 Start
21/10/1959
Aberdeen 3-2 Luton Town
Friendly 16,000 29 Start
24/10/1959
Aberdeen 0-5 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 29 Start
31/10/1959
Clyde 7-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,500 29 Start
04/11/1959
Aberdeen 1-2 Arsenal
Friendly 11,000 29 Start
07/11/1959
Motherwell 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 29 Start
14/11/1959
Aberdeen 3-1 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 8,500 29 Start
17/11/1959
Aberdeen 4-3 Fulham
Friendly 15,000 29 Start
21/11/1959
Aberdeen 1-3 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 19,000 29 Start
28/11/1959
Raith Rovers 5-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 29 Start
05/12/1959
Aberdeen 3-1 Stirling Albion
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 29 Start
12/12/1959
Aberdeen 0-0 Arbroath
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 29 Start
19/12/1959
Ayr United 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 29 Start
26/12/1959
Aberdeen 6-4 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 29 Start
01/01/1960
Dundee 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,500 29 Start
02/01/1960
Aberdeen 1-1 Dunfermline Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 29 Start
09/01/1960
Partick Thistle 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 29 Start
16/01/1960
Aberdeen 2-2 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 29 Start
23/01/1960
St. Mirren 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,500 29 Start
30/01/1960
Aberdeen 0-0 Brechin City
Scottish Cup R1 12,000 29 Start
03/02/1960
Brechin City 3-6 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R1 REP 4,300 29 Start
13/02/1960
Aberdeen 0-2 Clyde
Scottish Cup R2 15,435 29 Start
01/03/1960
Rangers 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 29 Start
08/03/1960
Aberdeen 0-2 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 29 Start
12/03/1960
Aberdeen 2-2 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 29 Start
22/03/1960
Aberdeen 0-1 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 30 Start
16/04/1960
Stirling Albion 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,185 30 Start
20/08/1960
Aberdeen 1-4 Dundee
League Cup G4 18,000 30 Start
12/09/1960
Aberdeen 3-2 Bahia
Friendly 15,000 30 Sub
17/09/1960
Aberdeen 4-2 St. Johnstone
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 30 Start
15/11/1960
Aberdeen 5-4 British Army XI
Friendly 30 Start
21/01/1961
Aberdeen 3-1 Ayr United
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 30 Start
18/03/1961
Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 31 Start
25/03/1961
Aberdeen 1-4 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 31 Start
01/04/1961
Dundee United 3-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 31 Start
08/04/1961
Aberdeen 6-1 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 31 Start
22/04/1961
Partick Thistle 3-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 31 Start
29/04/1961
Aberdeen 1-0 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 31 Start
12/08/1961
Dunfermline Athletic 1-2 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 12,000 31 Start
16/08/1961
Aberdeen 3-4 Motherwell
League Cup G2 18,000 31 Start
19/08/1961
Dundee United 5-3 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 10,000 31 Start
23/08/1961
Aberdeen 7-0 Stirling Albion
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 31 Start
26/08/1961
Aberdeen 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic
League Cup G2 10,000 31 Start
30/08/1961
Motherwell 2-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 7,000 31 Start
02/09/1961
Aberdeen 2-2 Dundee United
League Cup G2 7,000 31 Start
16/09/1961
Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 31 Start
25/09/1961
Aberdeen 5-2 British Army XI
Friendly 3,000 31 Start
25/11/1961
Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 31 Start
02/12/1961
Kilmarnock 4-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,500 31 Start
16/12/1961
Aberdeen 1-3 Dundee United
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 31 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1961-62
5
0
4
6
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
5
1
0
3
1960-61
8
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
1
1
0
1959-60
28
0
5
5
0
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
36
0
6
5
0
1
1958-59
25
0
12
0
0
0
5
0
2
0
0
0
30
0
14
0
0
0
Totals:
66
0
21
12
0
2
8
0
2
0
0
0
86
0
25
7
1
4
Total Appearances/Goals: 86 25