Ian Gibson, Scottish footballer, Died at 73

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Ian Stewart Gibson was born on March 30, 1943, and died on May 25, 2016.

He was a Scottish professional footballer.

As a Scottish schoolboy international, Gibson started his career at Accrington Stanley, making his league debut at the age of 15, before joining Bradford Park Avenue in 1960.

Ian spent two years in Bradford.

His form in Bradford saw Middlesbrough pay £30,000 to sign him in March 1962.

Ian had joined the club as it was entering a steady decline which saw them fall into the third division.

During 1966, With Middlesbrough relegated Gibson was signed by Coventry City for £57,000 and despite a major fall-out with manager Jimmy Hill he helped them win promotion to the First division in his first season, becoming one of the fan’s most popular players.

With him having numerous injuries in his four years at Coventry he was a true legend and under Noel Cantwell he helped them qualify for Europe in 1969-70 by virtue of finishing sixth in the First Division.

He was then sold to Cardiff City in 1970 for £35,000.

Ian made his Cardiff debut on the opening day of the 1970-71 season in a 1-0 win over Leicester City and went on to provide numerous chances for the strikers he played alongside such as Brian Clark, John Toshack and Alan Warboys.

In October 1972, Ian Gibson went to Bournemouth for £100,000 but after only a few months a serious injury saw his professional career ended.

Ian Gibson passed away at 73 yrs old.

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