After football, there’s still life

John Bird played for Preston North End and Newscastle United, then managed York City. He is pictured at his art gallery in Bawtry near Doncaster. Picture: Scott Merrylees

  • He used to have his hands full with centre forwards, but now former footballer John Bird is tackling a different challenge.

John Bird was once standing minding his own business when Charlie George sidled up and knocked out his front teeth. The blow caused one tooth, that didn’t fully dislodge, to come through his lip.

The ball was nowhere near them at the time and neither was the ref who saw nothing of the incident. But the linesman had spotted the sly smack in the mouth and so had some in the

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