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Kevin Bird

Postby Grendon Stag » Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:56 pm

Guys had a chat with Kevin's wife Sue this afternoon. For those of you unaware Kev has gone downhill rapidly over the last 3-4 weeks and is now in a care home in Kirkby. Was shocked to learn he is only 68.

Keep fighting Legend!
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby Amberheart » Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:07 pm

Sorry to hear this news about Birdy
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby Spiritater » Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:54 pm

Sad to hear. Bloke'll always be a legend
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby BELSE » Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:24 pm

sorry to hear this top man all ways had a chat with him on match days
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby Staggyfox » Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:58 pm

Yep, cruel illness.
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby yorkshire stag » Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:13 pm

stay strong Birdie lad
Our time will come
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby Berryhillstagno1 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:37 pm

All rooting for you my defensive maestro legend xx
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby bellwhiff » Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:43 pm

Legend. Hope he’s OK
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby MOTG » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:33 pm

Thinking of Birdie and his family. Keep as strong as possible.
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby smulls » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:38 pm

We still always remember and love you, the Legend!
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby tillydog123 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:57 pm

Agree one of our top ever defenders of the golden age of the club.
Wish the family and Kev all the best.
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby Bridgford Stag » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:58 pm

Kevin Bird....came to MT at the start of the 1972/73 season. He made 445 appearances for the club. Scored 63 goals for us. Birdy's last game was in May 1983

Courtesy of Stan Searl.

My image is of him having side way parting long hair as shown in Stan's book (page 127) does take me back.

Fond memories of him as a player and do feel for the family at a difficult time

Indeed a legend...…….
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby Retro rob » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:02 pm

6 foot 2
Eyes of blue
Kevin bird is after you

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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby Spiritater » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:11 pm

In his prime had more spunk than this season's team put together
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby tinman » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:02 pm

Absolute legend. Can still see his headers flying into the net
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby west country stag » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:33 am

Hang in there Kevin .
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby garlic » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:50 pm

Excuse my ignorance but what is the cause of his sudden decline? And Spiritater is quite correct, Birdie had more desire and passion than any of the current crew. Tremendous player.
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby Martin Shaw » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:27 pm

garlic wrote:Excuse my ignorance but what is the cause of his sudden decline? And Spiritater is quite correct, Birdie had more desire and passion than any of the current crew. Tremendous player.

Kevin has dementia.
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby halifaxstag » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:44 pm

Kev was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago. It is a degenerative brain disease with unclear causes but associated with genetics, head trauma and high blood pressure. Former footballers are more than 3 times more likely to suffer from it.
There was an Alzheimer’s fundraiser match held in May 2017 under Kev’s name.
Kev & Sue continued to attend virtually every home match until a few months ago and was generally good humoured and informative about football past and present, although he had his good days/spells and bad spells.
Best wishes to him and also to Sue who has lovingly cared for him during this difficult time.
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby oldnic » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:51 pm

Spoke to Kevin few years ago before i knew he was ill, asked him about his equaliser at White Hart Lane, he couldnt remember it. So sad
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby part time pete » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:26 pm

Last season, I had the privilege to play in the same walking football team as Kev in a tournament. However we had to send him to play at Centre Forward instead of his natural position in defence because he kept giving away penalties by stepping into the ‘penalty area’.
It was a crying shame that he couldn’t understand the need to keep out the ‘penalty area’.
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby garlic » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:43 pm

Many thanks for the very sad info, wish him and his family all the very best
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby STAGS FOR LIFE » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:45 pm

Very sad to hear ,keep battling Stags Legend :mtfc:
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby Grendon Stag » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:55 pm

Just to add that Sue was so chuffed that Krystian Pearce took time out of his day to call into the Care Home and see Kev. It was one of his "good days" and they sat chatting football for over 1 hour. It made his day.

The Chief has had some stick this year but just goes to show the bloke cares.
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Re: Kevin Bird

Postby stagmanrob » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:45 am

Very interesting listen on the Joe Rogan Podcast with a fella called Paul Stammets who researches fungi.
He claims there is groundbreaking research using a certain type of fungi called Lions Mane along with small doses of Magic Mushrooms, can spark the production of new neurones in the brain and potentially lead to a cure as such for Alzheimers.
I really hope it leads that way, it's a terrible condition and really hard to witness.
I wish Birdie and his lovely wife all the best.
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