Kevin Bird Obituary, Death – Kevin Bird, one of the team’s all-time best players, passed away at the age of 70, the Mansfield Town Football Club says with profound grief. The club offers its sincere condolences to Kevin’s wife, Sue, and family during this difficult time. The muscular defender began his career with Doncaster Rovers before switching to the Stags in 1972.
During the course of 11 seasons, he would play 463 times for the team, scoring 63 goals. He ranks sixth for the squad in both goals scored and total Football League appearances. When the Stags won the fourth and third division titles in the middle of the 1970s, Kevin was a crucial player of the squad. In 2009, the “The Kevin Bird Suite” hospitality section at One Call Stadium was named in appreciation of his contributions to the team.
He was given a dementia diagnosis when he was 60 years old. Kevin died away last night at Mansfield Manor Nursing Care. “It is with tremendous grief that we learn of the demise of Kevin Bird, without a doubt one of the club’s best players ever,” club owners John & Carolyn Radford stated. Kevin was a pillar of the team both on and off the field.
A player playing 11 full seasons for one club is nearly unheard of in the contemporary era, but Kevin achieved just that, displaying his passion and loyalty to Mansfield Town. We always looked forward to seeing Kevin and his wife Sue at One Call Stadium since they remained to support the team even after Kevin retired. Kevin was a great club player for Mansfield Town, a great servant, and a great person. Sue and her family are in our thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time. The Stags’ first team will play Tranmere Rovers away in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday with black armbands as a sign of respect.