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Mick Bates

Position Midfielder
Born 19 Sep 1947, Armthorpe (England)
Height 170 cm
Weight 66 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Sep 1964 01 Jun 1976 187 9 £25000
Walsall 01 Jun 1976 01 Jun 1978 85 4 £20000
Bradford City 01 Jun 1978 01 Jun 1980 56 1 £0
Doncaster Rovers 01 Jun 1980 01 Jun 1981 36 1  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1965 - 1966 0  0  1  0  0 
1966 - 1967 8(1)  0(1)  0(1)  1  0 
1967 - 1968 6(1)  0  0(3)  0(3)  0 
1968 - 1969 3(1)  2  0(1)  1(1)  0 
1969 - 1970 13(3)1 0(1)  1(1)  2(3)  0 
1970 - 1971 29(1)  2(1)  1  8(2)1 0 
1971 - 1972 6(3)  2  0  2  0 
1972 - 1973 26(3)1 4(1)1 4  61 0 
1973 - 1974 9(1)2 0  0  51 0 
1974 - 1975 2(1)  0  2(2)1 1  0 
1975 - 1976 4  0  0  0  0 
Total 106(15)4 10(4)1 9(8)1 26(9)3 0 

Jabba's Comments

Known as the super-sub from Don Revie's team, Mick Bates was an excellent midfielder who could have commanded a regular place in just about any other team of the time, but he stayed at Leeds for 12 years. He didn't score many goals but one of the nine that he did get was hugely important for the club. Having just come off the bench in Turin, he scored a vital goal in the first leg of the InterCity Fairs Cup Final. Leeds drew that game 2-2 and went on to take the trophy on away goals.

In the 1973-74 championship season, he missed out on much of the run-in after tearing his cartilage on an icy pitch at QPR. He finally recovered and was back in the side halfway through the 1974-75 season, but damaged the same knee in a pre-match warm-up. He played on through that game, but the damage had been done and he was out for the rest of the season. The calamity kid was poised for a comeback in a pre-season game that summer, but his knee went again and he had a final op which revealed his carilage had been split across the middle, so it was back to the physio to recover, and he didn't return to the first team until March 1976, two years after the original injury.

That was to be his final season at Leeds, and on his departure he moved around several lower division clubs before retiring from the game in 1981.

drooper says: He played for Worksop Town for a while in the 80's didnt he??

Kevin Carrick says: Mick was born in Armthorpe near Doncaster Yorkshire, same birthplace as Kevin Keegan I am loosely related to him through my Father. Mick went to the same school as myself. I have faint memories faint of Mick playing for the school. Mick once turned up in the Plough Inn in Armthorpe during his early Leeds years. Remembering having an orange juice and then leaving in his new car. Havn't see Mick since that day but have followed particularly his Leeds years. Where is he now?

Mick Bates says: Kevin - I do remember you from school. I am retired now. I was looking at your site and I agree with all your information but I was wondering where you got your information about my appearances for Doncaster Rovers. Jabba says: most of the post-war info comes from my old Rothmans yearbooks, programmes and other reference books.


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