The life and times of our cult hero striker...

Ian Baird book

A new Leeds United book is set to hit the shelves later this year about the club's cult hero striker Ian Baird.

Compiled by lifelong Leeds fan Marc Bracha - and written with full co-operation from the man himself - the book documents the life and times of one the club's most popular players from the 1980s.

The synopsis reads: "In the rough and ready football world of the 1980's, Ian Baird was a man amongst men. Feared by opposing defenders and held in high regard by his team mates, Bairdy gave his all every week showing a never-say die attitude.

"Bairdy describes himself as 'George Best with no ability'. He worked hard to carve out a good career, but his story is full of incidents which were typical of the era and far from the standards you expect from a footballer.

"In Britain, Bairdy played for ten professional clubs, but few would argue that he's best remembered for his spells at Leeds, where goals, endless running, will to win and fearless approach ensured he was adored by the fans

"'Bairdy's Gonna Get Ya' is an engrossing, brutally honest account of Bairdy's life. Many people have contributed to his story, which is packed with hilarious anecdotes from his childhood days through to his time in Hong Kong.

"Written with Bairdy's full co-operation and input from the likes of Peter Shilton, Lawrie McMenemy, Eddie Gray, John Sheridan, Bernie Slaven and Mick Leonard, the book provides great memories from when football was football."

Available for pre order here.

The book will be on the shelves in September 2013.