Gary Richard Bailey is a well-known TV persona in South Africa, presenting football on Mnet's SuperSport. He enjoyed a successful playing career in both England and South Africa - and is also a rare breed of educated footballer, with a Bsc in Physics and an MBA from Henley in Oxford.
Gary was born in Ipswich (England) where his dad, Roy (from whom Gary got his soccer guidance and inspiration) played for the Ipswich team that won the English league title in 1961/62 - His dad emigrated to South Africa to continue playing soccer, and Gary grew up in Johannesburg, going to school at King Edwards. Roy then became manager of Cape Town City and provided Gary with expert coaching at the club, and Gary finished his schooling at Rondebosch Boys High in Cape Town. Gary then returned to Johannesburg to study Civil Engineering at Wits University (his Man Utd team mates often referred to it as Half-Wits Univeristy:)) and played for 2 years in the Wits first team . After representing South Africa in 1978, Gary decided to try his luck in Europe and after going on trial with Manchester United in 1977, he was signed by Dave Sexton. Gary went on to play 373 competitive games for the Red Devils, winning 2 FA cup medals in 1983 (and making a crucial last minute save from Gordon Smith) and 1985, losing an FA cup final in 1979 and a league cup final in 1983, and reaching one European semi final. He also played on 2 occasions for England, and probably would've played many more times but for the fact that he had 2 of the all time greatest keepers in front of him, Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence.
However, he developed a serious knee injury, while on England duty at the 1986 Mexico World Cup, and after several knee operations, and 5 games for the new manager Alex Ferguson, he retired and returned to South Africa. Gary did manage 2 more years for local glamour club Kaizer Chiefs, during which time the team won 5 trophies.
For the last 20 or so years, Gary has been one of the main presenters on Supersport (beamed to over 40 countries throughout Africa) soccer coverage, and was also an Ambassador for South Africa's world cup bid. He currrently gives exciting presentations on "Sales performance under Pressure" based on playing as a keeper (most pressurised position in the team) for Manchester United, one of the most famous clubs in the world. He also presents on Leadership under pressure, with many learnings coming from his former manager, the great Sir Alex Ferguson.