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John Charles Bird
is an English
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. John is now an artist
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Bird's transfer from Preston North End
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to Newcastle United
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in 1975 prompted the resignation of Preston manager Bobby Charlton
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. A week later, head coach and caretaker manager Nobby Stiles
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also resigned, although he returned to the club as manager two years later.
Life after football
After leaving football, Bird pursued his interest in art full time, becoming a professional painter and gallery curator.
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