Lex Baillie

Name: Lex Baillie
Date of Birth: 06/07/1966
Place of Birth: Hamilton, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Centre Back
Signed: June 1991 from Celtic for £90,000
Departed: April 1993 released
Debut: 10/8/1991 v Hibernian (1-4)
Final Match: 03/04/1993 v Stirling (1-2)
Apps: 61
Goals: 4
Honours: None

A centre back with great aerial ability, Lex Baillie joined Saints in the summer of 1991 for a fee of £90,000 from Celtic where he had been a reliable back up player at Parkhead side for a number of seasons.

Now 25 years of age, manager Davie Hay believed the centre back was at the the perfect stage of his career to become a regular starter in the top flight, however the big Lanarkshire defender struggled in a badly toiling Saints side during a dismal campaign that would end in relegation with Bailie appearing just 19 times out of the 48 matches played by the club that season.

The following season after relegation, Baillie was one of the players kept by Jimmy Bone after a significant clear out, and the defender was an important player at a lower level also providing a real threat from set pieces with 4 goals in his 42 matches that campaign.

Towards the end of that 1992/93 season after a 2-1 defeat at Ochilview where Stirling Albion were playing that campaign, Saints announced Baillie was leaving the club and with promotion looking unlikely with only 5 matches remaining, the defender had now played his last game for the club and left Paisley in early April 1993 after 61 appearances.

The following season Baillie would join Dunfermline, but after just 15 matches for the Pars he announced he was retiring from the game aged just 27 and would pursue a career in the Police where is now Chief Inspector in Lanarkshire.

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