Profile: David Baldwin – The pilot flying to the Football League’s rescue

16 September 2020

Photo: PA Images Some might say that this, like Bradford City in 2007, and like the Football League now, is a hopeless task for David Baldwin. Is there a better man for the job? His track record would suggest not.

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James Corbett

In 2007 David Baldwin was living in retirement in Spain, having sold his recruitment business at the age of 32. Settling into a life of sunshine and improving his golf swing, he had earned a commercial pilot’s license in his newly found spare time, but a return to his native Yorkshire – or work – seemed far from his mind. Then, at a charity football match organised by his friend Mark Ellis, Bradford City’s 1980s left winger, he met Mark Lawn, the Bantams’ new owner and everything changed. 

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