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Joe Baker

Hibernian FC, Arsenal FC

8 appearances, 3 goals

P 8 W 3 D 3 L 2 F 14: A 12
*(actual F 13: A 12)
56% successful

1959-66

disciplined: none
captain:
none
minutes played:
665

Timeline

  Joseph Henry Baker (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Birth 17 July 1940 in Smithdown Road Infirmary, Smithdown Road, Toxteth, Liverpool, Lancashire [registered in Liverpool South, September 1940], First six weeks in Woolton village, then Wishaw, Lanark.
Attended Park Street Primary School and St Joseph's High School, Wishaw
Family notes Born to English father, George and Scottish mother, Elizabeth, his older brother Gerry was born in New York in 1938, before they came to Liverpool, and onto Lanarkshire when he was six weeks old.
Death 6 October 2003 at Wishaw General Hospital, North Lanarkshire, suffered a heart-attack during a celebrity golf match at Lanark Golf Club, aged 62 years 81 days, former referee David Syme tried to resuscitate him. [not registered in England].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies The Fabulous Baker Boys: The Greatest Strikers Scotland Never Had - Tom Maxwell (Birlinn Ltd, 19 September 2013)

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy in Wishaw, playing for Motherwell Boys' Guild. After leaving school, Baker turned out with Coltness United FC and Armadale Thistle FC, and represented both Lanarkshire and the East Scotland Junior Association, from there he was signed by Hibernian FC, and he signed his first professional contract in June 1956, he played in 117 league matches, scoring 102 times. Following his international appearances, he was getting noticed. In early 1960, Everton FC submitted a rejected £45,000 bid for his services. Real Madrid CF had a similar £70,000 bid rejected. His outstanding goalscoring record was soon noted by Italian club, Torino, where he was signed for £73,000 in May 1961 and played with Denis Law, he made nineteen Italian league appearances, scoring seven times. He left after needing life-saving surgery when he crashed his Alfa Romeo Geulietta Sprint. Arsenal manager, Billy Wright, convinced his board of directors to part with £67,500 to bring Baker to Highbury on 16 July 1962. He scored 93 goals in 144 league appearances. In February 1966, Nottingham Forest FC paid £60,000 for his services and he returned 118 league appearances with 41 goals. In June 1969, Sunderland AFC took him to Roker Park for a £30,000 fee, making forty league appearances, scoring twelve goals. He rejoined Hibernian FC in July 1971 for £12,000, making another twenty league appearances, and another twelve goals. he scored nine goals in one cup tie for Hibs. Finally turned out for Raith Rovers FC between June 1972 and October 1974 when he made 49 league appearances and scoring 34 goals. His overall total was 301 league goals in 507 league appearances.
Club honours Scottish FA Cup runners-up 1957-58; Football League runners-up 1966-67
Individual honours None
Distinctions Scored a record 42 goals for Hibernian in 1959-60.
Brother of Gerry Baker (United States, Manchester City FC and Ipswich Town FC)
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st. 7lbs [1963].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became 786th players (788) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 337, 18 November 1959, England 2 Northern Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 19 years 124 days.
Last match No. 396, 5 January 1966, England 1 Poland 1, a friendly match at Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, aged 25 years 172 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1966 (standby); British Championship 1959-60, 1965-66;
Team honours British Championship shared 1959-60, winners 1965-66;
Individual honours England U23 (six appearances, four goals, 1958-60), Scotland schoolboy (two appearances)
Distinctions The first player to be capped for England whilst playing for a club outside the Football League.

Beyond England

Had a spell as a manager/coach of Fauldhouse United FC in 1980, and had two spells managing Albion Rovers FC in 1981-82 and 1983-84. Since leaving football, has lived in the Wishaw area and employed as a licensee and in the building industry. Also became a club hospitality host at Hibernian FC. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.20.

 

Joe Baker - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
8+ 8 3 8 0 1 665 3 222 min 2 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.

 

Joe Baker - Match Record - All Matches - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 4 2 2 0 8 6 +2 0 0 2.00 1.50 75.0 +2
Away 4 1 1 2 3 6 -3 3 6 0.75 1.50 37.5 -1
All - White 8 3 3 2 14 12 +2 2 1 1.75 1.50 56.3 +1

 

Joe Baker - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 0 0 1.667 1.00 83.3 +2
Friendly 5 1 2 2 6 9 -3 2 1 1.20 1.80 40.0 -1
All 8 3 3 2 14 12 +2 2 1 1.75 1.50 56.3 +1

 

Joe Baker - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1959-60 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 0 0 1.50 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1965-66 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 0 0 1.667 1.00 83.3 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 0 0 1.667 1.00 83.3 +2
All 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 0 0 1.667 1.00 83.3 +2

Match History

 
Age 18 under 23  
two appearances - Poland September 1958, Czechoslovakia October 1958
 
Age 19    
one appearance - France March 1959
  

 Club: Hibernian F.C. - five full appearances (450 min) 1ᵍ

manager: Walter Winterbottom - five full appearances (450 min) 1ᵍx

 
apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt
 
1 337 18 November 1959 - England 2 Northern Ireland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW 16
91
9

under 23  
withdrew - Scotland March 1960, one appearance - Netherlands March 1960

2 338 9 April 1960 - Scotland 1 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AD   9
3 339 11 May 1960 - England 3 Yugoslavia 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD 41
48
9
4 340 15 May 1960 - Spain 3 England 0
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid

tour
AL   9
5 341 22 May 1960 - Hungary 2 England 0
Népstadion, Budapest
AL   9
 

Age 20 under 23  
unofficial  - Denmark XISeptember 1960; one appearance - Italy November 1960;
withdrew Scotland March 1961

 Club: Arsenal F.C. - three full appearances (215 min) 2ᵍ

manager: Alf Ramsey - three full appearances (215 min) 2ᵍx


Age 22    
one appearance - Yugoslavia March 1963;

Age 25
6 394 10 November 1965 - England 2 Northern Ireland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW 19 9
7 395 8 December 1965 - Spain 0 England 2
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Fr AW 8
(0-1) 35
9
8 396 5 January 1966 - England 1 Poland 1
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Fr HD   9
 
Alf Ramsey named his provisional list of forty players on April 7. He then named a provisional squad of 28 on 6 May to attend Lilleshall. Joe Baker was one of the twelve cut, but asked to remain on standby.
  


  


 
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