Carl Baker

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Carl Baker
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Personal information
Full name Carl Paul Baker
Date of birth (1982-12-26) 26 December 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Prescot, England[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Winger, Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Coventry City
Number 8
Youth career
Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Prescot Cables
2003–2007 Southport 118 (31)
2007–2008 Morecambe 42 (10)
2008–2010 Stockport County 42 (12)
2010– Coventry City 160 (21)
National team
2006–2007 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:10, 13 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:40, 12 October 2008 (UTC)

Carl Paul Baker (born 26 December 1982) is an English footballer who plays as a winger or as an attacking midfielder for Coventry City, and is the club captain. He has also played for the Middlesex Wanderers touring team.[2]

Club career[edit]

Born in Prescot, Merseyside, Baker started his career with Liverpool at schoolboy level before playing for Prescot Cables.[3] He signed for Southport in 2003.

Southport[edit]

Baker's career was forged at Southport FC. Spotted playing for Prescot by Southport manager Liam Watson, Baker was quickly snapped up by the Merseyside club, and soon established himself as one of non-league's exciting talents. He was an important member of the Southport Conference North Championship winning team in the 2004–05 season.[3] In 2005 he was a member of the Middlesex Wanderers F.C.that visited Japan. [4]

After again playing an important role in helping keep Southport in the Conference National in the 2005–06 season, Baker signed his first full-time contract, for the next season as the club turned fully professional, whilst much of the championship winning, and relegation surviving team, (fan favourites Steve Dickinson, Steve Daly, Earl Davis) all not willing to leave their non-footballing jobs, left unable to make the transition to full-time.[citation needed]

Despite Southport's relegation from the Conference National in the 2006–07 season, Baker swept the board with Player of the Year awards, voted on by his fellow players, the fans and local press. He was a fan favourite with the club's fans, being one of only two players left from the 2005 title winning squad.[citation needed] Although only on a year's contract meaning he could move on for free, the club's official website announced he had signed for another year at the club. This meant that any interested team would have to pay for his services.[5]

Morecambe[edit]

On 11 July 2007 he signed for Football League Two newcomers, Morecambe for a club record, though undisclosed fee.[6] He signed a three year contract with Morecambe. [7][8] In August 2007 Baker scored Morecambe's first goal when they beat Football League Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 in extra time in an League Cup match.[9]

In November, Baker was named North West Non-league player of the year, at the North West Football Awards, for his efforts playing for Southport in the 2006–07, beating his new Morecambe team-mate Adam Yates to the prize.[10]

Stockport County[edit]

On 22 July 2008, Baker signed a three-year contract at Stockport County, with the club paying Morecambe a fee that could rise to a figure of £225,000 for his services.[citation needed]

His 2008–09 season was a in-different one for Baker, he played 27 times for County in his first season, scoring 3 goals, all these were before January, when Baker received a knee injury which required surgery.[citation needed]

The 2009–10 season started well for Baker on the pitch and is now thought to be one of Stockport's main assets.[citation needed] As of Mid-October he's County's leading scorer with 10 goals. Baker became the first County player to score successive away hat-tricks, with stunning performances against Brighton & Hove Albion & Crewe.[citation needed] Baker scored his 10th goal-of-the-season for Stockport from the penalty spot in the game away to Tranmere Rovers, which was live on Sky – dedicating the goal to his brother Mike whose name he bears on his shirt collar.

Baker added to his goals tally by scoring a penalty in the game against Tooting & Mitcham.

On 26 December 2009, Gary Ablett told reporters that Baker has signed a deal with Championship side Coventry City. Baker's last game for Stockport County was against League 1 leaders Leeds United in which he scored a freekick. The goal was his 13th goal of the season.

Coventry City[edit]

Coventry confirmed Baker as the club's fourth permanent signing in the January 2010 transfer window on 8 January 2010.[11] Baker joined Coventry for an undisclosed fee, which was confirmed by him in person as being £300,000.[12] In February 2010, Manager Chris Coleman praised Baker for his impressive performances since joining the club, likening his playing style to that of Sky Blue legend Tommy Hutchinson.[13] On 10 August 2010, Baker returned to former club Morecambe, in a League Cup First Round tie. Coventry fell to a 2–0 defeat. The Sky Blues made up for their 2010 cup loss to Morecambe by beating them 2–1 in The 2012–13 FA Cup 2nd Round. Baker scored the winning goal curling the ball round Morecambe keeper Barry Roche just 18 seconds into the second half.

Career statistics[edit]

Stats according to [14]

As of 13 May 2014
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Southport 2004–05 Conference North 42 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 43 13
2005–06 Conference 36 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 39 7
2006–07 Conference 40 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 11
Total 118 31 4 0 0 0 0 0 122 31
Morecambe 2007–08 League Two 42 10 1 0 3 1 2 0 48 11
Total 42 10 1 0 3 1 2 0 48 11
Stockport County 2008–09 League One 22 3 2 0 1 0 2 0 27 3
2009–10 League One 20 9 1 1 1 0 2 3 24 13
Total 42 12 3 1 2 0 4 3 51 16
Coventry City 2009–10 Championship 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
2010–11 Championship 32 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 35 2
2011–12 Championship 26 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 1
2012–13 League One 43 12 3 1 3 1 6 1 55 15
2013–14 League One 37 7 5 2 1 1 0 0 43 10
Total 160 21 11 4 5 2 6 1 182 28
Career totals 362 74 19 5 10 3 12 4 403 86
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the Football League Trophy.

International career[edit]

In November 2005 Baker was called up to the England C squad, but was recalled by Southport due to an FA Cup replay against Woking.[15] However he was called up again for a match against Italy on 15 February 2006,[16] which England won 3–1.[17] He played for England C in their 1–0 win over Finland on 1 June 2007. [18]

Personal life[edit]

On 21 August 2006, Baker pleaded guilty at North Sefton Magistrates Court to failing to provide a specimen for analysis, after he had been stopped on 13 August by police who suspected Baker had been drink driving. Magistrates disqualified him from driving. Baker made a public apology.

In October 2006 he was suspended for a week and fined by Southport for what was described as a "serious breach of club discipline".[19]

On 16 September 2009 it was confirmed that Baker's older brother (Michael) had died of leukemia; despite that Carl went on to play just two days later and score 2 goals in Stockport's 2–2 draw with Yeovil Town; his other brother has also been diagnosed with leukemia. At the end of the Yeovil game Carl was presented with a card signed by the travelling Stockport fans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  2. ^ Miller, David (22 November 2005). "Happy Wanderers celebrate century". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Pearce, James (11 July 2007). "Southport star Carl Baker set for Morecambe move". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Middlesex Wanderers Association Football Club Tour to Japan 2005". Middlesex Wanderers. 2005. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "Baker signs Port deal". Southport Visiter. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Latest news: Double signing". Morecambe F.C. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "Morecambe land midfielder Baker". BBC Sport. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Sammy delight at record signing". Morecambe Visitor. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Sensational Shrimps tame the Wolves". Morecambe Visitor. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  10. ^ "Classy Carl claims top gong". This Is Lancashire. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2008. 
  11. ^ "Carl Baker completes Coventry City switch". Coventry City F.C. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "TRANSFER: Baker signs for Sky Blues". BBC Sport. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Jon Stead Strike sparks play-off ambitions". Coventry Telegraph. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  14. ^ Carl Baker career stats at Soccerbase
  15. ^ "Baker pulls out of England squad". BBC Sport. 7 November 2005. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  16. ^ Oliver, Pete (12 February 2006). "England boss has high hopes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  17. ^ Stone, Alex (16 February 2006). "England give Italy the blues". The Football Association. Retrieved 30 December 2007. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Cole sinks Finns". The Football Association. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Southport suspend Baker for week". BBC Sport. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 

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