Baines playing for Everton in 2009.
|Full name||Leighton John Baines|
|Date of birth||11 December 1984|
|Place of birth||Kirkby, Merseyside, England|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of match played 23 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
He started his career with Wigan Athletic, with whom he won the Second Division in the 2002–03 season and was a runner-up in the 2004–05 Championship and the 2006 Football League Cup Final. He joined Everton in 2007, helping them reach the 2009 FA Cup Final. He has played for England at under-21 and senior levels.
Baines made his debut for Wigan Athletic in 2002, and was a member of the team that won the Second Division in the 2002–03 season. He was a regular in the first-team when Wigan earned promotion to the Premier League in 2004–05. That season saw Baines score his first goal for the club, a long-range shot against Ipswich Town.
Baines is believed to be a pessimist and often doubts his own footballing ability, when he secured promotion with Wigan, he doubted he was good enough to play in the Premier League: "We won promotion to the Premier League and, straight away, I was thinking, 'Where am I going to go now?' I should have been celebrating but I spent a large part of that summer worrying about what it would be like spending the next year on the bench and in the reserves."
Baines signed a new contract with Wigan in February 2005 despite being linked to a number of FA Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton, and extended his contract again after impressive displays in his first season in the Premier League. Whilst at Wigan he started in the 2006 League Cup Final defeat to Manchester United.
In July 2007 Baines rejected a move to Sunderland, after their bid of a reported £6 million was accepted by Wigan. In the following month he signed for Everton for an initial fee of £5 million, with another £1 million in add-ons, dependent on Baines' appearances for Everton.
He did not play regularly in his first season, making just 29 appearances in all competitions, due to an injury and the good form of Phil Jagielka and Joseph Yobo at centre back which kept Joleon Lescott at left back. His second season at Everton saw an increase in Baines's playing time. Due to an injury to Yobo, Lescott moved to the centre of defence and Baines played at left back. He was voted Player of the Month at Everton two months in a row in the 2008–09 season. Baines scored his first ever Everton goal against Portsmouth on 21 March, at Fratton Park, after 57 games (in all competitions) without scoring. On 30 August 2009, he scored a last minute penalty in a 2–1 win over his former team Wigan. A month later, he captained Everton for the first time in a UEFA Europa League match against AEK Athens. On 2 January 2010, Baines scored a 95th minute penalty against Carlisle United in the FA Cup.
In the 2010–11 campaign Baines played every minute of Everton's Premier League games, as well as scoring seven goals in all competitions. His contribution was rewarded with the club's Player of the Season, Players' Player of the Season, and Goal of the Season awards. His goal against Chelsea, scored from direct free kick, was voted Everton Goal of the Season. He also contributed 11 assists throughout the season, 5th overall in the League, and was the league's highest assisting defender.
Baines scored five times during the 2011–12 season, four of which were penalties. He reached 99 consecutive league games before ending his season early due to injury. His performance at left back was deemed impressive enough to be named in the PFA's Premier League Team of the Year in 2012, the first Everton player to do so for 22 years since Neville Southall in 1989–90. During the 2012–13 season Baines created 116 chances for his teammates, more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues. When 2013's PFA Premier League Team of the Year was announced, Baines was again included, and he also won Everton's Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season awards. Baines was the only outfield player to have played in every minute of every Premier League game during the season. He was the subject of multiple bids during the 2013 summer transfer window from Manchester United but all were rejected by Everton. Baines scored two free-kicks either side of goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen from the same position as Everton beat West Ham United 3–2 in September. He was only the fifth player since 2006/07 to score two direct free-kicks in one Premier League game (after Rooney, Ronaldo, Drogba and Larsson). Baines suffered a toe injury in November which saw him miss a top flight fixture for the first time in 52 games.
He made his debut for the England under-21s in a 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification game in Austria in September 2004 under Peter Taylor.
In the following campaign he scored a vital goal for the England under-21 team against Germany on 6 October 2006, securing a 1–0 win in the first leg of a UEFA European U21 Championship play-off. He played all four of England's matches in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship finals. In total he played 16 times for the under-21 team and scored one goal.
With Wayne Bridge retiring from international duties, Baines was called up to the senior England squad for the first time in March 2009, and made his full international debut in a friendly against Egypt at Wembley Stadium on 3 March 2010, playing the full 90 minutes of a 3–1 win for England. He was selected in a provisional squad of 30 players for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but did not make the final squad of 23 players to be taken to South Africa, with Aston Villa left-back Stephen Warnock, who had not played in the warm-up games, taken in his place. Baines made his competitive international debut on 4 June 2011, replacing the injured Ashley Cole in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland, assisting Ashley Young for England's equalising goal.
Baines was named in Roy Hodgson's squad for Euro 2012 in May, but did not feature in the tournament with Hodgson using Ashley Cole for all four of England's games. In September 2012, he scored his first international goal against Moldova in a 2014 World Cup Qualification match, a deflected free kick which was the last of England's goals in a 5–0 win. In the final World Cup qualifier against Poland, Baines assisted Wayne Rooney's winning goal with a fine cross and was later named man of the match by numerous sources.
- Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
|1.||7 September 2012||Zimbru Stadium, Chişinău, Moldova||Moldova||5–0||5–0||2014 World Cup qualifier|
- As of match played 23 November 2013.
|Club||Season||League||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Wigan Athletic||2002–03||Division 2||6||0||2||0||2||0||—||2||0||12||0|
- As of 15 November 2013.
|England national team|
Baines was born and brought up in Kirkby, Merseyside. He began playing football at a local Liverpool primary school but, age 10, had trouble playing for a Sunday League team because he was shy. He has three children with his wife, Rachel. Baines is a close friend of musician Miles Kane , and is himself a keen guitarist.
Leighton attended All Saints' RC High School in Kirkby.
- Football League Second Division: 2002–03
- Football League Championship runners-up: 2004–05
- Football League Cup runners-up: 2005–06
- Everton Players' Player of the Season (3): 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Everton Player of the Season (2): 2010–11, 2012–13
- Everton Goal of the Season (1): 2010–11 vs. Chelsea
- Premier League PFA Team of the Year (2): 2011–12, 2012–13
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- "Moldova 0–5 England". Retrieved 7 September 2012.
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- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy
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- Leighton Baines profile at the Everton website
- Leighton Baines career stats at Soccerbase
- Leighton Baines – FIFA competition record
- Leighton Baines – UEFA competition record
- Leighton Banes profile at Premier League