Terry Baker (footballer)

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Terry Baker
Personal information
Full name Terence Baker[1]
Date of birth (1965-11-13) 13 November 1965 (age 49)[1]
Place of birth Rochford, England[1]
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 West Ham United 0 (0)
1984–1985 Billericay Town
1985–1988 Colchester United 55 (2)
Billericay Town
Total 55 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Terence "Terry" Baker (born 13 November 1965) is an English former footballer who played as a central defender in the Football League for Colchester United.

Career[edit]

Born in Rochford, Baker began his career with West Ham United, where he signed professional terms in 1983 following his apprenticeship. He failed to break into the first-team, joining Billericay Town on his release. Colchester United manager Cyril Lea resurrected his career in bringing Baker to Layer Road in November 1985. He got his first chance of first-team football in January 1986 when Keith Day dislocated his shoulder,[2] as he went on to start in a 0–0 draw with Torquay United on 11 January.[3]

Baker scored the first of his two league goals on 31 January in a 2–2 draw with Halifax Town at The Shay,[4] ten days after scoring his first goal in a 2–1 Associate Members Cup defeat to Northampton Town.[5] His second league goal came in a 2–1 away victory against Peterborough United on 31 March.[6]

Baker found his chances harder to come by when manager Mike Walker brought in experienced former Arsenal player Colin Hill.[2] He played his last game for Colchester on 2 January 1988 in a 2–0 defeat to Peterborough at London Road.[7] Having made 55 appearances for the U's,[8] Baker was released and returned to his former club Billericay Town.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Colchester United – Player profile". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 18, 19. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 
  3. ^ "Colchester United – Player profile". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Halifax Town 2–2 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Colchester Utd 1–2 Northampton Town". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Peterborough United 1–2 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Peterborough United 2–0 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "COLCHESTER UNITED:1950/51–1989/90 & 1992/93–2011/12". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 21 July 2013.