Carl Baker

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Carl Baker
Carl Baker.JPG
Baker playing for Stockport County in 2008
Personal information
Full name Carl Paul Baker
Date of birth (1982-12-26) 26 December 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Prescot, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Winger, Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nuneaton Borough
Youth career
Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Prescot Cables ? (?)
2003–2007 Southport 131 (31)
2007–2008 Morecambe 42 (10)
2008–2010 Stockport County 42 (11)
2010–2014 Coventry City 160 (21)
2014–2016 Milton Keynes Dons 66 (12)
2016–2017 Portsmouth 47 (9)
2017 ATK 0 (0)
2018 Coventry City 0 (0)
2018– Nuneaton Borough 0 (0)
National team
2006–2007 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:18, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:40, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Carl Paul Baker (born 26 December 1982) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger or as an attacking midfielder for National League North club Nuneaton Borough.

He has made over 450 professional career appearances in the Football League and Conference as well as domestic cup competitions, including 160 appearances for Coventry City.

Born on 26 December 1982 in Prescot, Merseyside,[1] Baker came up through the Liverpool Academy before moving to Prescot Cables. Shortly after, he moved to Southport in 2003, with whom he helped win the Conference North title. An impressive four-year spell saw him earn a move into the Football League with Morecambe, where he found the net 11 times in 48 appearances. Two years at Stockport County followed prior to completing a switch to then-Championship club Coventry City in the summer of 2010. He went on to play 182 times for Steven Pressley's men and was captain for the final two years of his four-year stay. In September 2014, he signed for Milton Keynes Dons, after being released by Coventry. Baker signed for Portsmouth in June 2016. He signed with Indian Super League franchise ATK in the following year but was released without having played any match due to an injury which ruled him out of the entire season. On 9 March 2018, Carl returned to Coventry City on a short-term deal until the end of the 2017-18 English Football League Two season.

He has represented England at semi-professional level playing for England C.

Club career[edit]

Born in Prescot, Merseyside, Baker started his career with Liverpool at schoolboy level before playing for Prescot Cables.[2] He signed for Southport in 2003.

Southport[edit]

Baker's career was forged at Southport. 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.[2] In 2005, he was a member of the Middlesex Wanderers F.C. that visited Japan. [3]

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.[4]

Morecambe[edit]

On 11 July 2007, he signed for Football League Two newcomers Morecambe for a club record, though undisclosed fee.[5] He signed a three-year contract with Morecambe. [6][7] In August 2007 Baker scored Morecambe's first goal when they beat Football League Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 in extra time in a League Cup match.[8]

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 2006–07, beating his new Morecambe teammate Adam Yates to the prize.[9]

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 he was seen to be one of Stockport's main assets.[citation needed] By mid-October he was 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.[10] Baker joined Coventry for an undisclosed fee, which was confirmed by him in person as being £300,000.[11] 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.[12] 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. During his time at the club he became a fan favourite due to his consistently skillful and dedicated performances, and was club captain for more than two years from 2012 to 2014.

Baker had his Coventry City contract cancelled by mutual consent on 1 September 2014.[13]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 26 September 2014, following his release from Coventry City, fellow League One side Milton Keynes Dons announced Baker had signed for the club,[14] and made his debut on 4 October 2015 in a 0–2 away win against Yeovil Town. Baker scored his first goal for his new club on 8 November 2015 in the FA Cup first round 3–4 away win against Port Vale. Baker also scored his first league goal for the club, again against Port Vale a week later in a 1–0 home win.

On 22 April 2015 Baker scored twice in the 3–0 home win against Doncaster Rovers.

On 28 April 2015 at the club's end of season awards ceremony, Baker was named Player of the Year 2014/15, voted for by supporters of the club.[15]

On 3 May 2015 Baker scored on the final day of the 2014/15 League One season in a 5–1 home win against Yeovil Town, achieving promotion with Milton Keynes Dons to the Football League Championship.

Portsmouth[edit]

Baker signed a 2-year deal with Portsmouth F.C. in June 2016, having previously worked with manager Paul Cook at Southport. He scored on his debut in a 1–1 draw with Carlisle United on 6 August 2016.[16]

ATK[edit]

On 4 September 2017, Baker moved abroad, signing for Indian Super League franchise ATK.[17] After suffering an injury during the pre-season, he was ruled out of play for the entire season.[18] He was subsequently replaced by Ryan Taylor.[19]

Return to Coventry City[edit]

On 9 March 2018, Carl returned to Coventry City on a short-term deal.[20] On 4 May 2018, it was announced that Carl had left the club by mutual consent due to injury; during this second spell with the club he was unable to make an appearance.[21]

Nuneaton Borough[edit]

On 31 August 2018, Nuneaton Borough announced that Baker had signed for the club.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 March 2018[23]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Southport 2005–06 Conference North 36 7 0 0 0 0 36 7
2006–07 Conference North 40 11 0 0 0 0 40 11
Total 76 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 76 18
Morecambe 2007–08 League Two 42 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 10
Stockport County 2008–09 League One 22 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 2
2009–10 League One 20 9 1 1 1 0 1[a] 0 23 10
Total 42 11 3 1 1 0 1 0 47 12
Coventry City 2009–10 Championship 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
2010–11 Championship 32 1 2 1 1 0 35 2
2011–12 Championship 26 1 1 0 0 0 27 1
2012–13 League One 43 12 3 1 3 1 6[a] 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
Milton Keynes Dons 2014–15 League One 32 9 2 1 0 0 1[a] 0 35 10
2015–16 Championship 34 3 0 0 3 2 37 5
Total 66 12 2 1 3 2 1 0 72 15
Portsmouth 2016–17 League Two 45 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 46 9
2017–18 League One 2 0 0 0 1 0 1[b] 0 4 0
Total 47 9 1 0 1 0 1 0 50 9
ATK 2017–18 Indian Super League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coventry City 2017–18 League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nuneaton Borough 2018–19 National League North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 423 81 17 6 10 4 9 1 459 92
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in EFL 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.[24] However, he was called up again for a match against Italy on 15 February 2006,[25] which England won 3–1.[26] He played for England C in their 1–0 win over Finland on 1 June 2007. [27]

Honours[edit]

Milton Keynes Dons

Portsmouth

Southport

Individual

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 in Southport, 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".[33]

On 16 September 2009 it was confirmed that Baker's older brother (Michael) had died of leukaemia; 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 leukaemia. 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. ^ a b Pearce, James (11 July 2007). "Southport star Carl Baker set for Morecambe move". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Middlesex Wanderers Association Football Club Tour to Japan 2005". Middlesex Wanderers. 2005. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Baker signs Port deal". Southport Visiter. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Latest news: Double signing". Morecambe F.C. 11 July 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "Morecambe land midfielder Baker". BBC Sport. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "Sammy delight at record signing". Morecambe Visitor. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Sensational Shrimps tame the Wolves". Morecambe Visitor. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Classy Carl claims top gong". This Is Lancashire. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "Carl Baker completes Coventry City switch". Coventry City F.C. 8 January 2010. Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "TRANSFER: Baker signs for Sky Blues". BBC Sport. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jon Stead Strike sparks play-off ambitions". Coventry Telegraph. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Carl Baker leaves Coventry City after terminating contract by mutual consent". Coventry City F.C. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "MK Dons: Carl Baker joins League One side". BBC Sport. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "MK Dons: Baker bags Player of the Year". MK Dons. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "Portsmouth 1–1 Carlisle". BBC Sport. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "ATK sign former Coventry City skipper Carl Baker for 2017-18 Indian Super League". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "Ex-Pompey winger ruled out of ISL season". Portsmouth. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "ATK replace Baker with former Newcastle player Taylor". Business Standard. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "TRANSFER: Carl Baker Signs For Coventry City". Coventry City F.C. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018. 
  21. ^ "NEWS: Carl Baker Leaves Coventry City". Coventry City F.C. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018. 
  22. ^ Turner, Andy (31 August 2018). "Former Coventry City favourite Carl Baker joins Boro". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 10 September 2018. 
  23. ^ Carl Baker at Soccerway. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  24. ^ "Baker pulls out of England squad". BBC Sport. 7 November 2005. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  25. ^ Oliver, Pete (12 February 2006). "England boss has high hopes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  26. ^ Stone, Alex (16 February 2006). "England give Italy the blues". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 26 March 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  27. ^ "Cole sinks Finns". The Football Association. 4 June 2007. Archived from the original on 8 July 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  28. ^ "League One: 2014/15: Latest table". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  29. ^ "'He owes the club nothing' - Coventry City fans react as Carl Baker heads to India". Coventry Telegraph. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  30. ^ "Prescot Cables F.C. Prescot Cables F.C.: Prescot Cables F.C. Players, Carl Baker, Bill Bradbury, Peteprescot Cables F.C. Players, Carl Baker.." BetterWorldBooks. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  31. ^ "Former Coventry City captain Carl Baker 'speechless' after being named MK Dons Player of the Year". Coventry Telegraph. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  32. ^ "Carl Baker named Sky Bet League One Player of the Month". The Football League. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  33. ^ "Southport suspend Baker for week". BBC Sport. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 

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