Colin Baker (footballer, born 1934)

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Colin Baker
Personal information
Full name Colin Walter Baker
Date of birth (1934-12-18) 18 December 1934 (age 82)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1966 Cardiff City 298 (18)
National team
Wales U23 1 (0)
1958–1961 Wales 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Colin Walter Baker (born 18 December 1934) is a Welsh former professional footballer and Wales international. A wing half, he spent his entire professional career playing for his home town club Cardiff City, making over 300 appearances during a 13-year spell with the Bluebirds.[2] He also won 7 caps for Wales during his career and was part of the squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Tremorfa, Cardiff,[3] Baker had to play rugby at school, but preferred football, and soon joined Cardiff Nomads.[4] Baker joined Cardiff City from Cardiff Nomads as an amateur in 1951. He became a part-time professional between 1952 and 1953 whilst completing his National Service in the Royal Air Force. He became a full-time professional in 1953.[3] During summer months, Baker would stay fit by playing Baseball for Adamsdown.[5]

He made his debut in a 2–2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the 1953–54 season and went on to take over from his namesake Billy Baker on a permanent basis and his partnership with Alan Harrington during the 1959–60 season helped the Bluebirds win promotion back to the First Division.[6] Very rarely suffering from injuries, in 1965 he became the first Cardiff player ever to be substituted, which had recently been introduced, when he was taken off due to injury during a match against Bury for David Summerhayes.[6] He was a first team player for the Bluebirds for more than a decade and is regarded as one of the greatest players in the club's history.[6][7]

International career[edit]

During the early stages of his career, Baker gained one cap for the Wales under-23 side.[8] Despite being uncapped at senior level, Baker was selected as part of the Wales squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden.[5] He made his debut for Wales during the tournament in Wales' second group game,[3] a 1–1 draw with Mexico in the group stages after being brought in for Cardiff teammate Derrick Sullivan who had started the tournament as first choice but had suffered an injury.[9] He came close to scoring in the first half of the match, hitting the crossbar with one shot after chipping Mexican goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal but was forced off the pitch in the final minutes of the game with injury.[10] He did not feature again during the tournament but went on to win a total of 7 caps,[11] making his final appearance on 8 November 1961 against Scotland.[12]

Honours[edit]

Cardiff City[7]
1955–56, 1958–59, 1963–64, 1964–65
1959–60
1959–60

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wales 1958". footballsquads.co.uk. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Colin Baker". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Wales' Terry Medwin and Colin Baker's 1958 World Cup memories". BBC Sport. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Soccer Who's Who compiled by Maurice Golesworthy The Sportsmans Book Club London 1965
  5. ^ a b "BEEN THERE, DONE IT, GOT THE SHIRT!" (PDF). Cardiff City Supporters Club. August 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "The 50 greatest Cardiff City players in history....Which Bluebird comes out on top?". WalesOnline. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 16–17. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  8. ^ "Colin Baker". Barry Hugman's footballers. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "1958 World Cup". Penmon.org. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Road to 58". Google Books. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "World cup look back". cardiffcityfc.co.uk. 2006-06-15. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  12. ^ Hayes, Dean P. (2004). Wales The Complete Who's Who of Footballers Since 1946. Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7509-3700-9.