Walsall player 115. Alan Baker


Alan Baker

Alan Baker (born 22 June 1944) was an English football player. He played for several teams including Walsall F.C. 164 36goals and Aston Villa F.C.. He was born in Tipton, Staffordshire.
Baker joined Aston Villa Football club as a schoolboy. He went on to appear 109 times (92 League, 17 Cup) for the club, scoring 17 goals.
Alan Learned his skills at willingsworth school Tipton, He went on to star for Brierley Hill Staffordshire county and Birmingham County Boys teams He won honours playing for England at schoolboy and youth levels and scoring a penalty against West Germany. He joined Aston Villa as an amateur in 1959 and by 1961 he was a professional. Alan was a clever ball player and made his debut against Fulham in 1961 when he was still an amateur. He won a League cup runners up medal in 1963 when the Villa beat Birmingham City 3-1 over two legs. He sufferred a broken collar bone in October 1963. He was transferred to Walsall for a sum of £10,000 in 1966 and he gave them 5 years of excellent service. He was eventually forced to retire after breaking his leg at Fellows Park, when turning, there was a crack, which could be heard in the stadium, when there was no other player near to him.
He went on to be a leather cutter and Casting inspecctor, in the saddlery industry in Walsall.

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