Player #490

Appearances:

110

Starts:

109

Goals:

17

Seasons:

6

Alan Baker
Alan Baker

Source: Aston Villa Handbook 1965-66

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Alan Baker
Alan Baker

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Alan Baker

Position

Forward

From

1960-61

To

1965-66

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Alan Baker

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

16
17
18
19
20
21

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

110
1
15
38
17
29
10

Starts

109
1
15
38
29
9

Substitute

1
0
0
0
0
1

Unused

1
0
0
0
0
1

Goals

17
0
1
7
2
7
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

Alan Reeves Baker

Birth Date

Thursday, 22 June 1944

Birth Place

Tipton, West Midlands

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

Aston Villa Youth |

From

Transfer in

Brierley Hill Schoolboys

From

For

Free

On

August 1962

Previous Clubs

Brierley Hill Schoolboys |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Walsall

For

£10,000

On

May 1966

Subsequent Clubs

1966 Walsall |

Alan Baker
Alan Baker

Source: Aston Villa Handbook 1965-66

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Alan Baker
Alan Baker

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1961-66 Aston Villa, Free, 109 (1) | 17 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Joe Mercer |
Dick Taylor |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 8 April 1961

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 8 April 1961

Fulham (a), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 21 April 1962

Final Appearance

Monday, 9 May 1966

Manchester United (a), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Monday, 9 May 1966

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Alan Baker

Player #490 for Aston Villa, Alan Baker, played as a forward for the club.

Alan played for Villa between 1960-61 and 1965-66 making 109 appearances and scoring 17 goals.

Alan was born in Tipton, just 9 miles from Villa Park, on 22 June 1944 and made his debut appearance for Villa on Saturday, 8 April 1961 aged just 16.

Villa had signed Alan from Brierley Hill Schoolboys in July 1958 and he signed professional forms with the club in July 1961.

Indeed Villa may have had an up and down time on the pitch during the 1960s however one thing the club got very right was their youth policy of which Alan Baker was a key product. Dubbed ‘Mercer’s Minors’ the group included Alan Deakin, Charlie Aitken, John Sleeuwenhoek, Harry Burrows, Mike Tindall and Alan Baker.

As a member of the famed ‘Mercer’s Minors’ Alan contributed to manager Joe Mercer’s dramatic overhaul of an ageing Villa squad.

Alan, a precocious talent who forced his way into Villa first team reckoning despite his tender years made just one appearance as Villa finished 9th in their return to Division One but didn’t feature in Villa’s victorious run to the League Cup final in 1960-61 and didn’t play in the two legged final against Rotherham United that was held over to the following season due to fixture congestion.

Thereafter however Alan became a regular feature in the Villa first team

Unfortunately during Alan played during an era when Villa ended successive seasons in the bottom 6 however he did help Villa to a League Cup Semi final in the 1964-65 season and was a runner up in the same competition in 1962-63 having made 7 appearances and scoring twice.

Alan played his final game for Villa the following season on Monday, 9 May 1966, still aged just 21 and he moved on to Walsall in July 1966.

Alan had played under Villa managers Joe Mercer and Dick Taylor.