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Full Name: Horace Baker
Normal Position: Outside Right
Height: 5' 8
Weight: 10st 2lbs
Born: 01/09/1910 (Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent)
Died: 01/03/1974 (Cresswell, Draycott, Stoke)

Horace BakerOne of 5 footballing sons of a former Fenton Town player, his youngest brother, Frank, played First Division soccer for Stoke City either side of the war. At Port Vale Horace scored 60 goals (mostly in the Reserves) in 2 seasons and got 30 goals in the Birmingham League for Shrewsbury Town from outside-right. He impressed Gordon Hunt when he saw him play for Shrewsbury while on Tranmere Rovers' retained list at a fee which Southport could not afford. He was signed by Southport after the fee was removed; he missed a penalty on his debut for Southport Reserves in the opening game of the season but scored 2 goals with rasping first-time shots in the next match v. South Liverpool. He also scored on his League home debut v. Accrington Stanley when he was described as doing `nothing extraordinary in midfield but there is no doubt he takes up correct positions near goal'. He lost his place after the 5-0 defeat at Crewe to the newly-arrived Albert Stapleton. Prior to his war-time call-up he was working as a bus conductor. He was working as a spot-welder and had suffered from chest problems when he died in his sleep from a heart attack.

Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 978-1-874181-14-9

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Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1937/1938 2303
Total 23 0 3


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
10/03/1938 Welsh Cup / 7A RHYL 2 - 3
05/03/1938 LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 5
26/02/1938 LeagueH PORT VALE 1 - 0
19/02/1938 LeagueH CARLISLE UNITED 1 - 1
15/02/1938 Third Division (North) Cup / 2H HARTLEPOOL 6 - 0
12/02/1938 LeagueA ACCRINGTON STANLEY 0 - 3
05/02/1938 LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 2
01/02/1938 Welsh Cup / 6H CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 0
29/01/1938 LeagueA ROTHERHAM UNITED 1 - 1
22/01/1938 LeagueH ROCHDALE 2 - 0
15/01/1938 LeagueA DONCASTER ROVERS 0 - 3
13/01/1938 LeagueA HULL CITY 1 - 10
03/01/1938 Third Division (North) Cup / 1 RA CARLISLE UNITED 3 - 2
01/01/1938 LeagueH DARLINGTON 1 - 1
27/12/1937 LeagueA HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 1
25/12/1937 LeagueH HALIFAX TOWN 2 - 2
27/11/1937 FA Cup / 1A HARTLEPOOL 1 - 3
20/11/1937 LeagueH LINCOLN CITY 1 - 1
13/11/1937 LeagueA HARTLEPOOL 2 - 1
06/11/1937 LeagueH WREXHAM 1 - 2
30/10/1937 LeagueA BARROW 2 - 1
23/10/1937 LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 3 - 1
19/10/1937 Third Division (North) Cup / 1H CARLISLE UNITED 1 - 1
16/10/1937 LeagueA PORT VALE 1 - 1
02/10/1937 LeagueH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 - 1
25/09/1937 LeagueA CHESTER (1885) 1 - 2

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
15/02/1938Third Division (North) Cup / 2H HARTLEPOOL 6 - 0
25/12/1937LeagueH HALIFAX TOWN 2 - 2
20/11/1937LeagueH LINCOLN CITY 1 - 1
02/10/1937LeagueH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 - 1
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