Baker, Phil

Birth Date

4th November 1982

Birthplace

Birkenhead

Occupation

Defender

Biographical Text

Baker was brought to Exeter City by manager Gary Peters at the end of the ill-fated 2002-03 season, which ended with relegation to the Nationwide Conference.

He had begun his career with Tranmere Rovers as a scholar, earning a full contract for the 2001-02 season, but never made the first team.

Baker was signed by the Grecians on non-contract forms, having been at Bangor City since the summer of 2002, and made his debut for the Grecians as a substitute in a 2-1 home defeat against Bury in April 2003.

Although he played in the last six matches of the season, Baker returned to the Welsh Premier with Aberystwyth Town and, after a brief spell with Unibond League Droylsden, rejoined Bangor City in September 2004.

He moved to TNS (later known as The New Saints) in the summer of 2005 where he has established himself as one of the Welsh Premier’s most successful defenders of all time, with 340 league starts.
After appearing against APOEL Nicosia in the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying round last summer, Baker moved to the top of the all-time list of Welsh Premier League players who have appeared for their clubs in European competitions.

He has appeared in a record 31 games in Europe, including matches against Liverpool, RSC Anderlecht, CSKA Sofia and Legia Warsaw.
After 12 years at TNS he was loaned to Aberystwyth Town in March 2017, the following season he was loaned to Warrington Town.

He retired from playing in October 2018.

Appearances

5

Appearances as Substitute

1

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