Pat Baldwin was an experienced defender when he came to Exeter City towards the end of his professional career. He later settled in the area and became a primary school teacher and local radio summariser.
Pat commenced his career with Chelsea and, without playing for the first-team, joined Colchester United in 2002. Turning twenty during his first season with the Essex club he made 22 league and cup appearances in 2002/03 but fewer during the next campaign when he also had a loan spell at St Albans City. Undaunted by this Pat played 46 times in all competitions in 2004/05 when he picked up three player of the year awards before continuing his good form into 2005/06 when Colchester won promotion to the Championship. Pat was to play 39 times in Colchester’s first Championship season - as the club finished 10th - and was a regular until the end of December in the second season which ended in relegation. Pat spent parts of 2009/10 on loan to Bristol Rovers followed by Southend before appearing less-often than before for Colchester until eventually leaving for Southend in January 2012. Then, after the briefest of stays at Roots Hall, Pat was loaned to Exeter City in March 2012 with the move being made permanent in the summer.
Pat made his Exeter debut against Wycombe Wanderers on 20 March 2012 and played 9 times before the end of the season as City were relegated from League One. He followed this through with 44 appearances in 2012/13, 28 the following season and just 8 in his final campaign with the club. He left Exeter City in May 2015 and briefly played for Weymouth.
Already possessing a degree in sports writing and broadcasting from Staffordshire University, Pat did a teacher training course at Exeter University immediately after finishing his football career. He then became a primary school teacher in Exeter and took up summarising for Radio Devon.
League 82, Cups 7 (89)