Baker, Marc

Goalkeeper Marc Baker only made five appearances for the club at the start of the 1995-6 season, before moving on to Barking. His last game was a 2-1 defeat to Billericay Town.

Despite Barking only winning four games that season and being relegated to Division 2 of the Isthmian League, it was at Mayesbrook Park where Marc made a home.

He won the club’s Player of the Season that year, and picked up the award again two years later in 1998.

Marc didn’t miss a game for three whole seasons at Barking. In the 1996-7 season, he played every single game – both cup and league, totalling 64. He even scored a goal in 1997-8, when he again played every game, this time 54, and then 54 in 1998-9.

By the new millennium though, Baker found appearances harder to come by, and after making just 14 starts in two seasons at Barking, he moved on to Harold Wood Athletic and then Romford, where he was one of the team’s star performers, winning the Manager’s Player of the Year award.

According to Romford FC’s archive, March “Put his performances down to having a “clear-out” before every game, rather like a top greyhound does in the parade ring.” Was part of the Romford defence that broke the Club record for consecutive clean sheets (six), although missed part of one of those games after being carried off injured at Ilford – his dad followed the ambulance to the hospital, not realising that Marc was never actually taken away from the ground.

His 268 appearances for Barking make him 8th in the club’s all-time appearance list (as at 1st December 2018)

Marc followed Paul Joynes to Tilbury at the end of the 2002/3 season.

More recently, Marc’s been keeping goal for Little Thurrock Dynamos’ Veterans team, helping them to a number of Essex Vets cup finals.

Season Club League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1995-6 Leyton Pennant 5 5
1995-6 Barking 36 7 43
1996-7 Barking 42 22 64
1997-8 Barking 42 1 12 54
1998-9 Barking 42 13 55
1999-0 Barking 29 12 41
2000-1 Barking 12 12
2001-2 Barking 2 2
2001-2 Harold Wood Athletic
2002-3 Romford 26 11 37
2003-4 Tilbury
2004-5 Tilbury
Overall 236 1 77 313 1

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