Baptiste, Liam

Liam made 84 appearances for the club, during four different spells.

He made his debut in the early stages of the 2002-3 season, under Danny Honeyball, while still a teenager. His first match was the 3-2 F.A. Cup victory over Ipswich wanderers, and went on to play 40 games that season – beaten only by Ian Barnes with 42 starts.

Despite Honeyball being replaced by Hakan Hayrettin, Baptiste remained in the squad, and was key in saving the club from relegation.

Baptiste stayed with the club during the summer between the 2002-3 and 2003-4 seasons, and was an ever-present in the side at the start of the 2003-4 campaign.

However, Baptiste left the club after making only 14 starts that season, seemingly being swayed by an ‘agent’, but only turning up down the road in Barking.

He returned a year later, but only made one substitute appearance – coming in the Southern League Cup in the 2-1 defeat to Wingate & Finchley. He did however find the back of the net on his only appearance that season.

Baptiste spent the 2005-6 season with Barking – amongst other clubs including Wealdstone, before returning to Forest to play under Danny Honeyball again during 2006-7.

He was installed as club captain, and was a ever-present in the team that ended up finishing seventh, only a few points off the play-off places.

He scored two goals in his final season for the club – one in the 2-1 defeat to Flackwell Heath, and one – almost from the half-way line – against Potters Bar Town: a goal which even got a mention on BBC Radio 5Live.

He left the club just before the end of the 2006-7 season, making his last appearance in the 3-0 victory over Enfield Town.

At the end of the 2006-7 season, he was one of a number of former Forest players to follow Victor Renner to Potters Bar Town.

It’s not clear where he spent the five years between 2007 and 2012, but Liam has been playing in the Olympian League with Frenford and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. He also played for Leyton Orient Supporters Club on a Sunday, playing alongside other former Stags Jermain Hughes, Luke Stanley, Shamrez Darr and Charlie Hasler.

Season Club League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002-3 Leyton Pennant 37 6 43 0
2003-4 Waltham Forest 13 1 3 16 1
2003-4 Barking 9 3 9 3
2004-5 Waltham Forest 1 1 1 1
2005-6 Wealdstone
2005-6 Barking  17 2 6 1  23 3
2006-7 Waltham Forest  22 1 4  26 1
2007-8 Potters Bar Town
2012-13 Frenford  17 1 6  23 1
2013-14 Frenford  15 3  18
2014-15 Frenford  3  3
2016-17 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 14 3 14 3
Overall 147 11 29 2 176 13

 

All Leyton Pennant and Waltham Forest stats compiled by, and used with the permission of Steve Howe. If you’ve got any of the missing statistics for this player, please contact us.

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