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NEW SIGNING: Richie Baker

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NEW SIGNING: Richie Baker

We are delighted to announce the signing of attacking midfielder Richie Baker who joins us from AFC Fylde - Richie began his career at Man United and had spells with Preston, Bury, Oxford, Barrow, Tamworth and Stockport before joining Fylde in 2015.

We are pleased to announce the signing of attacking midfielder Richie Baker who joins us from AFC Fylde.

Richie (aged 29) began his career at Manchester United’s Academy, where he played as a right-back, and was understudy to Danny Simpson, which somewhat restricted Baker to much playing time, he also played alongside the likes of Gerard Piqué, Fraizer Campbell and Giuseppe Rossi, during his time at Old Trafford.

Following the decision by Manchester United to release Baker, he joined Football League Championship side Preston North End as a trainee, but failed to make a breakthrough into the first team and was released at the end of the 2005–06 season.

Baker went to join Bury, and made his full debut in their League Cup victory over Sunderland playing as a central midfielder, and after that game established himself as a first-team regular, scoring six goals in 107 appearances. Richie joined Oxford United at the start of the 2010-11 season, but failed to win a regular place in the team.

He left Oxford United on 4 January 2011 when his contract expired and signed for Barrow where he became a major part of the Barrow team for the subsequent two seasons. However, he left when they were relegated in May 2013.

Baker then spent a season with Tamworth before signing for Stockport County in August 2014. In March 2015 Baker signed for AFC Fylde and would go on to make a 68 appearances, scoring 17 goals.

In September 2015, Baker was on the score-sheet in Fylde’s 4-0 victory over FC United at Kellamergh Park and played a full 90 minutes in Fylde’s 2-1 win against FC at Broadhurst Park in March 2016.

Last season Baker came on as a second half substitute for Fylde against FC in both league matches.

News ID ~ 7493 First Posted ~ 16:50 Wed 5 Jul 2017 Last Updated ~ 09:06 Fri 8 Sep 2017

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