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Birthday Boy - Peter Baker

Born in December: Peter Baker.

BB_action Congratulations to our Double-winning right-back Peter Baker who celebrates his 83rd birthday today.

Peter missed just one league game in that magnificent 1960-61 season – and that was a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United when Ken Barton came in for his only game of the campaign. And Baker continued that consistency in the FA Cup where he was an ever-present.

He scored just the one goal all season but was responsible for stopping a great many as he and his fellow defenders protected Bill Brown’s goal with determination, courage and a high level of competence.

He marked his 29th birthday at Preston North End where Bill Nicholson’s men battled to a one goal win against a team fighting for their lives as they headed for relegation from Division One at the end of the season. John White provided Peter with the perfect gift – the winning goal.

And we would help confirm Preston’s plight as the division’s bottom club when we beat them 5-0 in the April return at White Hart Lane.

In the days when every side played with specialist wingers, the role of full-back was key. Not only was he there to stop crosses to the big man in the middle but he was also expected to initiate attacks by collecting the ball from the ‘keeper and feeding those in front of him.

In addition, it was an era of some outstanding flank men but they found an adversary of equal pace and power in Peter Baker as his partnership with Ron Henry gave this special Spurs side the foundation to go out and create history.

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