Alf Baker

Alf Baker was a well-travelled utility man when he turned professional and joined Arsenal in May 1919. But he clearly liked life in North London - he stayed at Highbury until his retirement 12 years later.

His long stint at Arsenal took in 351 appearances, 26 goals and a number of milestones in the Club's history.

Baker's debut coincided with Arsenal's first-ever top-flight game at Highbury in August 1919, he played in their first-ever FA Cup Final - against Cardiff in 1927 - and was in the team which secured the Club's first major trophy three years later in the same competition.

Baker was Mr Versatile too. He was nominally a right-half but he played in every position for Arsenal, including as an emergency goalkeeper on several occasions.

He went on to captain the side in 1924/25 although Herbert Chapman appointed Charlie Buchan to that post when the legendary manager arrived at Highbury at the end of that season.

Baker was rewarded for his consistent performances over so many years when he won his one and only England cap in November 1927.

And when he retired from football he kept close ties to Arsenal - Baker became a Club scout.

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