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Reg Baker

Reg Baker

1922-1926, 1928
1
Other Guernsey Nos.
10, 17, 27, 5

60 CFC Games Played

60 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
18 September 1899
Date of Death
1 September 1977
Recruited From
Wonthaggi
Collingwood Debut
Round 12, 1922
Height:
163cm
Weight:
60kg

Biography

By: Michael Roberts

Timing can be everything in football. Reg Baker could surely have attested to this adage in his experiences at the Collingwood Football Club.

A talented, diminutive (163cm) rover/forward, Baker managed to carve out a solid career with the Magpies in the 1920s. He was fast, possessed evasive skills that were honed from chasing his fox terriers around the track and was an exceptional stab-kick to the point where he could knock a bottle off a post from 30 metres away.


Sadly, though, his time at Collingwood coincided with two Grand Final losses, in 1925 and 1926. Baker returned to his hometown of Wonthaggi for the 1927 season when – unfortunately for him – Collingwood won the first of its four successive Premierships. By the time Baker came back to Victoria Park for the start of the 1928 season, Collingwood’s roving division and small forwards were virtually entrenched. Bill Libbis, Harry Collier and ‘Jiggy’ Harris were impossible to displace from their roles.

Baker and his brother Ted were recruited to Collingwood after the Magpies had been sensationally beaten in a practice match against a Wonthaggi Town side in the early 1920s. The Baker boys starred for the Wonthaggi team that day, and were invited to train with Collingwood in 1922. Both worked for the State Coal Mine, so they trained with the local team and travelled by train to Melbourne for match days.

Reg Baker managed 59 games for Collingwood between 1922 and 1926. The Australasian’s Jack Worrall described him as a “brilliant little rover” who was “dashing, fearless and fair”. Ted played 43 games in the black and white, but is best remembered as Geelong’s 1931 Premiership captain. Another brother, Selwyn, turned out for one game with Collingwood in 1934, having played 37 with North Melbourne.

Reg Baker’s second phase at Collingwood was not as successful, lasting just one game in 1928. Family folklore has it that his boss at the time, a Richmond supporter, threatened to sack him unless he transferred to that club. He did just that midway through the season, playing 10 games for the Tigers. Baker then moved back to his home town, where he continued to play football, and coach, for a number of years.

Such was Baker’s love of the game that he became captain-coach of Leongatha in 1934 for “petrol money” and they won back-to-back flags. Baker also coached Morwell and Yallourn later in life, teaching the kids of the region the lessons he had been taught years earlier. Never once did he grumble that timing had not been in his favour at Collingwood. He loved the game too much for those kinds of regrets.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1922-1926, 1928 60 60 5 63%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1922 1 0 17

1922 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 12 Carlton L 0 17 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1923 6 9 0 2

1923 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 11 Essendon L 1 0 2 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 2 0 2 View match >
Round 13 Geelong L 2 0 2 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 1 0 2 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy W 0 2 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 3 0 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1924 16 16 0 1

1924 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 2 St Kilda W 0 1 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 1 View match >
Round 6 Sydney L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 7 Geelong L 2 0 1 View match >
Round 8 Richmond L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy L 2 0 1 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda L 0 1 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 0 1 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 2 0 1 View match >
Round 17 Richmond L 0 1 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1925 17 12 0 0 1

1925 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 1 View match >
Round 4 Geelong L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 0 1 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 1 View match >
Round 11 North Melbourne W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 0 1 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 0 1 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 0 1 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 0 1 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 0 1 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne W 0 1 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 1 0 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1926 19 23 0 1

1926 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 5 0 1 View match >
Round 2 Essendon L 0 1 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 0 1 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 1 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 5 0 1 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 0 1 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 0 1 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 3 0 1 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 0 1 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 18 Carlton W 1 0 1 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 1 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 1 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1928 1 0 33

1928 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 4 Hawthorn W 0 33 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 60 60 0
Avg/Game   1.00 0.00
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

270

Total AFL Games
70
Total AFL Goals
67
CFC Debut
Round 12, 1922
CFC Last Game
Round 4, 1928
Recruited From
Wonthaggi
Full Name
Reg Baker
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