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Former United goalkeeper Keith Baker passes away

5 years ago By David Shadbolt

The club was deeply saddened to learn that former United goalkeeper Keith Baker passed away last Thursday night at the age of just 57.


Keith represented Oxford and England Schoolboys before becoming an apprentice with Oxford United and then signing professionally with them. Though he did not make a Football League appearance for Oxford United he did make one for Grimsby Town at Gillingham in August 1975 whilst on loan from Oxford. He then joined Witney Town in July 1976 and was part of their 1977/78 Southern League First Division North Championship winning side.

After playing for Aylesbury United from seasons 1980/81 to 1986/87 inclusive he moved to Banbury United for season 1987/88 (46 appearances) and 1988/89 (48 appearances), in the latter season he was player/coach at Banbury. He then joined Buckingham Town for season 1989/90 helping them to win the Southern League Southern Division Championship in season 1990/91 and then succeeded Phil Lines as their manager in June 1991.

He is well remembered at Banbury for two matches in particular: the 87-88 OSC final at the White House (last game played there) in which he saved a penalty, United beating Witney Town 1-0 to lift the trophy and the following season against Nuneaton (FA Cup 2nd qualifying replay) when with Banbury leading 1-0 he pulled off an astonishing save which had the Borough fans beating their heads on the perimeter fence, United going on to win 1-0.

Keith had been battling cancer of the oesophagus for the last 14 months.

The club would of course like to send their condolences to Keith’s family.

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