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Name: Alf Baker  
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Date of Birth: 1st April 1898
Place of Birth: Ilkeston, Derbyshire
Profession: Footballer
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Alf Baker (April 27, 1898 – April 1, 1955) was an English footballer.

Born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Baker played for various clubs in Derbyshire before signing professional forms with Chesterfield; he later played for Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town before signing for Arsenal in the summer of 1919. He became a regular at the club straight away, and was made club captain in 1924.

A utility man, "Doughy" (as he was nicknamed) played in every position for Arsenal, including as goalkeeper, though usually played as right half. He skippered the club to their first FA Cup final (an infamous 1-0 loss to Cardiff City after a mistake by Arsenal 'keeper Dan Lewis) and also played in the 1924 Charity Shield-winning Professionals XI. He was only capped for England once, appearing against Wales in 1927.

Baker finally won a medal when he played in Arsenal's 1930 FA Cup final win over Huddersfield, but played only one more game for the club before retiring from the game aged 33. In all, he played 351 matches for Arsenal, scoring 26 goals. His brother Jim Baker was also a footballer, playing for Leeds United.

Alf Baker later worked for Arsenal as a scout. He died in 1955, at the age of 56.

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