12.9.1970. Walsall 2 Tranmere Rovers 0

On the face of it, a standard 2-0 home win with a goal in each half. However this match is best remembered for the career - ending injury to one of Walsall's most gifted midfielders who liked to push forward, Allan Baker, who, at just 27 years of age , was forced to retire following an awkward fall.


Allan set Walsall on the way with this victory and Ray Train got Saddlers second goal. He fell heavily in the Tranmere half and following lengthy treatment in which he was attended to by both trainers and First Aid men, his legs were strapped together and he was carried off on a stretcher.


Speaking to ISSA in 2020, Allan spoke of that fateful day..


"At the time I felt I was reaching my peak. I was playing better than ever and really enjoying my football. I'd scored in that game against Tranmere Rovers and all was going well. Then about 18 minutes into the second half I fell awkwardly in their half and I heard my knee snap. It was such a blow when I had to retire from playing so early."


His Walsall career was 152 total appearances scoring 36 goals. He was awarded a testimonial match against Leicester City in 1972.




Allan Baker with Tom Martin working on his rehab

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