Player profile

Kevin Baron

Birthdate: 19 July 1926
Birthplace: Preston, England
Date of death: 5 June 1971
Other clubs: Preston North End (1942-44), Southend United (1954-58), Northampton (1958-59), Gravesend & Northfleet (1959), Wisbech Town (1959-60), Aldershot (1960-61), Cambridge City (1961), Bedford Town (1961-62), Maldon Town (1962-63)
Bought from: Preston North End
Signed for LFC: Amateur September 1944 - Professional August 1945
Liverpool debut: 05.01.1946
Last appearance: 16.01.1954
Debut goal: 08.11.1947
Last goal: 16.01.1954
Contract expiry: May 1954
Win ratio: 36.6% W: 56 D: 46 L: 51
Games/goals ratio: 4.78
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 0
Wartime games/goals: 9 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 141 / 31
Total LFC games/goals: 153 / 32

Player profile

Inside-forward Baron had played as an amateur for his hometown club Preston before arriving at Anfield. Due to his young age and diminutive stature he was once refused entry to an away ground with the doorman claiming: 'Don't tell me you're a player. You're only a boy.' He made six League appearances in the 1947/48 season but the side that had won the Championship the previous year was fairly settled and Baron's youth and lack of experience kept him on the sidelines for a while. His big breakthrough came in the 1949/50 season when he only missed four League matches and also played in Liverpool's FA Cup final team against Arsenal at Wembley. In 1951/52 Baron missed just two of the club's 42 League fixtures and scored six goals. A goal every third game in 27 League matches wasn't a bad return in the 1952/53 season. As Liverpool were relegated in 1954 Baron left for Southend United in Third Division South. He spent four years there scoring 45 goals in 138 League matches.

Kevin Baron died in June 1971, only 44 years old. His brother, Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron, who was four years his senior was the oldest victim, aged 67, of the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals14112000153
1945-1946 030003
1946-1947 000000
1947-1948 600006
1948-1949 600006
1949-1950 38700045
1950-1951 700007
1951-1952 40100041
1952-1953 27100028
1953-1954 17000017

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
9Burnley
8Newcastle United
8Chelsea
7Preston North End
7Manchester City
7Manchester United
7Middlesbrough
7Derby
7Stoke City
7Portsmouth
7Huddersfield Town
7Arsenal
7Bolton Wanderers
6Sunderland
5Charlton Athletic
5Blackpool
5WBA
5Wolves
4Fulham
4Aston Villa
3Everton
3Sheffield Wednesday
3Tottenham
2Birmingham City
2Chester
2Blackburn Rovers
2Cardiff City
2Sheffield United
1Workington
1Gateshead
1Stockport County
1Exeter City
1Grimsby Town
TotalCompetition
141League
12FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals31100032
1945-1946 000000
1946-1947 000000
1947-1948 200002
1948-1949 200002
1949-1950 710008
1950-1951 100001
1951-1952 600006
1952-1953 900009
1953-1954 400004

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
31League
1FA Cup
TotalOpen play/Penalty
32Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
1945-194691

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
105.01.1946Chester Sealand RoadFA Cup
5015.03.1950Manchester UnitedOld TraffordLeague
10015.03.1952WBAThe HawthornsLeague
15007.11.1953Manchester CityAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
17708.11.1947Grimsby TownAnfieldLeague

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Related Quotes

"It’s a remarkable thing how so many Anfield players had youthful ambitions to become professional cricketers. Yes, you’ve guessed it! So had I, though I’m afraid I should never have made the grade. But I wouldn’t change my present status for a country cricket cap."

Kevin Baron in 1950

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1945-1946 * Striker
1946-1947 * Striker
1947-1948 * Striker
1948-1949 * Striker
1949-1950 * Striker
1950-1951 * Striker
1951-1952 * Striker
1952-1953 * Striker
1953-1954 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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