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Kevin Baron

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

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 141 12 0 0 0 153
1945-1946 0 3 0 0 0 3
1946-1947 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947-1948 6 0 0 0 0 6
1948-1949 6 0 0 0 0 6
1949-1950 38 7 0 0 0 45
1950-1951 7 0 0 0 0 7
1951-1952 40 1 0 0 0 41
1952-1953 27 1 0 0 0 28
1953-1954 17 0 0 0 0 17

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

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

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 31 1 0 0 0 32
1945-1946 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946-1947 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947-1948 2 0 0 0 0 2
1948-1949 2 0 0 0 0 2
1949-1950 7 1 0 0 0 8
1950-1951 1 0 0 0 0 1
1951-1952 6 0 0 0 0 6
1952-1953 9 0 0 0 0 9
1953-1954 4 0 0 0 0 4

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
31 League
1 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
32 Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

Season Appearances Goals
1945-1946 9 1

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 05.01.1946 Chester Sealand Road FA Cup
50 15.03.1950 Manchester United Old Trafford League
100 15.03.1952 WBA The Hawthorns League
150 07.11.1953 Manchester City Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 77 08.11.1947 Grimsby Town Anfield League

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

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Preston North End 1942-1944 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Southend 1954-1955 England Third Division South 44 17 47 18
Southend 1955-1956 England Third Division South 30 15 34 15
Southend 1956-1957 England Third Division South 15 7 15 7
Southend 1957-1958 England Third Division South 43 5 48 5
Southend 1958-1959 England Third Division 6 1 6 1
Northampton Town 1958-1959 England Fourth Division 25 4 27 4
Gravesend & Northfleet 1959 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Wisbech Town 1959-1960 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Aldershot 1960-1961 England Fourth Division 6 0 6 0
Cambridge City 1961 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bedford Town 1961-1962 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Maldon Town 1962-1963 Essex & Suffolk Border League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 169 49 183 50
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