Henry Newton and ‘King Joe’ Baker

It’s 1967, I’ve recently been in an accident as a kid with a Ford Consult hitting me and smashing both legs in several places. Laid up at home with plaster casts from toe to top of thigh. Nottingham Forest’s terrific and tenacious midfielder Henry Newton, who went on to play for Everton, who was seeing my older sister’s friend, hearng about this offered to come to the house to visit this youngster in a bit of a state. Kind man.

Henry took my autograph book away and passed it around the Forest dressing room to the array of stars in there and brought it back to our family home, along with a Christmas tree for the family. I was dumfounded at this star sitting talking to me and encouraging me. Guess who the star number nine was in that side too? King Joe Baker of the Trent End, world-class centre-forward, formerly of Hibernian, Torino and Arsenal.

I was completely overwhelmed by those visits. Bonus points for any of the older ones that can recognise any of other signatures there that finished runners-up to the great Manchester United team of Best, Law and Charlton…

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