Jim Baker was Leeds' first captain, signed by Arthur Fairclough who
had managed him at Huddersfield. Baker was a solid centre-half, better
known than brother Aaron, but in the shadow of brother Alf who appeared
for Arsenal and England. He was a scout for Leeds in the 1950s as well
as serving on the board, and became a publican after his footballing
days were over. He died on December 13 1966.
Bill Slater says: My stepfather, Arthur Baker was he elder brother
of the Baker Bros., and according to him the better player of
all. Unfortunately he was injured working down the mine and never
played again. My mother had a photograph, approx. 3ft by 2ft of
brothers Alf and Jim, captains of their teams for the match, shaking
hands over the ball with the referee looking on. I left home, Ilkeston
in 1943 to join the RAF and have no idea what became of the
picture. Perhaps someone out there has a print that could be copied.
Jabba, Ihave disovered among my late mother's effects, two
photographs of Alf Baker in the England and Arsenal strips, One of Jim
Baker in his publican days holding up a medal, I believe this is
authentic, it has 'Copyright of the Yorkshire Post . The Yorkshire
Evening Post Leeds'. Lastly, one of Arron among a crowd of relatives
in cluding my step father Arthur.