Barry Baker - President
Barry was born in Romford, Essex in 1942 and attended the Chase Cross School where he did nothing academically but had his heart set on a professional sporting career.
Cricket was always his first love and he captained both his School team & the District Schools teams at Under 11, 13 & 15 and played for Essex Schoolboys which led to an invite to open the batting for the Essex 2nd XI in a trial match v Kent 2nds however a ‘duck’ in both innings put paid to any further invitations. Football turned out similarly with him regularly selected for the Districts Schools XI and invitations for trial periods at four London professional clubs but no offers of apprenticeships followed. The net result, he had to find himself a job, earn a living and play sport for fun as an amateur and almost 60 years later he is still working in the industry of constructing sports and play facilities having travelled the world building athletics tracks, tennis courts, golf courses, artificial pitches, bowling greens, children’s playgrounds etc and enjoyed a successful career at senior management level and had many good years playing cricket with Willow Farm CC whom he captained from a young age, played football as a central defender at senior amateur level with the odd ‘boot payment’ along the way and enjoyed the company of many sports minded people along the way through playing many different sports.
Through work, Barry moved with Carole, Geoff & Rob to Keyworth in 1975 and immediately got involved with the Tennis, Table Tennis & Badminton clubs and became Secretary of the Keyworth Playing Fields Association. He coached Keyworth United youth teams and was Club Chairman through one of their most successful periods in the 1980s. He didn’t join KCC having been tempted by the opportunity to join Nomads CC and a bunch of ex pros and over the next two seasons they won the Notts Combination League twice without being beaten. Barry was picking up 2 or 3 wickets bowling each match but at number 10 he was hardly getting a bat, so he retired.
When Geoff & Rob were teenagers he took over running KCC’s youth teams in the 1980s and has stayed involved ever since coaching Boys teams and initiated Girls cricket at KCC in 2015 and is Olivia Baker’s grandfather. A Vice President from 1994 he has been Club President since 2008. Barry made one appearance for the KCC 1st XI in 1993 to avoid the team being 10 men, scoring 4 not out and bowling 6 overs, taking no wickets for 13 runs. He has been the KCC Historian & Statistician since 2006 and for KCC’s bi-centenary produced a book telling the story of the club’s history.