An author and journalist from Berwick has written a new book which is a fascinating insight into the lives of two brothers described as ‘the greatest strikers Scotland never had.’
The he Fabulous Baker Boys has been written by Tom Maxwell, who is a freelance journalist now based in Midlothian.
Born in Edinburgh, Tom was brought up in Berwick and became a lifelong fan of Berwick Rangers, the subject of his first book, The Lone Rangers in 2011.
Joe and Gerry Baker between them scored over 500 goals in their careers which saw them turn out for the likes of Hibernian, St Mirren, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Torino.
While Liverpool-born Hibs legend Joe became the first man to make his England debut having never played in the English league, his US-born brother Gerry, a hero of St Mirren’s Scottish Cup-winning side of 1959, was the first top-flight European footballer to turn out for the USA.
Even though he spoke with a broad Scottish accent, Joe was in Alf Ramsey’s initial squad for the 1966 World Cup.
With unprecedented access to the Baker family archives, including contributions from Gerry Baker, before he died in August 2013, and the late Joe’s son Colin, The Fabulous Baker Boys is a unique tale of Scotland’s most celebrated sporting siblings and contains exclusive interviews with the likes of Denis Law, Lawrie Reilly, John Robertson, Alex Young, Pat Stanton, Bob Wilson and George Eastham.
○The Fabulous Baker Boys, by Tom Maxwell, is published by Birlinn and is on sale at £16.99.