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YCX-Files: Reg Baines

YCX-Files: Reg Baines
Local boy Reg Baines was a pre-war goalscoring hero for York City after originally spending a brief time at the club during their non-league days in the mid-1920s. He made 19 appearances for them in the Midland League and netted seven times.

Spells then followed at Selby Town and Scarborough before a return to York in 1931. Baines immediately scored on his Football League debut for them at Carlisle and proceeded to set a new club record of 29 League goals - a feat he matched the following season. That record remained until 1951-52 when the great Billy Fenton struck 31.

Baines was soon transferred to Sheffield United for 500 in May 1933, and then helped Doncaster Rovers gain promotion to the Second Division two years later. But a third spell at Bootham Crescent followed for him as he returned for the start of the 1937-38 campaign. What happened next created legends at the club as York progressed all the way through to the FA Cup quarter-finals. Baines scored five goals during their run, including a wonderful hat-trick in a 3-2 fourth round triumph against First Division West Bromwich Albion at Bootham Crescent.

In total Baines recorded six League hat-tricks for York, an achievement later equalled by Alf Patrick, and his 93 goals in 140 appearances eventually left him as the seventh highest goalscorer in the club's history. A traditional old-style bustling centre-forward, Baines was also a useful cricketer for Rowntrees, for whom he worked for more than 50 years. He died suddenly while on holiday abroad in 1974 at the age of 67.

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