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Rover of the Day: Reg Baines

3 June 2020

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Reg Baines born June 3, 1906

Centre-forward Reg spent his entire football career with Yorkshire-based clubs, surprising until you consider that he combined playing with working for confectionery manufacturer Rowntree’s in his hometown of York.

After two prolific seasons at York City he was transferred to Sheffield United in 1933 but struggled to gain a regular place.

In November 1934 Rovers’ Manager David Menzies signed Reg and he hit 21 goals in 27 League games, helping Rovers to the Championship of Division Three (North). He proved it was no fluke by finishing top-scorer with 19 goals the following season in Division Two.

In 1937 he re-joined York City and then played for Barnsley and Halifax Town before war broke out. His record for Rovers was an impressive 43 goals in 81 games. He died in 1974, aged 67.


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