Sunday, 20 September 2009

Former Southport FC star loses brother to leukaemia

SOUTHPORT FC officials and fans have sent condolences to a former star who last week lost his brother to leukaemia.

Carl Baker, 26, now at Stockport County and tipped for the Premier League, was supported throughout his three-and-a-half year career at Haig Avenue by older brother, Michael.

The 34-year old, known to many fans of the Sandgrounders, died last Wednesday after suffering a relapse.

Carl, who scored 35 goals in 140 starts for the Haig Avenue club between November 2003 and April 2007, scored twice against Yeovil Town at the weekend – dedicating both to his big brother.

Southport boss Liam Watson, who signed the youngster from Prescot Cables, said: "Myself and the whole club want to send our condolences to Carl and his family after the death of his brother Mike last week, a real tragic loss.

"I consider Carl family, there is that bond between us, and I spoke to him before the weekend and told him he should go and play against Yeovil – to score two goals was just incredible after what he has had to cope with."

Michael, 34, was a psychiatric nurse in Whiston hospital and had been given the all-clear before relapsing.

Carl’s younger brother, Dean, 17, also fights the disease.

Condolences to the family for their loss and best wishes to Dean in his own battle with the disease.

(Story courtesy of the Southport Visitor Newspaper) click HERE to see thier Webpage.

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