(born April 17, 1980 in Dublin
, Republic of Ireland
) is an Irish footballer
currently playing for League of Ireland Premier Division
club Bray Wanderers
. Baker primarily plays a right-sided winger.
Richie, who served his footballing apprenticeship with junior club Stella Maris, is the brother of Shamrock Rovers
striker Dessie Baker
, alongside whom he made numerous appearances for Shelbourne
in the late nineties and early noughties
. Richie made his Shelbourne debut at the age of 18 against Shamrock Rovers
in August 1998. During this period, Baker was an important part of the Irish national team
youth teams, playing for the U-18's, U-20's, and U-21's.
He represented his country at the UEFA U-19 Championship
in Sweden in 1999 where he won a bronze medal .
The highlight of Baker's career to date was arguably his 83rd minute free-kick which earned Shelbourne a 1-0 victory away to Sloga Jugomagnat
of the Republic of Macedonia
in a Champions League
qualifying match on July 12, 2000. This represented the first away victory achieved by an Irish
side in European competition for almost two decades. Shels won the tie 2-1 but were eliminated by Norwegian champions Rosenborg
in the second qualifying round.
Richie won both the League of Ireland
championship and the FAI Cup
with Shels in 1999/2000 and three further league titles with them in 2001/02, 2003, and 2006. He spent the 2004 season with the New England Revolution
of Major League Soccer
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