PHIL Baker equalled the Welsh Premier League record for full European appearances when he was named in the starting XI for The New Saints' Europa League tie against Tre Penne in San Marino tonight.
He joined Gary Lloyd on the 29 starting appearances mark although Scott Ruscoe, also of TNS, has made 28 full and two substitute appearances, so has actually played in more games than either.
The 34-year-old Baker is an ex-Tranmere Rovers player who joined Bangor City before a move to Conference outfit Exeter City. He then went on to play for Aberystwyth Town and also Droylsden before rejoining the Citizens, where he made 28 appearances in 2004/5 before signing for TNS.
Named in the Welsh Premier dream team for 2006/7 and again in 2014/15, Baker has made 17 Champions League starts, 10 in the Uefa Cup/Europa League and two in the Intertoto Cup when with Aberystwyth. He scored twice, home to Ventspils in 2007 and away to Cliftonville in 2011, as the Saints win their first-ever away tie in Europe and progressed to the second qualifying round of the Europa League and a meeting with Danish outfit FC Midtjylland.
Lloyd played the majority of his Euro ties with Barry Town, but also appeared for Carmarthen Town and Llanelli.