On this day in 2007: Evertonian Baines seals dream move

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Thursday 07 August 2014

On this day in 2007: Evertonian Baines seals dream move

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Leighton Baines joining his boyhood club

England left-back experiences an afternoon in the shoes of an Everton in the Community apprentice (source: BBC Match of the Day)

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

7 August 2007 - Life-long Everton fan Leighton Baines moves to Goodison Park

Everton completed the signing of left-back and boyhood Toffees supporter Leighton Baines from Wigan Athletic.

The 22-year-old, born in Kirkby, started his career at Wigan and helped the Latics secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League for the first time. In their top-flight bow, Wigan were in the top six halfway through the season before finishing 10th.

After signing a five-year deal at Everton, Baines said: "I am a local lad and all my family support Everton so it's good to be here at last.

"I am very happy now it is all done and I think people knew this was the place I wanted to come."

Baines instantly established himself as an integral part of Everton's team and helped the Toffees earn back-to-back fifth place finishes in his first two Barclays Premier League seasons at Goodison Park.

The Toffees finished fifth again in the 2013/14 season and Baines found the net five times in a Barclays Premier League campaign for the third time. In 231 top-flight appearances for Everton, Baines has scored 21 goals so far, including a series of expertly taken free-kicks.

The left-back has also scored 13 spot-kicks without missing in the Barclays Premier League, one of which was for Wigan, and he became the first player to maintain a 100% record after taking in excess of 10 penalties.

Baines signed a new four-year contract in January 2014. After agreeing the new deal, Baines said: "I've loved being here since I first joined and I couldn't be happier."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez added: "His best is yet to come and to be able to secure Leighton's best years at Everton means a lot."

Baines also established himself as first-choice left-back for England and played for his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.

  • Leighton Baines has scored all 13 of his penalties in the Barclays Premier League

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