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Karl Bayliss

Baylo (pic. Mike Dunstan)




24th February 1968

City Career  
Transfer Details: Headed home for the third time in November 2001 having decided to quit SL Western opponents Clevedon Town.
City Debut: v Burton Albion (a) SLPD. 28th March '92, Lost 3-4.
City Stats

1991/2: 6 Apps, 3 Goals,
1992/3: 49 Apps, 25 Goals 
1993/4: 44(2) Apps, 21 Goals
1994/5: 22(9) Apps, 7 Goals
1999/0: 11 Apps, 4 Goals
43(5) Apps, 19 Goals
2001/2: 15 Apps, 7 Goals
2002/3: 32(12) Apps, 4 Goals
2003/4: 13(10) Apps, 1 Goal
2004/5: 8(4) Apps, 1 Goal
Totals: 243(42) Apps, 92 Goals

Career Club History: Cheltenham Town, Forest Green Rovers, Sharpness, Salisbury City, Malvern Town, Tamworth, Stroud, Gloucester City, Cirencester Town (loan 94/5), Weston-super-Mare (loan 94/5), Forest Green Rovers, Newport County, Gloucester City, Clevedon Town, Gloucester City
Honours: Gloucestershire Senior Cup 92/3, SL Southern Div. Championship 96/7, SL Midland Div. R-up 98/9, Newport AFC PoY 98/9, SL Western R-up 03/4

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Baylo is a long serving legend at City who's regular goalscoring exploits and combative leading of the line has earned the respect of fans and players alike. A string of ankle, knee and hamstring problems had led him to announce his retirement in May 2003 but Burns has persuade him he still has a part to play at City. Bayliss now helps with the coaching at the club and manages the Tigers' reserve side, but still makes occasional playing appearances, often as a sub. When fit Baylo can still be a wiley menace to any defence, and shows the odd deft touch and canny flick to remind fans what he can still do. Has lost his pace but his talent still makes him a vital asset, as he showed at former club Clevedon where he celebrated a rare starting role with the crucial goal. 

Has shown plenty of commitment to City in the past and never sounded as comfortable when playing away from Meadow Park, especially with his move to Clevedon Town that followed the resignation of Tommy Callinan in June 2001. His return in November 2001 gave City fans a real lift at a time when it was much needed, and his presence that season proved crucial in lifting us from a then perilous league position. His campaign that season was disrupted by a string of injuries which marked the beginning of the end for Bayliss in his full playing glory. 

During his first spell at Meadow Park Bayliss was more than the local boy come good, he was also a superb striker as likely to unleash a thirty yard volley as to hold off defenders to get to a loose ball in the six yard box. Hit two hatricks at the back end of 1992 when he was probably in the best  form of his career, almost single handedly turning an average side in to one that was capable of special moments. Made his place in the fan's history of the club secure when he grabbed an unlikely winner at Whaddon Road against Cheltenham in April 1994, a result that robbed City's greatest rivals of promotion for another season. At that point he was in such form that he was able to reject a move to Preston North End.
However all was to go spectacularly wrong as he was taken seriously ill with a mystery viral infection that put him in hospital during the summer of 1994. On his return he was not quite the same player, struggling for fitness and strength. Despite retaining the unswerving loyal support of the fans he was shipped off to Forest Green, with City registering a 5,000 profit on a player they had taken from The Lawn seasons earlier on a free. Remained a competitive and consistent goalscorer for promotion winning teams at Forest Green and then Newport, before his first homecoming in April 1999 on loan from Newport County for the final weeks of the 99/2000 relegation season.

Karl Bayliss

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