In March 2006 it
was reported that Lincoln City are to hand a trial to former Norwich
City midfielder Mark Baines.
Baines is a 21-year-old midfielder who is currently on the books
of Ortonians. Ortonians play in the Peterborough League Premier
Division - which is a world away from Football League Two! His
love of the game means that he also turns out for Royal Oak, of
the Peterborough Sunday League.
Baines told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph: "Lincoln's
interest came right out of the blue. Someone from the club saw
me play and recommended me and the next thing I knew I'd been
invited to play for their reserves. That was supposed to take
place last Wednesday, but the game was postponed. They've promised
me another game and then it will be down to me. I've no idea whether
or not I'll be good enough, but I have nothing to lose by having
Baines joined Norwich City as a 10-year-old but later drifted
into the non-league scene. He played for the youth teams of Yaxley
and St. Ives, Alconbury and Eye United before joining Ortonians.
Baines, despite the huge gulf between League Two and the Peterborough
League Premier Division, is attracting interest from other professional
clubs. Boston United and Peterborough United have also expressed
an interest in Baines, who is rated as one the best players in
his league. He scored more than 20 goals for Ortonians from midfield,
including the winner of the Peterboroug Football Association Senior
Information taken from: http://www.theimp.lincolnfans.co.uk/news1159.shtml
In June 2006, Mark was invited to train with Wisbech Town.