Date of birth
Forward Sam Baldock became a Royal in the summer of 2018, joining on a three-year deal from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Baldock’s beginnings were rooted in Wimbledon, as a young striker he came through the ranks with the Dons and followed the club to Milton Keynes in 2003 before making his full MK Dons debut in 2005.
Before the start of the 2008-09 campaign, Baldock scored his first senior goal against the Royals as Steve Coppell’s side ran out 2-1 winners.
Having been called up to England’s Under-20 squad for a World Cup campaign in Egypt, the 19-year-old began to shine in League One, scoring 13 goals in 44 appearances for Roberto Di Matteo’s men. He hit double figures the following two seasons, bagging his first hat-trick at Colchester United in March 2011.
A move to Upton Park that summer transpired as he helped West Ham seal a return to the top flight via the Play-Offs before signing for Bristol City at the start of their 2012-13 Championship Campaign.
League One’s leading goalscorer in 2013-14, that form prompted a move to Brighton where he aided the Seagulls by scoring 12 times in Albion’s promotion-winning campaign of 2016-17 as Chris Houton’s side finished just a point behind title winners Newcastle.
After joining the Royals before the start of 2018-19, his first goal in the hoops came from the penalty spot - hammering in a 93rd-minute equaliser against Aston Villa in the Midlands.
Four more followed as the striker finished his debut season in RG2 with five goals in 23 appearances.