Bobby Baxter (footballer, born 1911)
|Full name||Robert Denholm Baxter|
|Date of birth||23 January 1911|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Date of death||April 1991|
|1946–1947||Heart of Midlothian||25||(0)|
|1941||Scottish League XI||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Baxter was born in the Gilmerton area of Edinburgh. A dominating centre half and a great tackler, he joined Middlesbrough from junior club Musselburgh Bruntonians in 1931 after being spotted by manager Peter McWilliam. The match McWilliam had been to Scotland to watch had been cancelled and after going to watch Musselburgh instead, he spotted the young defender and decided to sign him.
Baxter went on to play 247 times for Middlesbrough, playing in nine different positions and later became club captain. He remained at Middlesbrough until 1946, but played for both Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian in unofficial matches during World War II. While at Middlesbrough he earned three caps for the Scotland national team, the third as captain against England in 1939. He subsequently played against England in four unofficial internationals during the war, and also made an appearance for the Scottish League XI in a 1941 fundraising match, although the league itself was not operating (officially the team represented the wartime Southern League) and he was only a guest player (for Hibs) at the time.
Upon the return of official professional football in the 1946–47 season, Baxter returned to Scotland where he played for Hearts for a single season. In 1947 he became manager of Leith Athletic and was also joint manager of Scottish speedway team Edinburgh Monarchs. He later managed Cowdenbeath, where he was appointed in 1951.
- Bobby Baxter at the Scottish Football Association
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- "[Hearts player] Bobby Baxter". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- (Hibernian player) Baxter, Robert, FitbaStats
- "[Scotland player, including unofficial matches] Bobby Baxter". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- "[SFL player] Bobby Baxter". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Kelly, Graham (2005). "Bob Baxter". Terrace Heroes: The life and times of the 1930s professional footballer. Routledge. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7146-8294-5.