Bobby Baxter (footballer, born 1911)

Robert Denholm Baxter (23 January 1911 – April 1991) was a Scottish footballer best known for his time with English club Middlesbrough.

Bobby Baxter
Personal information
Full name Robert Denholm Baxter
Date of birth (1911-01-23)23 January 1911
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death April 1991
Position(s) Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Musselburgh Bruntonians
1931–1946 Middlesbrough 247 (19)
1946–1947 Heart of Midlothian 25 (0)
National team
1938–1939 Scotland 3 (0)
1939–1944 Scotland (wartime) 4 (0)
1941 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
Teams managed
1947–1950 Leith Athletic
1951–1955 Cowdenbeath
* 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,[1] 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.[2]

Baxter went on to play 247 times for Middlesbrough, playing in nine different positions and later became club captain.[2] He remained at Middlesbrough until 1946, but played for both Heart of Midlothian[3] and Hibernian[4] in unofficial matches during World War II.[1] 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,[5] 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.[6]

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.[1][3] In 1947 he became manager of Leith Athletic and was also joint manager of Scottish speedway team Edinburgh Monarchs.[1] He later managed Cowdenbeath, where he was appointed in 1951.

Baxter's son, also named Bobby, played professional football for Darlington, Brighton & Hove Albion and Torquay United.[7]

See also


  1. Bobby Baxter at the Scottish Football Association
  2. "BOB BAXTER 1931-1945". Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2007.
  3. "[Hearts player] Bobby Baxter". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  4. (Hibernian player) Baxter, Robert, FitbaStats
  5. "[Scotland player, including unofficial matches] Bobby Baxter". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  6. "[SFL player] Bobby Baxter". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  7. 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.