Bill Baxter (footballer)

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Bill Baxter
Personal information
Full name William Baxter
Date of birth (1924-09-21)21 September 1924
Place of birth Methil, Fife, Scotland
Date of death 9 November 2002(2002-11-09) (aged 78)
Place of death Leven, Fife, Scotland
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1939–1945 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1953 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 (1)
1953–1957 Aston Villa 98 (6)
Teams managed
1969–1970 East Fife
1970–1971 Raith Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Baxter (21 September 1924 – 9 November 2002) was a Scottish footballer who played for Midlands clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa.


Baxter joined Wolves as a member of the groundstaff upon leaving school in 1939. After guesting for Leicester City, Mansfield Town and Notts County during wartime, he signed professional forms at Molineux in September 1945. He made his debut on 4 December 1948 in a 1–0 win over Everton.[1]

Although never a regular starter for Wolves, he made five appearances in 1953–54, the season of the club's first championship. Lacking playing time for Wolves, he moved to Midlands neighbours Aston Villa in November 1953.

Baxter made over 100 appearances for Villa before retiring in Summer 1957. He stayed with the club to serve them as coach and assistant manager until 1967. He then moved back to his native Scotland where he had short spells in charge of both East Fife and Raith Rovers.



  1. ^ Matthews, Tony (2008). Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-632-3. 
  • Matthews, Tony (2001). The Wolves Who's Who. West Midlands: Britespot. ISBN 1-904103-01-4.