Billy Baxter (footballer)

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Billy Baxter
Personal information
Full name William Alexander Baxter
Date of birth (1939-04-23)23 April 1939
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death 25 May 2009(2009-05-25) (aged 70)
Place of death Dunfermline, Scotland
Playing position Right Half / Central Defender
Youth career
Broxburn Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1971 Ipswich Town 409 (21)
1971–1972 Hull City 21 (0)
1972 Watford (loan) 11 (0)
1972–1973 Northampton Town 41 (4)
Total 482 (25)
Teams managed
1972–1973 Northampton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Alexander "Billy" Baxter (23 April 1939 – 25 May 2009) was a Scottish professional footballer.

A native of Edinburgh, Baxter joined Ipswich Town from Scottish amateur side Broxburn Athletic in 1960, and was a regular in the Ipswich team than won the old Division 2 Championship in 1960-61 and Division 1 Championship in 1961-62. He later captained the team to the old Division 2 Championship in 1967-68. In total, Baxter played 459 games for Ipswich during an 11-year stay at Portman Road. However, after a falling-out with manager Bobby Robson, he was sold to Hull City in March 1971.

After two largely unsuccessful seasons at Hull, Baxter became player-manager of Northampton Town in 1972, lasting one year in the job. He subsequently joined non-league Nuneaton Borough.

In his later years, Baxter battled cancer. He had a leg amputated sometime before his death, and succumbed to the disease at a Dunfermline hospital on 25 May 2009, aged 70.[1]


  1. ^ "Championship Winner Baxter Dies". TWTD. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 

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