Bobby Baxter (footballer, born 1911)

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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
Playing position Centre half
Youth career
19??–1931 Musselburgh Bruntonians
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1946 Middlesbrough 247 (19)
1946–1947 Heart of Midlothian 25 (0)
National team
1938–1939 Scotland 3 (0)
1941 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1947–1950 Leith Athletic
1951–1955 Cowdenbeath

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert Denholm "Bobby" Baxter (23 January 1911 – April 1991) was a Scottish footballer best known for his time with English club Middlesbrough. He was born in the Gilmerton area of Edinburgh.

A dominating centre half and a great tackler,[2] Baxter 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 Bruntonians instead, he spotted the young defender and decided to sign him.[3]

Baxter went on to play 247 times for Middlesbrough, playing in nine different positions and later became club captain.[3] He remained at Middlesbrough until 1946, but played for both Hearts and Hibernian in unofficial matches during World War II.[2] While at Middlesbrough he earned three caps for the Scotland national team, the third as captain against England in 1939.

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.[2] In 1947 he became manager of Leith Athletic and was also joint manager of Scottish speedway team Edinburgh Monarchs.[2] 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.[4]


  1. ^ "Bobby Baxter". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bobby baxter". Retrieved 28 September 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "BOB BAXTER 1931-1945". Retrieved 28 September 2007. 
  4. ^ 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. Retrieved 9 November 2009.