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Bobby Baxter
Personal information
Full name Robert Denholm Baxter
Date of birth 23 January 1911(1911-01-23)
Place of birth    Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death    April 1991
Playing position Defender
Youth career
19??-1931 Musselburgh Bruntonians
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Leith Athletic
247 (19)   
National team
1938-1939 Scotland 3 (0)
Teams managed
Leith Athletic

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

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 central defender and a great tackler,[1] 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.[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 Hearts and Hibernian in unofficial matches during World War II.[1] While at Middlesbrough he earned three caps for the Scotland national team.

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] In 1947 he became player-manager of Leith Athletic and was also joint manager of Scottish speedway team Edinburgh Monarchs.[1] He also 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.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bobby baxter". Retrieved 28 September 2007.  
  2. ^ a b "BOB BAXTER 1931-1945".,,1~52170,00.html. Retrieved 28 September 2007.  
  3. ^ Kelly, Graham (2005). "Bob Baxter". Terrace Heroes: The life and times of the 1930s professional footballer. Routledge. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-714-68294-5. Retrieved 9 November 2009.  


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