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Mr Jim Baxter - 29th Sep 1939 to 14th Apr 2001

Mr Jim Baxter

On this day we remember Jim Baxter, the Scottish Midfielder who is widely regarded as one of the country’s greatest footballers.

He was born and spent his younger life in Fife, beginning his playing career with local team Halbeath Juveniles before moving on to junior team Crossgates Primrose then joining Raith Rovers. In 1960 he joined Glasgow Rangers for a Record breaking Scottish Transfer fee of £17,500.

The move coincided with his National Service which he served with the Black Watch and the peak of his career, as he helped his team win ten trophies before breaking his leg and later being transferred to Sunderland.

In the two and a half years he was there he became known for heavy drinking and at the end of 1967 he was transferred to Nottingham Forest before returning to Rangers in 1969 on a free transfer. One year later and aged only 31, he retired from football.

His most memorable international cap was against England in 1967 where he is remembered for juggling with the ball whilst waiting for his team-mates to find good positions. He was given most of the credit for the 3–2 win, but some wished he had made more of an effort to run up a bigger score.

In his prime, he was known for his ability to raise a team's morale, his good tactical vision, precise passing and ability to send opponents the wrong way. He was also known for being a joker on the pitch and having broken with tradition by becoming friendly with several members of the Celtic team.

He died of pancreatic cancer in 2001. His Home town of Hill of Beath has erected a statue in his honour.