Jim Baxter

(B.1939 - D.2001)
Football
Inducted in 2002

Jim Baxter was one of the most talented footballers that Scotland has ever produced. He scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over England at Wembley in 1963. In 1967, Baxter performed some ‘keepie-uppie’ during a 3-2 victory over England at Wembley, this was the only time he ever took a penalty and he scored. The hosts, who the year before had defeated West Germany to win the World Cup, were humiliated. Baxter originally worked as an apprentice cabinet-maker and five years as a miner. He was signed from junior football by Raith Rovers. He joined Rangers in 1960 for a record Scottish fee of £17,500 and enjoyed the best football of his career with them. Baxter played for Sunderland and Nottingham Forest from 1965 to 1969, before returning to Ibrox in 1969. He retired aged 30 in 1970. During his glittering career, Baxter amassed 34 Scotland caps, won three Scottish League Championships, three Scottish Cups, and four League Cups.

Jim Baxter