Tom Baxter (footballer, born 1903)

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Tom Baxter
Personal information
Full name Thomas William Baxter [1]
Date of birth(1903-02-01)1 February 1903 [1]
Place of birth Mansfield, England [1]
Date of death 21 August 1987(1987-08-21) (aged 84) [1]
Place of death Cannock, England [1]
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Position(s) Left-winger
Youth career
Warsop Church Lads
Senior career*
Welbeck Colliery
Newark Town
Worksop Town
Mansfield Town
1927–1929 Wolverhampton Wanderers 50 (14)
1929–1931 Port Vale 54 (11)
1931–1932 Mansfield Town 14 (1)
1933–1934 Carlisle United 5 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas William Baxter (1 February 1903 – 21 August 1987) was an English footballer who played on the left wing for Welbeck Colliery, Newark Town, Worksop Town, Mansfield Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Port Vale, Margate, Carlisle United, and Distillery. He helped the "Valiants" to win the Third Division North title in 1929–30.



Baxter played amateur football for Welbeck Colliery, Newark Town and Worksop Town (Midland League). He began his professional career with his hometown club Mansfield Town. He moved to Second Division club Wolverhampton Wanderers in late 1927, and made his "Wolves" debut on 17 December 1927 in a 2–0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. [2] He remained in the team for the remainder of the 1927–28 season and played the majority of the 1928–29 campaign. An attacking player, he scored 15 goals in a total of 53 appearances for the Midlanders. He left Molineux to join Port Vale in August 1929. [1]

He was a regular member of the "Valiants" 1929–30 Third Division North winning side, claiming nine goals in 43 appearances. [1] He lost his first team place in December 1930, and featured in just 16 games of the 1930–31 season, as the Vale achieved a club record high of fifth in the Second Division. [1] He left The Old Recreation Ground at the end of the campaign and returned to Mansfield. [1] He later spent two spells with Margate and also played for Carlisle United and Distillery (Irish League). [1]

Career statistics

Source: [3]

ClubSeasonDivisionLeagueFA CupOtherTotal
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1927–28 Second Division 2442100265
1928–29 Second Division261010002710
Port Vale 1929–30 Third Division North 3993000423
1930–31 Second Division1521000162
Mansfield Town 1931–32 Third Division South 1410000141
Carlisle United 1933–34 Third Division North50000050


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