There is a Scottish legend
He was a footballer of old,
And some say his legs were made of silver
And his feet…… they were pure gold.
Who was that young upstart?
From an ancient kingdom he came,
And he laid waste tae England
He was the world cup lions bane.
A one man Scottish army,
His boots were his swords,
He cut through the auld enemy,
And brought down eleven English lords.
He made it look so easy
When he played in that memorable game,
And when he played keepy uppie wae the baw,
The mighty lions ……hung their heids in shame.
The kings of world football
Had been put to the test,
By an upstart of a player,
Who was simply the best.
So who was that young man
Who made the lions look so tame;
A young upstart fae auld Fife,
JIM BAXTER was his name.
Sent in by Jimmy Whelan
About Jim Baxter
Birthplace : Scotland
Height : 5ft 11
Weight : 10st 9
Position : Midfield
Jim Baxter, or Slim Jim, as he was better known was the Pele of the '60s. It was said that he transformed Rangers FC from a good team into an outstanding one.
He joined Rangers FC from Raith Rovers for a fee £17,500 in june 1960. At the time he was 20 and this was only the beginning of a brilliant career. He was what Zidane is today: the master playmaker, the one who could set up a goal from anywhere at any time.
In 254 games for Rangers FC he scored 24 goals and set up over 100. With Rangers FC he won 3 Scottish Cups, 3 Championships and 3 League Cups. He left in april 1965 to move to Sunderland for a fee of £75,000 and retired in 1970.