6 August 2006

Sam Baxter

Name: Samuel Nathaniel Baxter
Born: 7 May 1865, Tullycar, Banbridge
Died: 21 January 1929, Glasgow
Position: Half-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1887).
Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1886/87.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other
Distillery
83/84-85/86
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Amateur
0/0
-
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Cliftonville
86/87
c/s-1886
Amateur
0/0
-
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Distillery
87/88
c/s-1887
-
0/0
-
-
YMCA
87/88
-
-
0/0
-
-
TOTALS
-
£-
0/0
-
-

Biography:
Younger brother of Bob Baxter, Sam Baxter played mainly in the reserves at Distillery before moving to Cliftonville in 1886/87. His selection for Ireland in March 1887, saw him suprisingly replace Bob in the half-back line in Ireland's first ever win, 4-1 against Wales on his home ground of Solitude.

1886/87 was Baxter's only season of note as he assisted Cliftonville to the third round of the FA Cup with wins over Blackburn Park Road and Great Lever, Bolton only to lose 11-1 to Partick Thistle in the next round. His claim to fame in these matches is that his single goal saved a complete white-wash by Partick. Sam also scored in the Irish Cup semi-final win over Linfield, only to lose out 3-1 in the final to Ulster.

Later Baxter moved to Glasgow, where he married and settled down. At the time of his death in 1929 he was employed as a Confectioner’s cost clerk.

Ireland Cap Details:
12-03-1887 Wales... H W 4-1 BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 0.

Details by George Glass.

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