Slim Jim Baxter

Slim Jim Baxter : the Definitive Biography

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Jim Baxter was one of the greatest footballers Scotland has ever produced. But his career was over by the time he reached 30 and in 2001 he died at the early age of 61, the victim of a lifestyle that ultimately destroyed him. Slim Jim Baxter charts the great man's rollercoaster years, his emergence at Ibrox as a world-class midfield player and the rapid decline as he pressed the self-destruct button and blew away his life as a footballer. Team-mates and friends tell how Baxter lived by his own rules and how he finally faced up to death with a courage and dignity which impressed all who saw him in his last few tragic months. Above all, Ken Gallacher's biography is the story of an extraordinary footballer who was touched by genius, and of a young man from the Fife coal-fields who could not always cope with the fame his skills brought him.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 188 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753507951
  • 9780753507957
  • 2,103,252

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'A fascinating and honest portrayal of a flawed genius...compulsive reading' Daily Mail 'Gallagher's research is thorough, anecdotal and entertaining' Sunday Post 'What makes this biography particularly good is the testimony of his fellow players' Sunday Telegraph 'This is a football book with a difference' Rangers Newsshow more

About Ken Gallacher

Ken Gallacher was a football writer in Scotland for more than 40 years, during which time he covered Jim Baxter's club career at Rangers, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest as well as most of his appearances for Scotland. He died in January 2003.show more

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"What makes this biography particularly good is the testimony of his fellow players"show more

Back cover copy

Jim Baxter was one of the greatest footballers Scotland has ever produced. But his career was over by the time he reached 30 and in 2001 he died at the early age of 61, the victim of a lifestyle that ultimately destroyed him. Slim Jim Baxtor charts the great man's rollercoaster years, his emergence at Ibrox as a world-class midfield player and the rapid decline as he pressed the self-destruct button and blew away his life as a footballer. Team-mates and friends tell how Baxter lived by his own rules and how he finally faced up to death with a courage and dignity which impressed all who saw him in his last few tragic months. Above all, thour, Ken Gallacher's biography is the story of an extraordinary footballer who was touched by genius, and of a young man from the Fife coal-fields who could not always cope with the fame his skills brought him.show more

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