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Jim Baxter

BBC ALBA – Thursday 24 September at 9.30pm

Jim Baxter

BBC ALBA – Diardaoin 24 Sultain aig 9.30f

Jim Baxter

JIM BAXTER DOCUMENTARY ON BBC ALBA TELLS THE STORY OF THE MAN BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Despite his tag as the nation’s more expensive footballer, a new BBC ALBA documentary reveals how Rangers and Scotland legend Jim Baxter was compelled to complete his national service – and spent most of his time whilst on guard phoning teammates and rivals.

In an intimate portrait of his personal and professional life, Jim Baxter – produced for BBC ALBA by purpleTV – tells the story of Baxter’s early life growing up in Hill o’ Beath through to worldwide fame thanks to his talent on the pitch and to his later years that saw the Fifer undergo two liver transplants in 1994 before succumbing to cancer just seven years later at the age of just 61.

Jim Baxter and his parents

The film also examines the devastating event that impacted Baxter for the duration of his life - his adoption as a baby - and the lifelong feelings of abandonment that those closest to him suggest fuelled the darker aspects of his personality.

Spotted while playing for junior club Crossgates Primrose, Baxter was signed by Raith Rovers before becoming a household name with Rangers in 1960. Remembered for his skill, confidence and flamboyance, Baxter’s career soared and then fell sharply as his lavish lifestyle impacted his performance on the pitch.

The documentary uses both drama reconstruction and archive footage of both Baxter and his parents to tell his story, as well as personal input from his much-loved partner, Norma.

The biographical account also features contributions from award-wining author Val McDermid, whose father was the Raith scout that identified Baxter’s potential, his teammates at Rangers, Willie Henderson, Davie Wilson, Ian McMillan and Willie Johnston, as well his Scotland colleagues Denis Law and Paddy Crerand.

And Crerand is one of those that lifts the lid on Baxter’s time on national service.

Despite Rangers paying a £17,500 fee to make Baxter the British record transfer in 1960, that didn’t prevent the midfielder from being called up for national service in October 1961.

At a time when compulsory national service was coming to an end, Baxter was called up thanks to his birthday falling a matter of days before the cutoff date for the end of conscription.

Serving with The Black Watch at the barracks at Stirling Castle, regiment museum archivist Richard MacKenzie explains how Baxter was placed in charge of looking after the barracks - making sure that everything was clean, tidy and polished – but was also asked to play in the regiment football team.

Whilst on duty, MacKenzie explains some less conventional ways how Baxter used to keep himself entertained. Richard said: “There is a comment in the regimental magazine that Jim Baxter has rung up very large phone bills using the regimental phone calling not just family and friends but also football agencies in Glasgow.” And it is something his colleagues can testify to.

Former Scotland and Celtic star Paddy Crerand said: “I used to get phone calls at all times of the night from Jimmy doing his national service.

‘I’m on duty’, he’d say.

‘Well why are you on the bloody phone then if you’re on duty?’

“He phoned me nearly every night, he drove me absolutely mad. He was absolutely bored that’s why. On guard duty… guarding against who?!”

Despite still turning out for Rangers during his national service, Baxter concluded his time with The Black Watch with a seven week football tour of the Far East with his regiment. And as Baxter biographer Tom Miller points out, it’s a situation that’s unlikely to be replicated.

Tom said: “It’s just bizarre to think that Rangers broke the British transfer record officially to sign him, that someone with such a value to a football club and the insurances that would have been required to go with that, was allowed to play football effectively in an amateur arena and the same week turn out in a full house of a 100,000 crowd to ply his trade. It’s just a very strange phenomenon.”

Produced for BBC ALBA by award-winning production company purpleTV, the Jim Baxter film is presented by sport broadcaster Alex O’Henley and is produced and directed by Margot McCuaig. The same team was responsible for the production of Jock Stein, the factual entertainment documentary that won the Royal Television Society Scotland award for Best Sport Documentary in 2015.

Jim Baxter will transmit on BBC ALBA on Thursday 24 September from 9.00 until 10.00pm.

Jim Baxter; dealbh choileanta de bheatha phearsanta agus phroifeiseanta fear de na cluicheadair-ean ball-coise as fheàrr a chunnacas a-riamh an Alba.

Air a thogail le scout nuair a bha e a’ cluich aig cluba òg Crossgates Primrose, chuir Jim Baxter à Fìobha ainm ri cùmhnant aig Raith Rovers mus tàinig e gu aire an t-saoghail aig Rangers ann an 1960. Ainmeil airson a chuid sgil, misneachd is greadhnachas, dh’èirich dreuchd Baxter mar rion-nag agus thuit i mar chlach mar a thug a’ chaitheamh beatha buaidh air a chomas cluiche. Ach a dh’aindeoin a chuid thrioblaidean choisinn e àite ann an cridheachan luchd-taic na h-Alba le mar a chluich e an aghaidh Sasainn aig Wembley ann an 1963 agus 1967. Mu dheireadh le bheatha ann an cunnart, b’ fheudar do Baxter grùthain ùra fhaighinn. Dh’obraich an dara fear a chaidh fheuchainn ach gu mì-fhortanach bhàsaich e le aillse ’s gun e ach 61.

Jim Baxter and his parents

Tha am prògram aithriseach seo ag innse sgeulachd a bheatha a’ cleachdadh dràma gus na làithean aige mar chluicheadair aig Raith Rovers agus san Arm ath-chruthachadh le criomagan tasglainn cuideachd dheth fhèin agus a phàrantan a thuilleadh air teisteanas pearsanta bho chèile, Norma. Tha agallamhan ann cuideachd bho charaidean agus co-chluicheadairean a’ dol air ais gu làithean òige ann am Fìobha; rionnagan a chluich còmhla ris airson Alba leithid Denis Law is Pat Crerand a thuilleadh air a charaidean bho Rangers, Willie Henderson, Davie Wilson, Ian MacMillan agus Willie Johnston, agus an dotair a chuidich e tro thinneas, luchd-naidheachd agus an t-ùghdar ainmeil Val McDermid - b’ e a h-athair a mhothaich dhan tàlant sònraichte aig Jim Baxter.

Tha an dealbh cuideachd a’ toirt iomradh air mar a chaidh Jim Baxter uchd mhacachd na leanabh agus an droch bhuaidh a tha an fheadhainn a b’ fhaisge air a’ smaointinn thug sin air airson a’ chòrr de bheatha.

Air a riochdachadh airson BBC ALBA leis a’ chompanaidh purpleTV, tha prògram Jim Baxter air aithris leis a’ chraoladair spòrs Ailig O’Henley agus air a riochdachadh ’s air a stiùireadh le Margot Niccouaig. Is e seo an aon sgioba a chur prògram Jock Stein ri chèile agus a choisinn Duais Comann Telebhisean na h-Alba airson am Prògram Spòrs as Fheàrr ann an 2015.

Thèid Jim Baxter a chraoladh air BBC ALBA air an 24 Sultain 2015 aig 9f.


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