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Key Facts

Full name
Thomas Baxter

Known as
Tom Baxter

23 February 1884

8 May 1959 (aged 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 63d
Last game: 28y 141d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 3
St. Kilda: 29

Recruited from
Collingwood (1912)

Tom Baxter

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL19121170.6445%0

AFL: 1,231st player to appear, 2,453rd most games played, 1,325th most goals kickedCollingwood: 122nd player to appear, 217th most games played, 116th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 403rd player to appear, 788th most games played, 509th most goals kicked

Considering ..... the slippery ground, the very wet and heavy ball, and the great excitement of the last few minutes’ play, the Committee were of the opinion that Tom Baxter did his best in this game, as in all other games he had played for Collingwood and was a sharer of the general misfortune which handicapped the team from the start of the season. It was also found that it was distinctly to Baxter’s advantage in all respects to assist to win the match for Collingwood.¹

Rover Tom Baxter had a comparatively brief but colourful League career with two clubs. Collingwood procured him from Maldon and his 89 VFL games for the club between 1907 and 1911 included the 1910 challenge final in which the Magpies claimed the premiership by accounting for Carlton. Some of the gloss was taken off the triumph, however, because Baxter was reported for striking Jack Bacquie and subsequently suspended for the entire 1911 season. Collingwood appealed, and when another of its players, Richard Daykin, submitted a written declaration that it was he, not Baxter, who had struck Bacquie the matter was dropped. Daykin also escaped censure because he had just retired.

The 1911 season saw Tom Baxter topping Collingwood's goal kicking list with 31 goals. The Magpies again reached the grand final, but lost to Essendon. Controversy attended the game as it was alleged that Baxter, who had twice kicked into the man on the mark during the closing stages, had accepted a bribe to 'play dead'. The matter was taken before Collingwood's committee which exonerated the player but it is perhaps significant that he never again donned the famous black and white jumper. The 1912 season found Baxter at St Kilda where he added a final 11 games to his career tally before retiring.

Author - John Devaney


1. The findings of the Collingwood committee’s investigation into allegations that Baxter had deliberately under-performed in the Magpies’ grand final encounter with Essendon, as reported in “Mount Alexander Mail', 5/10/1911, page 1.


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article, Crème de la Crème


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.