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MP backs Wembley 'Baxter bridge'
Jim Baxter
"Slim Jim" has attracted thousands of votes in an internet ballot
A nationalist MP is backing a campaign to name the new Wembley Stadium footbridge after Scottish football legend Jim Baxter.

The Rangers player was the hero of the "home international" at the twin towers stadium when Scotland beat England 3-2 in 1967.

Pete Wishart has backed calls for the Jim Baxter Bridge in a parliamentary motion in then Commons.

The victory over England came a year after the home side's World Cup win.

Slim Jim thrilled fans with a display of "keep-uppie" during the Wembley game.

Mr Wishart said that honouring Baxter would be a recognition of the day that England was "humbled by an impudent genius".

Rangers player

A website poll organised by the London Development Agency has been inundated by Tartan Army fans.

As many as 90% of the 80,000 votes have gone to Baxter, who died four years ago from cancer at the age of 61.

The international won 34 caps for Scotland. He played for Raith Rovers, Rangers, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest before returning to Rangers.

Chancellor fan

He played 254 games for the Ibrox club and scored 24 goals, but retired aged 30.

Chancellor Gordon Brown and a host of sporting stars gathered to unveil a statue commemorating Baxter in his home town of Hill o' Beath, Fife, last year.

Mr Brown, whose Dunfermline East constituency includes the tiny village where the memorial is sited, said he had in his youth idolised Mr Baxter.

He called Baxter a "local hero and a footballing genius" .




SEE ALSO:
Statue to football legend unveiled
20 Apr 03 |  Scotland
Final farewells to legend Baxter
20 Apr 01 |  Scotland
Baxter: a God-given genius
15 Apr 01 |  Scotland
Baxter: simply sensational
18 Apr 01 |  Scotland


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