In a league of versatile players, Bob Baxter has to top the table. 

His credits include captain, inside-left, centre-half, miner, accordionist, tobacconist, speedway team manager, and before all that, a dance band leader! 

He was spotted by chance when the match Boro manager Peter McWilliam was in Scotland to see had been cancelled and McWilliam popped in to watch Bruntonian Juniors instead. 

Being asked to reject his dance band sideline for a career at Ayresome Park was music to Baxter's ears and he conducted himself excellently on his debut at Birmingham in October 1932. 

Over the course of his 247 appearances he covered nine different positions before finding his perfect rhythm at central defender after Tom Griffiths left. 

Good in the air and a great tackler, Bob became a different kind of band leader as he assumed the Boro captaincy. He was very quick to call the tune, and showing an iron hand to all his players and opposition forwards alike became his trademark. 

Like most of the senior players, he was called ‘sir’ by the others, and when a young Wilf Mannion called him Bob, the cheeky nipper got a fully-clothed cold bath for his insolence. As George Hardwick said: "He was an inspirational sort of player and also a natural comedian."

Baxter won three Scottish caps, including one against Wales alongside Bill Shankly and one against England in 1939. Then World War Two intervened and he headed back over the border, ending his playing days with Hearts before returning to live on Teesside in his retirement.