Baxter playing for Sheffield United in 2014
|Full name||Jose Baxter|
|Date of birth||7 February 1992|
|Place of birth||Bootle, Merseyside, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2011–2012||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||14||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:07, 24 April 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:17, 15 September 2012 (UTC)
Born in Bootle, Baxter began his career with his home town club of Everton, where he became the Premier League's then second youngest ever starter in 2008 at 16 years 191 days. Matthew Briggs of Fulham having held the record from 2007 at 16 years 68 days, a record held until 2019 when another Fulham youngster, Harvey Elliot made his debut at 16 years 30days. After having been on the fringes of the first team and spending time on loan at Tranmere Rovers, he rejected a new contract in 2012 in order to find regular football elsewhere. He joined Oldham Athletic shortly afterwards where he spent a successful season before being bought by Sheffield United just under 12 months later. After a three-year period in Yorkshire interrupted by suspensions, he was released and had a spell without a club before Everton signed him again in 2017 to rebuild his career in their reserve squad. He returned to Oldham in summer 2018.
Baxter joined Everton as a six-year-old. He remained as a youth player until 2008 when he trained with the first-team squad on tours to Switzerland and the United States two months after leaving school.
Baxter made his professional début for the club on the opening day of the 2008–09 season coming on as a 78th-minute substitute for Nuno Valente in a home game against Blackburn Rovers, becoming Everton's youngest ever senior player in the process, aged 16 years and 191 days, beating the record previously held by teammate James Vaughan.
Baxter was named in the starting line up to play West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, becoming the youngest Everton player ever to start a game, and March 2009 he signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with Everton. Baxter remained in the squad, making a number of substitute appearances in 2009–10 season. He also played in the UEFA Europa League against BATE Borisov at Goodison Park.
Baxter joined Tranmere Rovers on loan in September 2011 and went on to score on his début against Preston North End. The loan was extended several times until January 2012, when he was recalled by Everton. Still on the fringes of the first team, Baxter rejected a new contract from Everton and was released at the end of the 2011–12 season.
Following his release from Everton, Baxter had a trial at Crystal Palace but did not earn a contract. He subsequently signed for League One side Oldham Athletic in September 2012, agreeing a four-month contract. He made his debut for the club the following day, scoring in a 2–2 draw versus Notts County.
Playing and scoring regularly, Baxter's form drew interest from other league clubs but in January 2013 he signed a new 2 1⁄2-year deal with Oldham Athletic. Baxter started the 2013–14 season as a first team regular, but a brace against Stevenage in a 4–3 opening day victory prompted renewed interest from other clubs in acquiring his services.
Baxter reunited with his former Everton youth manager, David Weir, when he signed for Sheffield United for £500,000, agreeing a three-year deal. On 7 September 2013, Baxter scored his first Sheffield United goal against South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United in a 3–1 defeat. With the arrival of Nigel Clough as United's manager, Baxter eventually began to cement his place in the first team, scoring six goals in the process, and was nominated for the League One 'Player of the Month' award for December 2013. He played in the semi-final of the 2013–14 FA Cup at Wembley Stadium and scored the opening goal, but opponents Hull City won the tie 5–3.
On 7 December 2014, he converted two penalties in a 3–0 home victory against Plymouth Argyle to send the Blades to the Third Round of the FA Cup. On 10 February 2015, Baxter scored a brace in a 4–1 home victory over Colchester United.
On 16 May 2015, Baxter was suspended by Sheffield United after failing a drugs test. In July, the FA handed him a five-month suspension (three of which suspended) for testing positive for ecstasy, which he claimed was ingested in a spiked drink. He was suspended by his club again in February 2016. He was subsequently released in May 2016.
Return to EvertonEdit
On 27 January 2017, Baxter was handed a lifeline by former club Everton who offered him a 12-month contract which would begin when his year-long suspension from football ended on 1 July 2017. Despite not making an appearance for the first team, he played 10 games for the club's Under-23s over the course of the season, assisting two goals. He was released by Everton at the end of the 2017–18 season.
Return to Oldham AthleticEdit
On 30 May 2018, Baxter returned to Oldham Athletic five years after leaving the club; he signed a one-year contract with an option of a further year and was given the squad number 8, previously worn by Ollie Banks. Baxter made his 2nd debut for Latics in a pre-season game versus Ashton United where he scored the second goal in a 3–1 victory.
Baxter has represented England at both U16 and U17 levels. He played in the first two games of the 2009 Under 17 European Championships but missed the third after picking up two yellow cards.
Having grown up on Merseyside, Baxter is a fan of local team Liverpool. In October 2009, Baxter was one of three men arrested in Kirkby on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply, and on suspicion of possessing counterfeit money. He was subsequently released without charge.
- As of 23 February 2019
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Tranmere Rovers (loan)||2011–12||League One||14||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||14||3|
|Oldham Athletic||2012–13||League One||39||13||6||2||0||0||0||0||45||15|
|Oldham Athletic Total||43||15||6||2||1||0||0||0||50||17|
|Sheffield United||2013–14||League One||35||6||8||2||0||0||2||0||45||8|
|Sheffield United Total||93||20||18||5||7||0||6||3||124||28|
|Oldham Athletic||2018–19||League Two||23||3||2||0||1||0||2||0||28||3|
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