Barry Robson

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Barry Robson
Personal information
Full name Barry Gordon George Robson[1]
Date of birth (1978-11-07) 7 November 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Inverurie, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Aberdeen
Number 15
Youth career
1995–1997 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 135 (17)
1999–2000 Forfar Athletic (loan) 25 (9)
2003–2008 Dundee United 145 (32)
2008–2010 Celtic 42 (4)
2010–2012 Middlesbrough 87 (17)
2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 17 (3)
2013 Sheffield United 17 (2)
2013– Aberdeen 36 (4)
National team
2005–2007 Scotland B 2 (0)
2007–2012 Scotland 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:58, 17 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:25, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

Barry Gordon George Robson (born 7 November 1978) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen and the Scotland national team.

Robson can play anywhere across the midfield line, and also as a left back. Born in Inverurie, Scotland, Robson began his career as a junior with Rangers before spells with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Dundee United and finally Celtic in his native Scotland. A move to England followed, where he spent two and a half years with Middlesbrough. Robson then moved to Canada to play for MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC before returning to England after one season to sign for Sheffield United. Robson returned to Scotland, joining Aberdeen in summer 2013.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Robson began his professional career with Rangers, but failed to break through to the first team at Ibrox.[2]

In October 1997, he signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle,[3] and although not always a first team regular in his early Inverness career, helped them win promotion from the Second Division in 1999.[4] Robson spent most of the 1999–2000 season on loan at Forfar Athletic,[5] but thereafter returned to establish himself in the Inverness line-up.

Dundee United[edit]

Dundee United submitted a bid for Robson in May 2003[6] and he signed ten days later for a fee of between £50,000 and £100,000.[7] Despite being sent off on his United début, he became a regular in the United team. Robson missed only two matches throughout the 2004–05 season, finishing as United's second top scorer with nine goals, and signed a new three-year contract at the end of the season.[8] Robson scored the goal that ensured United's survival in the SPL in the final game of the season against his old club Inverness CT.[9]

Robson started the 2006–07 season as United captain[10] and scored against Falkirk on the opening day of the season. Robson made his 100th league appearance for United in the game against St. Mirren in late August, scoring twice in a 3–1 win but also being sent off late in the match. In February 2007, Robson signed a new contract until 2011,[11] with his first career hat-trick following in March in a 4–0 away win against Hearts.[12] With 11 goals by mid-March, Robson finished the season as the league's top scoring midfielder, four ahead of Rangers' Charlie Adam.[citation needed]

The following season, Robson managed an even better ratio, scoring 12 from 24 games in all competitions at the point of leaving United.[citation needed] With 11 league goals, Robson was second top scorer in the league, one ahead of colleague Noel Hunt. Six of his goals came in January 2008, including a second hat-trick against Hearts in less than a year.[13]

Celtic[edit]

On the final morning of the January 2008 transfer window, Robson was in negotiations to move to Celtic after they had a "seven figure" bid, plus Celtic player Jim O'Brien on loan until the end of the season, accepted by United.[14] Robson signed for Celtic that evening.

He made his Celtic debut on 10 February against Aberdeen, scoring with his first touch of the ball, a perfectly placed free-kick into the bottom left corner of the goal.[15] Robson scored his second goal for Celtic on his Champions League debut against Barcelona. An assist from Aiden McGeady allowed Robson to loop a header over Víctor Valdés, to put Celtic ahead, though they eventually lost 3–2. On 27 April, Robson scored his first Old Firm goal,[16] converting a penalty which was the winning goal.[17] On 10 August, Robson again scored from a penalty kick, this time against St. Mirren, the opening goal of Celtic's league campaign for the 2008–09 season, in a 1–0 victory for Celtic. Robson final game for Celtic was against Old Firm rivals Rangers.[18]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Robson left Celtic in January 2010 and joined his former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough along with teammates Willo Flood, Scott McDonald and Chris Killen.[19] He was sent-off on his home debut against Bristol City.[20] He captained Middlesbrough against Peterborough United standing in for injured Gary O'Neil, and scored his first goal for the club in the seventh minute.[21] His form continued as he scored two penalties against QPR on 27 February at the Riverside.[22] He scored again in the Tyne-Tees derby against Newcastle on 13 March.[23] Three days later he scored his against Derby County at Pride Park.

Robson scored the quickest ever goal at the Riverside on 8 September 2010 against Reading, netting after just 24 seconds in a game which Middlesbrough went on to win 3–1.[24] On 2 October 2010, Robson scored a penalty in a 2–2 draw with Portsmouth, in a match where he was also sent off in, in the 86 minute.[25] He scored Middlesbrough's third in a 4–0 victory over Bristol City on 15 January 2011.[26] On 2 May 2011, Robson scored Middlesbrough's second goal in a 3–0 victory over Cardiff City.[27] He followed this up five days later, scoring a free-kick in the first half of his team 3–0 win over Doncaster.[28]

Robson scored his first goal of the 2011–12 season in a 3–1 victory over Barnsley on 16 August 2011.[29] On 21 August 2011, he scored the equalizer from a free kick in Middlesbrough's 3–1 win over Birmingham City.[30] He followed this, three days later, by hitting his team's opener on four minutes in a 2–0 victory over Peterborough United in the second round of the 2011–12 Football League Cup.[31] Robson's fine goal scoring form continued with a goal against Millwall and two against Doncaster to help extend Middlesbrough's strong start to the season.[32][33] Robson scored a stunning goal from 35 yards in the 87th minute, to give Middlesbrough a vital 1–0 home victory over Hull City on 26 December 2011.[34] On 29 January 2012, Robson scored a brilliant left footed volley against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. This forced an FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Riverside Stadium. Following injury to club captain Matthew Bates, Robson was giving the captain's armband until the end of his final season at the Riverside.[35] In April, Robson was announced as the player of the year for the Middlesbrough Official Supporters Club for the 2011–12 season.[36] On 28 April 2012, Robson played his final game for Middlesbrough, a 2–1 loss against Watford on the last day of the season, setting up Marvin Emnes for Boro's solitary goal.[37]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC[edit]

In February 2012 Robson agreed to a three-year contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC as one of their two available Designated Players.[38] Robson made his Whitecaps debut in a 1–0 away victory against the Colorado Rapids,[39] and in his home debut, scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw with Los Angeles Galaxy.[40] Robson finished the season having played 18 times for Vancouver and scoring three goals. With the Whitecaps returning for pre-season training in January 2013, they announced they had mutually agreed to terminate Robson's contract to enable him to return to the UK, citing the inability of his family to settle in Canada.[41]

Sheffield United[edit]

On the last day of the January 2013 transfer window Robson returned to England, signing a short-term contract with Sheffield United for the remainder of the season, taking the vacant number 19 shirt.[42] Robson made his debut for the Blades the following day, as a substitute in a 2–1 home defeat against Coventry City, providing an assist with his first touch of the ball in a Blades shirt, setting up Dave Kitson's goal from a corner kick.[43] His first goal for the Blades came in his first start for the club, netting from the penalty spot in a 3–0 win over Colchester United a few weeks later.[44] Robson played regularly for the remainder of the season but with the Blades failing to gain promotion they opted not to offer him a new deal when his contract expired.[45] Robson left United having made eighteen appearances and scored two goals.[46]

Aberdeen[edit]

In June 2013, Robson signed a pre-contract agreement with his home town club Aberdeen,[45][47] and made his debut in their first game of the season, a 2–1 victory over Kilmarnock.[48] Robson scored 2 goals to help Aberdeen beat Inverness CT in a thrilling 4-3 encounter during the festive period. Robson also netted for the dons with a penalty against Dundee United which leveled the game at 1-1 before Peter Pawlett netted in stoppage time to seal all 3 points for Aberdeen. Robson also found the net directly from a corner kick in a match against St. Mirren which Aberdeen went on to win 2-0.

On 16 March 2014, Robson was in the Aberdeen side that beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4–2 on penalties to win the 2014 Scottish League Cup Final. Robson was among the Aberdeen players to score during the shoot-out.[49] Robson signed a new one-year contract with Aberdeen on 15 May 2014.[50]

International career[edit]

Robson won a call-up to the Scotland B team for the first time in December 2005, alongside fellow Dundee United player Mark Kerr.[51]

Robson played in the Scotland Future team in March 2006.[52] In August 2007, Robson received his first full international call-up when selected for the friendly against South Africa,[53] making his début as a second-half substitute.[54] He was subsequently called up for the following squad in September 2007 for the double-header against Lithuania and France but failed to make an appearance.

In September 2008, Robson was credited with his first international goal in the 2010 World Cup qualifying victory against Iceland in unusual circumstances. After James McFadden's second-half penalty kick was saved, both players chased the rebound. Though it appeared that McFadden touched the ball over the line,[55][56][57][58] the goal was officially awarded to Robson.[59][60] The SFA lobbied on McFadden's behalf, and in March 2009 FIFA re-credited the goal to McFadden.[61][62]

Honours[edit]

Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Celtic
Aberdeen

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 October 2014[63][64]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Other Total
Club Season League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1997–98 Scottish Second Division 23 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 27 5
1998–99 16 0 1 0 1 0 - 18 0
1999–2000 Scottish First Division 4 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 8 1
2000–01 24 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 29 3
2001–02 34 2 3 1 4 2 2 0 43 5
2002–03 34 10 4 3 3 0 1 0 42 13
Total 135 17 14 7 11 2 7 1 167 27
Forfar Athletic (loan) 1999–2000 Scottish Third Division 25 9 3 1 0 0 - 28 10
Dundee United 2003–04 Scottish Premier League 28 3 0 0 1 0 - 29 3
2004–05 36 6 5 1 4 1 - 45 8
2005–06 31 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 35 1
2006–07 29 11 2 1 2 0 - 33 12
2007–08 21 11 1 1 2 0 - 24 12
Total 145 32 9 3 10 1 2 0 166 36
Celtic 2007–08 Scottish Premier League 15 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 16 3
2008–09 17 1 1 0 1 0 5 1 24 2
2009–10 10 1 0 0 1 0 4 1 15 2
Total 42 4 1 0 2 0 10 3 55 7
Middlesbrough 2009–10 Championship 18 5 0 0 0 0 - 18 5
2010–11 32 5 0 0 1 0 - 33 5
2011–12 37 7 1 1 1 1 - 39 9
Total 87 17 1 1 2 1 0 0 90 19
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2012 Major League Soccer 17 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 18 3
Sheffield United 2012–13 League One 17 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 18 2
Aberdeen 2013–14 Scottish Premiership 28 4 4 0 3 0 - 35 4
2014–15 8 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 14 0
Total 36 4 4 0 4 0 5 0 49 4
Career total 504 88 32 12 29 4 26 4 591 108

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